If you’ve seen the newly redesigned "Harry Potter" covers, you know who Kazu
Kibuishi is. He made a name for himself in the illustration world with his
graphic novel series, "Amulet," which
follows a girl named Emily as she discovers a fantasy world hidden underneath
her grandfather’s old house. The book is full of wildly creative characters and
settings, and the world only grows with each installment. As of right now, there are seven books in the series with two more on the way.
Laddertop" by Orson Scott Card and Emily Janice
Card, illustrated by Honoel A. Ibardoloza
Orson Scott Card is best known for "Ender’s Game," but this graphic novel
holds up just as well as any of his other books. The story follows two teenage girls, Robbi and Azure, as they undergo trials to work on the Ladders — massive
structures that have the ability to harness the power of the sun, given to
Earth by a mysterious race of aliens called “The Givers.” The book is everything you would expect from a great sci-fi novel and the pictures only improve the story.
started out as Stevenson’s senior thesis while she was still in school at
Maryland Institute College of Art. The series became so popular online that it
was selected to be published in print. Stevenson combines wry humor and her own
unique drawing style to tell the story of Nimona, a shape shifting girl who
teams up with super villain Ballister Blackheart. Don’t let the goofy drawings
fool you, though. The book quickly shifts from quick hitting punch lines to a
more serious questioning of good and evil.
"This One Summer" by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
This one is a little more serious, so
buckle up. The story meanders through a few weeks in a tween girl’s summer as she
navigates friendships and crushes. It may seem lighthearted on the surface, things
heat quickly up when a pregnant teenager, family issues and sexism are thrown into the
mix. Above all, this book is about a young girl realizing, for the first time
in her life, how the world treats women. It isn’t easy or comfortable, but
that’s what makes it real.
Kate Beaton draws most of her humor
from classic literature and history. In this collection of comics, she brings out the funniest aspects of your favorite fictional characters and historical figures. They’re vulgar, intelligent and genuinely hilarious. If you’re a fan of "Monty
Python" sketches, these are right up your alley.