Ken Akamatsu. Negima!: Master Negi Magi. (Del Ray, 2004- ) [Manga]
Derf Backderf. My Friend Dahmer. (Abrams ComicArts, March 2012)
Yeah. THAT Dahmer.
Joseph Bruchac, art by Will Davis. Dawn Land. (First Second, 2010) [Graphic Novel]
A sweeping epic by the greatest living Native American storyteller, retold brilliantly as a graphic novel
with very few words. A journey, both physical and spiritual, to challenge the deep terrors that stalked the
footsteps of ancient man for the future of the world. Mesmerizing.
Geoffrey Canada, adapted by Jamar Nicholas. Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence.
(Beacon Press, 2010)
“Possessing a gun feels like the ultimate form of protection. On the streets of a big American city,
having this kind of personal protection may even seem to some to make sense.
But it doesn’t.
I know from personal experience.
In 1971, well before the explosion of handguns on the streets of New York City, I bought a handgun.”
Jason Ciaramella, Joe Hill, and Zach Howard. The Cape. (IDW, 2012)
Power isn't good or evil, but those who wield it are. Which is more dangerous, power in the hands of an
eight year-old boy? Or power in the hands of the man that boy would become after he tasted power and
was robbed of it?
Mark Crilley. "Brody's Ghost" [Graphic Novel] (Dark Horse, 2010- )
From the streets of a futuristic city rises a new hero. Brody has to let go of everything to gain the one
thing he needs, a destiny. Aided by a ghost tasked to do a "life task" before she can move on to the
afterlife, and a spirit that is himself haunted by a distant failure, he must strike a blow for the good
against a serial killer who prays on the innocent.
Nunzio DeFilippis and Christina Weir. New Moon. [Bad Medicine, Volume 1] (Oni Press, 2012)
There are dark and mysterious things in this world, but they are still science, they just can't be
explained... yet. At least that's what Dr. Randal Horne keeps telling himself as he and his team from the
Centers for Disease Control grapple with a headless corpse and a teenager that becomes a real animal
on a date, under a full moon. Classic horror fodder with a decidedly modern twist.
Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido. Blacksad. (Dark Horse, 2010)
It's comics noir, dark and rich and edgy and smart.The characters have their human weaknesses, but
their animal nature shows in their faces.Life in the big city really is a jungle, and the bad guys would do
well to fear the big black cat.
Glenn Eichler and Joe Infurnari. Mush: Sled Dogs With Issues. (First Second, 2011)
Hair-brained philosopher, reluctant hero, conniving backstabber, blue-blood snob, hey, dogs are people
Tohru Fujisawa. Tokko: Devil's Awaken. (Tokyo Pop, 2008- ) [Manga]
Tokko is a special section of the Tokyo Police charged with fighting off an invasion of demons and
spirits. This is a dark and heroic storyline about those who stand between an unsuspecting human
world and a terrifying other world, with a few not-quite humans standing in the breach.
Neil Gaiman, John Bolton, Scott Hampton, and Charles Vess. The Books of Magic. (DC Comics, 1993)
Gareth Hinds. Beowulf. (Candlewick, 2007)
"Be of good comfort, my lord king. 'Tis better for a man to avenge his friends than to spend his days
lamenting. Verily for every one of us there is an ordained end; let us therefore take such occaision as
God may give us of winning renown while life remains to us. Come, then, let us go and track this foul
creature to her lair."
Anthony Johnston, illustrated by Sam Hart. The Coldest City. (Oni Press, 2012)
The already dangerous world of international spies in the shadow of the Berlin Wall is teetering on
chaos as The Wall teeters on the verge of collapse. It is 1989, and all the secrets they have fought to
keep are about to come out. In the scramble to “clean house”, you may not know who the traitor is until
there is only one left standing.
