Graphic Novels, No Superheroes

I used to associate graphic novels with superheroes, which is why I didn’t read them. Not that I don’t like superheroes, I do. But the idea of trying to get caught up on the last 78 years of Captain America just seemed too daunting even to start.
But then I discovered the world of non-superheroic comics and fell in love. I love graphic storytelling; there are so many interesting ways to combine images and words to tell a story.
Here are a few of my favorites.

Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Anya is a sullen teenager who’s a bit of a social outcast, so it’s nice when she meets Emily and makes a new friend. Emily is a ghost who died nearly 90 years ago, and she’s a great friend: she helps Anya cheat on tests, watches her back while she’s sneaking cigarettes, and assists her in manipulating a cute boy. Actually, you know what? Emily might be kind of evil. Anya’s Ghost is funny and spooky and very clever.

The Less Than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal by E.K. Weaver

I was hooked on this adult-themed graphic from the first page. It’s the story of two young men, essentially strangers to one another, on a cross-country road trip. Along the way they talk about plenty of serious topics – like queerness, drug use, and abusive relationships – but the story is told with lots of humor and sweetness and even a little romance.

Assassination Classroom by Yusei Matsui

Okay, hear me out: you’re a middle school student. Your new teacher is a terrifying grinning tentacled alien who has destroyed the moon. Your job is to kill him. Also, he’s the best teacher you’ve ever had. Nothing about this manga series isn’t insane, and I was laughing on every page.


Giant Days by John Allison

Ah, college – the first time most of us are away from home: asserting our independence, making our own decisions. So many unwise, poorly-thought-out decisions. Giant Days follows college students Daisy, Esther, and Susan, as they navigate studies, politics, relationships, money and friendships.

But wait, there’s more! Check out these other great comics:


Hey, did you know that you can borrow comics from Sno-Isle Libraries and read them online? Use our streaming service Hoopla to borrow comics and read them on your computer, tablet, or other device.

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