Comic books have officially arrived as a literary medium, NPR reports, and big names are coming out of the woodwork to write them. “In all the years I've been writing, there's only one genre that's really debuted in the New York Times Book Review, and that's the graphic novel,” says novelist Jodi Picoult, who recently tried her hand at Wonder Woman.
TV maven Joss Whedon has always loved comic books, and now he’s continuing his Buffy the Vampire Slayer show in four-color form. Paralyzed rapper Percy Carey, aka MF Grimm, was converted when he read Harvey Pekar’s autobiographical American Splendor. “I just have a lot of respect for the form,” said Carey, who tells his own life story in his new graphic novel, Sentences.