Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List - 2021 Nominations

 

The Graphic Novels & Comics Round Table Best Graphic Novels for Adults 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. The officially nominated titles - titles that are nominated and seconded by a member of the BGNA Selection Committee -  will be posted regularly during the year. The final list will be announced in January 2022.

2021 Best Graphic Novels for Adults Nominated Titles

Updated: 4/25/21

Fiction

Chasin' The Bird
Dave Chisholm; 2020 - Z2
$24.99, ISBN 9781940878386

Several different people shine a light on the legend of Charlie Parker's time in California. This is part biography, part historical fiction, all love letter to jazz.

Dune: The Graphic Novel, Book 1
Brian Herbert; 2020 - Abrams Comic Arts
$24.99, ISBN 9781419731501

Two political houses fight for control of the planet Arrakis. A messiah complex for Paul and the desert people of the planet. Paul and the opposing parties try to eliminate one another at every turn. Constant espionage, and trust no one. A fantastic first volume adaptation of Dune.
 
Getting it Together, Volume 1
Sina Grace, Omar Spahi, Jenny D. Fine, M.X. Struble; 2021 - Image Comics
$14.99, ISBN 9781534317765

Sam and Jack are best friends, and Sam is dating Lauren, Jack's indie rocker sister and roommate. Tensions skyrocket when Sam and Lauren open their long-term relationship, sending social shockwaves through their friend group and the entire Bay Area, leaving poor Jack caught in the middle! Life gets messy when you're in your 20’s and your friends are your family. Newcomer artist JENNY D. FINE shines in this series about love, friendship and rock n' roll!
 
Wonder Woman: Dead Earth
Daniel Warren Johnson; 2020 - DC
$29.99 ISBN 9781779502612

Diana wakes up from a centuries-long sleep to discover a post-apocalyptic world. Humans are running out of food and being hunted by monsters and there's not a hero to be found.

Non-Fiction

Invisible Differences
Julie Dachez. Mademoiselle Caroline; 2020 - Oni Press
$19.99 ISBN9781620107669

Marguerite is having a difficult time with her work life, her personal life, and well-life in general, and she doesn't understand why others view her different, She finally investigates the root of her un-comfortability: after a journey of tough conversations with her loved ones, doctors, and the internet, she discovers that she has Asperger’s. Her life is profoundly changed – for the better.
 
Kimiko does Cancer
Kimiko Tobimatsu, Keet Geniza; 2020. - Arsenal Pulp Press
$6.95 ISBN 9781551528199

Kimiko Tobimatsu was a young, queer, mixed-race woman with no history of health problems whose world was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In an instant, she became immersed in a new and complicated life of endless appointments, evaluations, and treatments, and difficult conversations with her partner and parents. Kimiko knew that this wasn't what being twenty-five was supposed to be like… but then, she didn't have a choice.
 
Welcome to the New World
Jake Halpern, Michael Sloan; 2020 - Metropolitan Books
$21.99 ISBN 9781250305596

Welcome to the New World provides an original view of the immigrant experience. Ibrahim Aldabaan and his family flee the country and head to the U.S., landing on 2016 Election day. Knowing little English, having few friends, and even less money, the family finds a way to make a home.