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Graphic novels have won awards such as the Pulitzer Prize, the Printz Award, the Eisner Awards, the Harvey Awards, the World Fantasy and others. Explore the best of the best in this list.

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  Cover Art: 20th Century Boys Urasawa, Naoki
20th Century Boys
This is the story of a gang of boys who try to save the world. Failed rock musician Kenji's memories of his past come rushing back when one of his childhood friends mysteriously commits suicide. Could this new death be related to the rise of a bizarre new cult that's been implicated in several other murders and disappearances? Determined to dig deeper, Kenji reunites with some of his old buddies in the hope of learning the truth behind it all.
2009
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: American Vampire Snyder, Scott
American Vampire
Stronger, fiercer and powered by the sun, Sweet is the first of a new breed of bloodsucker: the American Vampire. Forty-five years after rising from his grave, Sweet finds himself in 1920s Los Angeles, where the young and beautiful are drawn like moths to the burning lights of Hollywood. Something beyond simple human greed is at work here, however, as struggling young actress Pearl Jones is about to discover.
2010
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Asterios Polyp Mazzucchelli, David
Asterios Polyp
Asterios Polyp, arrogant, prickly protagonist, is an award-winning architect who's never built an actual building, and a pedant in the midst of a spiritual crisis. After the structure of his own life falls apart, he runs away to try to rebuild it into something new.
2009
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Batman. Noel Bermejo, Lee
Batman. Noel
Inspired by Charles Dickens' immortal classic A Christmas Carol, BATMAN: NOEL features different interpretations of The Dark Knight, along with his enemies and allies, in different eras.
2011
Teen Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Batwoman Williams, J. H., III.
Batwoman
Batwoman (a.ka. Kate Kane) faces deadly new challenges in her war against Gotham City's underworld, and new trials in her personal life.
2012
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Black Cat Yabuki, Kentaro
Black Cat
Train and his partner Sven go after a huge bounty, attempting to track down a weapons smuggler who is dealing dangerous new technology on the black market. They cross paths with an elegant thief who offers to help them, but will the alliance be fruitful, or will the burglar bring bad luck to Black Cat?
2006
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Captain America Brubaker, Ed
Captain America
Steve Rogers is back as Captain America! But as he mourns his first love -- Peggy Carter, a battlefield ally during World War II -- a mysterious figure from their past returns with the Sentinel of Liberty in his crosshairs. Who is Codename Bravo, and what decades-long grudge could drive him to target his one-time brother-in-arms?
2012
Teen Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Chew Layman, John
Chew
Tony Chu is a detective with a weird secret. Tony Chu is Cibopathic, which means he gets psychic impressions from whatever he eats. It also means he's a hell of a detective, as long as he doesn't mind nibbling on the corpse of a murder victim to figure out whodunit, and why. He's been brought on by the Special Crimes Division of the FDA, the most powerful law enforcement agency on the planet, to investigate their strangest, sickest, bizarre cases.
2009
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Criminal Brubaker, Ed
Criminal
Collects the first three Criminal books -- Coward, Lawless, and The dead and the dying -- under one cover. Includes a Criminal short story and the never-before-printed five page movie trailer in comics form that Brubaker and Phillips created to announce the series online, plus illustrations, selected articles, behind-the-scenes glimpses, and painted covers. [Eisner Award, 2007]
2009
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Daredevil Waid, Mark
Daredevil
Having turned his world upside over the past several years, Matt Murdock realizes that justice may not be blind to his past and villains may not be the only ones looking for answers. Bring it on. if Matt Murdock could see what he was doing ... he'd be terrified.
2012
Teen Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Darth Vader and Son Brown, Jeffrey
Darth Vader and Son
"What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if 'Luke, I am your father' was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet comic reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other-- except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown's delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars moments a fresh twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include lightsaber batting practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star ('Er, he looks just like you, Lord Vader!'), and the special bond shared between any father and son."--Publisher's website.
