Great Graphic Novels for Teens Nominations
Brown, Box. Tetris: the Games People Play. 2016. First Second. $19.99. 9781626723153. This graphic novel tells the story of how Tetris was first imagined, then created, and finally distributed as a game in multiple formats throughout the world.
Crilley, Mark. The Drawing Lesson: a Graphic Novel that Teaches You How to Draw. 2016. Watson-Guptill. $18.99. 9780385346337. The basics of drawing are laid out in story form as you follow the main character, David, through a series of drawing lessons.
Dini, Paul & Eduardo Risso. Dark Night: a True Batman Story. 2016. Vertigo. $22.99. 9781401241438. In the 1990s, legendary writer Paul Dini had a flourishing career writing the hugely popular Batman: The Animated Series and Tiny Toon Adventures. Walking home one evening, he was jumped and viciously beaten within an inch of his life. His recovery process was arduous, hampered by the imagined antics of the villains he was writing for television including the Joker, Harley Quinn and the Penguin. But despite how bleak his circumstances were, or perhaps because of it, Dini also always imagined the Batman at his side, chivvying him along during his darkest moments.
Fitzgerald, Meags. Long Red Hair. 2015. Conundrum Press. $17.00. 9781894994958. Long Red Hair is Meags Fitzgerald's follow up to her acclaimed Photobooth: A Biography. In this graphic memoir, Fitzgerald paints a childhood full of sleepovers, playing dress-up, amateur fortune-telling and renting scary movies. Yet, Fitzgerald suspects that she is unlike her friends. The book navigates a child's struggle with averageness, a preteen's budding bisexuality and a young woman's return after rejection. Fitzgerald takes us from her first kiss to a life sworn to singlehood, while weaving in allusions to witches in history and popular culture. Long Red Hair alluringly delves into the mystique of red hair and the beguiling nature of alternative romantic relationships.
Hale, Nathan. Nathan Hale’s Dangerous Tales: Alamo All Stars. 2016. Amulet Books. $12.95. 9781419719028. This book follows the bloody fight for Texas's Independence from Mexico, featuring key players including David Bowie, Stephen Austin, Davy Crockett, and other settlers and soldiers who made the wild frontier of Texas their home - until the bitter end.
Lee, Stan and Peter David. Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir. 2015. Illus. Touchstone/Simon and Schuster, $30.00. 9781501107726. Stan Lee, co-creator of some of the Marvel Universe's best superheroes and villains, tells his own story with his usual humor. Little known facts about his life and the creation of comics are explored in living color.
Lewis, John & Andrew Aydin. March: Book Three. 2016. Top Shelp. $19.99. 9781603094023. Chronicles civil rights from 1963 through the Voting Rights act.
McClanahan, Scott & Ricardo Cavolo. The Incantations of Daniel Johnston. 2016. Two Dollar Radio. $16.99. 9781937512453. Biography on the life of musician Daniel Johnston.
Ottaviani, Jim & Leland Purvis. The Imitation Game: Alan Turing Decoded. 2016. Abrams ComicArts. $24.95. 9781419718939. Explores the life of brilliant mathematician and code-breaker Alan Turing from his early childhood to his untimely death.
Rall, Ted. Bernie. 2016. Seven Stories Press. $16.95. 9781609806989. Details the recent history of the Democratic Party, Bernie’s childhood and history in politics, and the election up to the Iowa caucus.
Ross, Edward. Filmish: a Graphic Journey Through Film. 2015. Self Made Hero. $24.95. 9781910593035. Cartoonist Edward Ross uses comics to illuminate the ideas behind our favorite movies. In Filmish, Ross’s cartoon alter ego guides readers through the annals of cinematic history, introducing some of the strange and fascinating concepts at work in the movies. Each chapter focuses on a particular theme—the body, architecture, language—and explores an eclectic mix of cinematic triumphs, from A Tripto the Moon to Top Gun. Like other bestselling nonfiction graphic novels such as Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics, Filmish tackles serious issues—sexuality, race, censorship, propaganda—with authority and wit, throwing new light on some of the greatest films ever made.
Wyld, Evie. Everything is Teeth. 2016. Pantheon. $24.95. 9781101870815. When she was a little girl, passing her summers in the heat of coastal Australia, Evie Wyld was captivated by sharks—by their innate ruthlessness, stealth, and immeasurable power—and they have never released their hold on her imagination. From the award-winning author of All the Birds, Singing, here is a deeply moving graphic memoir about family, love, loss, and the irresistible forces that, like sharks, course through life unseen, ready to emerge at any moment.
