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Graphic Novels

Updated: June 17, 2016

Pekar, Harvey.
Call Number: 740.914 P379-3

Considered world's first literary comic book, this graphic novel inspired the movie "American Splendor,” winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival.

Bechdel, Alison, 1960-
Call Number: 740.914 B391-7

Bechdel humorously examines her difficult relationship with her mother.

Thompson, Craig, 1975-
Call Number: 740.914 T469

A moving autobiographical coming-of-age story about the author’s life and childhood in a fundamentalist Christian family.

Georges, Nicole J.
Call Number: 740.914 G3495

This autobiographical graphic novel, which started out as a monthly zine, reveals a portrait of family dysfunction and the unraveling of unspoken secrets.

Gonick, Larry.
Call Number: 740.914 G638

An entertaining and intriguing illustrated guide that makes world history seem accessible. 

Satrapi, Marjane, 1969-
Call Number: 740.9954 S253-3

This volume contains parts 1 and 2 of Satrapi's best-selling memoir, which relates in graphic novel form the story of the author’s childhood and young adult years in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution. A film version of this book came out in 2007.


Kubert, Joe, 1926-2012.
Call Number: 949.7 K95

The story of how a family survived the Siege of Sarajevo in 1992-1993, told through a combination of comics and copies of faxes—the author’s only means of communicating with the outside world.

Bechdel, Alison, 1960-
Call Number: 740.914 B391-5

Based on memories noted in her childhood journal, comic artist Bechdel documents her unusual childhood with darkly humorous drawings and text. Her closeted gay father ran a funeral home and died (a probable suicide) just as she was coming out as a lesbian.

Forney, Ellen.
Call Number: 740.9999 F727

An exploration in comic form of the relationship between crazy and creative, by an author diagnosed with bipolar disorder.

Spiegelman, Art.
Call Number: 740.9854 S755 1991

The two volumes of Maus recount—in cartoon form--the tragic Holocaust survival story of Vladek Spiegelman and his fraught relationship with his son, a cartoonist.

Gaiman, Neil.
Call Number: 740.9999 S217

Best-selling fiction/fantasy author Neil Gaiman offers a graphic novel that combines mythology, folklore, and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative voice.

Bell, Gabrielle.
Call Number: 740.9999 B433-1

A real-time memoir covering 5 years in the life of cartoonist and filmmaker Gabrielle Bell.

Kirkman, Robert.
Call Number: 740.9999 W1865 v.1

The original classic comic book on which the hit AMC TV series “The Walking Dead” was based. 

Moore, Alan, 1953-
Call Number: 740.9999 W3245

This Hugo Award-winning graphic novel is considered by many to be one of the best of the genre. It recounts the fall from grace of a group of super-heroes. A film version came out in 2009.