Getting Started with Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are more than just superheroes. Take a peak at the titles below to see all the different types of stories that are told using visual art form.

The Waiting

Keum Suk Gendry-Kim

Keum Suk Gendry-Kim was an adult when her mother revealed a family secret: she was separated from her sister during the Korean War. It’s not an uncommon story—the peninsula was split down the 38th parallel, dividing one country into two. As many

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My Favorite Thing is Monsters

Emil Ferris

Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late ’60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to sol

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Lore Olympus: Volume One

Rachel Smythe

Experience the propulsive love story of two Greek gods--Hades and Persephone--brought to life with lavish artwork and an irresistible contemporary voice. Scandalous gossip, wild parties, and forbidden love--witness what the gods do after dark in this

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Keum Suk Gendry-Kim

Appeared on best of the year lists from The New York Times, The Guardian, and more! Winner of The Cartoonist Studio Prize for Best Print Comic of the Year! Grass is a powerful antiwar graphic novel, telling the life story of a Korean girl named Okseo

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Dancing after TEN

Vivian Chong, Georgia Webber

In late 2004, Vivian Chong’s life was changed forever when a rare skin disease, TEN (Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis), left her with scar tissue that would eventually blind her. As she was losing her sight, she put down as many drawings on paper as she

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Craig Thompson

Thompson's touching memoir chronicles the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers, and the emotional conflict engendered by the author's rigidly fundamentalist upbr

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The Black Panther Party

David F. Walker

Founded in Oakland, California, in 1966, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was a radical political organization that stood in defiant contrast to the mainstream civil rights movement. This gripping illustrated history explores the impact and s

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Billie Holiday: The Graphic Novel

Ebony Gilbert, David Calcano

From her days as a young entertainer performing for small jazz clubs in Harlem, to headlining sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall, every trouble and triumph of Billie Holiday's bold, influential career is featured in this graphic novel from Fantoons

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The Best We Could Do

Thi Bui

An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family's journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui. This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing f

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Banned Book Club

Kim Hyun Kim, Ryan Estrada

The gripping true story of a South Korean woman's student days under an authoritarian regime in the early 1980s, and how she defied state censorship through the rebellion of reading.

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Are You Listening?

Tillie Walden

The graphic novel Are You Listening? is an intimate and emotionally soaring story about friendship, grief, and healing from Eisner Award winner Tillie Walden. Bea is on the run. And then, she runs into Lou. This chance encounter sends them on a journ

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And Now I Spill the Family Secrets

Margaret Kimball

In the spirit of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home and Roz Chast's Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, Margaret Kimball's AND NOW I SPILL THE FAMILY SECRETS begins in the aftermath of a tragedy. In 1988, when Kimball is only fou

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Bong Joon Ho

Discover the illustrations that inspired the historic film's every shot in this graphic novel drawn by Director Bong Joon Ho himself. So metaphorical: With hundreds of mesmerizing illustrations, Parasite: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards is a behi

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The Complete Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi

Collects a groundbreaking two-part graphic memoir, in which the great-granddaughter of Iran's last emperor and the daughter of ardent Marxists describes growing up in Tehran, a country plagued by political upheaval and vast contradictions betwee

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The Handmaid's Tale (Graphic Novel)

Margaret Atwood

Environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is

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