Great Graphic Novels for Teens Nominations
Updated April 4, 2017. Please fill out this form to suggest a title to the committee.
Becoming Unbecoming. By Una. Illus. by the author. 2016. Arsenal Pulp, $24.95 (9781551526539). Una gives a searing analysis of how societal norms can support sexual violence, with both personal and public narratives.
The Best We Could Do. By Thi Bui. Illus. by the author. 2017. Abrams ComicArts, $24.95 (9781419718779). A Graphic memoir debut work about author Thi Bui's family, from her grandparents and parents in warn torn Vietnam, through present day California where she tries to reconcile her and her families past spurred on by the birth of her first child.
California Dreamin’: Cass Elliot Before the Mamas & the Papas. By Pénélope Bagieu. Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $16.50 (9781626725461). This is the story of Mama Cass Elliot from the 60's folk rock group the Mamas and the Papas. It details her early childhood up through the formation of the band.
Dreams in Thin Air. By Michael Nybrandt. Illus. by Thomas E. Mikkelsen. 2017. Conundrum Press, $25.00 (9781772620108). While biking in Tibet, Michael encounters a small group of monks who are playing football and has an inspirational dream of coaching the non-existent national team. Years later, he takes a leap of faith and becomes the founder of the first Tibetan National sports team since the Chinese Occupation.
Duran Duran, Imelda Marcos, and Me. By Lorena Mapa. Illus. by the author. 2017. Conundrum Press, $18.00 (9781772620115). When Lorena learns of her father's death, she flies back to the Philippines with her family in tow. She shares stories of her childhood mixed with those of her extended family, and in the retelling weaves in the background politics of Marcos and the political climate of the Philippines in
It's All Absolutely Fine: Life is Complicated so I've Drawn it Instead. By Ruby Elliot. Illus. by the author. 2017. Andrews McMeel, $16.99 (978144948424). Through a series of black and white drawings and some text, Ruby Elliot shares her experience with mental illness and with trying to function within the world. Honest, sometimes funny, and insightful.
Our Cats Are More Famous Than Us. By Ananth Hirsch and Yuko Ota. Illus by Yuko Ota. 2017. Oni Press, $34.14 (9781620103838). A collection of comic panels exploring Anath and Yuko's life after college with their friends and cats. The collection spans 8 years and includes some great moments.
Real Friends: A True Story About Cool Kids and Crybabies. By Shannon Hale. Illus. by LeUyen Pham. 2017. First Second, $12.99 (9781626727854). A wonderfully depicted graphic memoir about fitting in (or not), growing up and finding your friends.
Sherlock: A Study in Pink. By Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss. Illus. by Jay. Titan Comics, $12.99 (9781785856150). Manga adaptation of the TV series.
Afar. By Leila Del Duca. Illus. by Kit Seaton. 2017. Image Comics, $14.99 (9781632159410). Siblings Boetema and Inotu tackle being separated from their parents, escaping the law, and Boetema's newfound ability that allows her to astral project into the bodies of entities across the galaxy.
Anonymous Noise, Volume 1. By Ryoko Fukuyama. Illus. by the author. 2017. VIZ Media, $9.99 (9781421594200). Nino is so devastated when her childhood friend, Momo, moves away that she is filled with an uncontrollable urge to scream. Things seem bleak until she befriends a young composer, Yuzu, who convinces her to turn her screams into a song to bring Mom back.
Another Castle: Grimoire. By Andrew Wheeler. Illus. by Paulina Ganucheau. 2017. Oni Press, $15.99 (9781620103111). Princess Misty of Beldora goes on an epic adventure to rescue herself from the clutches of the Evil ruler Badlug of Grimoire.
Archie, Volume 2. By Mark Waid. Illus. by Veronica Fish. 2016. Archie Comics, $19.99 (9781627387989). Picking up where volume one left off, Archie is still struggling to make his relationship with Veronica work, but can it survive viral videos and election season?
The Backstagers. By James Tynion IV. Illus. by Rian Sygh. 2017. BOOM! Studios, $14.99 (9781608869930). Jory, a new student at an all-boys school, feels left out of school life until he stumbles upon the backstage crew of the drama club and the mysterious tunnels that they keep watch over.
Bad Machinery: The Case of the Unwelcome Visitor. By John Allison. Illus. by the author. 2016. Oni Press, $19.99 (9781620103517). School is out for summer, and for the Tackleford mystery team, that means lazy days, balmy evenings, and...creeping existential dread that threatens the whole city. With half the team gallivanting off to exotic locales can Linton, Jack, and Lottie solve this season's most dire case?
The Baker Street Four. By Olivier Legrand. Illus. by J.B. Dijan and David Etien. 2017. Insight Comics, $16.99 (9781608878789). A group of street kids who work for Sherlock Holmes must solve mysteries on their own in order to save their friends.
