The Year’s
Best Graphic
Novels 2008
Karla Ivarson
David Lisa
Laverne Mann
Tyler Rousseau
What it is- Lynda Barry
Writer and cartoonist shows readers how she makes art
and encourages us to make our own.
Interior-
What It Is
Cairo- G. Willow Wilson
A gripping narrative, mixing magic, politics and romance
the knowledgeable view of the Islamic wor...
Interior--
Cairo-
G. Willow
Wilson
Tonoharu- Lars Martinson
Daniel Wells begins a new life as an assistant junior high school teacher in the
rural Japanese v...
Tonoharu- Interior
Tiny Titans (DC Comics)
Kid-friendly versions of the Teen Titans and their rogues gallery
star in this fun, light-hearted,...
Mini Marvels (Juvenile)
Featuring Spidey, Wolvie, Iron Man, Hulk and more Marvel
favorites – reimagined for an all-ages au...
Interior- Mini Marvels (Juvenile)
Tales from the Starlight Drive-in
Michael San Giocomo
32 stories taking place over 50 years at a Drive-In Theater --Mirror...
Rapunzel’s
Revenge-Shannon,
Dean & Natathan
Hale (Juvenile)
Transforming her shiny red locks
into lightning-fast lassoes, ...
Interior-Rapunzel’s Revenge
Hellboy-Mike Mignola
Raised by American GIs after he was pulled from the underworld in a
thwarted Nazi occult experiment, ...
Interior-
Hellboy
Jamilti-Rutu Modan
Set in Israel during throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, these
evocative and haunting short stories...
Interior-
Jamilti
Nat Turner-Kyle Baker
Baker illustrates the violence and brutality of the largest organized rebellion of
enslaved people i...
Interior-Nat Turner
J. Edgar Hoover: a
graphic biography
-Rick Geary
Geary's detailed and engaging
account of J. Edgar Hoover's rise
within th...
Interior-J. Edgar Hoover
The Arrival by Shaun Tan
An immigrant leaves his family
and country in hopes of
finding a better life
somewhere else.
He t...
The Arrival Interior
Robot Dreams by Sarah Varon
In need of a friend, a dog
builds himself a robot.
Through events beyond
their control, dog an...
Robot Dreams Interior
The Twelve by Michael Straczynski
In 1940, a team of twelve crime fighters get
frozen during a raid on Germany.
They are f...
The Twelve Interior
The Twilight Zone Graphic Adaptations
Graphic adaptations of
some of the more
popular stories from
the Twilight Zone
Twilight Zone interior
The Sword
by The Luna Brothers
Dara Brighton is a college
student whose life is changed
forever when three strangers
show ...
The Sword
by The Luna Brothers
Dara Brighton is a college
student whose life is changed
forever when three strangers
show ...
The Alcoholic
by Jonathan Ames
& Dean Haspeil
Part quasi-autobiography and
part stunning noir-realism,
The Alcoholic is th...
The Alcoholic
by Jonathan Ames
& Dean Haspeil
Part quasi-autobiography and
part stunning noir-realism,
The Alcoholic is th...
Locke & Key
by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriquez
Joe Hill is the author of the novel
Heart Shaped Box and the short
story colle...
Locke & Key
by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriquez
Joe Hill is the author of the novel
Heart Shaped Box and the short
story colle...
Zot!
1987-1991: The Complete
Black and White Collection
by Scott McCloud
Scott McCloud’s comic book series
Zot! was origin...
Zot!
1987-1991: The Complete
Black and White Collection
by Scott McCloud
Scott McCloud’s comic book series
Zot! was origin...
Local
by Brian Wood & Ryan Kelly
Local brings together 12 issues
of a comic book series reprinted
as a hardcover graphic n...
Local
by Brian Wood & Ryan Kelly
Local brings together 12 issues
of a comic book series reprinted
as a hardcover graphic n...
Questions?
Thank You!
• Karla Ivarson (kivarson@gmail.com)
• David Lisa (davidlisa@davidlisa.com))
• Laverne Mann (liblave@gmail.com)...
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The Year's Best Graphic Novels 2008

Update your library's graphic novel collection with suggestions from librarians around the state. Hear about the best graphic novels published during 2008 in adult, young adult, and children's categories.

