Adult Graphic Novels

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Graphic Novels are books where the story is told through the pictures as well as the text. You won't find Manga titles (Japanese graphic novels) on this list but you will find mystery, history, horror, adventure, even some adaptations of classic literature!


Brian Fies
Description: Early on the morning of Monday, October 9, 2017, wildfires burned through Northern California, resulting in 44 fatalities. In addition, 8,900 structures, including 6,200 homes, were destroyed. One of those homes belonged to Brian Fies and his family. In the days that followed, Fies hastily pulled together a firsthand account of his experience in a twenty-page online comic, entitled A Fire Story, that went viral ... Less than a year after the fire, Brian Fies expanded his webcomic into a full-length graphic novel, including environmental insight and the stories of others affected by the disaster.--From dust jacket.
Call Number: 363.379 Fie
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 21, 2020
Kelsey Wroten
Description: "Kelsey Wroten's Cannonball fires the reader straight into the messy life of Caroline Bertram: aspiring writer, queer, art school graduate, near alcoholic, and self proclaimed tortured genius. Wroten tells the story of an artist struggling with the arrival of adulthood and the Sisyphean task of artistic fulfillment. Stunningly drawn in a classic style, with big truths and biting wit, Wroten's debut graphic novel is Art School Confidential for the Tumblr generation" --Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Wro
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
Kelsey Wroten
Description: "Kelsey Wroten's Cannonball fires the reader straight into the messy life of Caroline Bertram: aspiring writer, queer, art school graduate, near alcoholic, and self proclaimed tortured genius. Wroten tells the story of an artist struggling with the arrival of adulthood and the Sisyphean task of artistic fulfillment. Stunningly drawn in a classic style, with big truths and biting wit, Wroten's debut graphic novel is Art School Confidential for the Tumblr generation" --Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Wro
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
Box Brown
Description: Child Star is a fictional documentary-style graphic novel about how growing up in the spotlight robs young actors of a true childhood.--Amazon.com
Call Number: FIC Bro
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
1962- author Seth
Description: "Twenty years in the making, Clyde Fans peels back the optimism of mid-twentieth century capitalism. Legendary Canadian cartoonist Seth lovingly shows the rituals, hopes, and delusions of a middle-class that has long ceased to exist in North America--garrulous men in wool suits extolling the virtues of the wares to taciturn shopkeepers with an eye on the door. Much like the myth of an ever-growing economy, the Clyde Fans family unit is a fraud--the patriarch has abandoned the business to mismatched sons, one who strives to keep the business afloat and the other who retreats into the arms of the remaining parent. Abe and Simon Matchcard are brothers, the second generation struggling to save their archaic family business of selling oscillating fans in a world switching to air-conditioning. At the center of Clyde Fans’s center is Simon, who flirts with becoming a salesman as a last-ditch effort to leave the protective walls of the family home but is ultimately unable to escape Abe’s critical voice in his head. As the business crumbles, so does any remaining relationship between the brothers, both of whom choose very different life paths but still end up utterly unhappy" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Set
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
Josh Frank, Salvador Dalí, Tim Heidecker, Manuela Pertega
Description: Giraffes on Horseback Salad was a Marx Brothers film written by modern art icon Salvador Dali, who'd befriended Harpo. Rejected by MGM, the script was thought lost forever. But author Josh Frank found it, and with comedian Tim Heidecker and Spanish comics creator Manuela Pertega, he's re-created the film as a graphic novel in all its gorgeous full-color, cinematic, surreal glory. In the story, a businessman named Jimmy (played by Harpo) is drawn to the mysterious Surrealist Woman, whose very presence changes humdrum reality into Dali-esque fantasy. With the help of Groucho and Chico, Jimmy seeks to join her fantastical world--but forces of normalcy threaten to end their romance. Includes new Marx Brothers songs and antics, plus the real-world story behind the historic collaboration.
