Graphic Novel Read-Alikes

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Graphic Novel Read-Alikes

Are you new to graphic novels? Did you know that DCPL has great collection? If you are interested in trying out the medium, here are few a suggestions.

If you liked the DC Reads book Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi, you should try Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, both books are personal narratives set in Iran during the time around the Iranian Revolution, but while Reading Lolita deals with the author's adult life, Persepolis focuses on the author’s childhood and coming of age.

Picture of "Reading Lolita in Tehran"
Image of "Persepolis"

If you liked The Visible Man by Chuck Klosterman, or the classic The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells, you should try The Nobody by Jeff Lemire. All three works are about men dealing with some form of reduced perceptibility.

Cover of "The Visible Man"
Cover of "The Invisible Man"
Cover of "The Nobody"

If you liked The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (with art provided by Ellen Forney), you should try Blankets by Craig Thompson.  Both are coming of age novels where the protagonists feel out of place in their surroundings.  In Blankets, Thompson wonderfully captures the emotions of first love with his vivid illustrations.  

Cover of "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian"Cover of "Blankets"

If you liked This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz, you should try Shortcomings by Adrien Tomine.  While the main characters of these titles couldn't be more different, Diaz's abrasive Yunior, compared to Tomine's moody, slacker Ben Tanaka, both books have at their core the themes of love and relationships.

Image of cover of "This is How You Lose Her"
Image of the cover of "Shortcomings"

If you liked The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells, you should try Fun Home by Alison Bechdel.  Both memoirs deal with growing up in dysfunctional family environments. 

Image of the Cover of "The Glass Castle"
Image of the cover of "Fun Home"