2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Nominations

Updated September 4, 2014.  Feel free to suggest a title.


Bagge, Peter. Woman Rebel:  the Margaret Sanger Story. 2013. Illus., paper, Drawn and Quarterly, $21.95, (9781770461260.) The story of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger who tirelessly fought for the idea of “family limitation” her entire life.

Brown, Don. The Great American Dust Bowl. 2013. Illus., paper, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $18.99, (9780547815503.) A speck of dust is a tiny thing. In fact, five of them could fit into the period at the end of this sentence.

Geary, Rick. A Treasury of XXth Century Murder:  Madison Square Tragedy – The Murder of Stanford White  2013. Illus., NBM, $15.99, (9781561637621.) In the early 1900s, Stanford White was the man –successful architect (he designed Madison Square Garden!!), popular with the ladies, and richer than you can imagine.  But, don’t think that didn’t earn him some enemies along the way

Gill, Joel. Strange Fruit – Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History. 2014. Illus., paper, Fulcrum, $23.95, (978-1938486296.) Simple illustrations, factual evidence, and a great representation of African American and American history.

Gownley, Jimmy. The Dumbest Idea Ever! 2014, Illus. paper, Graphix, $11.99, (978-05454534790) Jimmy Gownley's memoir about his teenaged years and how he started drawing comics.

Hale, Nathan. Hale's Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood : A World War I tale, 2014, Illus. paper, Amulet, $12.95, (97814197080840 World War I with friendly animals... until they start fighting.

Kleist, Reinhard. The Boxer: The True Story of Holocaust Survivor Harry Haft. 2014. Illus., Self Made Hero, $22.95, (9781906838775.) Harry Haft overcomes extreme odds during the Holocaust to become a famous boxer in America.

Quinn, Jason. Gandhi: My Life is My Message 2013. Illus., paper, Campfire, $16.99, (9789380741222.) Biography of Mohatma Gandhi of India, told in his voice.

Tiwary, Vivek. The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story. 2013, illus., M Press, $19.99, (9781616552565.) Worldwide phenomenon The Beatles hit the big time with the help of an extraordinary manager.



Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto. Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale. 2014. Illus., paper, Archie Comics, $17.99, (9781619889088) A zombie outbreak in Riverdale forces Archie and his fellow survivors to take refuge in Veronica's mansion.

Allison, John. Bad Machinery V.2: The Case of the Good Boy. 2014. Illus., paper, Oni Press, $19.99, (9781620101148) The kids of Tackleford tackle another mystery whilst navigating the trials and woes of pre-adolescence: bullying, fights with friends, first crushes, and toddler-eating monsters in the woods, among other things.

Asmus, James. Quantum and Woody Volume 1: The World's Worst Superhero Team. 2013. Illus.,Valiant, $9.99, (9781939346186) : Eric and Woody Henderson, once best friends and close brothers, are now estranged siblings and perhaps the worst accidental superheroes you've ever met.

Bendis, Brian Michael. X-Men: Battle of the Atom. 2014. Illus.,Marvel, $49.99, (9780785189060) X-Men from the future show up to the present to try to send the X-Men from the past back home to try to prevent a time-shattering event, but the future X-Men are hiding something that could make things even worse!

Brown, Box. Andre the Giant: Life and Legend. 2014. Illus., First Second, $17.99, (9781596438514.) Andre the Giant, famous for his wrestling career, has always been considered larger than life, but his story fascinates well beyond the mat.

Chantler, Scott. The King’s Dragon. 2014. Illus., Kids Can Press, $17.95, (9781554537785.) In the middle of his search for the three thieves, Captain Drake reflects on his beginning days as a king's dragon and a mystery surrounding crooked chamberlain Greyfalcon.

Dauvillier, Loic. Hidden : A Child’s Story of the Holocaust. 2014, illus., First Second, $16.99, (978-1596438736.) Dounia tells her life story of being a hidden young girl living through the holocaust.

Eastman, Kevin, Bobby Curnow and Tom Waltz.

  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Volume 6: City Fall, Part 1. 2013, illus., IDW, $17.99, (9781613777831.)                                              
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Volume 7: City Fall, Part 2. 2014, illus., DC comics, $12.99, (9781613778760.)              

Shredder wreaks havoc and carnage in New York City as he captures one of the Ninja Turtles and turns him against the others.

Fridolfs, Derek.

  • Batman: Li’l Gotham Vol 1. 2014, illus., DC comics, $12.99, (9781401244941.)                                                        
  •  Batman: Li’l Gotham Vol 2. 2014, illus., DC comics, $12.99, (9781401247232.)                     

Batman's friends and enemies clash during different holidays throughout the year.

Hammock, Tom. Will O’ the Wisp: An Aurora Grimeon Story. 2014, illus., Archaia Entertainment, $24.95, (9781936393787.) Aurora moves to a small cemetery island in Louisiana to live with her grandfather. There, she learns about spirits, hoodoo magic, and secrets that are trying to surface.