Aaron, Jason. Doctor Strange, Volume 1: The Way of the Weird. 2016. Marvel Comics. $24.99. 9780785195160. Doctor Strange protects the earthly realm from mystic forces, but at what cost? Every time he uses magic there is a price to pay and it's catching up with him.
Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Book One. 2016. Archie Comics. $17.99. 9781627389877. On the eve of her sixteenth birthday, the young sorceress Sabrina Spellman finds herself at a crossroads, having to choose between an unearthly destiny and her mortal boyfriend, Harvey. But a foe from her family's past has arrived in Greendale, Madame Satan, and she has her own deadly agenda. Archie Comics' latest horror sensation starts here!
Allison, John. Bad Machinery, Volume 5: The Case of the Fire Inside. 2016. Oni Press. $19.99. 9781620102978. Our favorite sleuths are back! Sonny meets a mysterious new girl who seems to have climbed out of the sea itself, while Mildred falls for the bad boy of Saturday detention. But, can either of them succeed in the face of jealous exes, overprotective fathers, and the persistent tide of DESTINY?
Allison, John & Lissa Treiman. Giant Days, Volume 1. 2015. Boom! Box. $9.99. 9781608867899. Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But, in the face of hand-wringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird.
Allison, John & Lissa Treiman. Giant Days, Volume 2. 2016. Boom! Box. $14.99. 9781608868049. Friends Susan, Esther, and Daisy continue their first semester in college while balancing boys, halls, rivals and classes.
Bermejo, Lee, Rob Haynes & Khary Randolph. We Are Robin: The Vigilante Business. 2016. DC Comics. $14.99. 9781401259822. After the Joker has turned many of Gotham’s citizens into zombies, including Duke Thomas’ parents, a group of masked teens going by the name Robins decide they can’t sit back and wait for someone to save them. With the help of a mysterious identity, going only by Nest, the Robins begin to fight back against the crime spreading throughout the city. In the process, Duke never gives up on finding his parents.
Bunn, Cullen. Harrow County, Volume 1: Countless Haints. 2015. Dark Horse Comics. $14.99. 9781616557805. A teenage girl discovers that her family and her town are not what they seem--and now they are hunting her!
Cliff, Tony. Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling. 2016. First Second. $16.99. 9781626721555. A 19th century adventurer meets a new challenge, which leads her to confront her past.
Corson, Heath & Gustavo Duarte. Bizarro. 2016. DC Comics. $14.99. 9781401259716. Jimmy Olsen and Bizarro road trip to Canada or Bizarro America. The United States is tired of Bizarro and all the accidental chaos he brings. Jimmy Olsen decides to road trip to Canada and drop Bizarro off with our Northern neighbors and write a coffee table book about the experience. Along the way the get into trouble, face off with ghosts, ancient gods, and free aliens trapped in Area 51. Will Jimmy become Bizarro's worstest friend ever?
Doerries, Bryan. The Odyssey of Sergeant Jack Brennan. 2016. Pantheon. $19.95. 9780375715167. A Sergeant deployed in Afghanistan, recounts to his squad the story of the Odyssey.
Doyle, Ming & Riley Rossmo. Constantine: the Hellblazer, Volume 1: Going Down. 2016. DC Comics. $14.99. 9781401259723. The dark adventures of DC’s foremost occult detective continue in an all-new series as he investigates the cruelest case he’s ever come across – his own dark history!
Dunn, Georgia. Breaking Cat News: Cats Reporting on the News that Matters to Cats. 2016. Andrews McMeel Publishing. $12.99. 9781449474133. Lupin, Elvis and Puck deliver all of the news that is most important to cats, from the arrival of packing peanuts to the behavior of the strange cat outside.
Fletcher, Brenden & Annie Wu. Black Canary, Volume 1: Kicking & Screaming. 2016. DC Comics. $14.99. 9781401261177. Dinah Lance hits the road! After years as a soldier and vigilante, the last place Dinah saw herself is on stage…but she’s quickly learning she’d die to protect the gang of misfits she’s fallen into. And, she just might have to – for some reason, the newly rechristened band Black Canary seems to be a magnet for trouble…and Dinah’s not gonna believe it when she finds out the reason why.
Fridolfs, Derek & Dustin Nguyen. Secret Hero Society 1: Study Hall of Justice. 2016. Scholastic. $12.99. 9780545825016. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are new students a Ducard Academy, a strange middle school full of peculiar teachers.
