Women’s History Month, Part 4 – Graphic Novels

Welcome to Part 4, our final blog post commemorating Women’s History Month and women in publishing, where we look at graphic novels, memoirs, and webcomics.  Click on a book cover or a title to place a hold!

Click here if you missed Part 1Part 2, or Part 3 of our blog posts, and if you’re looking for more suggestions, check out our Goodreads page or our Pinterest board.

fun homeFun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

Part graphic novel, part memoir, this story chart’s the author’s complicated relationship with her father, who came out as gay shortly after Alison came out as a lesbian in college.  When he died just a few weeks later, Alison was left to sort through the mystery of his life and figure out exactly who he was as a person.  She has crafted a complex, poignant, and offbeat story about identity, family, and the realization that we may not know our loved ones as well as we think.



hyperbole and a halfHyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh

You’ve probably seen Allie Brosh’s work floating around the Internet for awhile now, but it’s definitely worth checking out in book form!  Some of the stories come directly from her webcomic, but there’s still plenty of new material for long-time fans to enjoy.  Whether she’s talking about her love of hot sauce as a toddler or explaining depression or contemplating the power that comes with wearing a dinosaur costume to preschool, her comics are absolutely hysterical.



through the woodsThrough the Woods by Emily Carroll

Emily Carroll is an award-winning graphic creator, and her latest collection of stories is creepy in the extreme.  Each story reads like a fairy tale gone wrong, and if you’re looking for something delightfully spooky to keep you reading into the night, this is a great place to start.



lumberjanesLumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brooke A. Allen

Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are best friends at a typical summer camp, if summer camp involved battling supernatural creatures and solving bizarre riddles.  Technically, Lumberjanes is geared towards middle school readers, but as an adult, I have to say this is one of the most wildly entertaining graphic novels I’ve ever read.  It’s Girl Scouts meets girl power meets hipster yetis, and everyone needs to read it right now.



ms. marvelMs. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona

The Marvel universe just got a little more diverse with this brand new superhero series! Kamala Khan is an ordinary Pakistani-American girl living in New Jersey, until she accidentally receives super powers that allow her to transform into her hero, Captain Marvel.  But is she ready for the responsibility?  And how is Kamala supposed to figure out who she really is inside?



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Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
Bitch Planet: Extraordinary Machine by Kelly Sue Deconnick
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
by Noelle Stevenson