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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, May 9 Edition

Click here to see all of the current Great Graphic Novels nominees along with more information about the list and past years’ selections.

Smashed: Junji Ito Story Collection by Junji Ito
VIZ Media
Publication Date: April 16, 2019
ISBN: 978-1421598468 

A collection of thirteen terrifying tales by the Japanese master of horror, Junji Ito. From your average suburban landscape to high schools, libraries, rivers and parks, no place is safe from Ito! In his deft hands, a haunted house becomes something to truly fear. He makes the mundane monstrous, and the monstrous something truly spooky that will get under your skin, with just the right amount of gore and humor for new readers and dedicated fans. Read with the lights on!

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, May 2 Edition

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood, Illustrated by Renee Nault
Nan A. Talese/Doubleday / Penguin Random House
Publication Date: March 26, 2019
ISBN: 978-0385539241

In a dystopian near-future, fertile women are enslaved for their reproductive abilities by wealthy families in the newly formed Republic of Gilead. One such woman, named June but now called Offred, clings to her memories of her previous life in rebellion and finds ways to keep her own identity alive within the oppressive structure of her new life.

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, April 25 Edition

Fence, vol. 2 by C.S. Pacat
Boom! Box
Publication Date: January 15, 2019
ISBN: 978-1684152971

In the second volume of Fence, Nicholas Cox and Seiji Katamaya continue to be rivals in their quest to become members of the King’s Row fencing team. If Nicholas fails to earn a spot of the team, he will lose his scholarship and have to leave the prestigious boys school. Nicholas is against tough odds to make the team, and Seiji is just as cold and fierce as ever, quietly dominating his competition. Volume two takes us deeper into the tournament as we see how each fencer fares.

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, April 19 Edition

Gender Queer: A Memoir by Maia Kobabe
Lion Forge
Publication date May 28, 2019
ISBN 978-1549304002

Genderqueer author and artist Maia Kobabe, who uses non-binary pronouns e/em/eir, knew from childhood that e didn’t fit traditional definitions of female, and was never completely comfortable thinking of emself as male either. In this graphic novel memoir, e explores big themes like gender, sexuality, sex, relationships, and family side-by-side with specific individual experiences of bullying and misgendering, experimenting with clothing and haircuts, and coming out to family and friends.  Kobabe’s journey of self-discovery demonstrates with forthright, heartfelt honesty that gender and sexuality are spectrums that allow for every possible human experience and expression, and that there is no wrong way to be the real you.

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, April 11 Edition

Man-Eaters, Vol. 1, written by Chelsea Cain and illustrated by Kate Niemczyk and Lia Miternique
Image Comics
March 5, 2019
ISBN: 978-1534311435

In the future, girls exposed to toxoplasmosis from their pet cats turn into flesh-eating wildcats when they get their period. Maude is twelve. As her detective dad investigates a series of strange mauling attacks, Maude worries she may be the killer.

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, April 4 Edition

Lucy Dreaming by Max Bemis
BOOM! Studios/Boom Entertainment Inc
Publication Date: January 15, 2019
ISBN: 978-1684153015

Thirteen-year-old Lucy has an otherworldly dream that feels real. She later learns that her parents worked on multiverse science when she was in the womb, genetically passing on the ability to travel to other timelines while she sleeps. Lucy’s best friend turned make-out partner, Welsey, has the same ability, gained in the same manner, but uses it to a different end. Lucy faces a threat in the dream world that she needs to fight in order to save the lives of people she loves in the waking world.

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Great Graphic Novels for Teens (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, March 28 Edition

A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities by Mady G. and J.R. Zuckerberg
Limerence Press / Oni Press
Publication Date: April 23, 2019
ISBN: 9781620105863

A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer and Trans Identities is an educational guide that delves into the topic of gender and sexual identity and discusses evolving LGBTQ+ language. It encompasses a spectrum of identities and examines topics like gender expression, gender dysphoria, asexuality, coming out, and the basics of a healthy relationship.

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, March 21 Edition

The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler by John Hendrix
Amulet Books
Publication Date: September 18, 2018
ISBN: 978-1419728389

In 1930s Germany, pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonheoffer watches as his country is taken over by a madman. Adolf Hitler is incrementally growing power, committing atrocities against humanity, and despite all odds, not being stopped. When Hitler claims to be ordained as Germany’s leader by God himself, bringing the German Church to be one with the Nazi party, Dietrich knows he can no longer stand for Hitler’s falsehoods. To save his country and humanity from Hitler’s megalomania, Dietrich knows that to be true to God, he must turn his back on two of the tenets he has held most dear in his life of faith—the sanctity of country and the sanctity of all human life—and join fellow German conspirators in a plot to kill Hitler.

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, March 14 Edition

Marvel Rising written by Devin Grayson, Ryan North, and G. Willow Wilson, illustrated by Marco Failla, Georges Duarte, Roberto Di Salvo, Irene Strychalski, and Ramon Bachs
Marvel Worldwide/Marvel
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
ISBN: 978-1302912611

This book is a prequel to the film Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors. Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel team up for the first time, forging the backstory of their onscreen best friendship. College student Doreen Green (Squirrel Girl) volunteers to teach coding to high schoolers and Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel) is one of those students. Another student in the class is manipulated into becoming a villain and Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel (with the help of America Chavez and Inferno) must stop her while trying to preserve their secret identities!

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Great Graphic Novels (#GGN2020) Nominees Round Up, March 7 Edition

Bloom by Kevin Panetta
First Second
Publication Date: January 29, 2019
ISBN: 978-1626726413

Ari dreams of leaving his family bakery to start a new life in Baltimore with his band members. When Hector comes to town, to clean out his late Nana’s house, he finds a flyer looking for help at Ari’s family’s bakery. Ari and Hector are indifferent towards each other at first, as Ari’s friends make fun of Hector. The more time they spend together, Ari finds reasons not only to love baking again, but to reconsider his dream of moving away to start a new life. When Ari blaims Hector for a fire at the bakery and pushes him away, their relationship is tested.

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