Graphic Novels

The Tea Dragon Society book cover

The Tea Dragon Society

Katie (Cartoonist) O'Neill

jGRAPHIC NOVEL O'Neill
Kids, Graphic Novels

After discovering a lost Tea Dragon in the marketplace, apprentice blacksmith Greta learns about the dying art form of Tea Dragon caretaking from the kind tea shop owners.

Amanda's picture

This book is adorable, with a wonderfully diverse cast of characters! Great for tea lovers and tweens. -Amanda

Zen pencils : cartoon quotes from inspirational folks book cover

Zen pencils : cartoon quotes from inspirational folks

Gavin Aung Than

808.882 /Than
Graphic Novels

Zen Pencils turns your favorite quotes into fun and unique comics that will inspire and motivate even the most cynical of readers. Famous words modern thinkers, including Neil Gaiman, Stephen Fry, John Green, Roger Ebert, and Neil deGrasse Tyson as well as historic greats Marie Curie, C.S. Lewis, Bruce Lee, Vincent van Gogh, and Confucius are transformed into charming narrative comics that are sure to unlock your inner passion and creativity.

Meredith's picture

Artist Gavin Aung Than transforms inspirational and famous quotes into graphic stories. Everyone will find one that speaks to them. -Meredith

Runaways book cover

Runaways

Rainbow Rowell

COMIC Runaways 2017
Graphic Novels

When the Runaways eliminate the Pride from Los Angeles, it leaves a vacuum of power in the city's underworld, and soon Nico, Karolina, Gert, Chase, and Molly are on the run again to uncover the truth behind their parents' past before it catches up to them.

Brian's picture

This is perfect for comic fans and also anyone who has never read a comic before in their life! Rowell's writing is funny and delightful, while Anka's art is hip and dynamic. -Brian

Fetch : how a bad dog brought me home : a graphic memoir book cover

Fetch : how a bad dog brought me home : a graphic memoir

Nicole J. Georges

BIOGRAPHY Georges, Nicole J.
Graphic Novels

From an award-winning artist, a memoir of life with a difficult, beloved dog that will resonate with anybody who has ever had a less than perfectly behaved pet. When Nicole Georges was sixteen she adopted Beija, a dysfunctional shar-pei/corgi mix--a troublesome combination of tiny and attack, just like teenaged Nicole herself. For the next fifteen years, Beija would be the one constant in her life. Through depression, relationships gone awry, and an unmoored young adulthood played out against the backdrop of the Portland punk scene, Beija was there, wearing her "Don't Pet Me" bandana. Georges's gorgeous graphic novel Fetch chronicles their symbiotic, codependent relationship and probes what it means to care for and be responsible to another living thing--a living thing that occasionally lunges at toddlers. Nicole turns to vets, dog whisperers, and even a pet psychic for help, but it is the moments of accommodation, adaption, and compassion that sustain them. Nicole never successfully taught Beija "sit," but in the end, Beija taught Nicole how to stay. -- Provided by publisher.

Heidi K's picture

This is an adorable book about a "bad dog" Beija and her human Nicole who loves her anyway. -Heidi K

Are you my mother? : a comic drama book cover

Are you my mother? : a comic drama

Alison Bechdel

BIOGRAPHY Bechdel, Alison
Graphic Novels, LGBTQ+

A graphic memoir of Alison Bechdel becoming the artist her mother wanted to be. Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home was a pop culture and literary phenomenon. Now, a second thrilling tale of filial sleuthery, this time about her mother: voracious reader, music lover, passionate amateur actor. Also a woman, unhappily married to a closeted gay man, whose artistic aspirations simmered under the surface of Bechdel's childhood . . . and who stopped touching or kissing her daughter good night, forever, when she was seven. Poignantly, hilariously, Bechdel embarks on a quest for answers concerning the mother-daughter gulf. It's a richly layered search that leads readers from the fascinating life and work of the iconic twentieth-century psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, to one explosively illuminating Dr. Seuss illustration, to Bechdel’s own (serially monogamous) adult love life. And, finally, back to Mother—to a truce, fragile and real-time, that will move and astonish all adult children of gifted mothers.

Heidi K's picture

If you like graphic novels, and haven't read this one yet: do it. If you swear you don't like graphic novels or comics: try this one. -Heidi K

Star Wars : Darth Vader book cover

Star Wars : Darth Vader

Kieron Gillen

COMIC Star Wars Darth 2015
Graphic Novels

Ever since Darth Vader's first on-screen appearance, he has become one of pop-culture's most popular villains. Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A New Hope (and the pages of the new Star Wars comic book) into his own solo adventures - showing the Empire's war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side! But when a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to? As Vader pursues a very personal vengeance against the Rebels and investigates the Emperor's secret machinations, he clashes with weapons scavenger Aphra and deadly Battle Droids, and returns to Geonosis to build an army. But some very powerful people don't want him to learn the truths he seeks! Guest-starring Jabba the Hutt, Boba Fett and more!

Brian's picture

Vader is a man of few words, and when he speaks, you listen.  Gillen nails that, and I can almost hear James Earl Jones booming voice in the dialog.  Also, artist Salvador Larocca couldn't do a better job drawing an iconic Vader.  I highly recommend Star Wars: Darth Vader to any Star Wars fan. -Brian

Giant days book cover

Giant days

John Allison

COMIC Giant
Graphic Novels

"Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, "personal experimentation," influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of "academia," they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird."--Provided from Amazon.com.

Brian's picture

All of the characters shine, and you’ll immediately want to read the next volume. -Brian

Gotham Central book cover

Gotham Central

Greg Rucka

COMIC Gotham
Graphic Novels

Brian's picture

A police drama and procedural set in Gotham City. Batman is a presence--and not always a welcome one--but this is really about the men and women in uniform. -Brian

Criminal book cover

Criminal

Ed Brubaker

COMIC Criminal
Graphic Novels

Brian's picture

Brubaker nails the story and dialog while Phillips sets the perfect mood with his art. It’s hard to not want to read it in one sitting. Heads up--this is an adult comic with language, violence and sex. -Brian

Fables : the deluxe edition book cover

Fables : the deluxe edition

Bill Willingham

COMIC Fables Deluxe
Graphic Novels

Imagine that all the characters from the world's most beloved storybooks were real -- real, and living among us, with all their powers intact. How would they cope with life in our mundane, un-magical reality?

Brian's picture

The first volume does a great job of easing us into the world. Stick with it because it gets amazing! -Brian