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BKLYN Reads: Graphic Novels for Adults

Graphic fiction, nonfiction and cartoon collections for adults, drawn from the 2020 list of recommendations by the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table of the American Library Association.

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The Hard Tomorrow

Davis, Eleanor |

A woman and her husband navigate the apocalyptic currents of contemporary America.

Ghost Tree

Curnow, Bobby/ Gane, Simon (ILT) |

Visiting his grandmother in Japan, Brandt encounters his grandfather's spirit.

Bury the Lede

Dunn, Gaby/ Roe, Claire (ILT)/ Rodriguez, Miquel |

An intern at a Boston newspaper is caught up in a scandalous murder investigation.

Chasing Echoes

Goldman, Dan/ Schall, George (ILT) |

A fractious family visits Poland to recover their history that was stolen by the Holocaust.


Ma, Yeong-shin/ Hong, Janet (TRN) | Book

Three middle-aged women in Seoul vow to find something better for themselves.

The House

Roca, Paco |

Siblings reunite after the death of their father to clear out the family's vacation home.

Guantanamo voices [electronic resource] : True accounts from the world's most infamous prison.

Mirk, Sarah. | eBook

Firsthand stories by prisoners, guards and others at the detention camp, illustrated by a collection of artists.

Open Borders : The Science and Ethics of Immigration

Caplan, Bryan/ Weinersmith, Zach (ILT) |

An economist teams up with a cartoonist to make the case for liberalizing immigration policy.


Sj?lom, Lisa Wool-rim |

A South Korean adoptee revists her past while raising her children.

Drawing Power : Women's Stories of Sexual Violence, Harassment, and Survival

Noomin, Diane (EDT)/ Gay, Roxane (INT) |

Cartoonists reflect on their experiences of sexual violence in short, powerful pieces.

Big Black - Stand at Attica

Smith, Frank/ Reinmuth, Jared/ Ameziane (ILT) |

The story of an inmate in the 1971 prison uprising and his decades-long fight for justice.

Kent State : Four Dead in Ohio

Backderf, Derf |

The crisis of May 1970 at Kent State University, when National Guard troops opened fire on unarmed students.

Making comics

Barry, Lynda, 1956- author, artist. |

A master of the form offers creative exercises to help comics-makers -- and anyone, really -- overcome artistic blocks.

Strange Planet

Pyle, Nathan W. |

Straight from Instagram, a cartoon collection of little blue aliens and their everyday concerns.

Everything Is Beautiful, and I'm Not Afraid : A Baopu Collection

Xiao, Yao |

Autobiographical webcomics about a queer immigrant cartoonist's life in the United States.

Solutions and other problems

Brosh, Allie, author, illustrator. | Book

Fresh stories from a cartoonist's unconventional childhood and adult struggles.

Year of the Rabbit

Veasna, Tian |

The true story of a family's survival during the murderous reign of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia.

Paying the land

Sacco, Joe, author, artist. | Book

A cartoonist-journalist explores the conflict over indigenous land rights in the Canadian Northwest Territories.

I Know What I Am : The Life and Times of Artemisia Gentileschi

Siciliano, Gina |

An elaborately illustrated biography of a pioneering Baroque painter.

Best Graphic Novels for Adults Reading List 2020


The complete 2020 list from the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table (GNCRT) of the American Library Association.