Harris, Charlaine and Christopher Golden . Cemetery Girl: The Pretenders. 2014, illus., Berkeley Pub Group, $24.95, (9780425256664.) After being tossed in a cemetery with no memories, Calexa witnesses a murder of a young girl.

Kot, Ales. Zero vol 1: An Emergency. 2014, illus., paper, Image, $9.99, (978-1607068631.) Edward Zero has been trained to be an unblinking assassin for a secret organization, but recent events begin to tear at the edges of his accepted reality

Lonergan, Jesse. All Star. 2014, illus., paper, NBM, $13.99, (9781561638352.) Carl Carter, high school baseball star, discovers the inequality inherent in the system when he gets into trouble with the law.

Lepp, Royden. Death of the Rocket Boy. 2014, illus., paper, NBM, $24.99, (9781608864133.) Jet’s secret might force him off the farm he works at while risking the family that took him in.

Mignola, Mike. Baltimore vol 3: A Passing Stranger and Other Stories. 2013, illus., Dark Horse, $24.99, (9781616551827).)  During his search for the Red King, Lord Henry Baltimore encounters the effects of the vampire's war on humanity in a handful of short stories.

Niles, Steve. Breath of Bones: A Tale of the Golem 2014. Illus., paper, Dark Horse, $14.99, (978-1616553449.)  A British plane crashes down in a Jewish village, sparking a Nazi invasion. Using clay and mud from the river, the villagers bring to life a giant monster to battle for their freedom and future.

Novgorodoff, Danica. The Undertaking of Lily Chen. 2014, illus., First Second, $29.99, (9781596435865) After Deshi's brother's death, his parents request Deshi to find his brother a corpse bride. But little does Deshi know, he will meet Lily and everything changes.

Panagariya, Ananth. Buzz. 2013. Illus., Oni Press, $19.99, (978-1620100882.)  Webster finds himself swept up in the cutthroat world of competitive, head-to-head spelling bees.  

Rae, Andrew. Moonhead and the Music Machine. 2014. Illus., paper, Nobrow Inc., $24.95, (9781907704789) When the school’s talent show is announced, Joey Moonhead sets out to create music machine that is out of this world.

Richardson, Mike. 47 Ronin. 2014. Illus., Dark Horse, $19.99, (978-159582954 The Japanese Legend of the 47 Ronin and their epic mission to avenge their wronged master.

Simone, Gail. Red Sonja vol 1: Queen of the Plagues. 2014. Illus., Dynamite, $19.99, (978-1606904817.)  Red Sonja overcomes disease and betrayal to pay back a blood debt.

Sims, Chris. Down Set Fight!. 2014, illus., Oni Press, $19.99, (9781620101162.) Football star Chuck Fairlane was expelled from the sport for fighting a mascot, but he finds unlikely fame when mascots track him down for a rematch.

Smith, Matt. Barbarian Lord. 2014, illus,. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, (9780547859064) Cheated of his lands and banished through the trickery of his enemies, Barbarian Lord recruits allies and battles monsters, ghouls, and bad poets in his quest for justice.

Snyder, Scott. Baman Vol 3: Death of the Family. 2013, illus., DC Comics, $24.99, (9781401242343.) After a long, unexplained absence, the Joker is back, and he wants to destroy the one thing that he thinks weakens Batman -his "Bat-Family".  Plus, he also wants his face back.

Suzukaze, Ryo. Attack on Titan: Before the Fall, v1. 2014, illus., Kodansha, $10.99, (9781612629100.) Kuklo was born from disaster and death. The people of the city assume he is a human-eating titan and fear what he might do. After being sold to the highest bidder, he befriends a girl and makes a plan for escape.

Tamaki, Mariko. This One Summer. 2014, illus., First Second, $21.99, (9781626720947.) Summer friends get tangled up in teen love and a family crisis.

Luna, Jonathan and Sarah Vaughn. Alex + Ada vol 1. 2014, illus., Image, $12.99, (9781632150066.) Alex gets a humanoid robot as a present from his grandmother and decides to give it sentience.

Vaughn, Luna. Alex + Ada. 2014. Illus., paper, Image., $12.99, (9781632150066) Alex gets a humanoid robot as a present from his grandmother and decides to give it sentience.

Vehlmann, Fabien. Beautiful Darkness. 2014, illus., Drawn & Quarterly, $22.95, 9781770461291.) A community of tiny people emerge from a dead girl's body and must start a new, unenchanted life in an unfamiliar and hostile forest.

Wilson, G. Ms. Marvel: No Normal. 2014. Illus., paper, Marvel., $15.99, (9780785190219) Kamala Khan is a geeky teenager navigating her Muslim identity and parents’ expectations when she gains bizarre inexplicable powers.

Wood, Brian. Mara. 2013, illus., Image. $12.99, (9781607068105.) A volleyball player in the future gets superpowers and it changes her life.

Yang, Gene Luen. The Shadow Hero. 2014, illus., First Second. $17.99, (9781596436978.) Hank Chu helps around his family's grocery store when his mother makes him a superhero suit and offers to give him rides to fight crime. He winds up unearthing citywide corruption and ancient spirits.