Graphic Novels

Be prepared book cover

Be prepared

Vera Brosgol

Kids, Graphic Novels, Fiction

A misfit girl and her brother attend summer camp, where they struggle with primitive plumbing, snobby tentmates, and boys-versus-girls competitions.

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This fun graphic novel is the story of a Russian immigrant and general misfit who goes to camp hoping to find acceptance. Vera's earnest struggle to make friends in all the wrong ways, and her grudging eventual enjoyment of camp will keep readers turning the pages to find out how she survives it all. -Morgan

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Hey, kiddo

Jarrett Krosoczka

362.2913 /Krosoczka
Graphic Novels, Memoir, Young Adult

"In kindergarten, Jarrett Krosoczka's teacher asks him to draw his family, with a mommy and a daddy. But Jarrett's family is much more complicated than that. His mom is an addict, in and out of rehab, and in and out of Jarrett's life. His father is a mystery -- Jarrett doesn't know where to find him, or even what his name is. Jarrett lives with his grandparents -- two very loud, very loving, very opinionated people who had thought they were through with raising children until Jarrett came along"--

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This book is getting rave reviews and was easy to see why. Hey, Kiddo is the graphic memoir of author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Raised by his colorful grandparents, who adopted him because his mother was an incarcerated heroin addict, Krosoczka didn't know his father's name until he saw his birth certificate when registering for a school ski trip. Hey, Kiddo traces Krosoczka's search for his father, his difficult interactions with his mother, his day-to-day life with his grandparents, and his path to becoming an artist. The artwork does, as intended, look like a memory or dream sequence and adds to the intensity of the book. It is a very honest description of his life growing up and at times can be very dark. Knowing the books he now writes and illustrates for children, it is amazing to see him overcome his upbringing to be the success he is today, it proves to be a very powerful message for everyone to take away. -Angela

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Matt Fraction

COMIC Hawkeye 2012
Graphic Novels

Clint Barton, a.k.a. the self-made hero Hawkeye, fights for justice and good rooftop BBQs! And with Young Avenger Kate Bishop by his side, he's out to get some downtime from being one of Earth's mightiest heroes. This is the ongoing tale of the Arrow-Avenger; Barton and Bishop mean double the Hawkeye and double the trouble!

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At the Big 10 Championship football game, Iowa against Michigan State, one of the signs in the Michigan State student section said "Hawkeye is the worst Avenger." I don't think they read this hilarious series by Matt Fraction. -Meredith

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Maus II : a survivor's tale

Art Spiegelman

940.5318 /Spiegelman
Graphic Novels

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I tell anyone who is checking out Maus to go ahead and get Maus II at the same time. There's no way one can stop reading Vladek's story. -Meredith

Maus I : a survivor's tale book cover

Maus I : a survivor's tale

Art Spiegelman

940.5318 /Spiegelman
Graphic Novels

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Maus was the first graphic novel I ever read. Nothing like starting with the best! -Meredith

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Octavia E. Butler's Kindred

Damian Duffy

Graphic Novels

"Home is a new house with a loving husband in 1970s California that is suddenly transformed into the frightening world of the antebellum South. Dana, a young black writer, can't explain how she is transported across time and space to a plantation in Maryland. But she does quickly understand why: to deal with the troubles of Rufus, a conflicted white slaveholder--and her progenitor. Her survival, her very existence, depends on it"--Jacket flap.

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Every book I’ve ever read by Octavia E. Butler stays with me for a long time. The graphic novel adaptation of Kindred is no exception. Amazing art for an amazing story. -Meredith

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Bitch Planet

Kelly Sue DeConnick

Graphic Novels

In a future just a few years down the road in the wrong direction, a woman's failure to comply with her patriarchal overlords will result in exile to the meanest penal planet in the galaxy. When the newest crop of fresh femmes arrive, can they work together to stay alive or will hidden agendas, crooked guards, and the deadliest sport on (or off!) Earth take them to their maker?

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Set in a dystopian future where women who are "non-compliant" are sent to another planet to suffer for their sins. These can range from obesity, murder, being too tired to love and care for a man properly, talking too much, etc. Basically, if you're a woman, the man is watching. If he does not like what he sees, you pay. The plot is this first volume is slim, but the concept is intriguing. And scary. Not suitable for ages under 18, though the nudity is not for the sake of nudity, but making the female prisoners even more vulnerable. -Meredith

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Check, Please!

Graphic Novels

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A sweet, funny graphic novel about Eric Bittle, a college freshman who bakes, plays hockey and keeps a vlog. Oh, and he has a crush on the captain of his hockey team :) -Brian

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Woman world

Aminder Dhaliwal

Graphic Novels

When a birth defect wipes out the planet's entire population of men, Woman World rises out of society's ashes.

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A great illustration of women's strength with humor. -Meredith

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Tillie Walden

796.912092 /Walden
Young Adult, Graphic Novels, Biographies

Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know. It was the same every morning. Wake up, grab the ice skates, and head to the rink while the world was still dark. Weekends were spent in glitter and tights at competitions. Perform. Smile. And do it again. She was good. She won. And she hated it. For ten years, figure skating was Tillie Walden's life. She woke before dawn for morning lessons, went straight to group practice after school, and spent weekends competing at ice rinks across the state. Skating was a central piece of her identity, her safe haven from the stress of school, bullies, and family. But as she switched schools, got into art, and fell in love with her first girlfriend, she began to question how the close-minded world of figure skating fit in with the rest of her life, and whether all the work was worth it given the reality: that she, and her friends on the team, were nowhere close to Olympic hopefuls. The more Tillie thought about it, the more Tillie realized she'd outgrown her passion--and she finally needed to find her own voice.

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