Graphic Novels

Recommended Reading Lists for Graphic Novels & Comics

Jason Shiga's bold visual storytelling, sly pokes at popular culture, and subtle text work together seamlessly in Empire State, creating a quirky graphic novel comedy about the vagaries of love and friendship. -Empire State: A Love Story (Or Not) by Jason Shiga

Graphic Novels: Empire State

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Graphic Novels and comics have been around for decades, but they have never been more popular and established as they are today. Film, television, and even the theatre stage are now routinely pulling from graphic novels. For example, The Walking Dead is one of the most-viewed television series of all time, and it originated as a graphic novel series that is still ongoing today. Alison Bechdel's breakout graphic memoir, Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic, was recently adapted to Broadway and won a Tony Award for Best Musical. And of course, Marvel & DC Comics release several movies each year from their superhero franchises. This has been a growing trend for some time, and it's not expected to slow anytime soon.

Despite its humble origins, the graphic novel format has truly become an established, entertaining, and even at times intellectual form of art & literature. The combination of word and picture - when employed properly - can impart stories, emotions, and ideas even better than words alone. So even if you have been dismissive of graphic novels in the past, try one out now! The Library has amassed a collection of the very best graphic novels and comics ever written, which have been curated into dozens of lists within three major categories of age-appropriateness to help you quickly and easily discover the best titles. Simply click the categories on the right sidebar or above to check out our reading lists and to easily place your requests from the catalogue.