10 Classics To Get You Hooked on Graphic Novels

If you haven't been reading graphic novels,

you've been missing out.

Sabrina became the first graphic novel to be nominated for the Man Booker Prize and sent waves across the book community. All of a sudden, everyone’s asking “What’s up with graphic novels?” and are realizing, yup, they’re legit.

So, we’re here to indoctrinate you newbies. The graphic novel is a diverse and flourishing genre (and among our favorites), with some stories that just can’t possibly be told through a different medium.

Here are ten books in the graphic novel canon to get you hooked:


1. Ghost World by Daniel Clowes

This is for anyone who loves cussing and hates shopping malls. Ghost World introduces us to Enid and Rebecca, two grungy teens in suburbia who are fresh out of high school and out of options. It’s a bittersweet coming-of-age story about friendship and coming into your own.


2. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware

Chris Ware pushes the boundaries of graphic storytelling in Jimmy Corrigan, using both traditional panels and elaborate diagrams to captivate the eyes. The story itself is a brutal tragicomedy—our titular character is an anxious, maladjusted man who must come to terms with the everyday evils of his estranged family.