top 5 recommendation | graphic novels

So, as you probably know, one of my goals for 2019 was to read more graphic novels. I’m very pleased to say that I’ve been doing really well with this goal! Here are some of my recommendations for graphic novels, as well as 5 that I would like to get to soon.

  1. Bloom written and illustrated by Kevin Panetta and Savanna Ganucheau – this is a recent release about two queer boys who help out at a bakery. Ari, who is Greek, wants nothing to do with the family bakery. Hector, who is Samoan, wants nothing more than to bake and make people happy. The illustrations are all done in shades of blue and are simply stunning. 
  2. Marbles by Ellen Forney – I know I’ve talked about this book a lot but it is one of my favourites! Ellen is a queer woman who, shortly before she turns 30, is diagnosed with bipolar disorder. In this memoir she explores the relationship between creativity and mental illness. She looks at her own experiences, as well as those of artists such as Sylvia Plath and Vincent van Gogh. It is funny and personal, and the black and white illustrations really work well with the writing style, too.
  3. Fence written by C.S. Pacat and illustrated by Johanna the Mad – this is a sports romance about fencing! Nicholas is the illegitimate son of a retired fencing champion and longs to fence competitively. Things get complicated when he faces his half-brother as well as fencing prodigy Seiji Katayama. I’ve only read volume 1 but I’m definitely going to continue the series. 
  4. Lumberjanes by Noelle StevensonGrace EllisFaith HicksBrooke A. AllenShannon WattersKat LeyhBrooke AllenCarolyn Nowak and Carey Pietsch – I’m sure most of you have heard of this one! Lumberjanes is an adorable comic about female friendship at summer camp. The illustrations are bright and zany, which melds perfectly with the fact that not everything is quite as it seems at this camp! There’s also great body diversity and queer subtext, which I hope the authors explore in later volumes (as I’ve only read volume 1). 
  5. Red Rosa by Kate Evans – this is a bit different from the others! Red Rosa is the biography of Rosa Luxemburg, who was a philosopher, economist, publisher, writer, organiser, political leader and martyr. She helped found the German Communist Party and was a leader in the German revolution of 1919. The author herself makes a brief appearance at one point to question Luxemburg about the modern application of her theories and the end of the book beautifully illustrates how struggles over a century ago are continue to be relevant today.

5 graphic novels that I would like to read:

  1. The Prince and the Dressmaker
  2. The Witch Boy
  3. Rx
  4. Rock Steady
  5. The Backstagers

Do you read graphic novels? I’m always looking for recommendations!

3 thoughts on “top 5 recommendation | graphic novels

  1. christine @ lady gets lit says:

    I just read The Prince and the Dressmaker! I devoured it over a few days on my lunch breaks at work and it was so sweet! I don’t want to spoil anything from the book, but what I appreciated was the nuanced discussion of cross-dressing and identity.


  2. Malka @ Paper Procrastinators says:

    I just started getting into graphic novels recently, but now I’m devouring them! I loved Bloom and I really want to check out Fence since I keep hearing such good things! I’m very picky about art style though, so I’ll have to look into that first. I also really enjoyed the Backstagers, and there are books that accompany the graphic novels now that are also amazing! As for Recommendations I’m going to suggest On a Sunbeam and Kiss Number 8. I read both of them this year and really enjoyed them!


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