Book Genre: Graphic Novels

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Nicole J Georges
Laurie.
5

Grab a binky and set aside uninterrupted time to read (and re-read) Nicole George's vulnerable and witty memoir. The basic storyline of dead dad-crazy mom-coming out-love-dogs and sundry surprises would just be too overwhelming if it weren't for Nicole's understated sharing. Her honesty and...

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Simon Spurrier
Becker
4

Have you ever felt like we're all just numbers, being watched over by the great cosmic accountant? Welcome to the world of Numbercruncher. In this genre-mashup graphic novel (the creator describes it as a "metaphysical black-comedy romantic crime noir thriller"), genius Richard Thyme dies young...

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Mike Carey
Emily
3

Meet Tommy Taylor, he's Mike Carey's fictional Harry Potter, thing is Tommy Taylor is a man, a real man who's father wrote him into stories when he was a child. (Really it's much more sinister than that.) People meet Tom Taylor but they want/expect/need him to be Tommy. So, Tom Taylor, the grown...

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Charles Santino
lisab
4

This graphic novel by Louis L’Amour and adapted by Charles Santino is a great introduction to the genre of westerns. This novel is a good old-fashioned tale about the law of the land, human nature and range war. While it is a quick read, those who like westerns will still enjoy this story. Great...

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Nate Cosby
Tara
2

With an artistic style reminiscent of Calvin and Hobbes, Cow Boy was not what I expected. His hobby horse/shotgun took me awhile to get accustomed to. This pint-sized bounty hunter is on the hunt to bring his...

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Brian Wood
Brett
4

This volume collects issues #1-6 of the most recent, and apparently last, series of Star Wars comics from Dark Horse. Standing independent from other entries in the Expanded Universe, the story takes place during a fascinating time period: immediately following the destruction of the...

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David Almond
Dawn
4

As Blue writes a story about his dad's death, his feelings, and the town's bully, Hopper, he becomes aware of the fragile lines that separate reality and imagination.  His dreams and actions coincide very closely with those of the main character of his story, Savage. Savage lives...

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Tim Leong
Brett
4

This gloriously silly collection of comics-related infographics comes from Tim Leong, an art director at Wired magazine. The assorted charts and pie graphs are funny, irreverent and sometimes even informative! Highlights include a Chris Ware sadness scale, a Venn diagram of superhero...

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Andy Griffiths
Kristi
4

Andy and Terry live in the tree house. It’s amazing. Think Berenstain Bears' house on steroids. It has a movie theater, library, shark tank, see through pool, room full of pillows, bowling alley, secret underground laboratory, game room, swinging vines to take you anywhere, and of course...

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Nate Cosby
Kristi
1

10 year old Nate is a bounty hunter in the old west. It seems his targets are members of his own family who he wants to bring to justice for his own ill treatment at their hands. Boyd will stop at nothing to get his man, including using violence and shooting people with his gun shaped like a...

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Patrick Rothfuss
Emily
4

Yay the Princess is back! This felt a bit "homage to Labyrinth"-y but all in all a delightful little tale. In this adventure the Princess' baby brother "Gubby" is generally a menace, but then luckily for the Princess he gets stolen by... oh wait is that a spoiler? :D

Once again Rothfuss...

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Vera Brosgol
Tara
4

Both creepy and cute, Anya's Ghost is a tale of learning to accept yourself and figuring out who your friends truly are. The art style is spare but powerful. I was touched by Anya's desire to fit in, have a more "normal" name, and her daily struggles at school. A quick read, this...

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Laurence Sach
Kristi
3

I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by this graphic novel version of one of my favorite Austen novels. I thought the length and format wouldn’t capture the wry humor of the full length novel. I was pleasantly surprised. The graphic novel captures almost all of the famous scenes and quotes from the...

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Lucy Knisley
Adelina
5

Graphic Novel meets Cooking Memoir.

Our strongest memories are often linked to our senses. It was delightful to follow Lucy Knisley down memory lane. Her book appeals to three senses: sight, taste and smell. Plus, she tickled my funny bone. I particularly enjoyed the cartoon visual...

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Harvey Pekar
Charles
3

Reading The Beats: A Graphic History is a unique way to learn about the lives of three Beat Generation authors: Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs.  After giving complete biographies of these three authors, the remainder of the book gives a blurb about some...

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Patrick Rothfuss
Em
4

The Princess continues her innocent and weirdly terrifying adventures in this second installment of The Princess and Mr. Whiffle, only this time she’s got her baby brother to take care of. We get a few hints about her mysteriously absent parents and more carnage courtesy of the Princess...

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Kelly Sue DeConnick
Becker
4

I'll admit, I hadn't heard of Captain Marvel until last year's Denver Comic Con, so I was intrigued by this collection. While I enjoyed the stories contained in In Pursuit of Flight, I REALLY appreciated the 4-page rundown of the history of Captain Marvel/Carol Danvers included at the end of the...

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Ellen Forney
Cori Jackamore
4

The comic book author takes us on her journey of coming to terms with her bipolar diagnosis, her search for the right combination of medicines to keep her “in balance,” and her struggle with the possibility of the illness affecting her art and how. It’s a fascinating story made even more...

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Alison Bechdel
Michelle
3

A second graphic memoir by self-archiving cartoonist Alison Bechdel is somewhat challenging to read with many references to Virginia Woolf and Donald Winnicott.

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Jason Aaron
Thane
5

Jason Aaron is a great writer. His modern crime Native American series Scalped is a graphic novel noir masterpiece. That series made him famous in the comic book world and resulted in Aaron taking on a lot of high-profile writing work at Marvel Comics.

Unfortunately, none of Aaron's...

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Lisa Hanawalt
Lily
5

My Dirty Dumb Eyes is dementedly funny and illustrated excellently. Vivid depictions of Hanawalt's strange mind left me laughing so hard I was in tears. She analyzes the television show the Bachelor, Planet of the Apes, and other worthy pop culture phenomena by questioning them...

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Frederik Peeters
Lily
3

Blue Pills is a sentimental, honest, and endearing memoir told in the form of a graphic novel. Author Frederik Peeters depicts his experience falling in love with Cati. Cati is HIV positive and so is her three-year-old son. Blue Pills is sweet, but sometimes prone to the mildly...

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Marjane Satrapi
Em
2

I think the author didn’t realize that the reason she found this story worth writing about was because it was about a family member and that nobody outside her family would be anywhere near as interested. The main character isn’t remotely likable (nor is anyone else, for that matter), and as a...

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Brian K. Vaughan
Colleen
4

Adding to the beautiful weirdness that was Saga Volume 1, we catch up with our struggling young family of Marko, Alana and Hazel as they try to escape a galaxy-wide war. They must dodge freelance assassins, in-laws, exes, and a strange mutant baby the size of a planet. All of this is depicted in...

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Amber Dusick
Emily
3

This funny illustrated memoir-ish book is the product of a blog, so perhaps I should refer to it as a blook (there are a lot of those being published right now). In short it is funny! For the longer version this blook traces the trials and tribulations of a marriage, a couple pregnancies, child...