[BHE 180] A Reader’s Guide to Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga – A Short List

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Fats here.

Every Sunday, we are excited to share books that managed to find their way into our hands and landed straight into our ever-growing bookshelves. I’ve been missing in action for over a month. I’m glad to pick up today’s post to feature some of my awesome book finds for our current theme, Crazy for Comics.

Before I share with you my not-so-recent book loot, let me just say that there are thousands of graphic novels and comic books out there! It’s amazing how many titles you can find online. Although I’m not an expert on this subject and I haven’t read a lot of graphic novels, I thought that this list might help you get started on reading stories in panels.

This is going to be quite a list so please bear with me. I decided to group these books into general themes, which I hope you’d find helpful. If you know other wonderful titles and/or websites to add to our growing list, feel free to share them on the comments box below. Have a great weekend, everyone! =)

Titles From My Personal Shelf

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Trese by Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo

I only have the first three books in the series: Murder at Balete Drive, Unreported Murders, and Mass Murders. There are currently six books in the series. Iphigene wrote a fantastic review of these books back in 2010. Myra, on the other hand, featured Kajo Baldisimo in 2013 for our Illustrator’s Sketchpad. She also wrote a separate feature on Budjette Tan as our Featured Guest for our theme last September.

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Maus I: My Father Bleeds History by Art Spiegelman
Maus II: And Here My Troubles Began by Art Spiegelman

I haven’t read these but I look forward to reading them someday. Check out this article written by Andrew Roth about the book being removed in Moscow, Russia.

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Stardust by Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess
Sandman: The Dream Hunters by Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell
The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch by Neil Gaiman
and Dave McKean
Death: The Hight Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman and Chris Bachalo

Not in picture: Sandman by Neil Gaiman. I have Absolute Sandman Volume 1, and Annotated Sandman Volumes 2 & 3. All three (enormous) books contain Sandman issues 1-55. I’m hoping to complete the series by next year.

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Batman: Cacophony by Kevin Smith and Walt Flanagan
Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader by Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert
Batman: Eye of the Beholder by Tony S. Daniel and Andy Clake

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Fables: The Deluxe Edition, Book One by Bill Willingham, Mark Buckingham, Lan Medina, Steve Leialoha, and Craig Hamilton
300 by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley

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Sunday Brunch: The Best of Zits Sundays by Jerry Scott and Jim Borgman

Non-Fiction Graphic Novels

These books aren’t exactly graphic novels. These are resources for teachers who are interested in using graphic novels in the classroom or for anyone who wants to learn about comics.

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The Graphic Novel Classroom: POW!erful Teaching and Learning with Images by Maureen Bakis
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud – anything by Scott McCloud is highly recommended by one of my comic-obsessed co-workers
Drawing Words and Writing Pictures by Jessica Abel and Matt Madden

Below are graphic novels about science! Woohoo!

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Dignifying Science: Stories About Women Scientists by Jim Ottaviani and various artists
The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA by Mark Schultz, Zander Cannon, and Kevin Cannon – I geeked at the title alone. I know I won’t be able to get to this but I’m glad I discovered it.
Survive! Inside the Human Body, Volume 1: The Digestive System by Gomdori co. and Hyun-dong Han – I enjoyed reading this. Fun stuff! I recommend this to everyone, including nursing and med students!

Interested in travelogues? Check out these books:

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Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle
An Age of License: A Travelogue by Lucy Knisley – She is one of the speakers for this year’s Book Riot Live. Unfortunately, I won’t be able to go this year.

The following titles are ‘graphic novel biographies’:

a) about a wrestler and a strongman

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Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown
The Strongest Man in the World: Louis Cyr by Nicoals Debon

b) about a escape artist

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Houdini: The Handcuff King by Jason Lutes and Nick Bertozzi
Houdini: The Life of the Great Escape Artist by Agnieszka Biskup and Pat Kinsella

c) about men during wartime

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Gettysburg: The Graphic Novel by C.M. Butzer
A Bag of Marbles: The Graphic Novel by Joseph Joffo and Vincent Bailly

d) about women pilots

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Amelia Earhart: This Broad Ocean by Sarah Stewart Taylor and Ben Towle
Bessie Coleman: Daring Stunt Pilot (Graphic Library) by Trina Robbins and Ken Steacy

e) about an artist and having an epileptic brother

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Vincent by Barbara Stok – Not intended for children
Epileptic by David B.

