2014 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Nominations

Updated April 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

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.

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.



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.

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.

Fridolfs, Derek. Batman: Li’l Gotham Vol 1. 2014, illus., DC comics, $12.99, (9781401244941.) Batman's friends and enemies clash during different holidays throughout the year.

Fridolfs, Derek. 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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.