2012 Staff Picks in Graphic Novels

Can you believe 2012 is almost over? All over the internet you can find Best of 2012 lists covering books, movies, and more. Like you, many library staff enjoy reading comics and this post is dedicated to their favorites for 2012! The list below is a mix of new and old and different age audiences. Thanks to all staff who contributed to this post!

Sense and SensibilityAmelia Rules Days of Destruction Friends with boys Pinicchio

Sense and Sensibility by Nancy Butler. Butler's adaptation of Jane Austen's novel is considered true to the original story and the illustrations are spectacular! Pick this title if you're in the mood for something classic and romantic. 

Amelia Rules!: When the past is a present by Jimmy Gownley. (suitable for children)

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt by Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco. This title is a mix of bodies text with graphic novel elements; written by Hedges and illustrated by Sacco. Consider reading if you enjoy powerful and serious writing.

Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks.

Pinocchio: Vampire Slayer by Dusty Higgins and Van Jensen.

Locke and Key Vampire Knight Hikaru No Go King of Thorn Walking Dead

*Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. If you're in the mood for a bit of horror, intriguing writing, and artful imagery, this one is for you!

Vampire Knight by Matsuri Hino.

Hikaru No Go by Yumi Hotta.

King of Thorn by Yuji Iwahara. One staff member enjoyed this series for it's creepy and what-the-heck factor. Check it out if you like futuristic and fantasy reads!

Walking Dead Compendium 1 & 2 by Robert Kirkman.

Essex  County Kick Ass 2 Astronaut Academy Persepolis Bone

Essex County Trilogy by Jeff Lemire.

Kick Ass 2 by Mark Millar and others.

Astronaut Academy by Dave Roman. (suitable for children)

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi.

Bone by Jeff Smith.

Afterschool Charisma Fruits Basket Smile 20th Century Boys Y the Last Man Fables

Afterschool Charisma by Kumiko Suekane.

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya. Fruits Basket is an essential manga series that is overall fun and romantic. You will especially love it for its wily cast of zodiac characters!

Smile by Raina Telgemeier. (suitable for children)

20th Century Boys by Naoki Urasawa.

Y the Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan. New to our collection, Y the Last Man series is in the same vein of Walking Dead and other post-apocalyptic series.

*Fables by Bill Willingham. One staffer found this series to be inventive and absorbing; this is a must read if you're looking for hard-to-put-down reads!

* denotes multiple staff picks

What were your favorite reads in 2012?