Batgirl, Volume 1: Beyond Burnside. By Hope Larson. Illus. by Rafael Alburguerque. 2017. DC Comics, $16.99 (9781401268404). Batgirl is on vacation to get away from everything, but soon after she arrives in Japan, she runs into an old friend who's attacked by a mysterious school girl. It's now up to her to track down the mysterious "Teacher" and figure out what the secret formula is for and why everyone wants it.
CiCi’s Journal: The Adventures of a Writer-in-Training. By Joris Chamblain. Illus. by Aurélie Neyret. 2017. First Second, $16.99 (9781626722484). CiCI loves to observe people and imagine their secret lives, after all she wants to be a writer someday, but sometimes she ignores those closest to her in her pursuit of a good story.
Crawl Space. By Jesse Jacobs. Illus. by the author. 2017. Koyama, $19.95 (9781927668412). Daisy has found a way to visit another sphere of the universe via her laundry machines. After she shows a friend at her new school, the world comes under threat and Daisy's world begins to shift.
Descender, Volume 3: Singularities. By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by Dustin Nguyen. 2016. Image Comics, $14.99 (9781632158789). The secret histories of each cast member involved in TIM21's story.
Erased, Volume 1. By Ken Sanbe. Illus. by the author. 2017. Yen Press, $30.00 (9780316553315). Satoru Fujinuma has a unique ability that allows him to identify and course-correct tragic events. When his power sends him back in time and into the body of his 11 year old self, he is faced with fixing his past and finding a way back to the present.
Faith. By Jody Houser. Illus. by Pere Pérez and Marguerite Sauvage. 2016. Valiant Entertainment, $14.99 (9781682151631). Faith continues to settles into being a solo superhero, but with looming deadlines, new relationships, and random attacks breaking out across the city, she finds she still has a lot to learn.
The Flintstones, Volume 1. By Mark Russell. Illus. by Steve Pugh. 2017. DC Comics, $16.99 (9781401268374). It is the beginning of civilization, and Fred, Barney and the rest of the Flintstone family are trying their best to adapt to modern times.
Goldie Vance. By Hope Larson. Illus. by Brittney Williams. 2016. BOOM! Studios, $9.95 (9781608868988). Marigold “Goldie” Vance lives at a Florida resort with her dad, who manages the place, and dreams to one day become the hotel’s in-house detective. When Charles, the current detective, encounters a case he can’t crack, he agrees to mentor Goldie in exchange for her help solving the mystery.
Harbinger Renegade, Volume 1: The Judgement of Solomon. By Robert Rafers. Illus. by Darick Robertson and Juan Jose Ryp. 2017. Valiant Entertainment, $9.99 (9781682151693). Six months after the Renegades took down the Harbinger Corporation and awaken the world to the existence of psiots, a new underground organization is attempting to build its own army. Faith, Torque, Kris, Ax, and Peter must once again ban together and save psiots and possibly the world.
Jonesy, Volume 1. By Sam Humphries. Illus. by Caitlin Rose Boyle. 2016. BOOM! Studios, $9.99 (9781608868834). Jonsey's superpower is that she can make anyone fall in love with anything... except herself!
Jughead, Volume 2. By Chip Zdarsky and Ryan North. Illus. by Derek Charm. 2017. Archie Comics, $17.99 (9781682559987). It's summer vacation, and it appears that just about everyone in Riverdale is focused on romantic relationships. Can Jughead survive the drama and have a relaxing summer with his friends? Or will love find him after all?
Kindred: A Graphic Novel Adaptation. By Damian Duffy and Octavia E. Butler. Illus. by John Jennings. 2017. Abrams ComicArts, $24.95 (9781419709470). It's 1976 and Dana is trying to settle down to a comfortable life with her husband when she finds herself unexpectedly ripped from the present and sent hurtling to the slavery-era past. Here, she is tasked with saving the life of her ancestor, lest she risk never being born.
The Lighthouse. By Paco Roca. Illus. by the author. 2017. NBM Graphic Novels, $15.99 (9781681120560). A young republican soldier, Francisco, is fleeing the Spanish Civil War ends up receiving refuge from a quirky lighthouse keeper.
Love: The Dinosaur. By Frederic Brremaud. Illus. by Frederico Bertolucci. 2017. Magnetic Press, $17.99 (9781942367369). Life can be a challenge when you're a small dinosaur trying to survive at the bottom of the food chain.
Lumberjanes/Gotham City. By Chynna Clugston-Flores. Illus. by Rosemary Valero-O’Connell. 2017. BOOM! Box, $19.99 (9781608869459). When a teacher at Gotham Academy goes missing, it's up to the crew to figure out how to get her back. When they find themselves in the middle of the woods with no idea of where to start, they stumble upon the Lumberjanes, who are on the hunt for their missing Camp Director. All clues point to an abandoned cabin with more secrets than cobwebs.
Mer. By Joelle Sellner. Illus. by Abby Boeh. 2017. Diamond Book Distributors, $14.99 (9781941302286). New girl in town Aryn, must deal with her mother's death and the possibility that her new friends may not be entirely human. Could they be Mer?