Furudate, Haruichi. Haikyu!! Volume 1. 2016. Viz Media. $9.99. 9781421587660. Ever since he saw the legendary player known as the "Little Giant" compete at the national volleyball finals, Shoyo Hinata has been aiming to be the best volleyball player ever! He decides to join the team at the high school the Little Giant went to-and then surpass him. Who says you need to be tall to play volleyball when you can jump higher than anyone else?
Gaiman, Neil, Fabio Moon & Gabriel Ba. How to Talk to Girls at Parties. 2016. Dark Horse. $17.99. 9781616559557. A man tells a story from 30 years before, when he was a 15 year old attending an all boys school. His friend Vic is invited to a party by a girl but when Vic leaves the directions to the party at home, they end up attending a party full of exotic tourists.
Gaiman, Neil & J.H. Williams III. Sandman: Overture. 2015. Vertigo. $24.99. 9781401248963. Morpheus, the personification of Dreams, has made a mistake, and it could cost the whole universe.
Gillen, Kieron & Salvador Larocca. Star Wars Darth Vader, Volume 1: Vader. 2015. Marvel Comics. $19.99. 9780785192558. After a losing a critical battle to the rebel alliance, Darth Vader searches for ways to turn the tide back to the Empire's favor.
Grunberg, Greg. Nightmare Escape: Dream Jumper, Book 1. 2016. Graphix. $12.99. 9780545826044. Ben has a problem. When he sleeps he dreams, and when he dreams, they're all nightmares! But he can also jump into other people's dreams. So when his friends start falling victim to an evil dream-monster that prevents them from waking, Ben knows he has to help them.
Easier said than done when dreams can shift and the monster knows his way around the ever-changing landscape of the mind! With help from a talking rabbit-companion who has a mysterious past, Ben might just be able to defeat the monster and save his friends . . . if he can figure out how to use the power within him against his enemies.
Hart, Tom. Rosalie Lightning. 2016. St. Martin’s Press. $19.99. 9781250049940. The author recounts his family’s life after the death of their young daughter.
HERO. Horimiya. 2015. Yen Press. $13.00. 9780316342032. When a liberally pierced and tattooed Miyamura unexpectantly appears on the doorstep of secretly-plain homeboy Hori, they discover there are multiple sides to every story...and person.
Hicks, Faith Erin. The Nameless City. 2016. First Second. $21.99. 9781626721579. In a city that changes names every few years when a new nation conquers it, newcomer Kaidu learns new skills from native Rat.
Hicks, Faith Erin & Yishan Li. Buffy: the High School Years – Freaks & Geeks. 2016. Dark Horse. $10.99. 9781616556679. Shadowing the plot of the TV series by Joss Whedon, Buffy is identified as the One, the slayer who has been chosen to help rid the world of vampires. It’s not an easy task for her to balance school, friends, and slaying, but thanks to her mentor Giles and her understanding friends Willow and Xander, life isn’t all work and no play.
Higashimura, Akiko. Princess Jellyfish 1. 2016. Kodansha Comics. $19.99. 9781632362285. In this gender bender, the quiet life of an 18 year old otaku girl living with other geeky girls in a communal Tokyo apartment is turned upside down by a beautiful and fashionable woman who isn't quite what she initially seems.
Hirsh, Ananth & Yuko Ota. Lucky Penny. 2016. Oni Press. $19.99. 9781620102870. If Penny Brighton didn't have bad luck, she'd have no luck at all.
Houser, Jody. Faith, Volume 1: Hollywood and Vine. 2016. Valiant. $9.99. 9781682151211. Faith is a young psiot who has just left her superhero team, broken up with her boyfriend and is alone for the first time.
Ishida, Sui. Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 3. 2015. Viz Media. $12.99. 9781421580388. Kaneki continues to struggle as a human/ghoul hybrid and faces a tough decision.
Ishida, Sui. Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 6. 2016. Viz Media. $12.99. 9781421580418. New challenges face Ken Kaneki as other ghouls and investigators scramble to find his lost friend.
Ishida, Sui. Tokyo Ghoul, Volume 7. 2016. Viz Media. $11.99. 9781421580425. Kaneki is captured and then tortured by Yamori.
Knisley, Lucy. Something New. 2016. First Second. $19.99. 9781626722491. Lucy Knisley recounts her journey through dating, engagement, wedding planning and wedding.
