Thursday 26 July 2012

World Book Night Needs a Graphic Novel On Its List

I have just nominated the ten books that I would love to see chosen for World Book Night 2013. My choices are mainly made up of personal favourites, many of which I know do not have much chance of being selected, such as Modesty Blaise by Peter O'Donnell, The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison and Department 19 by Will Hill. I have also included other, more widely popular personal favourites such as Treasure Island, 'Salem's Lot and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. However, ever since WBN was launched I have been disappointed that there has not been a graphic novel on the final lists. I want to change that this year and so I have nominated:

Batman: Year One - arguably one of the greatest Batman stories ever written.

Watchmen - Alan Moore at his very best, and recognised by many as one of the most influential comic books ever to have been written.

Now of these two I personally think that Batman: Year One has a better chance of being selected, but what do I know? It would be great if everyone who reads this would add this book to their list. And whilst you are voting add your other favourite comic books to your Top 10, so we can show the WBN organisers just how popular graphic novels are in the UK. On their website they say the following:

"We consider the balance of the list to ensure that lots of different genres or types of books are included", so where are the graphic novels? Does this mean that people aren't nominating them?

So please get on board with this and vote. Head on over to and register so that you can vote, and then spread the message on Twitter and facebook. 

The campaign starts here!


  1. I was going to say I'd love to see Sandman on that list, but having re-read them recently, they may be a little too "adult" for a public book list. Watchmen has my vote!