Karla Ivarson, Ocean County Library; David Lisa, NJ State Library; Laverne Mann, Mercer County Library; Tyler Rousseau, Ocean County Library; Moderator: David Lisa, NJ State Library

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  1. 1. The Year’s Best Graphic Novels 2008 Karla Ivarson David Lisa Laverne Mann Tyler Rousseau
  2. 2. What it is- Lynda Barry Writer and cartoonist shows readers how she makes art and encourages us to make our own.
  3. 3. Interior- What It Is
  4. 4. Cairo- G. Willow Wilson A gripping narrative, mixing magic, politics and romance the knowledgeable view of the Islamic world and interesting visual effects.
  5. 5. Interior-- Cairo- G. Willow Wilson
  6. 6. Tonoharu- Lars Martinson Daniel Wells begins a new life as an assistant junior high school teacher in the rural Japanese village of Tonoharu.
  7. 7. Tonoharu- Interior
  8. 8. Tiny Titans (DC Comics) Kid-friendly versions of the Teen Titans and their rogues gallery star in this fun, light-hearted, all-ages romp beautifully written and illustrated by Art Baltazar and Franco.
  9. 9. Mini Marvels (Juvenile) Featuring Spidey, Wolvie, Iron Man, Hulk and more Marvel favorites – reimagined for an all-ages audience!
  10. 10. Interior- Mini Marvels (Juvenile)
  11. 11. Tales from the Starlight Drive-in Michael San Giocomo 32 stories taking place over 50 years at a Drive-In Theater --Mirroring life and the cinema with tales of crime, romance, science fiction, musicals.
  12. 12. Rapunzel’s Revenge-Shannon, Dean & Natathan Hale (Juvenile) Transforming her shiny red locks into lightning-fast lassoes, Rapunzel rescues herself and manages to rid the kingdom of evil with Jack and his mysterious goose.
  13. 13. Interior-Rapunzel’s Revenge
  14. 14. Hellboy-Mike Mignola Raised by American GIs after he was pulled from the underworld in a thwarted Nazi occult experiment, Hellboy chooses to be a force for good, battling demons with brute strength and bullets.
  15. 15. Interior- Hellboy
  16. 16. Jamilti-Rutu Modan Set in Israel during throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, these evocative and haunting short stories range from revelations of disturbing family secrets to beauty amid political violence.
  17. 17. Interior- Jamilti
  18. 18. Nat Turner-Kyle Baker Baker illustrates the violence and brutality of the largest organized rebellion of enslaved people in the first half of the 19th century.
  19. 19. Interior-Nat Turner
  20. 20. J. Edgar Hoover: a graphic biography -Rick Geary Geary's detailed and engaging account of J. Edgar Hoover's rise within the FBI is an informative history of the agency itself.
  21. 21. Interior-J. Edgar Hoover
  22. 22. The Arrival by Shaun Tan An immigrant leaves his family and country in hopes of finding a better life somewhere else. He travels to a new country where he cannot speak or read the language. As he adjusts to his new life, he shares stories and customs with other residents.
  23. 23. The Arrival Interior
  24. 24. Robot Dreams by Sarah Varon In need of a friend, a dog builds himself a robot. Through events beyond their control, dog and robot grow apart but never stop thinking about each other.
  25. 25. Robot Dreams Interior
  26. 26. The Twelve by Michael Straczynski In 1940, a team of twelve crime fighters get frozen during a raid on Germany. They are found 60 years later and must adjust to a new world
  27. 27. The Twelve Interior
  28. 28. The Twilight Zone Graphic Adaptations Graphic adaptations of some of the more popular stories from the Twilight Zone
  29. 29. Twilight Zone interior
  30. 30. The Sword by The Luna Brothers Dara Brighton is a college student whose life is changed forever when three strangers show up on her family's doorstep and demand a mystical sword. This event propels her into a dangerous quest. This is Volume 1 of an ongoing comic book series by The Luna Brothers (Joshua and Jonathan Luna, authors of Ultra and Girls).
  31. 31. The Sword by The Luna Brothers Dara Brighton is a college student whose life is changed forever when three strangers show up on her family's doorstep and demand a mystical sword. This event propels her into a dangerous quest. This is Volume 1 of an ongoing comic book series by The Luna Brothers (Joshua and Jonathan Luna, authors of Ultra and Girls). The Sword by The Luna Brothers Dara Brighton is a college student whose life is changed forever when three strangers show up on her family's doorstep and demand a mystical sword. This event propels her into a dangerous quest. This is Volume 1 of an ongoing comic book series by The Luna Brothers (Joshua and Jonathan Luna, authors of Ultra and Girls).