Yuuki Kodama. Blood Lad. , Vol. 1. (Yen Press, 2012)
Oh yeah, a snarky teenage vampire lord of a demon realm obsessed with manga and Japanese video
games gets let lose in OUR world! If you like your vampires shiny, just move along. Paranormal romance
fan? Next aisle over. Like Christopher Moore (Bite Me and Bloodsucking Fiends)? Have I got a Manga for
Dean Koontz and Queenie Chan. In Odd We Trust. (Ballantine Books, 2008) [Graphic Novel]
Roland Laird, Taneshia Nash Laird. Still I Rise: A Graphic History of African Americans. ( Sterling , 2009)
[Graphic Novel – Nonfiction]
Lat. Kampung Boy. (First Second. 2006) [Graphic Novel – Nonfiction]
John Layman & Rob Guillory. “Chew” (Series)
Taster’s Choice. [Volume One] (Image Comics, 2009)
International Flavor. [Volume Two] (Image Comics, 2010)
Just Desserts. [Volume Three] (Image Comics, 2010)
Flambé. [Volume Four] (Image Comics, 2011)
Major League. [Volume Five] (Image Comics, 2012)
Tony Chu is a psychic who gets his readings by tasting things. That gets a bit gross when he becomes a
homicide detective. You do the math. This series is, well, unique.
Morgan Llywelyn and Michael Scott. Ireland: A Graphic History. (Element, 1995)
Barry Lyga and Colleen Doran. Mangaman. (Houghton Mifflin, 2011)
A scifi/manga retelling of Romeo and Juliet? With a nod to Flat Stanley? If you are a manga fan, try to
imaginge a manga character rocketed into our world from the two dimensional pages of a comic book
world. Every thought bubble actually appears beside his head. Motion lines appear when he runs, then
fall to the ground. And that thing they do with their eyes! Clever, fun, and beautifully drawn.
Stan Mack. Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels: A History in Comics of the American
Revolution. (Nanter, Beall, Minoustchine, 2012)
Hey, maybe the people who decided that a bunch of backwater colonists could defeat the greatest army
ever really were cartoon characters. Their stories seem far more real in this comic history than they
ever did in a textbook.
Motoro Mase. Ikigami: The Ultimate Limit. (VIZ Media, 2009- ) [Manga]
For all dystopia fans, here is a society that teaches the value of life, by randomly taking the lives of its
young adults. If you were told you had 24 hours to live, what would you do? No simple answers here; one
of the most innovative Mangas in recent years.
Christopher Moore & Ian Corson. The Griff. (William Morrow, 2011)
It is Jurassic Park, falling from the sky! In this graphic novel of alien invasion, the little green men are
huge green dragon creatures, and the ET's aren't being cuddled by a cute little six-year-old Drew
Barrymore. The heroine is The Game Goddess, and who better to fight alien invaders than the woman
who designed the video games where they, well, you know?
James Patterson. Daniel X: Alien Hunter. (Little, Brown Young Readers, 2008) [Graphic Novel]
James Patterson and NaRae Lee. Maxium Ride: The Manga. (Yen Press, 2009)
Maximum Ride might be the perfect book for adaptation to Manga. All the action, the visual splendor, the
wonder of kids on the wing, it all pops right off the page. This very quick read is the perfect intro to the
series for struggling readers and a fantastic addition to the series for those who already know and love
Moro Rogers. City in the Desert: The Monster Problem. (Archaia Entertainment, 2012)
Irro fights monsters for his isolated desert city. It's dangerous, and unglamorous, but it is a fulfilling life
that supported, and claimed, his parents before him. But when a religious sect appears claiming to be
able to end the monsters, Irro has to wonder how much of his life is tied to this great evil. Unfortunately,
everybody else in his unsuspecting city should be doing the same.
Darren Shan, art by Takahiro Arai. Cirque Du Freak. [Manga]
Dave Sim. Cerebus. (Aardvark-Vanaheim, Inc., 1987)
For fans of Jeff Smith's Bone, I dare you to read this graphic epic of a surly, short tempered, mercenary
aardvark defeating uncounted foes, toppling kingdoms, breaking the hearts of buxom, chain mail-
bikinied beauties, and not think... Arthur?
Scott Snyder, Rafael Albuquerque, Stephen King. American Vampire. (Vertigo, 2010)
“Here’s what vampires shouldn’t be: pallid detectives who drink Bloody Marys and only work at night;
lovelorn southern gentlemen; anorexic teenage girls; boy-toys with big dewy eyes.
What should they be?
