Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List

The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table (GNCRT) BGNA reading list highlights the best graphic novels for adults published in a given year and it aims increase awareness of the graphic novel medium, raise voices of diverse comics creators, and aid library staff in the development of graphic novel collections.

2020 Best Graphic Novels for Adults for Adults


Nominations for the 2021 Best Graphic Novels for Adults are now open.


Eligible graphic novels for the 2020 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List will include all fiction and non-fiction titles published between September 1, 2020 - December 31, 2021 that appeal to adults age 19 or older. The 2020 list will be announced at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in January 2021. List selection will be determined by a committee of GNCRT members with a background in graphic novel selection and use for adults. 

Nominations can be made by all members of the public, including committee members and ALA members.

Best Graphic Novels for Adults 2021 Selection Committee

  • Jessica Jenner, Chair - Student, University of Arizona School of Library Science
  • Rachel Bild - Young Adult Librarian, Skokie Public Library
  • Shelley E. Carr - Resource Sharing Coordinator, University of San Francisco
  • Kristina Feeney - Student, Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies
  • Chloe Horning - Librarian, Bellevue College Library
  • Kyla Hunt - Librarian, Austin, TX
  • Leah Ly - Retailer, Manager, Fantom Comics
  • Tashia Miller - Reference Librarian, Washtenaw Community College
  • Jameson N. Rohrer - Librarian - Sacramento Public Library
  • Stephanie Smith - Adult and YA Librarian, East Hampton Public Library
  • Edward Whatley - Instruction & Research Services Librarian, Georgia College & State University Library