Graphic Novels

graphic novel

"... it's a mistake to see comics as a mere hybrid of the graphic arts and prose fiction.  What happens between these panels is a kind of magic only comics can create."   - Scott McCloud, from Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art



Cook Korean!Cook Korean by Robin Ha

The basics of Korean cooking in graphic novel format. Try it; you'll like it!



PlutonaPlutona by Emi Lenox and Jeff Lemire

Five young people find a dead body in the woods.



tomboyTomboy by Liz Prince
“If you’re in high school and still dressing like that [jeans and t-shirts], people think you’re definitely a lesbian,” the author of this memoir said in an interview. “But I wanted to wear boys’ clothes and make out with them, too.” 

Refresh RefreshRefresh, Refresh by Danica Novgorodoff

Just underneath the surface, three young men are feeling the fear. They are constantly refreshing their email, desperate for word from their absent fathers, who are off fighting the war in Iraq. The young men themselves are in and out of trouble. By the author of Slow Storm and The Undertaking of Lily Chen.

El DeafoEl Deafo by Cece Bell

Going to school and making new friends is hard. But going to school and making new friends while wearing a bulky hearing aid strapped to your chest? Bell chronicles her hearing loss at a young age and her experiences with the Phonic Ear, a very powerful--and very awkward--hearing aid. 

Anya's Ghost book coverAnya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

“Lonely Anya befriends an untrustworthy ghost in lieu of conquering her fears of fitting in with her peers.” 



In Real Life book coverIRL by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

“The ethics of online gaming, gender and global community are explored in this fun, thought-provoking work from Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang.” 



Locke and Key book coverLocke & Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez

“In this modern gothic series, the Locke children uncover their family’s secret legacy of magical keys that grant them the power to change the world around them--if they can keep them out of the hands of a dark nemesis disguised as a friend, that is.” 



Relish book coverRelish: My LIfe in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley

“Lucy Knisely’s beautiful memoir invites readers to feast on her lifelong love of food, family and foie gras.” 




Sumo book coverSumo by Thien Pham

A beautifully compact story of an injured football player-cum-sumo wrestler learning how to let go of the past to be truly in the present.




This One Summer book coverThis One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki

“In this charming, deeply satisfying coming of age story, Mariko and Jillian Tamaki pay homage to the delicate divide between the innocence of youth and the turmoil of teenage years.” 



Boxers book coverSaints book coverBoxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

The Boxer Rebellion captured from two sides: a young boy fighting for his freedom and a girl on a spiritual quest.