Krause, Fran. Deep Dark Fears. 2015. Ten Speed Press. $14.99. 9781607748151. A collection of fears - some gruesome, some funny, some bizarre - submitted by the author and readers.
Larson, Hope. Compass South, Book 1: Four Points. 2016. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. $17.99. 9780374300432. Twins Cleo and Alex sail on pirate ships bound for San Francisco chased by gang members determined to steal the compass and knife left to them by their missing father.
LaTour, Jason. Spider-Gwen, Volume 1: Most Wanted? 2015. Marvel Comics. $16.99. 9780785197737. In an alternate timeline, Gwen Stacey is bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker and must now decide how to use her “great power.”
Lemire, Jeff & Ramon Perez. Hawkeye, Volume 5: All-New Hawkeye. 2015. Marvel Comics. $15.99. 9780785194033. The Hawkeyes face a moral dilemma, while we learn more about Clint Barton’s origin.
Lemire, Jeff & Ramon Perez. Hawkeye, Volume 6: Hawkeyes. 2016. Marvel Comics. $17.99. 9780785199465. The Hawkeyes are on a new mission, which spans past, present, and future.
Leth, Kate & Brittney Williams. Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat! Volume 1: Hooked on a Feline. 2016. Marvel Comics. $15.99. 9781302900359. Patsy Walker has managed to escape her past, her enemies and Hell itself (literally) - but nothing compares to job hunting in New York City!
Ooima, Yoshitoki. A Silent Voice, Volume 4. 2015. Kodansha Comics. $10.99. 9781632360595. A trip to the amusement park complicates Shoya’s continued attempts to make amends with Shoko.
Ooima, Yoshitoki. A Silent Voice, Volume 5. 2016. Kodansha Comics. $10.99. 9781632360601. Despite their tense paths, Shoya begins to embrace the friend group that used to terrorism Shojo because she couldn't hear.
Ooima, Yoshitoki. A Silent Voice, Volume 6. 2016. Kodansha Comics. $10.99. 9781632360618. While Shoya is in a coma, his friends deal with the fallout from their fight and Shoko's attempted suicide.
Ooima, Yoshitoki. A Silent Voice, Volume 7. 2016. Kodansha Comics. $10.99. 9781632362223. Shoya is awake and the gang has to present their movie and prepare for graduation and the future.
Phelan, Matt. Snow White. 2016. Candlewick Press. $19.99. 9780763672331. The Snow White fairy tale gets retold in a 1920s New York City setting.
Runberg, Sywain & Miquel Montillo. Warship Jolly Roger. 2016. Magnetic Press. $19.99. 9781942367239. Hated war criminal Jon Munro has just managed to escape from prison, along with three other prisoners he doesn't know, and he is on a mission to get revenge for the life and family that was taken from him.
Russel, Mark & Ben Caldwell. Prez, Volume 1: Corndog in Chief. 2016. DC Comics. $14.99. 9781401259792. In a nation where corporations can run for office, the poor are used as human billboards, and tacos are delivered by drone, nineteen-year-old social media celebrity, Beth Ross, unwittingly becomes President of the United States.
Schwartz, Simon. First Man: Reimagining Matthew Henson. 2015. Graphic Universe. $31.99. 9781467758420. Schwartz weaves together Inuit mythology and conventional history to describe the life of an African-American man who, it has been argued, might have been the first man to reach the Arctic.
Seagle, Steven & Jason Katzenstein. Camp Midnight. 2016. Image. $16.99. 9781632155559. Skye's parents are divorced and she is supposed to spend the summer with her father. Her father and stepmother decide to send her to camp. She accidentally gets on the wrong bus and ends up at the wrong camp- Camp Midnight. Things are strange at Camp Midnight, the activities take place at night and the campers are encouraged to let their "true" selves out. Can Skye make friends, keep her secret, and survive this monstrous camp?
Stevenson, Noelle & Sanford Greene. Runaways: Battleworld. 2015. Marvel. $15.99. 9780785198826. On Battleworld, students are tested to extremes at a school run by Doctor Doom.
Stevenson, Noelle, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak. Lumberjanes, Volume 3: A Terrible Plan. 2016. Boom! Box. $14.99. 9781608868032. A quiet day at camp turns into weird adventures for Mal and Molly while Jo, April, and Ripley try to get all the badges.
Stewart, Cameron, Brenden Fletcher & Babs Tarr. Batgirl: Family Business. 2016. DC Comics. $16.99. 9781401259662. Batgirl continues to fight crime in Burnside, while running into some familiar Gotham characters.
