I know there are lots of graphic novels back in the States, but I haven't been led to buy one until today.
First of all, I'm a sucker for the punny title, but more importantly the actual premise of the story is very enticing. It interweaves the childhoods of the author, who is the daughter of a Joycean scholar, with the childhood of James Joyce's daughter Lucia. After reading the first two pages I shrugged and took it to the cash register. I can already tell that it has a very interesting take on storytelling and if there is a graphic novel to read, I may as well start with this one.
I'm fascinated by this kind of story form. It seems that there are a lot of tropes and nuances to be explored with an adult picture book such as this one. It may very well express a story in a more pronounced way than a traditional book can. I think there is a lot of potential for combining art and story to make a really powerful book experience.
What effect do you think this kind of visual storytelling will have on books and possibly articles in the future? Do you think it's a powerful storytelling device or that it's just a gimmick? -Joanna
Here is a video about the novel: