Graphic Novels

Grief has a powerful influence over art. When Tom Hart lost his daughter at a young age, he poured out a gorgeous attempt at healing. Rosalie struck like lightning as her name implies and the following thunder will reverberate in Hart forever. This book got me through a really tough time and opened up much needed flood gates to cry. Have tissues handy. - Ivy

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Rosalie Lightning: A Graphic Memoir Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9781250049940
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Published: St. Martin's Press - January 12th, 2016

Guy Delisle is a master of the graphic novel form and this is no exception. When a man working for Doctors Without Borders is kidnapped in Chechnya, what follows is a harrowing tale of solitary confinement. Beautifully rendered, this story breaks down what it means to be human. In my opinion, this volume will be listed among the classics in no time. - Ivy

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Hostage Cover Image
$29.95
ISBN: 9781770462793
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - April 25th, 2017

What does society mean when no one lives there? Through the life of a cop on the failing Moon Colony with only a few wards, this book explores just that. The art is playful, but each line purposeful. The entire package from story to artwork delighted me and it definitely earns its Eisner nomination. - Ivy

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Mooncop Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781770462540
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Published: Drawn & Quarterly - September 20th, 2016

This graphic novel has everything I want: friendship, feminism, and shenanigans. It’s the story of three young girls starting college while they navigate the tricky world of dating, parties, and—oh yeah—actually attending classes. This book is like a walking advertisement for the Bechdel test. The art is wonderfully stylistic. I love it so much I just want to squish it forever. - Ivy

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Giant Days, Volume 1 Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781608867899
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Published: Boom Box - December 1st, 2015

There is no superhero we currently need more than Ms. Marvel. An American Muslim teenager, Kamala Khan, embodies the classic superhero—a normal person trying to balance regular life with doing what’s right—and at the same time holds up a mirror to who we are and what we want to be in the 21st century. Plus, the book is fantastically wonderful and fun. - Jocelyn

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By Marvel Comics (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
$15.99
ISBN: 9780785190219
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Published: Marvel Comics - October 28th, 2014

Do you feel intrigued? Titillated? If you’re embarrassed… don’t be! Moen and husband Matt use playful art, a diverse cast, and an admittedly pink palette to, yes, review sex toys – but also to clearly and comfortably explore sex practices, sexual health, and good communication. The cover reads “sex toy,” but this is all about empowerment, affirmation, education, and fun! - Jocelyn

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Oh Joy Sex Toy, Volume 1 Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781620103623
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Published: Oni Press - October 18th, 2016

A father-daughter relationship like none other – but heartbreaking in many familiar ways. A memoir that took Alison Bechdel years to write, she chronicles childhood through adulthood through a lens of discovery of both herself and her father – a man struggling with what he was and was not. With frank exploration of mental health and sexuality, this book is a revelation and just may make you feel right at home. - Jocelyn

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780618871711
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Published: Mariner Books - June 2007

I wish I would have had this book in my twenties, however, it is just as delightful in my thirties. It is a wonderful touchstone in knowing I am not alone, whether it be in books, relationships, introversion, and really just life in general. The art is simple, but the feels are complicated. - Karena

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Adulthood Is a Myth: A Sarah's Scribbles Collection Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781449474195
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Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - March 8th, 2016

Bendis began this story of a young (white) woman violently taking on corrupt police and politicians in 2010. It likely would be a different story had he waited just a couple more years. That said, this grey-area epic (with gorgeous art by Alex Maleev) of one average person taking matters into her own hands - because no one else will - cannot help but strike a chord today. - Jocelyn

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Scarlet, Book 1 Cover Image
By Brian Michael Bendis (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Alex Maleev (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781302901523
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Published: Marvel Comics - August 2nd, 2016

When I heard that Ta-Nehisi Coates was writing the new Black Panther series, I nearly hyperventilated. His writing should need no introduction, but his obvious love of comics floored me as I learned more about this upcoming volume. Perfect for die-hard fans of the Marvel universe or for someone looking for a more literary introduction to superhero comics. You can’t miss this almost-historic moment in comics history. —Jax

 

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Black Panther, Book 1: A Nation Under Our Feet Cover Image
By Ta-Nehisi Coates (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Brian Stelfreeze (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9781302900533
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Published: Marvel Comics - September 13th, 2016

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