Takno, Ichigo. orange: The Complete Collection 1. 2016. Seven Seas Entertainment. $18.99. 9781626923027. Naho receives a letter from her future self, begging her to watch over new student Kakeru.
Telgemeier, Raina. Ghosts. 2016. Graphix. $10.99. 9780545540629. There are ghosts in Bahía de la Luna. Maya is determined to meet one, but Cat wants nothing to do with them. As the time of year when ghosts reunite with their loved ones approaches, Cat must figure out how to put aside her fears for her sister's sake -- and her own.
Thompson, Kelly & Sophie Campbell. Jem and the Holograms: Showtime. 2015. IDW. $19.99. 9781631403958. Meet Jerrica Benton - a girl with a secret. She and her sister Kimber team with two friends to become... JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS! But what does it mean to be JEM today? Fashion, art, action, and style collide in Jem and the Holograms: Showtime!
Tobin, Paul. Bandette: The House of the Green Mask, Volume 3. 2016. Dark Horse. $14.99. 9781506702193. Master thief Bandette confronts villain Dart Petite after a string of kidnappings occur, all of which point to the location of the legendary House of the Green Mask. Meanwhile, the Voice, the ultimate supervillain, continues his killing spree and manages to escape the Special Police, much to the chagrin of Special Police chief Belgique.
Tsubaki, Izumi. Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Volume 1. 2015. Yen Press. $13.00. 9780316309479. Chiyo Sakura is recruited to be an assistant to shojo manga-ka Nozaki.
Tsuruta, Kenji. Wandering Island. 2016. Dark Horse Manga. $14.99. 9781506700793. When air delivery pilot, Mikura Amelia's grandfather passes away, she discovers he left her an undelivered parcel addresses to an island that doesn't exist...or does it?
Vaughan, Brian K. & Cliff Chiang. Paper Girls 1. 2016. Image. $9.99. 9781632156747. In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time.
Waid, Mark, Fiona Staples, Annie Wu & Veronica Fish. Archie 1: The New Riverdale. 2016. Archie Comics. $19.99. 9781627388672. Archie Andrews, America's Favorite Teenage, is reborn in this modernized origin story.
Watanabe, Wataru. Yowamushi Pedal, Volume 1. 2015. Yen Press. $24.00. 9780316309524. Otaku Onoda joins his high school’s bicycle racing team.
Wilson, G. Willow & Adrian Alphona. Ms. Marvel, Volume 4: Last Days. 2015. Marvel Comics. $17.99. 9780785197362. Kamala Khan teams up with her hero, Carol Danvers, to face the end of the world side-by-side.
Wilson, G. Willow. Ms. Marvel, Volume 5: Super Famous. 2016. Marvel Comics. $17.99. 9780785196122. Kamala struggles to find balance between her new superhero team and everyday responsibilities.
Young, Skottie. I Hate Fairyland, Volume 1. 2016. Image. $9.99. 9781632156853. "An Adventure Time/Alice in Wonderland-style epic that smashes its cute little face against grown-up, Tank Girl/Deadpool-esque violent madness." Gertie is a grown woman trapped in a six-year-old's body and trying to find her way out of Fairyland.
Zdarsky, Chip. Howard the Duck, Volume 1: Duck Hunt. Marvel. $17.99. 9780785199380. Trapped in a world he's grown accustomed to! The flightless fowl gets relaunched again, with the exact same superstar creative lineup as before -Chip Zdarsky and Joe Quinones! But this time, the entire universe is after Howard! Is it because he is so handsome? Doubtful. Cuddly? Probably not. But there is a reason, and you'll find out when you read the story they could only call "Duck Hunt"! Plus, the two most sensational, fan-favorite, internet-breaking Marvel team-ups of the year! One hero who's a little nutty meets another who's downright quackers -yes, because YOU demanded it (you know who you are), here comes Squirrel Girl! And, in a tale that will launch a thousand cosplay double acts, it's Howard and Gwenpool! The Duck is back, and this means "Waugh!"
Zdarsky, Chip. Jughead, Volume 1. 2016. Archie Comics. $19.99 9781627388931. The school year is in swing and everything seems to be going along as expected until Principal Weatherbee is forced into early retirement and replaced by the menacing Mr. Stanger. Teachers get replaced, school uniforms are established, and the school cafeteria food gets swapped out for tasteless mush. Not one to stand for bad food, Jughead starts delving into Mr. Stanger's past in an effort to get rid of him and get his beloved burgers back.