Fiction Titles

How about a comic series? Check out the adorable books below!

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Miyazaki Fandom!!!

My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle by Hayao Miyazaki

These are comic book adaptations of the beloved animated films by Hayao Miyazaki. It’s like reading a screenplay of the movies. Oh, the memories! *SIGH*

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Moomin Love!!!

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Volumes 1-6

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Yay Hilda!!!

Hildafolk by Luke Pearson
Hilda and the Black Hound by Luke Pearson
Hilda and the Midnight Giant by Luke Pearson
Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson

Graphic novels with female leads:

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Baba Yaga’s Assistant by Marika McCoola and Emily Carroll – Emily Carroll also created Through the Woods
The War at Ellsmere by Faith Erin Hicks and Jennifer de Guzman
Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

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Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch
Hereville: How Mirka Met a Meteorite by Barry Deutsch

The monster and the monster-slayer (also with female leads):

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson – SHARKS~!!!
In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

Sometimes, you come across wordless comics and graphic novels such as these:

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The Adventures of Polo by Regis Faller
Travel by Yuichi Yokoyama

Other times, you find familiar authors:

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The Hobbit: An Illustrated Edition of the Fantasy Classic by J.R.R. Tolkien, Charles Dixon, and David Wenzel
Violent Cases by Neil Gaiman and Dave McKean – For years I’ve looked for a copy. Finally found one in our library catalog!

More about giants, monsters, and evil beings:

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Monster on the Hill by Rob Harrell
I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Nimura
The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins

About death and darkness:

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The Undertaking of Lily Chen by Danica Novgorodoff
Beautiful Darkness by Fabien Vehlmann and Kerascoët

Apparently, the Internet said you need to have these comics and graphic novels on your list:

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The Complete Essex County by Jeff Lemire
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on the Earth by Chris Ware

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Stitches: A Memoir by David Small – Non-fiction, for sure, but definitely earns a spot with these other award-winning titles.
Mother, Come Home by Hornschemeier and Thomas Tennant

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Why Are You Doing This? by Jason
I Killed Adolf Hitler by Jason
Sshhhh! by Jason – Also wordless

A List of Diverse Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga:

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This One Summer by Jillian Tamaki and Mariko Tamaki
SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

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Long Tail Kitty by Lark Pien
Cat Person by Seo Kim
Long Tail Kitty: Come Out and Play by Lark Pien

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Kampung Boy by Lat
Not Simple by Natsume Ono
Solanin by Inio Asano

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Nonnonba by Shigeru Mizuki
Koko Be Good by Jen Wang

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A Drunken Dream and Other Stories by Moto Hagio
Tekkon Kinkreet: Black and White by Taiyo Matsumoto

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If you’ve read other awesome graphic novels, comics, and/or manga that are not included in this list, let us know! Share your book recommendations with us! =)

  1. What an absolutely awesome list you have here! I featured Beautiful Darkness earlier this week, I think. I see a lot of familiar titles and a lot of new ones as well! Unfortunately, we don’t have the graphic novel adaptation of Stardust. Boo. 😦 I am particularly intrigued by the look of Hilda you have here. Will have to find those. I’ve also scheduled a review of The Tragical Comedy – that one was weird. How did you find the Supermutant Academy? I like the works of the Tamakis.

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    1. Yeah, Mr. Punch is weird. I have to read that one again. It’s been a while and I had already forgotten. My co-worker said Hilda’s pretty good, although I haven’t read it myself. I’ve only read Skim by the Tamakis and that one was alright. I’ve only read maybe 1/3 or half of this list, not including the books I own. Hoping to go through most, if not all, of them before taking them back to the library.

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  2. And yay for Lat! Singaporean artist! 🙂 Can you check whether your library has “The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye?” by Sonny Liew?

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    1. I checked and we don’t have that. I believe he is a contributor to the graphic novels, Liquid City and Flight. We have both titles in the catalog. Well, some of the volumes.

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  3. […] graphic novels that feature female characters, you may want to check out my post last year about A Reader’s Guide to Graphic Novels, Comics, and Manga. Enjoy […]

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