Recommending Graphic Novels, Comics + Manga For The GraphicsAthon!

Hi everyone, welcome back to my blog! Destiny, Rebecca and I are all hosting the GraphicsAthon during October so we figured we’d each write our own recommendations blog posts to go along with our Google Doc of recommendations for the readathon!

In case you need a catch up, here are the prompts:

  1. Read a graphic with BIPOC rep
  2. Read a graphic with disability &/or mental health rep
  3. Read a graphic with LGBTQIA+ rep
  4. Read a spooky graphic
  5. Read a graphic you predict will be a 5 ⭐

+ Bonus Prompts

  1. Read a graphic with an adaptation (has an adapted, will be adapted)
  2. Read a graphic with pink on the cover
  3. Read a graphic that’s a story type or genre you wouldn’t usually reach for

Manga

Stitch! Volume 1
Assassination Classroom, Vol. 01
A Silent Voice, Vol. 1 (A Silent Voice, #1)
The Complete Chi's Sweet Home, Part 1

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Stitch – Great for beginners, a quick read and just a good time for fans of the character. [BIPOC rep]

Assassination Classroom – This series is just straight up fun! A class of kids has to kill the alien who is threatening to blow up their planet. Who is the alien? It’s their teacher. Who is teaching them these assassination skills? It’s their PE teacher, a woman who is clearly drawn by men who live alone and their alien teacher. [BIPOC rep]

A Silent Voice – My favourite manga series of all time. BIG focus on bullying so volume 1 can be quite difficult to read at times (the victim being a deaf girl who wears hearing aids) – but, also has a big focus on understanding deafness, characters development and understanding disability and the privilege and the miscommunication that comes with being able-bodied. I also want to add that at no point does the author ever side with the bully, it is clear who is in the right/wrong at all times. [Disability rep, BIPOC rep]

Chi’s Sweet Home – Do you need some wholesome, easy to read, cute cat content??? Well, this book is exactly what you need – it’s cute cat videos in a reading format and I need everyone to at least give it a go becuase it’s absolutely adorable. [BIPOC rep but mostly focuses on a cat]

Comics – Non Superhero

Giant Days, Vol. 1 (Giant Days, #1)
Alex + Ada, Vol. 1
Lumberjanes, Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy (Lumberjanes, Vol. 1)
Bitch Planet, Vol. 1: Extraordinary Machine (Bitch Planet Collected Editions, #1)
Sex Criminals: Volume One: One Weird Trick
Jonesy, Vol. 1

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Giant Days – YA/NA borderline, coming of age/adult life, uni, f/f relationship, focus on friendship [Queer rep]

Alex + Ada – man falls in love with AI system his mum bought him – do AI’s deserve rights? The Government have opinions.

Lumberjanes – f/f relationship, friendship focus, lowfantasy set in a summer camp [Queer rep]

Bitch Planet – Adult, feminism, doesn’t shy away from anything, Nudity [Queer rep, BIPOC rep]

Sex Criminals – Adult, Nudity, What if when you had sex you could freeze time? Crime is involved.

Jonesy – Cute, High school, adorable art, feels similar to Lumberjanes & Scott Pilgrim (art and tone), funny [Queer side character]

Goldie Vance Vol. 1
Paper Girls, Vol. 1 (Paper Girls, #1)
I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After
Fence, Vol. 1
Check, Please!, Book 1: #Hockey

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Goldie Vance – gays solve crime, great artwork, very cute

Paper Girls – If you want a weird story that doesn’t totally make sense but will give you vague Stranger Things vibes then maybe give this a go. Super old school, time travel + cute art and interesting colouring!

I Hate Fairyland – I don’t know how many times I’ve re-read this series at this point and honestly, I don’t care because it’s amazing and flawless and the art is superb and how did Skottie Young think of this weird concept because it’s strangely perfect and I love it so much.

Fence – Amazing artwork by Johanna The Mad, short 4 volume run, m/m, easy to follow, very dramatic.

Check, Please – Gay country yeehaw who likes to bake but also play hockey falls in love with gay non-yeehaw and is very soft. You watch him grow up into an adult and you will cry at the end,. You will not have a choice about this. Queer rep

Comics – Superheroes

Captain Marvel Vol. 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal
Thor, Volume 1: The Goddess of Thunder
The Flash, Vol. 1: Move Forward
Rocket Raccoon & Groot, Vol. 0: Bite and Bark

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Captain Marvel – She’s a badass and I love her. Also, her cat is called Chewie because Carol Danvers is an actual nerd.

