Thought Bubbles and Grawlixes

Thought Bubbles and Grawlixes

A list by Haley, Programs Specialist

Sometimes the sheer number of volumes of a comic book series or graphic novels on a library shelf can be intimidating. Or, it's frustrating when 40 people have a hold on the first issue. These are some of my favorite graphic novels that don't go on forever or switch universes or undo what was written. I especially enjoy them for their art, how they present their story, and the effect of the two combined.


This is probably my favorite graphic novel right now. It's got a great setting, interesting characters, a strong female lead and fantastic art.

I adored this geeky anthology of ladies sharing what they love, the struggles that come with that love, the passion they have for humans, aliens, and fiction. Many of the stories echoed my own childhood and coming to terms. However, this is definitely an adult book with swearing and some personal, steamy scenes.

Johnny Wander started as a webcomic and features the life of author and illustrator Ananth and Yuko and what goes on in their remarkably clever brains. For more of their stories, check out "Lucky Penny" or their web site!

"Hyperbole and a Half" is a fantastic, hilarious roller-coaster of a ride through a wild child's mind, imagination, and what they turn out like as an adult. I love Allie Brosh and totally relate in some form or fashion to every story she has written.

This is just a great read because it turns typical fantasy plot lines on their head, and Nimona is a great, sassy representation of what I want to be when I grow up.

I first read this in the seventh grade as an introduction to WWII. It's a very moving story, and I highly recommend it to young people and adults alike.

This is a great show of how graphic novels can be used in an abstract way to show a story in a non-traditional sense.

This comic has an interesting premise to it but isn't always clear with what is happening. I have hopes for future volumes.

This edition of "Calvin and Hobbes," my first venture into comics, has special inserts by Bill Watterson, the author.

Probably the most noteworthy contemporary graphic novel at the moment. It's a great, strange read with dramatic plots and fantastic art.

By the maker of "Scott Pilgrim," "Seconds" is a strange one-off novel that takes a note from Russian folklore and spins it into a new and interesting tune.

This one is considered a "kids" book, but it's a very well done adaptation of "Snow White." I loved it.

So, I normally don't do horror. I don't do scary at all. It's a good day if I can get through an episode of "Supernatural." So, the fact that I read this and found it fascinating and beautiful and also terrifying is a testament to its artistry.

Definitely for fans of "American Gods" and similar. Interesting premise and characters and definitely some pretty looking pictures.