Born in Germany, raised in Northern Ireland, resident in Scotland more or less since 1982. Fond of tea, Tottenham Hotspur and Touch of Evil. I’ve written one book (Whose Side Are You On?, Yellow Jersey, 2011), and interviewed Tracey Emin twice. Hopefully no one holds either against me.
To wit, the primary pleasure of the graphic novel is visual. Well, duh, I hear you say. But actually, you can't overstate the importance of image. Words matter in graphic novels – it's very clear when a cartoonist can't write – but the success or failure depends on how our eye is guided around the page, how the cartoonist directs you, or sometimes misdirects you. All four of the following books lend weight to that idea in one way or another.