5 Graphic Novels to Keep an Eye Out For This Year (and Next!)

I spent this past weekend at ALA, the American Library Association’s annual conference, and man was it a great time. Let me tell you, when it comes to graphic novels and comics, librarians really know what they’re talking about. I personally believe that librarians are invaluable to the growth of the comics market (something I’ll expand upon in a future post), but for now, I want to tell you about a few recent and upcoming comics I heard about (or got to look through!) at ALA that I’m really excited about.

rolling blackoutsRolling Blackouts: Dispatches from Turkey, Syria, and Iraq by Sarah Glidden (Drawn & Quarterly, October 8)

I loved Sarah Glidden’s memoir How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less, so when I heard about this new graphic memoir about Glidden’s travels with two journalist friends to understand the repercussions of the Iraq War on refugees, I was instantly intrigued. I love graphic memoirs, but combine it with travel and journalism, and it’s an instant must-read for me. The fact that Glidden has a track record I like only adds to my excitement for this book.

 

march book 3March: Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell (Top Shelf Productions, August 2)

I mean, is there anyone at this point who isn’t looking forward to this book? With the struggles the United States is currently facing, as well as the sit-in on gun control reform that John Lewis has recently led, there’s not a better time for this final installment of this ground-breaking trilogy to be released. I got the chance to flip through a finished copy of this at ALA, and man. It’s gorgeous and hefty (it almost feels like a double-sized volume), and this should be on EVERYONE’S list.

 

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princess princess ever afterPrincess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill (Oni Press, September 7)

Princess Princess Ever After takes its cue after Panels favorite Princeless and features a princess who refuses to wait for a prince to save her. In this case, though, she’s rescued by a fellow princess! This all-ages adventure is sure to thrill both young and old—I can definitely tell you that more than a few Panelteers will likely be awaiting this graphic novel.

 

 

 

afarAfar by Leila del Duca and Kit Seaton (Image Comics, 2017)

I spent a long time (MAYBE a little too long) geeking out over this upcoming Image graphic novel that features a young woman who can astrally project herself into a different world. I’m not sure what I’m more excited about, the all-female creative team, the color palette that’s promised to be as vibrant as Paper Girls, the PoC main character, or the fact that this is a full graphic novel instead of a series. Bottom line: I cannot wait for this.

 

 

angel catbirdAngel Catbird by Margaret Atwood, Johnnie Christmas, and Tamra Bonvillain (Dark Horse, September 6)

I mean, I think the entire world is looking forward to Margaret Atwood’s graphic novel debut. I first heard about this last year from Atwood herself, when she was a guest at Book Riot Live, and now we’re just a couple of months away from its release. I was lucky enough to handle a finished copy of this one at ALA, and man. We’re all in for a really great treat.