Auckland Libraries: Top 10 comics and graphic novels

Top 10 comics and graphic novels

The top 10 comics and graphic novels, curated by our librarians for the Auckland Libraries Top 100 list.

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Cosplayers: Perfect Collection

Dash Shaw

Book

Cosplayers explores these delicate psychological balancing acts via a series of interconnected short stories surrounding two young women, Annie and Verti who combine their love of cosplaying with their love of popular culture.

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The girl from the other side. Vol. 1 Siúil, a Rún.

Nagabe

Graphic novel

In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins.

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Boundless

Jillian Tamaki

Graphic novel

Boundless explores the lives of women and how the expectations of others influence their selves. Tamaki uses hyper-realist detailing dueling with chunky blocks of ink, delicately setting the mood for her character's inner turmoil.

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Songy of paradise

Gary Panter

Graphic novel

Panter’s version of Milton’s Paradise Regained doesn’t rely on his words, but follows the structure with one notable exception: Jesus has been replaced by a hillbilly, Songy, who is on a vision quest before being tempted by a chimeric Satan figure.

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Crawl space

Jesse Jacobs

Graphic novel

In the basement, through the appliances and past the veil that separates realities, lies a rainbow-hued world where a group of kids have found retreat from their suburban mundanity with a coterie of iridescent creatures.

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You & a bike & a road

Eleanor Davis

Graphic novel

Acclaimed cartoonist and illustrator Eleanor Davis documented her cross-country bike tour as it happened. The immediacy of it makes for an incredible chronicle of human experience on the most efficient and humane form of human transportation.

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Pretending is lying

Dominique Goblet

Graphic novel

Pretending Is Lying is a memoir like no other. It is an unnerving comedy of paternal dysfunction, an achingly ambivalent love story, and a searing account of childhood trauma — a tour de force of the art of comics.

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Out of the woods

Brent Williams

Graphic novel

Out of the Woods is a graphic memoir to help people understand and overcome depression and anxiety. Although the format is an autobiographical comic, it is primarily an educational self-help book, using the author's own life story.

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Hostage

Guy Delisle

Graphic novel

Delisle conveys the psychological effects of solitary confinement, compelling us to ask ourselves some difficult questions regarding the repercussions of negotiating with kidnappers and what it really means to be free.

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The best we could do

Thi Bui

Graphic novel

Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the ‘70s, and the new life they built for themselves.

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