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Graphic Novels

Updated: June 7, 2016

Yang, Gene Luen.
Call Number: 740.9999 Y22

This book explores different facets of Chinese American identity with pop culture and alternating points of view and style.

Miller, Frank, 1957-
Call Number: 740.914 M647-2 1996

The graphic novel credited with revolutionizing not only Batman, but all superhero comics. Miller takes a look at a Batman of the future, an old man who finds his world has passed him by, but fights on regardless. A biting, violent, disjointed take on Batman which demonstrates how a graphic novel can be as entertaining as any straight-up novel. Not a story for everyone, but an important work of comic history.

Medley, Linda.
Call Number: 740.9999 M491
Castle Waiting is a place where cast-offs and misfits come for sanctuary. It's a quiet story - there are no huge battles or explosions, but it is worth reading, especially if you like old-fashioned fairy tales.

Kelly, Joe.
Call Number: 740.9999 K294
A fifth grade girl must kill giants to protect the world, but try telling that to her classmates. Her attempts at friendship risk being thwarted by her compelling fantasy life. This is a funny and unpredictable take on a coming of age story

Waid, Mark.
Call Number: 741.5 S959Wa
The superheroes of the DC Universe (Batman, Wonder Woman, Super Man) have been replaced overtime by a new generation of superheros. Many of these new superheroes are as strange and deadly as the forces they fight. Will the older superheroes be able to calm the constant fighting, especially when they are still fighting amongst themselves? This book is immersed in the DC comic universe and is a story told on an epic scale through the unique watercolors of Alex Ross.

Abel, Jessica.
Call Number: 740.9999 A139-1
What's the worst possible part of being a vampire? It isn't sunlight or drinking blood. The worst part is working a terrible job and being the same loser you always were, and then realizing that you'll be that way forever. Life Sucks subverts traditional concepts of vampires in a fun coming of age story.

Spiegelman, Art.
Call Number: 740.9854 S755-2

Abel, Jessica,
Call Number: 809.293 A139
Out on the Wire is an unconventional graphic novel, literally illustrating how some of the best podcasts and radio programs got their start. In a similar vein to the popular "idiot's guide" books, Jessica Abel demystifies the art of storytelling. Included are interviews with the creators of This American Life, Radiolab, Snap Judgment, Planet Money, the Moth Radio Hour, Radio Diaries, and 99% Invisible.

Vaughan, Brian K.
Call Number: 740.9999 R9395
The Breakfast Club meets the X-Men - a group of teens who wouldn't normally have much to do with each other discover that their parents are super villains. There are vampires, talking cars, wizards, aliens, and a giant dinosaur. Cool, well-written dialogue and believable characters.