Call Number: FIC Fra
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella, Zach Howard, Nelson (Comic book artist) Daniel, Vic Malhotra
Description: "Joe Hill is the creative force behind this collection of graphic novels that showcase the world-building and bone-chilling talents of the famed Locke & Key co-creator. This collection includes: The Cape (2010) and The Cape 1969 (2011), Thumbprint (2013), Kodiak (2010), and Wraith (2014)."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Hil
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
Caitlin Major, Kelly Bastow
Description: "With Manfried the Man as his muse, affable tomcat Steve Catson is finally realizing his dream of becoming a cartoonist. And he's dating Henrietta, a chat noir with a heart of gold. But when a literal fat cat threatens to close down the Catlanta Man Shelter, where stray men get adopted by loving cats, both Steve and Manfried are forced to leave their comfort zone. Steve has to turn lazy Manfried into a prize-winning champion to save the shelter, while Manfried must cope with his new roommate, a young stray man named Garfield." -- Book jacket flap.
Call Number: FIC Maj
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
Damian Duffy, John Jennings, Nalo Hopkinson, Octavia E Butler, Octavia E. Parable of the sower Butler
Description: In the year 2024, the country is marred by unattended environmental and economic crises that lead to social chaos. Lauren Olamina, a preacher's daughter living in Los Angeles, is protected from danger by the walls of her gated community. However, in a night of fire and death, what begins as a fight for survival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny . . . and the birth of a new faith.
Call Number: FIC Duf
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
Elisa Macellari, Carla Roncalli di Montorio
Description: "The debut graphic novel from Thai-Italian illustrator Elisa Macellari, Papaya Salad tells the story of her great-uncle Sompong who found himself in Europe on military scholarship on the eve of World War II. A gentle and resolute man in love with books and languages, in search of his place in the world, Sompong chronicles his life during the war and falling for his wife, finding humor and joy even as the world changes irrevocably around him"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
Chun-ho Pong
Description: "In hundreds of mesmerizing illustrations, PARASITE: A Graphic Novel in Storyboards is a behind-the-scenes glimpse at the making of one of the best films in years and a brand-new way to experience a global phenomenon. Drawn by Bong Joon Ho himself before the filming of the Palme d'Or Award-winning, Golden Globe-nominated film, these illustrations, accompanied by every line of dialog in the movie, capture the story in its entirety. Director Bong has also provided a foreword which takes the reader even deeper into the creative process which gave rise to the stunning cinematic achievement of PARASITE. Director Bong's illustrations share the illuminating power of his writing and directing. The result is a gorgeous, riveting read and a fresh look at the vertiginous delights and surprises of Bong Joon Ho's deeply affecting, genre-defying story" --Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Pon
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
Ted Fox, James Otis Smith, Ted Fox
Description: "Writer Ted Fox and artist James Otis Smith bring to life Harlem's legendary theater in this graphic novel adaptation of Fox's definitive, critically acclaimed history of the Apollo. Since its inception as an African-American theater in 1934, the Apollo, and the thousands of entertainers who performed there, have led the way in the presentation of swing, bebop, rhythm and blues, jazz, gospel, soul, funk and hip-hop-along with the latest in dance and comedy. The Apollo has nurtured and featured thousands of artists, many of whom have become legends. The beauty they have given the world-their art-transcends the hatred, ignorance, and intolerance that often made their lives difficult. Today, the Apollo enjoys an almost mythical status. With its breathtaking art, this graphic novel adaptation of Showtime at the Apollo brings to life the theater's legendary significance in music history, African American history, and to the culture of New York City."--Publisher's description.
