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The Graphic Novel: June’s Recommended Reading


David Boring by Daniel Clowes

It’s summer. It’s finals. Let your brain have what it really wants and check out a graphic novel from the Library.

Our graphic novels come in all flavors—You want something fun? We have some of The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman. Check.

Memoir? Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi is in our collection. Check.

Historical? How about Barefoot Gen: Life After the Bomb? Check.

Heartbreaking? Fun home : a family tragicomic by Alison Bechdel, Cancer Vixen by Marisa Acocella Marchetto or Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth are all weep-worthy. Check, check, triple check.

What’s that? You want to read a comic book ABOUT comic books? You’re pretty demanding! Lucky for us we have Understanding Comics : The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud here too.

What are you waiting for? You can’t reread Twilight that many times this summer, can you?

Make your way to Building 25 now.

More Graphic Novels and Comic Books

The Arrival / Shaun Tan

Pedro and me : friendship, loss, and what I learned / Judd Winick.

Watchmen / Alan Moore, writer; Dave Gibbons, illustrator/letterer; John Higgins, colorist

Flood! : a novel in pictures / by Eric Drooker

City of glass / Paul Auster ; adaptation by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli ; new introduction by Art Spiegelman.

Kierkegaard for beginners / written and illustrated by Donald D. Palmer.

Jung for beginners / written by Jon Platania ; illustrated by Joe Lee.

David Boring / Daniel Clowes.

Epileptic / David B.

The four immigrants manga : a Japanese experience in San Francisco, 1904-1924 / Henry (Yoshitaka) Kiyama ; translated with an introduction and notes by Frederik L. Schodt.
Manga yonin shosei. English

From hell : being a melodrama in sixteen parts / Alan Moore, writer ; Eddie Campbell, artist ; Pete Mullins, contributing artist.

It’s a good life, if you don’t weaken / by Seth.

The league of extraordinary gentlemen. Vol. 1 / Alan Moore & Kevin O’Neill.

Maus I : a survivor’s tale : my father bleeds history / Art Spiegelman.

Maus II : a survivor’s tale : and here my troubles began / Art Spiegelman.

Monkey food : the complete I was seven in ’75 collection / by Ellen Forney.

The metamorphosis / [based on the story by] Franz Kafka ; adapted by Peter Kuper ; [translation by Kerstin Hasenpusch].

Pride of Baghdad : inspired by a true story / written by Brian K. Vaughan ; art by Niko Henrichon ; lettering by Todd Klein.

V for vendetta / Alan Moore, David Lloyd ; [with Steve Whitaker and Siobhan Dodds].

Whiteout / created and written by Greg Rucka ; illustrated and lettered by Steve Lieber.

Yu the Great : conquering the flood ; a Chinese legend / story by Paul D. Storrie ; pencils and inks by Sandy Carruthers.

Saga of the Swamp Thing / Alan Moore, Steve Bissette, John Totleben ; [foreword by Ramsey Campbell].

Batman : the long Halloween / Jeph Loeb, writer ; Tim Sale, artist ; Gregory Wright, colors ; Richard Starkings & Comicraft, letters.

Blankets : an illustrated novel / by Craig Thompson.

Bluesman : a twelve bar graphic narrative in the key of life and death. Book one / by Rob Vollmar & Pablo C. [i.e. G] Callejo.

Buddha. 1, Kapilavastu / Osamu Tezuka.

The cartoon history of the modern world / Larry Gonick.

McSweeney’s quarterly concern. No. 13, An assorted sampler of North American comic drawings, strips, and illustrated stories, etc. / by many of the most dignified and skilled practitioners of the cartooning art, etc. ; [editor, C. Ware].Websites

Books on Graphic Novels and Comic Books

Children of the yellow kid : the evolution of the American comic strip / Robert C. Harvey ; with contributions by Brian Walker, Richard V. West.

Alternative comics : an emerging literature / Charles Hatfield.

Comic book nation : the transformation of youth culture in America / Bradford W. Wright.

Understanding comics : the invisible art / [Scott McCloud].

The R. Crumb coffee table art book / [editor, art director, and colorist, Peter Poplaski].

Reinventing comics : [how imagination and technology are revolutionizing an art form] / Scott McCloud.

The World encyclopedia of comics / edited by Maurice Horn.

Making comics : storytelling secrets of comics, manga and graphic novels / Scott McCloud.

Comics & sequential art / by Will Eisner.

Comics, comix & graphic novels : a history of graphic novels / Roger Sabin.

Manga : sixty years of Japanese comics / Paul Gravett.

Graphic Novels on the Web

A.D. : New Orleans After the Deluge / Josh Neufeld

Prime Baby / Gene Luen Yang

Watergate Sue / Megan Kelso

Movies based on Graphic Novels

Akira [videorecording] / presented by Geneon Entertainment (USA) Inc. ; producers, Ryohei Suzuki, Shunzo Kato ; screenplay, Katsuhiro Otomo, Izo Hashimoto; written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo.

Crumb [videorecording] / David Lynch presents a Superior Pictures production ; produced by Lynn O’Donnell & Terry Zwigoff ; directed by Terry Zwigoff.


Finding Scholarly Literature on Graphic Novels

All-TIME Graphic Novels

Comic books and graphic novels: Digital resources for an evolving form of art and literature

Comic Art in Scholarly Writing: A Citation Guide

The New York Times’ Graphic Books Best Sellers List

Teaching Comics

Grand Comic Book Database

The Periodic Table of Comic Books

Men in Tights: NPR Looks at comic book culture


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