Pretty embarrassed by the lack of graphic novels/comics in the last few year, guys. But here are six favorite graphic novels, and six on my TBR.
Six Favorite Graphic Novels:
1. Blankets by Craig Thompson – my all-time favorite. It just spoke to me. And it was the first present I ever gave to my husband.
2. Spider-Man Loves Mary Jane, Vo1 1-4 by Sean McKeever and Takeshi Miyzawa – This is my favorite “real comic” series ever. Don’t be fooled by the cute title – this is a really amazing, addictive, realistic take on teen Mary Jane and what she’s going through at school.
3. Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan – This is one of those comics that got me into reading comics
4. The Scott Pilgrim series by Bryan Lee O’Malley – If you live in Toronto, if you don’t and you like old-school video games, if you are a teenager or in college…this silly, fun, smart, and honest novel about life after university will appeal to you. There’s a reason why it was made into a movie by Edgar Wright, and that reason is that it’s ABSOLUTELY AWESOME.
5. Good as Lily by Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm – This beautiful graphic novel is about a girl whose birthday wish ends up bringing her three very strange companions – herself at 6, 29, and 70. It’s a great look at a real teen dealing with the idea of not measuring up – and where that leads her.
6. MAUS by Art Spiegelman – I feel like this is essential reading for anyone who reads graphic novels. If you haven’t read it, it’s a personal story of Spiegelman’s father’s experiences in the Holocaust, where Jews are drawn as mice and Nazis as cats. It’s not cute, though – rather, it’s an exploration of extraordinary humanism and war, and what happens afterwards.
Six Comics/Graphic Novels on my TBR:
1. Ms. Marvel by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona – I’ve just heard incredible things about this serial comic about a Muslim superhero. Everyone tells me I should read it. Everyone raves about it. Must get to it.
2. Paper Girls by Brian K. Vaughan, Cliff Chiang, and Matthew Wilson – I love BKV’s work, and I’ve even met him and complimented him a million times on Runaways. He and my husband suggested that I would really like this comic, so…
3. Smile and Sisters by Raina Telgemeier – I KNOW. I’m so embarrassed by this one, especially since I’ve loved Raina’s short works and Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels. I don’t know why I’m so behind on these!
4. Wires and Nerve, Vol 1 by Marissa Meyer and Douglas Holgate – hopefully by the time you read this, I’ll have this Lunar Chronicles graphic novel in my hot little hands!
5. This One Summer by Mariko and Jillian Tamaki – I’m really, really embarrassed about this one, guys. Mariko and Jillian are Canadians, they’re Asian, and this one has won a ton of awards. Also, my husband owns a copy, so I have no excuse.
6. Saga, Vol 2 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples – I really, really should get to the next one in this. And the one after. The story is beautiful.
What are your favorite graphic novels? Which ones should I read immediately? Let me know in the comments!
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