Thanks to YALSA member Annierra Matthews, a Research Services Librarian at Mercer University, for compiling this collection of excellent graphic novels and comics featuring Black characters and/or produced by Black creators. Click here for the fiction collection she curated earlier this month.
Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Jenn St.-Onge, Joy San, and Genevieve FT: Hazel and Mari fall in love with each other at church bingo in ’63. Torn apart by others around them, they can’t be together. Years later, they meet again at bingo and find the bravery to share their love with the world.
Click here to see all of the current Great Graphic Novels nominees along with more information about the list and past years’ selections.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer, vol. 1: High School is Hell created by Joss Whedon; written by Jordie Bellaire; illustrated by Dan Mora; colored by Raul Angulo Boom! Studios Publication Date: May 2019 ISBN: 9781684153572
High School Is Hell collects the first four volumes of a rebooted Buffy the Vampire Slayer for Boom! Studios. The reboot uses the actor likenesses and Joss Whedon characters, but imagines them in high school in 2019, rather than 1997. Willow is out, Xander is on tumblr, and Cordelia is… nice. The writer has room to play with plot and timelines and the various ways our culture has changed in the last twenty years, but underneath it’s the same Scooby Gang, nursing crushes and slaying demons.