Killers, honey. Stone killers…" (from the intro by Stephen King)
Sue Stauffacher. Wireman. (Sue Stauffacher, 2005-2006) [Comic Books]
Jame Sturm and Rich Tommaso. Satchel Paige: Striking out Jim Crow. (Hyperion, 2007)
Yukiru Sugisaki. D.N. Angel. (TokyoPop, 2004- ) [Manga]
Bryan Talbott. "Grandville" Series:
Grandville. [#1] (Dark Horse, 2009)
Mon Amour. [#2] (Dark Horse, 2010)
Bete Noir. [#3] (Dark Horse, 2012)
Steampunk, alternate history, dark noir, and our animal natures portrayed in stunning comics. If you
loved Blacksad, by Juan Díaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido, you can't miss "Grandville".
Doug TenNapel. Ghostopolis. Graphix, 2010.
This riff on The Wizard of Oz supercharges everything:
The wizard isn't some benign old man behind a curtain, he is a mighty sorcerer who is not about to give
up control of his kingdom.
There is no Glenda the good witch but a twelve foot black man with a Jesus complex.
No flying monkeys, just demonic man-sized bugs.
And Toto is a skeleton horse.
No Garth, you aren't in Kansas anymore, this is the afterlife!
Craig Thompson. Habibi. (Pantheon, 2011)
Epic. Mystic. Mythic. Powerful visual storytelling with no holds barred. Dodola and Zam are buffetted and
abused. Cultures, races, even epochs colide and explode the world around them. In a world where the
"other" is so feared and misunderstood, there is no more human way to see behind the veil of the
Muslim world than to see two desperate people holding onto all they have left, Habibi, "my beloved".
Naoki Urasawa. 20th Century Boys. (Viz Media, 2009- ) [Manga]
Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples. "Saga" Series.(Image Comics, 2012- )
Fantasy creatures, scifi cyborgs, intergalactic warfare and an epic journey in this comics-style space
opera. A young man and woman, from opposite sides of the greatest war the universe has ever seen,
have everyone to fear and nowhere in all the worlds to hide.
Chris Wooding. Malice. (Scholastic, 2009)
Chris Wooding. Havoc. (Scholastic, October 2010)
Boaz Yakin, and Joe Infurnari. Marathon. (First Second, 2012)
192 Athenians died on the plains of Marathon that day, and 6,500 Persians. Still, Athens would have
fallen if not for the heroism and sacrifice of a few brave soldiers and the original Marathon champion.
Here is their epic story, told brilliantly in comics.
Futaro Yamada & Masaki Segawa. Basilisk. (Del Rey, 2006- ) [Manga]
Yoshinobu Yamada. Cage of Eden. (Kodansha Comics, 2011- ) [Manga]
High school survivors of a plane wreck find themselves stranded on an island that never existed, with
creatures that shouldn’t exist, and controlled by rules that no longer exist. It’s Lord of the Flies meets
The Mysterious Island in a thrilling manga.
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Derek Kirk Kim. "Tune". (Series)
Vanishing Point. (First Second, 2012)
Andy Go is living every nerd's nightmare - outcast, unsocial, unemployable - until a pretty girl shows his
life to be a dream. Then he is offered every nerd's dream; but could that turn out to be the nightmare?
Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, & Alex Puvilland. Templar. (First Second, 2013)
The Knights Templar, just the name brings up adventure, honor, mystery, conspiracy, treasure.
Templar brings it all out in vivid color and high action in all it's medieval glory.
Junya Inue. Btooom! [Manga] (Yen Press, 2013- )
Hunger Games a bit too tame for you? Waiting for the next installment of Cage of Eden? Here is one
intense new manga about a video game wiz who finds himself inside a real life version of his favorite
game, and you guessed it, it's not Donkey Kong! It is kill or be killed in a battle where the only weapons
are sophisticated explosives. If you are squeemish, stick with the softer stories where the most
dangerous weapons are bows, arrows, and poisonous berries.
Sharn E. McKay and Daniel LaFrance. War Brothers: The Graphic Novel. (Annick Press, 2013)
"Where does the victim end and the criminal begin? Whom do we punish? Who is accountable?" There
are a quarter of a million child soldiers in the world, children kidnapped and forced to fight. Are they
killers or kids? Walk a mile in their shoes through the jungles of Uganda and see if you can answer.