Top Ten Graphic Novels

Top ten Tuesday is a meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

Top ten Tuesday is a meme brought to you by The Broke and the Bookish.

Graphic novels are something that I have only started to get into in the last couple of years.  I wasn't one of those girls who has been into comic books and superheros from way back. I am not that cool.

I actually read my first graphic novel because of an article on the concept of a Mart-Sue.  There may have been a test that you could give your character.  It mentioned Morpheus from The Sandman and the description was intriguing enough that I read them. 

Game changer.  What is really cool about graphic novels is their ability to tell a story in a totally new way.


The Sandman Neil Gaiman cover

Sandman
By Neil Gaiman

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Series: Yes, this is one.
Published: January 1989 to March 1996
Rating: Holy crap are these good.

These books are smart.  There are references to mythology, Shakespeare, and philosophy.  There are moments of humor, moments of grandeur, and moments that make you really think about what it is that life means.


Fables  by Bill Willingham cover

Fables
by Bill Willingham

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eries: Yes, this is one.
Published:
Rating:

Kind of like Once Upon a Time. All the fables are real and in hiding in New York City after their lands were taken over by a mysterious advisory.  This is some clever and entertaining stuff.


The Complete Calvin and Hobbes  by Bill Watterson cover

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson

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eries: Calvin and Hobbes
Published: September 6th 2005
Rating: my childhood

When I was a kid we had a Christmas Tradition where every year the whole family got a Calvin and Hobbes book under the tree.  This is a compilation of all of them.  Yay!


When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put  by Vivian Swift cover

When Wanderers Cease to Roam: A Traveler's Journal of Staying Put
by Vivian Swift

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eries: no, but I wish it was
Published: November 15th, 2008
Rating: adulthood at it's finest 

“Some days 'staying put' might feel the same as Going Nowhere.
Make a cup of tea, and wait for that feeling to pass.”
 

Is this a graphic novel?  Not really... but kind of... It is sort of an art journal/diary and it is beautiful.  I want to be able to draw this way.  She has a unique view of the world. How much do I love this book?  I have lugged it with me to live with me in apartments in five different countries on four different continents.  


The Complete Maus  by Art Spiegelman cover

The Complete Maus
by Art Spiegelman

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eries: Maus #1 and #2
Published: 1986 and 1991
Rating: ow, my feels

Maus is a holocaust tale told with mice and cats in the place of Jews and Nazis. It kind of sounds ridiculous but the author is telling the story of his own family.  Intensely realistic and painful Maus made me cry more than once.


Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi cover

Persepolis
by Marjane Satrapi

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Series: Percepolis #1,2,3,4
Published: Published 2003
Rating: full review of Persepolis here

Persepolis has no time for your preconceived notions about it.  It is Iranian, punk rock, and feminist.  Because both books and people can be more than one thing.  

 


Kampung Boy  by LAT (Mohammad Nor Khalid)

Kampung Boy
by LAT (Mohammad Nor Khalid)

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eries: Kampung Boy #1
Published: September 5th, 2006
Rating: childhood is both universal and unique

One of my librarian friends is from Malaysia and recommended this book to me.  She says that it really reflects growing up in rural Malaysia (or at least what it looked liked for her).  


Tomboy  by Liz Prince cover

Tomboy
by Liz Prince 

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eries: no
Published: September 4th 2014
Rating: all the memes

Here is a book that examines the complexities of gender and how society deals with it. It is a first person memoir of a woman who just doesn't seem to fit in and what life is like in between.


Through the Woods  by Emily Carroll cover

Through the Woods
by Emily Carroll

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eries: no
Published: July 15th 2014
Rating: so creepy

This is what happens when someone gets the idea to make original stories in the same vein as the original fairy tales.  The result is kind of terrifying but also amazing. Something to read for Halloween!


Relish: My Life in the Kitchen By Lucy Knisley cover

Relish: My Life in the Kitchen
By Lucy Knisley

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Series: I wish
Published: April 2nd, 2013
Rating: delicious

So much food.  Also, recipes. There is nothing about this food memoir graphic novel hybrid that I don't like.  It also makes me hungry. I want cheese.  And crepes.  And cookies. And...

 

 

Do you see any old favorites?  Something that you are interested in?  Did I overlook something entirely?