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Graphic Novels

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Graphic Novels have enjoyed a surge in mainstream popularity. This pictorial written genre is simply defined by many as being “lengthy comic books” or “picture books for grownups.” Delving deeper, though, Graphic Novels are the home of some substantial fiction and non-fiction stories.

This Graphic Novel list is meant to go beyond the traditional “super hero” comic book and graphic novel titles which generally dominate the genre. This list attempts to explore some major graphic novel works, authors and illustrators by titles. By no means is this list comprehensive; it is meant to be an introduction to both common and obscure titles.

All books in this list which are owned by Lincoln City Libraries are hotlinked to their entries in our library catalog, so that you may check on their current availability. Some titles not owned by the libraries are included in this list due to their classic nature, or their position as part of a series. If you see a title on this list that is not hotlinked to our collection, please consider ordering it through our Interlibrary Loan department.

Graphic Novel Series:

book coverAmerican Splendor
by Harvey Pekar [741.5 Pek and 741.5 qPek]

book coverBarefoot Gen
by Keiji Nakazawa [741.5 Nak]

book coverBayou
by Jeremy Love [j741.5 Lov]

book coverBuddha
by Osamu Tezuka [741.5 Tez]

book coverChildren of the Sea
by Daisuke Igarashi [j Igarashi]

book coverElfquest
by Wendy and Richard Pini [741.5 qPin]

Kabuki: Circle of Blood
by David Mack


book coverLone Wolf and Cub
by Kazuo Koike [741.5 Koi]

book coverMaus
by Art Spiegelman [940.531 Spi]

book coverPersepolis: The Story of a Childhood
by Marjane Satrapi [741.5 Sat and jPB]

The Adventures of Tintin
by Herge [443 qTin — currently only a French language edition available]

The Contract With God Trilogy
by Will Eisner [mostly 741.5 Eis or 741.5 qEis]

The Discworld Graphic Novels
by Terry Pratchett [libraries do not own the graphic novels]

book coverThe Griffin and Sabine series
by Nick Bantock [Bantock]

book coverThe Sandman
by Neil Gaiman [741.5 Gai or jPB]

book coverThe Scott Pilgrim series
by Bryan Lee O’Malley [741.5 Oma]

The Unwritten
by Mike Carey, illustrated by Peter Gross


book coverY: The Last Man
by Brian K. Vaughn [741.5 Vau or 741.5 qVau]

Individual Graphic Novel Titles:


A Child’s Life and Other Stories
by Phoebe Gloeckner


book coverA.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
by Josh Neufeld [741.5 Neu]

book coverAmerican Born Chinese
by Gene Luen Yang [j Yang]

book coverAsterios Polyp
by David Mazzucchelli [741.5 Maz]

Black Hole
by Charles Burns


book coverBlankets
by Craig Thompson [741.5 Tho]

book coverEarthboy Jacobus
by Doug Tennapel [741.5 Ten]

book coverEmbroideries
by Marjane Satrapi [741.5 Sat]

Epileptic
by David Beauchard


Fax From Sarajevo
by Joe Kubert


Ghost World
by Daniel Clowes [741.5 Clo]

book coverFootnotes in Gaza
by Joe Sacco [956.94 qSac]

book coverFun Home: A Family Tragicomic
by Alison Bechdel [741.5 Bec]

Hey, Wait…
by Jason [a.k.a. Jason Arne Sæterøy]

Howl: A Graphic Novel
by Allen Ginsberg and Eric Drooker


book coverJimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
by Chris Ware [741.5 War]

Lost at Sea
by Bryan Lee O’Malley


book coverMother, Come Home
by Paul Hornschemeier [741.5 Hor]

Pride of Baghdad
by Brian K. Vaughan


Shortcomings
by Adrian Tomine


Skyscrapers of the Midwest
by Joshua Cotter


book coverSummer Blonde
by Adrian Tomine [741.5 Tom]

book coverThe Adventuress
by Audrey Niffenegger [759.13 qNif]

book coverThe Arrival
by Shaun Tan [jP Tan]

book coverThe Book of Genesis: Illustrated
by R. Crumb [222.11 qCru]

The Compleat Moonshadow
by J.M. DeMatteis


The Depository: A Dream Book
by Andrzej Klimowski


The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch
by Neil Gaiman and Michael Zulli


book coverThe Photographer: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders
by Emmanuel Guibert [958.1 qGui]

book coverStitches: A Memoir
by David Small [Biography Small]

book coverWaltz With Bashir: A Lebanon War Story
by Ari Folman [741.5 Fol]

book coverTemperance
by Cathy Malkasian [YA Malkasian]

book coverBrave on the Rocks
by Sabrina Ward Harrison [158.1 Har]

book coverPicture This
by Lynda Barry [741.5 qBar]

book coverThe 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation
by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon [973.731 Jac]

book coverChe: A Graphic Biography
by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon [Biography Guevara]

book coverVietnamerica: A Family’s Journey
by G.B. Tran [741.5 Tra]

About Graphic Novels:

book coverThe Readers Advisory Guide to Graphic Novels
by Francisca Goldsmith [025.54 Gol]

Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
by Scott McCloud


Wordless Books: The Original Graphic Novels
by David Berona


Comic Books as History: The Narrative Art of Jack Jackson, Art Spiegelman and Harvey Pekar (Studies in Popular Culture)
by Joseph Witek


Compiled September 2010 gb | Adapted for the Web September 2010 sdc / Last updated June 2016 sdc