Ms Marvel – I’ll be honest, I haven’t kept up with this comic but this is a really interesting look into a teenager’s life while also being a superhero – especially when you have really close-knit family and friend relationships. I feel like we don’t actually see this side of heroes’ lives until they inevitably implode so I really enjoy this for that reason. Also, straight up, Ms Marvel has some really cool powers.

Thor Goddess of Thunder – I thought I’d chuck this onto my list because the movie is coming out in the next few years (should COVID permit) and honestly, it’s just a good comic – Jane is a really interesting character and I love her as Thor! (I also love how it shows how heroes can change and evolve – hence, Thor not being able to use MjΗ«llnir anymore).

The Flash – Good if you want to learn more about The Flash – a good storyline and honestly, it’s just good fun. I’ve been recommending this for years but I stopped talking about it after I fell out of love with the show(around season 2/3ish) but since the only thing this has in common with the show is the characters, I figure why not talk about it?

Rocket Raccoon & Groot – Art by one of my favourite comic artists of all time (Skottie Young) so naturally the art and colouring is fantastic! The story is fun, a series of adventures between Groot and Rocket – perfect for fans of the movies, or who just want to read a story about a chaotic buddy-cop duo who don’t know what they’re doing!

Nova Volume 1: Origin
Silver Surfer, Vol. 1: New Dawn
Amazing X-Men, Volume 1: The Quest for Nightcrawler
Zodiac Starforce Volume 1: By the Power of Astra
Amazing Spider-Man: Worldwide, Vol. 1

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Nova – Genuinely one of my favourite comic series of all time. Basically, young Spider-man in space, if that’s your vibe. It’s a lot of fun and I love it a lot.

Silver Surfer – Went a bit off the rails towards the end, but honestly, this is just a cute (and short) series basically about Dawn and the Silver Surfer falling in love – full of love, family and character development!

Amazing X-Men – This is a trilogy and honestly the last 2 comics in the series are low-key trash but the first comic? Actual perfection, clearly it was blessed by the hand of Jesus or something because there is literally not a thing wrong with it.

Zodiac Starforce – I won’t lie, it’s been a few years since I read this but all I can remember is that this is basically sapphic power rangers and the art style is super fun and cute!

Amazing Spider-Man: Worldwide – This is probably the main Spider-man storyline that I keep coming back to and continuously think back on. The story is interesting, the art is pretty good, all in all, a good comic series if you’re a fan of Spidey.

Hawkeye, Volume 1: My Life as a Weapon
Aquaman, Volume 1: The Trench
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, Vol. 1: BFF
Gotham Academy, Volume 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy
Young Avengers, Vol. 1: Style > Substance

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Hawkeye – Chaotic, deaf, coffee-addicted superhero just wants to sleep. Very different from the MCU version of the character and I love him for that reason. (Full disclaimer, there’s a weird art style change in the middle though) Disability rep

Aquaman – I figured I should add some more DC in here for those of you, who love DC (like me, though you probably can’t tell). A fantastic series, slightly reminiscent of the movie, but obviously feels more like a comic. Great comic for fans of Aquaman and for anyone wanting to learn more about Atlanta.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur – Mega smart young girl befriends a dinosaur and shit goes down. Lunella Lafayette is a genius and I love her… also who doesn’t like dinosaurs? I mean really, if you don’t like dinosaurs I’m gonna need you to explain that to me. Highly recommend. Great for all ages. BIPOC rep

Gotham Academy – School setting, great art + colouring, interesting storyline – easy to follow and a quick read. Don’t think this will be anyone’s next favourite of all time but definitely worth it if you see it on the shelves on the library. Fresh new characters and some refreshing storylines that anyone will love – DC fan or otherwise!

Young Avengers – I’ve mentioned and recommended this series on my blog many times before but I figured why not mention it again just in case someone out there hasn’t heard of it! m/m, mums gone wild (literally) gotta save the world again, I would die for Wiccan, Hulkling and America Chavez without a second thought. Also, a great trilogy to read before watching WandaVision when it comes out (we will most likely see the Young Avengers in the MCU, sooner or later).

Graphic Novels

Heartstopper, Volume One
Scott Pilgrim, Volume 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life
A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

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Heartstopper – m/m, soft bois do soft things, a quick read, cute art [Queer rep]

Scott Pilgrim – honestly it’s just good light-hearted fun, gay side character [Queer rep]

A Wrinkle in Time – Hope Larson is also one of my favourite illustrators so the fact that she adapted one of my favourite books is a sign that the world is not completely against me. This is great if you don’t want to read the actual novel and the art style is *chefs kiss* impeccable.

  • You can find the GraphicsAthon announcement post here
  • You can find the readathon Twitter here (@GraphicsAthon)
  • You can find our Google Docs Recommendations here

What are your favourite graphics?

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