Call Number: 792.0974 Fox
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
Kurt Vonnegut, Ryan North, 1971- illustrator Monteys, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-five Vonnegut
Description: "An American classic and one of the world's seminal antiwar books, Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five is faithfully presented in graphic novel form for the first time from writer Ryan North and Albert Monteys. Listen: Billy Pilgrim has...read Kilgore Trout... opened a successful optometry business... built a loving family... witnessed the firebombing of Dresden... traveled to the planet Tralfamadore... met Kurt Vonnegut... come unstuck in time. Billy Pilgrim's journey is at once a farcical look at the horror and tragedy of war where children are placed on the frontlines and die (so it goes), and a moving examination of what it means to be fallibly human."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Von
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
Evan Dahm, 1978- editor Spike, Andrea Purcell, Matt Sheridan
Description: "A graphic novel retelling of Jesus Christ's descent into Hell between the crucifixion and resurrection"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Dah
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, Rebecca (Comic book artist) Kirby, James (Illustrator) Fenner, Roxane. Short stories. Selections (We are the sacrifice of darkness) Gay
Description: "Follow the journey of two young adults, Joshua and Claire, each individually shaped by the day the sky went dark, but drawn to each other because of it. Coming of age in this new landscape, they will be forced to confront and challenge notions of identity, guilt, and survival as the darkness grows around them. When fear threatens to envelop all hope they have left, the two discover that love, family, and finding the true light in a world seemingly robbed of any, will guide their way forward."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Gay
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
Auraelien Ducoudray, Jeff Pourquiae
Description: "An exploration, in graphic novel form, of the French psychiatric clinic La Chesnaie. Illustrates the supportive environment where patients and caregivers participate equally in the day-to-day operations of the clinic"-- Provided by publisher.
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
Aaron Mahnke, Delilah S. Dawson, Piotr Kowalski
Description: "Meet the Duke of Wellington--one of England's most decorated military heroes and, unknown to most, her most daring monster hunter. After receiving a letter from an old flame, the Duke of Wellington heads to the countryside to investigate a series of disturbing crimes--a mysterious murder, a missing child, and a vicious black dog roaming the hills. Featuring an amazing cast of characters and calling upon centuries of supernatural myths, folktales, and lore this thrilling graphic novel reveals the secrets behind one of history's most illustrious figures" --Amazon.
Call Number: FIC Mah
Format: Book
Date Added: Feb 9, 2021
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A Fire Story
Brian Fies
363.379 Fie
Papaya Salad
Elisa Macellari, Carla Roncalli di Montorio
FIC Mac
Cannon Ball
Kelsey Wroten
FIC Wro
Parasite : A Graphic Novel In Storyboards
Chun-ho Pong
FIC Pon
Cannon Ball
Kelsey Wroten
FIC Wro
Showtime At The Apollo : The Epic Tale Of Harlem's Legendary Theater
Ted Fox, James Otis Smith, Ted Fox
792.0974 Fox
Child Star
Box Brown
FIC Bro
Slaughterhouse-five : Or The Children's Crusade : A Duty-dance With Death
Kurt Vonnegut, Ryan North, 1971- illustrator Monteys, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-five Vonnegut
FIC Von
Clyde Fans : A Picture Novel In Five Parts
1962- author Seth
FIC Set
The Harrowing Of Hell
Evan Dahm, 1978- editor Spike, Andrea Purcell, Matt Sheridan
FIC Dah
Giraffes On Horseback Salad : The Strangest Movie Never Made! ; Starring The Marx Brothers, Screenplay By Salvador Dalí
Josh Frank, Salvador Dalí, Tim Heidecker, Manuela Pertega
FIC Fra
The Sacrifice Of Darkness
Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, Rebecca (Comic book artist) Kirby, James (Illustrator) Fenner, Roxane. Short stories. Selections (We are the sacrifice of darkness) Gay
FIC Gay
Joe Hill : The Graphic Novel Collection
Joe Hill, Jason Ciaramella, Zach Howard, Nelson (Comic book artist) Daniel, Vic Malhotra
FIC Hil
The Third Population
Auraelien Ducoudray, Jeff Pourquiae
Manfried Saves The Day : A Graphic Novel
Caitlin Major, Kelly Bastow
FIC Maj
Wellington
Aaron Mahnke, Delilah S. Dawson, Piotr Kowalski
FIC Mah
Octavia E. Butler's Parable Of The Sower
Damian Duffy, John Jennings, Nalo Hopkinson, Octavia E Butler, Octavia E. Parable of the sower Butler
FIC Duf