Comics/Graphic Novels

Read Harder Recommendations: A Culture Other Than Your Own

Andi Miller

Staff Writer

Andi Miller is a proponent of fauxhawks, gaudy jewelry, country music, and writing. When she’s not publicly relating at her day job or teaching university English courses online, she’s a hardcore reader, social media addict, 10-year book blogging veteran at Estella’s Revenge, and host of Dewey’s 24 Hour Read-a-Thon. Her favorite literary snacks are comics, literary fiction, and foodie memoirs. Her favorite real snacks are Froot Loops, fried catfish tails, and serial Twitter unfollowers. Blog: Estella's Revenge Twitter: @EstellasRevenge

The Panels 2015 Read Harder Challenge consists of 26 challenge categories spanning the breadth and depth of all things that may be considered comics. Every week we’ll give you reading recommendations from one of the categories.

I love traveling to cultures other than my own through any reading, but it can be especially memorable in comics given the sensory experience that comes from reading images. Some of the most vivid world travel I’ve done has been through comics about cultures other than my own, and I think many of our Panelteers would agree.

wayward1Wayward by Jim Zub and and Steve Cummings: An awesome look at Japanese culture and mythology, plus magic and a kick-ass heroine. – Jenn Northington

How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, Sarah Glidden: Glidden’s graphic diary of a birthright trip looks at both the history and present of Israel. – Jenn Northington

A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return by Zeina Abirached: Abirached relates her own memories of Beruit into a lovely and accessible slice-of-life story about an evening in an apartment building during the civil war in Lebanon.  – Amy Diegelman


boxersandsaintsBoxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang: This two-volume box set examines The Boxer Rebellion through the eyes of two young people on opposite sides of the conflict. One is a young man, Little Bao, whose villages is overturned by Westerners. The other is Vibiana, a girl who is rejected by her family and village and taken in by Christian missionaries. By examining both sides of the rebellion, Yang masterfully touches on radicalism, the gray area inherent in picking sides, and one of the most important moments in Chinese culture. – Andi Miller

AYAAya: Life in Yop City by Marguerite Abouet, Clément Oubrerie, and Helge Dascher – Jess Pryde

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi – Jess Pryde

More Resources and Recommendations:

An International Catalogue of Superheroes

The International Comic Arts Forum




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