When someone says “comics” or “graphic novels,” many people tend to think of superheroes. But comics and graphic novels are so much more than that! Just like traditional books, there are so many different genres of graphic novels—fantasy, realistic fiction, nonfiction, and memoirs are just a few. So whether you’re new to graphic novels or have been reading them for years, give these titles a try!
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nimona is a shapeshifter, which is handy when you’re trying to get a job as sidekick to the kingdom’s villainous Lord Blackheart. What villain wouldn’t want someone who can turn into a cat, shark, or a dragon whenever they want? But Nimona isn’t as willing to talk about her past as she is to wreak havoc, and that just might be a problem. This fun fantasy graphic novel will leave you with all the feels as Nimona learns that not all villains are bad…and not all heroes are good. Available as an ebook in Overdrive and Hoopla and as an audiobook read by a full cast on Hoopla.
Giant Days, volume 1 by John Allison, illustrated by Lisa Treiman
Susan, Esther, and Daisy became fast friends when they started college. There dorm rooms are next to each other, and they’re all hoping for a fresh start. But that can be hard to do when life keeps throwing things like mold, the flu, and boys at you when it’s their first time away from home. A realistic fiction graphic novel, this one will draw you in with drama, laughs, and everything in between as the girls navigate higher education. Available as an ebook in Hoopla.
They Called Us Enemy by George Takei, Justin Eisiner, and Steven Scott, illustrated by Harmony Becker
George Takei has become a cultural icon, but his childhood wasn’t so easy. When Takei was just 4 years old, he, his famiy, and more than 100,000 other Japanese Americans were sent to an internment camp during World War II, despite being American citizens. This graphic memoir is a powerful read for anyone as Takei recounts his time growing up in an internment camp where, despite the hatred, he learned the most valuable lessons of all—love, courage, and loyalty. Available as an ebook on Overdrive and Hoopla.
Stranger Things: Six by Jody Houser, illustrated by Edgar Salazar, Keith Champagne, & Marissa Louise
No need to wait till summer to get your Stranger Things fix! This prequel tells the story of MKUltra and Francine, a teenage girl with precognition. Her parents just want to exploit her, and she realizes things may not be better with Dr. Brenner. But when her powers show her how she can escape and save the other kids, she has to decide how far she’s willing to go…and how close to being like Dr. Brenner she’ll become. Available as an ebook on Hoopla.
Bloom by Kevin Panetta, illustrated by Savanna Ganucheau
Now that he’s graduated from high school, all Ari wants to do is leave town with his band so they can make it big. Now that he’s graduated from high school, all Ari’s dad wants is to have his son work with him at the family bakery. Neither gets what they expect from Hector, who’s hired as Ari’s replacement in the bakery. Hector loves baking, but what if he loves something—or someone—more? Now Ari is left with asking himself what he really wants out of life. Available as an ebook on Overdrive.
Lumberjanes, volume 1 by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, and Noelle Stevenson, illustrated by Brooklyn Allen
This is not your average summer camp. At Miss Quinzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, you’d better expect the unexpected. Fortunately, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are ready for what the wilderness has for them. From three-eyed foxes to overbearing camp counselors, from secret caves to anagrams, these five friends are ready for adventure and to show that they have friendship to the max! Available as an ebook on Overdrive and Hoopla.
Sarah is a youth services librarian in Canfield. She pretty much only reads YA books, but she is easily distracted by a good picture book or anything Doctor Who related. Sarah loves to crochet and knit and can usually be found with a pile of yarn in her lap with one of her three dogs or her cat nearby. Originally from Texas, she still says “y’all” all the time and refuses to call carbonated beverages “pop.”