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Graphic Novel Reading Challenge - For Adults

Updated: March 13, 2022

The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir
Bui, Thi
Call Number: 740.9999 B932
Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves. She also writes about the impact that colonialism and war in Vietnam had on one family, her own.

Big Black: Stand at Attica
Smith, Frank
Call Number: 365.9747 S647

Black Hammer, Vol 1: Visions
Lemire, Jeff
Call Number: 741.5 B6272Le-10 v.1

Thompson, Craig
Call Number: 740.9999 T469-3

Blue in Green
V, Ram
Call Number: 741.5 V111-1

Chasing Echoes
Goldman, Dan
Call Number: 741.5 G619

Cyclopedia Exotica
Dhaliwal, Aminder
Call Number: 740.9999 D533-1

Dancing at the Pity Party: A Dead Mom Graphic Memoir
Feder, Tyler
Call Number: 741.5 F293

A moving graphic memoir of a young woman trying to find herself after her mother dies from cancer. Both heartbreaking and hopeful, this is a love letter to the author's mother, and a reminder that when you feel alone in loss, someone in the world understands you.

Factory Summers
Delisle, Guy
Call Number: 740.9999 D354-2

Andersen, Sarah
Call Number: 740.9999 A549-3

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
Bechdel, Alison
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.

Himawari House
Becker, Harmony
Call Number: 741.5 B395

Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio
Backderf, Derf
Call Number: 378.7 O374De

Killadelphia, Vol 1: Sins of the Father
Barnes, Rodney
Call Number: 741.5 K478Ba v.1

Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation
Butler, Octavia, E., Duffy, Damian, Jennings, John
Call Number: 741.5 D858-1

Making Comics
Barry, Lynda
Call Number: 740.914 B281-12

March: Book One
Lewis, John
Call Number: 323.4092 L674-2

March is popping up all over the place on best graphic novel lists for 2013, and rightfully so. This is the first book in a planned trilogy that tells of the struggle of Congressman John Lewis, his first hand experience of the Jim Crow South, and his experience living through segregation and choosing to fight against it through his participation in key Civil Rights moments, such as the March on Washington and the Selma-Montgomery March. Fantastic assignment book for teachers looking for an engaging document to bring the struggle for racial equality for African Americans to light.

Maus: A Survivor's Tale
Spiegelman, Art
Call Number: 740.9854 S755-2

My Favorite Thing Is Monsters: Vol 1
Ferris, Emil
Call Number: 740.9999 F394

Brubaker, Ed
Call Number: 741.5 B886-7

Redbone: The True Story Of A Native American Rock Band
Staebler, Christian

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
Knisley, Lucy
Call Number: 740.9999 K71-2

Vaughan, Brian K.
Call Number: 740.9999 S1295

This is the second part of a multi-volume graphic novel of war-crossed lovers trying to live and raise their daughter in a universe torn apart by a war between their people. The universe this story is set in is rich, strange and familiar. The characters are believable, charming and surprising. It’s a strange, wild ride.

Sapiens: A Graphic History, Vol 1: The Birth of Humankind
Harari, Yuval N.
Call Number: 573.209 H254-2 v.1

Itō, Junji
Call Number: 740.9999 I887-9

Sweet Tooth
Lemire, Jeff
Call Number: 740.9999 S9745

Tiananmen 1989: Our Shattered Hopes
Zhang, Lun
Call Number: 740.9999 Z637

Y: The Last Man
Vaughan, Brian K.
Call Number: 740.9999 Y11-2 v.1