Book Genre: Graphic Novels

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Derf
Becker
4

Author Derf Backderf graduated from high school with Jeffrey Dahmer in 1978. While they weren't close, they moved in the same outcast circles, and Backderf has a unique perspective on the early development of the man that would become one of the worst modern serial killers. Combining his...

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Jeff Lemire
Brett
5

Jeff Lemire presents the story of a man literally and figuratively under pressure. An underwater welder by trade, Jack is used to working on the seabed in a pressure suit. But as he anticipates becoming a father, he finds himself haunted by unresolved issues from his childhood involving his...

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Craig Thompson
Brett
4

Winner of the 2012 Eisner Award for Best Writer/Artist

This incredibly beautiful graphic novel from writer/artist Craig Thompson demonstrates how powerful the graphic format can be for storytelling. The novel takes place in a...

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John Layman
Emily
4

You are what you eat takes on a whole new meaning in CHEW, Tony Chu (hahah) is a cibopath, that means that he experiences the life of everything he eats... so pretty much eating anything sucks, except for canned beets they apparently don't register much. This graphic novel series follows the...

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Patrick Rothfuss
Emily
4

An absurdly funny, rather disturbing comic for adults by the author of the Kingkiller Chornicles Patrick Rothfuss. Nothing at all like his other works but very much like his blog, check it out the punch line is a killer!

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Edward Gorey
Emily
4

As a child I would plop myself down infront of the TV to watch Mystery on PBS, now it wasn’t because I was a huge fan of mysteries but because I was a huge fan of those creepy, chilling, and strange illustrations that introduced the show, it was only like ten or fifteen seconds of cartooning but...

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Josh Neufeld
Emily
4

This is a great graphic novel that depicts the lives of five groups of people as they deal with the coming of Hurricane Katrina and its devastating aftermath. This book brought to light so much about the situation in New Orleans that got glossed over in the news. Gritty, terrifying, moving this...

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Alison Bechdel
Laurie.
5

You don't need to be a fan of Bechdel's comic strip, Dykes to Watch Out For, to appreciate her first graphic novel examining her relationship with her father who committed suicide.  Her graphic art and storytelling had me re-reading this...

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Bryan Lee O'Malley
extra medium
5

Finally! The last volume in the Scott Pilgrim series! This book is so incredibly, amazingly fantastic! O'Malley's art keeps improving and his work in this volume is wonderful. All the little details and things that happened in the first books are addressed and there are some surprises at the end...

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extra medium
0

This is a great collection of illustrated trickster tales told by Native Americans. The art is really diverse ranging from stuff you'd see in the newspaper comics to really beautiful and well drawn. My favorites are Giddy Up, Wolfie where Chuckfi the rabbit woos Nashoba-Tek, a female wolf and...

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Brooke A Allen
extra medium
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Tesana is a big girl who lives in her own imaginary world. In an attempt to fit in at her new school, she tries to help out with the pep rally. There, she finds a rabbit that can lay eggs and ends up beating up the entire football team to keep the rabbit safe. After escaping the pep rally,...

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Raina Telgemeier
Becker
4

The author recounts her middle and high school years in this graphic format memoir that revolves around friendship, self-discovery, and dental work. What made Raina's middle school years even more trying than usual was the fact that she fell and lost her 2 front teeth when she was in 6th grade....

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Jake Parker
Becker
3

Meet Missile Mouse, a mouse with a mission. He is part of the Galactic Security Agency, and his job is to keep the galaxy safe from the likes of the Rouge Imperium of Planets (RIP). His latest assignment is to rescue a kidnapped scientist before RIP can scan his brain for the secrets of the Star...

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Eleanor Davis
Becker
4

Julian the ultra nerd has moved to a new town, and decides to try to act like everyone else so that he won't be teased and can make friends. But it's hard to turn off your super-smart brain! After Julian reveals his smarts, he receives an encrypted note, which eventually leads him to Greta the...

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Chris Wooding
Becker
3

It's not a myth. If you gather the right objects and say the right words, Tall Jake will come and take you to Malice. And once you get there, you'll be fighting for your life. Malice is a novel/comic hybrid, which is a great format for this book. Many of the action sequences are in the graphic...

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Ashley Spires
Becker
4

Binky has just received word from F.U.R.S.T (Felines of the Universe Ready for Space Travel): he is now Space Cat qualified. Join Binky as he trains for his mission to leave Earth (and the house!), explore new worlds, and battle aliens (well, bugs). He builds his rocket ship, packs his snacks...

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Gene Luen Yang
Becker
3

Things aren't always what they seem. A greedy frog looking for the next money-making scheme? An email from a Nigerian prince asking for money? Having to bring home the head of the frog king? These graphic-format stories will take start with these ideas, but you'll be thinking very differently...

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Mariko Tamaki
Tara
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Reaching a crossroads in her life, Emiko is searching for her identity. Catching a flyer in the mall, she decides to check out a performance art hangout called "The Factory" where people wear crazy costumes and are self proclaimed "Freaks." Intrigued by this strange world, Emiko musters up the...

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Mark Schultz
Becker
4

Did you ever wish that you understood what people were talking about when they mentioned DNA, RNA, and genes? Do you hear things about gene therapy and cloning and wonder how they really work? Or maybe you've just gotten to a section on genetics in your science class in school and the teacher...

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Matthew Loux
extra medium
3

If you giggled at the title of this comic, you already know you should read it. Bonus points if you can tell which video game the cover is adapted from. For the rest of you: this is a (bad) day in the life comic about 3 slacker guys who just want to spend their summer in peace with their...

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Michael Hague
Becker
0

The blue flash happened on September 7. No one knows where it came from, just the scary result–all human beings in the world are now 6 inches tall. Mouse was in the city with his father when the flash happened. He leads an escape from his dad's office building and then picks up a larger...

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Mariko Tamaki
Becker
0

"Skim" is Kimberly Keiko Cameron, private school student, semi-Goth, semi-Wiccan, prone to introspection in her diary. This graphic novel explores her thoughts on a classmates' boyfriend's suicide and her school's reaction to it (ranging from counselor lectures to the popular girls forming a...

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Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert
Tara
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This journal of real-life adventurer and explorer Harmen van den Bogaert, a Dutch fur trader who journeyed into the land of the Iroquois, is excitingly illustrated to depict the danger and trials of such a daunting quest.

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Derek Kirk Kim
Becker
0

Think high school is confusing? Try getting through a day with your 6, 29 and 70-year old selves tagging along! This is the situation Grace Kwon is faced with when her past and future selves suddenly appear at her 18th birthday party. While day-to-day issues like a canceled school play and a...

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Mike Carey
Becker
0

Meet Jen Dik Seong, Dixie to her friends. Part of her practices the ancient Korean martial art of hapiko, which connects her to her culture and makes her parents proud, part of her is a typical L.A. chick lusting after surfer boy Adam. As she trains for the hapkido championship, she notices that...