I recently finished the amazing “The Sandman” series written by Neil Gaiman with so many amazing collaborators.
That something that helps make comics and graphic novels so great.
It’s also a big part of why picture books are so great. The pictures can add so much to the story.
I just read “The Sandman: The Dream Hunters” on Wednesday by Neil Gaiman and the amazing artist Yoshitaka Amano. The images are just stunning in it. And it is an illustrated tale not a comic.
I do think illustrations can add so much. Think of the work Shel Silverstein does. Or the amazing artwork of Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are.”
The images can also really help tell the story like in the graphic novel journalism of Joe Sacco’s “Palestine”. Or just how surreal Pyongyang, North Korea is in Guy Delisle’s “Pyongyang.”
They can also be spiritual and evocative like in “Dream Hunters”, Craig Thompson’s “Habibi” or the amazing book “Daytripper” by Bao and Moon.
We can forget how amazing images are to storytelling when we read as adults. Despite how much we love the images as children, and love the moving image in television and movies.