2013 Staff Picks in Graphic Novels, Part One

Interested in what graphic novels HCPL staff enjoyed this year? If so, you're in luck. Listed below are staff favorites in the Juvenile and Young Adult collection.

Juvenile Picks

legends of zita the spacegirl bill the boy wonder astronaut academy bake sale

Legends of Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke. In the second installment of Hatke's Zita the Spacegirl series, Zita is determined to make it home but her intergalactic celebrity status poses a threat and she's unsure who she can trust.

Bill the Boy Wonder: the secret co-creator of Batman by Marc Tyler Nobleman and Ty Templeton.

Astronaut Academy: re-entry by Dave Roman.

Bake Sale by Sara Varon. A Texas Bluebonnet title, Varon's Bake Sale follows two best friends, Cupcake and Eggplant, who run a bakery together. Life is perfect, but Cupcake daydreams of traveling abroad to meet his chef idol, Turkish Delight.

Young Adult Picks

game for swallows Gambit Spider-men Anya's ghost brain camp

A Game for Swallows : to die, to leave, to return by Zeina Abirached. In this biographical graphic novel set in the midst of civil war in Beirut, Lebanon, Zeina and her brother face an evening of apprehension when their parents do not return from a visit to the other side of the city.

Gambit, Volume 1: once a thief by James Asmus and others.

Spider-men by Brian Michael Bendis and others. Peter Parker (a.k.a. Spider-Man) becomes acquainted with young Miles Morales, also known as Spider-Man from another world. The two must work together to fight the master illusionist, Mysterio, who opened the door between Parker's and Morales' worlds. 

Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Brain Camp by Susan Kim and others.

Code Geass Arata boxers saints library wars

Code Geass by Majiko!

Arata, the legend by Yuu Watase

Boxers by Gene Luen Yang

Saints by Gene Luen Yang

Library Wars by Kiiro Yumi

The titles recommended above are suitable for children and/or teens and also enjoyable for adults. Stay tuned for next week's post covering adult picks.