Mighty Jack and the Goblin King. By Ben Hatke. Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $14.99 (9781626722668). After Maddy is taken against her will and carried off through a portal, her brother Jack and her neighbor Lilly must fight creatures both big and small in order to save her life and bring her back home.
Ms. Marvel, Volume 6: Civil War II. By G. Willow Wilson. Illus. by Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona. 2016. Marvel, $17.99 (9780785196129). When Kamala gets called to the battle between superheroes' front line, she faces a fight she can't embiggen her way out of. As war intensifies, tragedy strikes too close to home - and Ms. Marvel must choose between her heroes and her family.
Nightwing, Volume 1: Better Than Batman. By Tim Seeley. Illus. by Yanick Paquette and Javier Fernandez. 2017. DC Comics, $16.99 (9781401268039). Dick Grayson has left the Spiral Agency to reclaim his mantel as Nightwing. However, his homecoming isn't as calm and welcoming as he would like.
One Trick Pony. By Nathan Hale. Illus. by the author. 2017. Amulet Books, $10.01 (9781419721281). In a future Earth, alien "Pipers" keep humans on the run. The Pipers steal away all metal and technology from the planet. When three teens find a mass cache of hidden tech, they end up running for their lives. One ends up at the very heart of the beast responsible for the Earth terror. Her love of a robot horse could destroy them all. Or save them all.
Paper Girls, Volume 2. By Brian K. Vaughan. Illus. by Cliff Chiang. 2016. Image Comics, $12.99 (9781632158956). The four paper girls travel through time from 1988 to 2016 only to find that the future isn't quite what they thought it would be.
Pashmina. By Nidhi Chanani Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $21.99 (9781626720879). Priyanka discovers a magical pashmina in her mother's belongings. The pashmina leads Priyanka on a journey to India to understand secrets of her family and to claim her own personal identity.
School-Live! By Norimitsu Kaihou. Illus. by Sadoru Chiba. 2016. Yen Press, $13.00 (9780316310017). The School Living Club, four teen girls trapped in a school during a zombie apocalypse, is planning a festival to help pass the time when they happen upon another survivor. Or so they think.
Secret of the Princess. By Milk Morinaga. Illus. by the author. 2017. Seven Seas, $13.99 (9781626924694). When Miu witnesses cool girl, Fujiwara accidentally break a priceless vase at school, Fujiwara tells Miu she will do anything She wants. It turns out that Miu wants to have a fake dating relationship.
Snotgirl, Volume 1: Green Hair Don’t Care. By Bryan Lee O'Malley. Illus. by Leslie Hung. 2017. Image Comics, $9.99 (9781534300361). Three things to know about Lottie Person: 1. She is a fashion blogger with over 2 million followers on social media. 2. She's going through a breakup. 3. She has crippling allergies that may or may not cause homicidal tendencies.
The Sound of the World by Heart. By Giacomo Bevilacqua. Illus. by the author. 2017. Magnetic Press, $24.99 (9781941302385). A man decides to try an experiment; no talking for 60 days (except his editor thru email). Will he crack under the pressure, or will it force him to see himself and New York City in a new and wondrous light? Will this be able to help him survive past tragedies and find new love and meaning in his life?
SP4RX. By Wren McDonald. Illus. by the author. 2016. Nobrow, $18.95 (9781910620120). Hacker SP4RX reluctantly joins a resistance movement to fight an evil mega-corporation that is turning human into cyber-controlled slaves.
Space Battle Lunchtime: A Recipe for Disaster. By Natalie Riess. Illus. by the author. 2017. Oni Press, $12.99 (9781620104040). Chef Peony has made it to the Space Battle Lunchtime season finale...only, no one can find her. A little investigating shows she may have been kidnapped and forced to compete for her life on Cannibal Coliseum. Can she make her way out and, with the help of her friends, live to cook another day?
Spillzone. By Scott Westerfeld. Illus. by Alex Puvilland. 2017. First Second, $22.99 (9781596439368). Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. When an eccentric collector makes a million-dollar offer, Addison breaks her own hard-learned rules of survival and ventures farther than she has ever dared.
The Stone Heart: The Nameless City. By Faith Erin Hicks. Illus. by the author. 2017. First Second, $21.99 (9781626721593). After the attempted assassination of the General of All Blades, the Nameless City is thrown into chaos. Kaidu and Rat must find a way to save the city and restore peace.
Wires and Nerve. By Marissa Meyer. Illus. by Douglas Holgate. 2017. Feiwel & Friends, $21.99 (9781250078261). Iko, an android with a personality all her own, sets out to track and capture former Lunar military operatives and current rogue wolves wreaking havoc on Earth.
Yvain: The Knight of the Lion. By M.T. Anderson. Illus. by Andrea Offermann. 2017. Candlewick Press, $14.84 (9780763659394). In this interpretation of a 12th century epic poem by Chrétien de Troyes, the knights of the round table and King Arthur's court are brought to life. Sir Yvain goes on an epic quest to defeat monsters and enemies to win the heart of his lady love Laudine.