Comic books for Grown-ups!
Additions to our Graphic Novel collection:
(this collection includes fiction and non-fiction titles, and is shelved in Rice Hall)
- Age of Bronze : a Thousand Ships / Eric Shanower, 2001
- The first installment in a seven-part retelling of the Trojan War.
- The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist, 2004
- A collection of "original" Escapist comics, created by the characters of Michael Chabon's epic novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
- Birth of a Nation / Aaron McGruder, 2004
- A biting satire on the state of U.S. politics and the power of democracy, From the creator of The Boondocks comic strip.
- Buddha v. 3 + 4 / Osamu Tezuka, 2004
- The life story of Siddartha, told by one of the masters of Japanese comics.
- City of Glass / adapted by Paul Karasik, 1994
- A graphic novel version of Paul Auster's novel, in which a New York novelist is mistaken for a detective and ends up losing his mind and identity.
- Dead Memory / Marc-Antoine Mathieu, 2002
- An allegorical study of a Kafka-esque society under the control of real-time information, from one of France's most widely acclaimed graphic novelists.
- The Golem's Mighty Swing / James Sturm, 2001
- A 1920's Jewish baseball team disguises its sole Black player as a Golem as a showbiz gimmick.
- Kwaidan / Jung and Jee-Yun, 2004
- A feud fueled by jealousy between two 12th century Japanese sisters spans two hundred years.
- Mister O / Lewis Trondheim, 2002
- Wordless gags in which a tiny stick figure endeavors to cross to the other side of a deep chasm.
- My New York Diary / Julie Doucet, 1999
- Moving to the city after graduating from an all-girl's school in Canada, the protagonist falls into a messy, downward spiral.
- Pop Gun War / Farel Dalrymple, 2000-2003
- A young boy grows wings and embarks on a surreal set of adventures on New York City's streets.
- To Afghanistan and Back / Ted Rall, 2002
- A graphic travelogue which includes columns which Rall wrote for the Village Voice during the U.S. bombing of Afhghanistan.
- V For Vendetta / Alan Moore and David Lloyd, 1988
- In an alternate future in which Germany has won W. W. II, a caped vigilante tries to free Britain from its fascist ideological chains.
HINT: To browse a complete list of this growing collection, search by Call Number "GRAPHIC" in the online catalog [and LIMIT the search to Springfield].
We also have a number of non-fiction titles which are shelved by subject:
- The cartoon history of the universe. Volumes 1-7 / Larry Gonick 902.07 G588c v.1
+ Check the catalog for other cartoon guides by Gonick
- Maus : a survivor's tale / Art Spiegelman, 1986 940.5315 SPIEGELM Maus
- Our cancer year / by Joyce Brabner and Harvey Pekar, 1994 362.196994 B721o
- Sartre for beginners / Donald Palmer, 1995 194 S251zp
+ Try a KEYWORD search in the catalog for other [beginners and comic] titles.
- Still I rise : a cartoon history of African Americans / Roland Owen Laird, Jr., 1997 973.0496073 LAIRD
Collections of comic strips, and non-fiction works about the genre and its authors are classified primarily at 741.5973
Don't miss the large collection of graphic novels in Teen Central, which includes these great titles, plus illustrated classics (Shakespeare, Poe, etc.) and many manga and superhero favorites:
- Nausicaä of the Valley of Wind by Hayao Miyazaki
- Bone by Jeff Smith [vols. 1 + 2]
- Clan Apis by Jay Hosler
Check out our booklist of graphic novels for teens, which includes a list of books for aspiring comic book artists, and links to comic-related websites