Staff Picks

Graphic Novels for Grownups

Once comic books were thought to be "just for kids;" today they are full of wonderful art and contain stories that rival even the best novels. Try some of these well-designed books that develop plots and build characters through both pictures and text.

Keith C.
American Vampire (1)     American Vampire (1)    
Scott Snyder
    Snyder

Skinner Sweet, an outlaw vampire with no aversion to the sun,  takes revenge on the aristocratic gang of vampires that created him.

Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography     Anne Frank: The Anne Frank House Authorized Graphic Biography    
Sidney Jacobson
    921 Frank Jac

Draws on the archives of the Anne Frank House to relate the short but  inspiring life of the Jewish teen memoirist, from the lives of her parents to  Anne's years keeping her private diary while hidden from the Nazis to her  untimely death in a concentration camp.

Blacksad     Blacksad    
Juan Diaz Canales
    Diazcan

Private  investigator John Blacksad is up to his feline ears in mystery and intrigue,  digging up the back stories behind murders, child abductions, and nuclear  secrets during the 1950's Red Scare in the United States.

Castle Waiting     Castle Waiting    
Linda Medley
    Medley

A fable for modern times, Castle  Waiting is a fairy tale that's not about rescuing the princess,  saving the kingdom, or fighting the ultimate war between Good and Evil -- but  about being a hero in your own home.

City of Spies     City of Spies    
Susan Kim
    Kim

In the New York City of 1942, budding  cartoonist Evelyn and her new friend Tony find a genuine Nazi spy, and become  embroiled in the kind of adventure Evelyn writes about in her comics.

Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man     Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man    
John Porcellino
    Porcell

This collection of stories deals specifically with the years  Porcellino was employed as a Mosquito Abatement Technician. In his own elegant,  simple style, Porcellino grapples with the job and the eventual effects it had  on his life and his view of the world.

DNA: A Graphic Guide to the Molecule that Shook the World     DNA: A Graphic Guide to the Molecule that Shook the World    
Israel Rosenfield
    572.86 Ros

A unique, richly detailed, and fun biography of DNA grounded in  deep historical and philosophical knowledge.

Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun: A Personal History of Violence     Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun: A Personal History of Violence    
Geoffrey Canada
    Canada

Presents a graphic adaptation of Geoffrey Canada's memoir of his  Bronx, N.Y. childhood, along with an analysis of how a chain of events set in motion by 1960s drug laws has led to the child violence on the streets today.

Locke & Key. Vol. 1, Welcome to Lovecraft     Locke & Key. Vol. 1, Welcome to Lovecraft    
Joe Hill
    Hill

Presents the story of Keyhouse, an unlikely New England mansion  with fantastic doors that transform all who dare to walk through them.

Mijeong     Mijeong    
Byun, Byung-Jun
Graphic Novels

Young people's lives cross and spark for brief moments. This Graphic Novel is an example of Korean Manhwa.

Mijeong     Mijeong    
Byung-Jun Byun
    Byun

Young people's lives cross and spark for brief moments. This  Graphic Novel is an example of Korean Manhwa.

Nylon Road: a Graphic Memoir of Coming of Age in Iran     Nylon Road: a Graphic Memoir of Coming of Age in Iran    
Parsua Bashi
    Bashi

An artist originally from Teheran depicts her experiences of  growing up under Shiite Law and her life in Switzerland as an adult.

The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel     The Alchemist: A Graphic Novel    
Paul Coelho
    Coelho

Offers  an adaptation in graphic novel format of a modern classic about the  globe-trotting spiritual journey of a humble shepherd boy.  

The Color of Earth     The Color of Earth    
Tong-Hwa Kim
    Kim

Ehwa grows up helping her widowed mother run the local tavern, and  watching as their customers look down on her mother for her single  lifestyle. 

Walking Shadows: A Novel without Words     Walking Shadows: A Novel without Words    
Bousfield, Neil

In this uniquely beautiful wordless graphic novel reminiscent of legendary expressionist artists Frans Masereel and Lynd Ward, a working-class family struggles to make ends meet and raise their children in an isolating world of economic despair.

Walking Shadows: A Novel Without Words     Walking Shadows: A Novel Without Words    
Neil Bousfield
    Bousfie

In this uniquely beautiful wordless graphic novel reminiscent of  legendary expressionist artists Frans Masereel and Lynd Ward, a working-class  family struggles to make ends meet and raise their children in an isolating  world of economic despair.

Wereolves of Montpellier     Wereolves of Montpellier    
Jason
    Jason

Werewolves of Montpellier is a lycanthropic thriller, a romantic comedy, and an existential  drama--basically, your typical Jason book. Beware the full moon!