  32. 32. The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames & Dean Haspeil Part quasi-autobiography and part stunning noir-realism, The Alcoholic is the story of Jonathan A. and the origin of his addiction to alcohol, the consequences of alcohol and substance abuse on his life and his eventual self- realization. Written by Jonathan Ames with art by Dean Haspiel. Published by DC Comics' Vertigo label. The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames & Dean Haspeil Part quasi-autobiography and part stunning noir-realism, The Alcoholic is the story of Jonathan A. and the origin of his addiction to alcohol, the consequences of alcohol and substance abuse on his life and his eventual self- realization. Written by Jonathan Ames with art by Dean Haspiel. Published by DC Comics' Vertigo label. The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames & Dean Haspeil Part quasi-autobiography and part stunning noir-realism, The Alcoholic is the story of Jonathan A. and the origin of his addiction to alcohol, the consequences of alcohol and substance abuse on his life and his eventual self- realization. Written by Jonathan Ames with art by Dean Haspiel. Published by DC Comics' Vertigo label.
  33. 33. The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames & Dean Haspeil Part quasi-autobiography and part stunning noir-realism, The Alcoholic is the story of Jonathan A. and the origin of his addiction to alcohol, the consequences of alcohol and substance abuse on his life and his eventual self- realization. Written by Jonathan Ames with art by Dean Haspiel. Published by DC Comics' Vertigo label.
  34. 34. Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriquez Joe Hill is the author of the novel Heart Shaped Box and the short story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the son of Stephen and Tabitha King. Locke & Key is an ongoing comic book series from IDW Publishing and focuses on the bizarre experiences of a family in a New England mansion called Keyhouse. Stunningly original artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez. Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriquez Joe Hill is the author of the novel Heart Shaped Box and the short story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the son of Stephen and Tabitha King. Locke & Key is an ongoing comic book series from IDW Publishing and focuses on the bizarre experiences of a family in a New England mansion called Keyhouse. Stunningly original artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez.
  35. 35. Locke & Key by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriquez Joe Hill is the author of the novel Heart Shaped Box and the short story collection 20th Century Ghosts. He is also the son of Stephen and Tabitha King. Locke & Key is an ongoing comic book series from IDW Publishing and focuses on the bizarre experiences of a family in a New England mansion called Keyhouse. Stunningly original artwork by Gabriel Rodriguez.
  36. 36. Zot! 1987-1991: The Complete Black and White Collection by Scott McCloud Scott McCloud’s comic book series Zot! was originally published from 1984 to 1990 by Eclipse Comics.The first 10 issues are in color and, unfortunately, out of print. This volume, however, collects #'s 11 - 36, all of the black and white issues, and can be read as a self-contained story. Zot! is the story of Jenny and her friendship with a superhero from another world.
  37. 37. Zot! 1987-1991: The Complete Black and White Collection by Scott McCloud Scott McCloud’s comic book series Zot! was originally published from 1984 to 1990 by Eclipse Comics.The first 10 issues are in color and, unfortunately, out of print. This volume, however, collects #'s 11 - 36, all of the black and white issues, and can be read as a self-contained story. Zot! is the story of Jenny and her friendship with a superhero from another world.
  38. 38. Local by Brian Wood & Ryan Kelly Local brings together 12 issues of a comic book series reprinted as a hardcover graphic novel. Each of the twelve chapters are individual moments of Megan McKeenan's existence as she wanders from locality to locality in the United States, searching for her life. Brian Wood is the author of the critically acclaimed comic book series DMZ.
  39. 39. Local by Brian Wood & Ryan Kelly Local brings together 12 issues of a comic book series reprinted as a hardcover graphic novel. Each of the twelve chapters are individual moments of Megan McKeenan's existence as she wanders from locality to locality in the United States, searching for her life. Brian Wood is the author of the critically acclaimed comic book series DMZ.
  40. 40. Questions?
  41. 41. Thank You! • Karla Ivarson (kivarson@gmail.com) • David Lisa (davidlisa@davidlisa.com)) • Laverne Mann (liblave@gmail.com) • Tyler Rousseau (tyler.rousseau@gmail.com) Several of the graphic novels covered in this presentation can be purchased at the 2009 NJLA Annual Conference Bookstore.

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