The votes are in and YALSA’s 2024 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list will be coming to you during Lib Learn X later this month! While you wait, the 2024 GGNT Committee are delighted to share with you our annual, and very important, TOP TEN COMIC BOOK COMPANIONS OF THE YEAR!
1st Place: Two (aka Marumi, aka Meowguin)
Companion Description: A (stray?) cat who wanders the school and steals lettuce from sandwiches.
Reason for Nomination: While Two comes and goes to various school clubs, he always has time for a cat nap in the astronomy tower with our two protagonists in this slice-of-life manga series.
2nd Place: Opossum
Companion Description: This companion attaches to Princess Gwendolyn’s head via chomping. Typically found upon waking in the morning.
Reason for Nomination: While her sisters attract songbirds and cute forest creatures, Princess Gwendolyn can’t seem to shake these creatures of the night… literally; they’re stuck to her head!
3rd Place: Masaru
Companion Description: Masaru is a triceratops who is missing one horn. His keepers need to boost his popularity or he may be transferred to another facility!
Reason for Nomination: A dinosaur who sits like a kitty! One committee member claims that she “cares more about Masaru than any other character (human or dino) in the series.”
4th Place: Daisy
Companion Description: Daisy is a talking dog!
Reason for Nomination: Daisy is a floofy, steadfast companion to our hero, Marguerite, and is a great source of comic relief in this perilous, wacky adventure from the creators of The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl.
5th Place: El Jefe
Companion Description: A solitary jaguar
Reason for Nomination: El Jefe has a connection with teen Mateo and saves him from some truly bad actors. Your heart will break for El Jefe, based on a real jaguar in the Sonoran desert, a victim of the border wall separated from his pack.
6th Place: All the Familiars!
Companion Description: Winston (a bunny), Marlow (a one-eyed cat), Ari (a bird), and Edgar (???)
Reason for Nomination: This quartet of adorable, opinionated, and sassy familiars will make you want to start practicing witchcraft.
It’s a Tie! 7th-10th place:
Companion Description: A fluffy space cat.
Reason for Nomination: Percy is an excellent judge of character when humans are not, and can transform into a giant warrior cat his princess can ride at the sound of a whistle.
Companion Description: An AI companion beloved by the MC, Clementine.
Reason for Nomination: SENA is the tiny, sassy AI caretaker every human needs.
Companion Description: Moby is a scrappy one-eyed dog who accompanies Pearl on her adventures
Reason for Nomination: Moby is up for all kinds of adventures and will defend Pearl if needed. He is not afraid to stand in Pearl’s way when she does questionable things… which is often.
Haley (aka Bitewing)
Companion Description: Haley, otherwise known as Bitewing, is an adopted puppy with three legs.
Reason for Nomination: This is Bitewing’s second year on the list, and GGNT committee members are fiercely protective of this adorable blue-nosed pitbull puppy.
Companion Description: Stanley is a snake who acts like a dog.
Reason for Nomination: Watch with delight as this steadfast and slinky companion steals doughnuts while humans are distracted.
Members of the 2024 Great Graphic Novels for Teens Blogging Team are: Kelley Blue (Coordinator); Meg Bowie; Jean Broughton; Jacqueline Bush; M’issa Fleming; Patricia Jimenez; Rachel Johannigmeier; Kaileigh Oldham; Ness Shortley; Mariela Siegert; Scot Smith; Cheyenne Sons; Lee Stokes; Adam Wheeler