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A graphic novel is the novel version of a comic book with long,  in-depth storylines. Graphic novels have enyojed a big surge in popularity in recent years; here’s a collection of some great graphic novel work out there.

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Malcolm X

A Graphic Biography

The age of multitasking needs better narrative history. It must be absolutely factual, immediately accessible, smart, and brilliantly fun. Enter Andrew Helfer,...

"...fun. Enter Andrew Helfer, the award-winning graphic-novel editor behind Road to Perdition and The History of Violence, and welcome the launch of a unique line of graphic biographies. If a picture is worth a thousand words, these graphic biographies qualify as tomes. But if you’re among the millions..."

By Andrew Helfer and Randy DuBurke

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Ronald Reagan

A Graphic Biography

Some Presidents Were Just Meant To Be In Pictures It confronted evil empires, planned Star Wars missile defense systems, and advocated supply-side...

"...Staton (artist for E-Man, Green Lantern, and most recently Scooby-Doo) makes Ronald Reagan: A Graphic..."

By Andrew Helfer, Steve Buccellato and Joe Staton

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J. Edgar Hoover

A Graphic Biography

A True History of Violence (and Crimefighting, Politics, and Power) In the hands of gifted cartoonist Rick Geary, J. Edgar Hoover’s life becomes a timely...

"...: A Graphic Biography provides a special window into the life of an outsized American and a bird’seye..."

Rick Geary Rick Geary

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After 9/11

America's War on Terror (2001- )

Having made The 9/11 Commission Report understandable for everyone, the award-winning, bestselling graphic novel team of Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón use all...

"...graphic novel team of Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón use all.... Having made The 9/11 Commission Report understandable for everyone, the award-winning, bestselling graphic novel team of Sid Jacobson..."

By Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón

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The 9/11 Report

A Graphic Adaptation

The 9/11 Report for Every American On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report card on the government’s fulfillment of the...

By Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón

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Kampung Boy

Kampung Boy is a favorite of millions of readers in Southeast Asia. With masterful economy worthy of Charles Schultz, Lat recounts the life of Mat, a Muslim...

"...life. A sweetly naturalistic memoir, this non-traditional graphic novel breaks free..."

Lat Lat

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Harmen Meyndertsz van den Bogaert was only twenty three when he ventured into Mohawk territory in search of the answers to some pressing questions: where were...

"...in Southern Europe researching ideas for a graphic novel that will draw on the elements of Greco..."

George O'Connor George O'Connor

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American Born Chinese

A tour-de-force by rising indy comics star Gene Yang, American Born Chinese tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a...

"...in September 2006 issue of School Library Journal Graphic novels that focus on nonwhite characters..."

Gene Luen Yang Gene Luen Yang

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Adapted from the bestselling grassroots history of the United States, the story of America in the world, told in comics form Since its landmark publication in...

By Howard Zinn, Mike Konopacki and Paul Buhle

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Laika

Laika was the abandoned puppy destined to become Earth's first space traveler. This is her journey. Nick Abadzis masterfully blends fiction and fact in the...

"...with pathos and poignancy. (afterword, bibliography, author's note) (Graphic novel. YA) Review in 14th..."

Nick Abadzis Nick Abadzis

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Town Boy

Malaysian teenager Mat makes a life-changing move from the quiet kampung where he was born to Ipoh, the rapidly industrializing nearby town. Living far from...

"...storytelling and enchanting pen-and-ink artwork.  At once exotic and familiar, his cartoon world builds..."

Lat Lat

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Missouri Boy

Firecrackers lighting up an ancient tree on a summer night. Twin boys born the same night their grandmother passes away. Teenagers hanging by their fingertips...

"...graphic poem brings together the experiences that formed his character, for better and for worse..."

Leland Myrick Leland Myrick

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The 2000 winner of the Goscinny Prize for outstanding graphic novel script, this is the harrowing tale of the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda, as seen through the...

"...The 2000 winner of the Goscinny Prize for outstanding graphic novel script, this is the harrowing..."

Stassen Stassen

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The Salon

In 1907 Paris, when someone starts tearing the heads off avant-garde painters, Gertrude Stein and her brother, Leo, realize that they might be next on the...

Nick Bertozzi Nick Bertozzi

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The Prince of Persia Collector's Edition

The Graphic Novel

BEYOND THE LEGENDARY GAME – THE LEGEND ITSELF Long ago in Persia, there lived a Prince -- a man of honor, of valor, and full of strength -- a man for his...

"....  Created by Jordan Mechner, the Prince of Persia graphic novel is beautifully written by poet A.B...."

By Jordan Mechner, A. B. Sina, LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland

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John Hardin is a desperate man. When a train carrying official US currency paper explodes in his town, he's the prodigious Black Diamond Detective Agency's...

"..., the agency's founder.  Adapted and illustrated with watercolor art by Eddie Campbell, this graphic novel..."

Eddie Campbell Eddie Campbell

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Adapted from the bestselling grassroots history of the United States, the story of America in the world, told in comics form Since its landmark publication in...

By Howard Zinn, Mike Konopacki and Paul Buhle

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The 9/11 Report

A Graphic Adaptation

The 9/11 Report for Every American On December 5, 2005, the 9/11 Commission issued its final report card on the government’s fulfillment of the...

"...as beautifully and compellingly written and illustrated as The 9/11 Report, A Graphic Adaptation.  I cannot..."

By Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón

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