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An artistic tradition around the world, comics have blossomed into an international pop-culture phenomenon. Whether you love superheroes or political satire, fantasy or philosophy, comics and graphic novels offer something for you.
We at Reader's Corner love this rich form of literature, and so we have devoted this guide solely to it. A portal into imagination, adventure, and intellectual journeys awaits, all you have to do is step on through and keep reading!
With so many comics being published today it can be difficult to know where to look for new reading material. Like other books, graphic novels span a wide range of genres and purposes, and so you as a reader need to think a bit about what you want out of the material you are looking for. The tabs at the top of this page are a good place to start exploring: each one is home to reading recommendations, a history of the genre's style, and where to look for more information about the genre. And remember, if you have a graphic novel in mind that you'd like to read already, head over to BPL.org to see if it's in our catalog.
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Batman: The Court of Owls by
After a series of brutal murders rocks Gotham City, Batman begins to realize that perhaps these crimes go far deeper than appearances suggest. As the Caped Crusader begins to unravel this deadly mystery, he discovers a conspiracy going back to his youth and beyond to the origins of the city he's sworn to protect.
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet by
When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt - but can its monarch survive the necessary change?
March: Book One by
Congressman John Lewis is an American icon. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper's farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.
Maus I: My Father Bleeds History by
A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler's Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father's story and history itself.
Monstress tells the epic story of Maika Halfwolf, a teenage survivor of a cataclysmic war between humans and their hated enemies, the Arcanics. In the face of oppression and terrible danger, Maika is both hunter and hunted, searching for answers about her mysterious past as those who seek to use her remain just one step behind.
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters by
Set against the tumultuous political backdrop of late '60s Chicago, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is the fictional graphic diary of 10-year-old Karen Reyes, filled with B-movie horror and pulp monster magazines iconography. Karen Reyes tries to solve the murder of her enigmatic upstairs neighbor, Anka Silverberg, a holocaust survivor, while the interconnected stories of those around her unfold.
Princess Jellyfish by
Tsukimi Kurashita has loved jellyfish from a young age and has carried that love with her to her new life in the big city of Tokyo. There, she resides in Amamizukan, a safe-haven for girl geeks - the last place she'd expect to meet a fashionable socialite! Their odd encounter is only the beginning of a new and unexpected path for Tsukimi and her friends.
When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
The Eisner Awards
The biggest awards in the graphic novel industry are the Eisners, named after American cartoonist Will Eisner and awarded at San Diego Comic Con. Think of them as the Oscars or the Grammys for comic books (but maybe slightly less glitzy). There are dozens of categories, ranging from Best Writer to Best Academic/Scholarly Work; if you're looking for a particular type of graphic novel (like, say, a comic for kids, or a funny story, or a brand-new series) browsing the list of winners is a good way to find a new favorite. The Eisners are admittedly US-centric -- only works distributed in the United States are eligible in the first place -- but there are awards for international material as well. You can see past and current Eisner winners here. Don't forget to come back to the BPL's catalog and place holds on the titles you're interested in!
TED Talks: The Visual Magic of Comics