2012
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Daytripper Moon, Fabio
Daytripper
"A stunning, moving story about one man's life and all the possibilities to be realized or lost along the way. Brothers Ba´ and Moon take readers through the life of a man named Bra´s de Oliva Domingos, selecting a series of individual events of great significance to Bra´s, showing each as if it could be the day Bra´s dies, and in so doing creating an examination of family, friendship, love, art, life, and death that urges the reader to turn the same careful inspection on their own life. Central is the relationship between Bra´s, who is first seen as a disgruntled writer stuck in a job writing obituaries, and his father, Benedito de Oliva Domingos, a famous author. Although each section can be years apart, themes all beautifully tie in throughout the work; characters develop as more is learned about them as the story jumps back and forth in time; and moments of Bra´s' life take on entirely new meanings as events from his possible pasts or futures cast them into new lights."--Publisher's weekly.
2011
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: The Death-ray Clowes, Daniel
The Death-ray
Andy, a miserable high-schooler in 1970s Chicago, has only one friend, an angry fellow outcast named Louie. He's desperately in love with a girl he met in California who won't return his letters and he's filled with shame at the constant taunts of his classmates. When he achieves super strength from smoking cigarettes he uses it for neither good nor evil but in a brutal playground showdown.
2011
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Embroideries Satrapi, Marjane
Embroideries
From the author of the comic-strip autobiography, 'Persepolis', comes this comic book for grown-ups, an entertaining and revealing look into the sex lives of Iranian women. In it, Embroideries gathers together many of the women in Marjane Satrapi's life for an afternoon of tea-drinking and talking.
2005
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Fables Willingham, Bill
Fables
Who killed Rose Red? In Fabletown, where fairytale legends live alongside regular New Yorkers, the question is all anyone can talk about. But only Big Bad Wolf can actually solve the case - and, along with Rose's sister Snow White, keep the Fabletown community from coming apart at the seams. [Eisner Award, multiple years for volumes of this series]
2002
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Fear Itself Fraction, Matt
Fear Itself
Captain America, Thor, Iron Man and the Avengers are Earth's mightiest heroes--but even they know fear. And when a powerful and ancient evil overtakes our world, each hero must make a sacrifice to save the Earth...it's not these sacrifices the Avengers fear. It's the knowledge that no matter what price they pay, this battle may be unwinnable. Heroes will fall, gods will die, and fear will rule the day - as the hammer falls!
2011
Teen Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Fun Home : a Family Tragicomic Bechdel, Alison
Fun Home : a Family Tragicomic
An unusual memoir done in the form of a graphic novel by a cult favorite comic artist offers a darkly funny family portrait that details her relationship with her father, a historic preservation expert dedicated to restoring the family's Victorian home, funeral home director, high-school English teacher, and closeted homosexual. [Eisner Award, 2007]
2006
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Habibi Thompson, Craig
Habibi
Sprawling across an epic landscape of deserts, harems, and modern industrial clutter, Habibi tells the tale of Dodola and Zam, refugee child slaves bound to each other by chance, by circumstance, and by the love that grows between them. We follow them as their lives unfold together and apart; as they struggle to make a place for themselves in a world (not unlike our own) fueled by fear, lust, and greed; and as they discover the extraordinary depth--and frailty--of their connection.
2011
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Ice Haven Clowes, Daniel
Ice Haven
The author of Ghost World presents an offbeat tour of the sleepy Midwestern town of Ice Haven and its unusual inhabitants, including Random Wilder, the narrator and would-be poet laureate of the town; his arch-rival Ida Wentz; the lovelorn Violet Van der Plazt and Vida Wentz; Mr. and Mrs. Ames, a detective team; and others.
2005
Adult Graphic Novel
  Cover Art: Invincible Iron Man Fraction, Matt
Invincible Iron Man
In the aftermath of Secret Invasion, Iron Man is no longer the hero he used to be, and Tony Stark's entire life is torn apart. We can't say much now, but ... how bad does it get? [Eisner Award, 2009]
2009
Teen Graphic Novel
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AUTHORS
• Binder, Otto O.
• Broome, John
• Drake, Arnold
• Eisner, Will
• Evanier, Mark
• Fox, Gardner F.
• Gaiman, Neil
The Sandman
• Gerber, Steve
• Goodwin, Archie
• Goscinny, Rene
Asterix
• Kanigher, Robert
• Kirby, Jack
• Koike, Kazuo
Path of the Assassin, Lone Wolf & Cub
• Kubert, Joe
• Lee, Stan, 1922-
• Marston, William Moulton
Wonder Woman
• Moore, Alan, 1953-
• Siegel, Jerry, 1914-1996
• Stanley, John
• Wein, Len
• Wolfman, Marv