Graphic Novels Suggested Titles and Readings

Graphic Novels are as varied as written books. Many of these suggestions aren’t “novels”, but nonfiction. Check out the descriptions of the books at to see what looks interesting to you. I’ve noted which of the SE library systems have them, but ComCat had most of them. Don’t pick anything by Marjane Satrapi since she wrote our core book.

You might want to look at your own library’s collection. Do you have mostly graphic novels that are more like traditional comic books (ones that get turned into movies), more “literary” graphic novels, mostly manga format, juvenile? How do you organize them? How does your library choose which ones to purchase? Who are your patrons who borrow graphic novels and what do they read?

To learn more about graphic novels and reading them, watch the Youtube video  In “Learning to See the Social, or How to Read a Graphic Novel” Dartmouth College Associate Professor of English Michael Chaney presents a survey of contemporary graphic novels. Showing that the graphic novel is a complicated medium that makes abstractions visible through distortion and caricature,Chaney reveals that a panel is not always what it seems. Also check out if you haven’t read a graphic novel before.

  1. The Adventures of Venus by Gilbert Hernandez (Artist) (Not Clams)
  2. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  3. Babymouse: Dragonslayer by Jennifer L. Holm (Illustrator); Matthew Holm (Illustrator) (Not OCLN or SAILS but they have other Babymouse titles.)
  4. Birds of Prey: Of Like Minds by Gail Simone (only OCLN)
  5. Captain Marvel – Volume 2 by Kelly Sue Deconnick (Text by); Dexter Soy (Illustrator); Filipe Andrade (Illustrator) (Only CLAMS)
  6. Citizen 13660 by Mine Okubo (Not CLAMS)
  7. Clan Apis by Jay Hosler
  8. The Complete Ballad of Halo Jones by Alan Moore; Ian Gibson (Illustrator) (Not available)
  9. Daredevil by Mark Waid – Volume 1 by Mark Waid (Text by); Paolo Manuel Rivera (Illustrator); Marcos Martin (Illustrator) (Not available)
  10. Epileptic by David B. (CLAMS has)
  11. Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan; Noah Stollman (Translator)
  12. Fist, stick, knife, gun : a personal history of violence by Geoffrey Canada; Jamar Nicholas (Illustrator)
  13. Footnotes in Gaza by Joe Sacco
  14. Hereville : how Mirka got her sword by Barry Deutsch
  15. How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less by Sarah Glidden (Not SAILS)
  16. Jackie Ormes : the first African American woman cartoonist by Nancy Goldstein
  17. Kevin Keller: Welcome to Riverdale by Dan Parent (Not SAILS)
  18. Krishna – Defender of Dharma by Sweta Taneja; Rajesh Nagulakonda (Illustrator) (None)
  19. Marbles : mania, depression, Michelangelo, and me : a graphic memoir by Ellen Forney
  20. Medikidz Explain Autism by Kim Chilman-Blair; John Taddeo (Only SAILS)
  21. MP: The Manhattan Projects, Science Bad by Jonathan Hickman (Not OCLN)
    Marvel by Gerry Conway (Text); John Buscema (Illustrator Marvel: Best of the Best by Brian Reed (Text by); Robert de la Torre (Artist)
  22. My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
  23. Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong by Faith Erin Hicks (Illustrator); Prudence Shen
    Peanut by Ayun Halliday; Paul Hoppe (Illustrator)
  24. The Photographer by Emmanuel Guibert; Frederic Lemercier; Didier Lefevre; Alexis Siegel (Translator)
  25. Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas by Jim Ottaviani; Maris Wicks (Illustrator)
  26. Radioactive by Lauren Redniss
  27. The Ride Together: A Brother and Sister’s Memoir of Autism in the Family by Judy and Paul Karasik
  28. Safe Area Gorazde by Joe Sacco; Christopher Hitchens (Introduction by) (Not SAILS)
    The Scrapyard Detectives by Batton Lash; Chad Denton; Nathan Shumate; Jesse Leon McCann (NONE)
  29. The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis (Illustrator)
    Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore (Not SAILS)
  30. Supergirl Archivesby Various (None)
  31. T-Minus: the race to the moon by Jim Ottaviani; Kevin Cannon (Illustrator); Zander Cannon (Illustrator)
  32. Waltz with Bashir by Ari Folman; David Polonsky

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