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List of famous graphic novel books, listed alphabetically with jacket cover images of the books when available. Information for these popular graphic novel books is included as well, such as the author's name and the book's publication date. This list includes the best graphic novel novels, textbooks, and stories, so use it to find books you haven't already read and add them to your reading list.

Examples of books on this list include The Invention of Hugo Cabret and Blankets.

This list should answer the questions, "What are the best graphic novel books?" and "What are the most famous graphic novel books?"

Note that some books on this list might be currently out of print, but you can purchase most of these notable graphic novel titles on Amazon with just one click.

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24: One Shot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
24: One Shot 24: One Shot is the first graphic novel published that is based on the TV series 24. It was first released by IDW Publishing but has more recently featured as one of three graphic novels in a ...more

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A Contract with God is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
A Contract with God Will Eisner A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories is a 1978 graphic novel by American cartoonist Will Eisner. It is a short story cycle that revolves around poor Jewish characters who live in a ...more

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Alice in Sunderland is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Alice in Sunderland Bryan Talbot Alice in Sunderland: An Entertainment is a graphic novel by comics writer and artist Bryan Talbot. It explores the links between Lewis Carroll and the Sunderland area, with wider themes of ...more

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American Born Chinese is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
American Born Chinese Gene Yang American Born Chinese is a graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang. Released in 2006 by First Second Books, it was a finalist for the 2006 National Book Awards in the category of Young People's ...more

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Arrugas is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Arrugas Paco Roca Arrugas is a comic book written by Paco Roca and published by Astiberri in Spain in 2007.

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Atlas Black: Managing to Succe... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Atlas Black: Managing to Succeed Atlas Black: Managing to Succeed is a graphic novel by Jeremy Short, Talya Bauer, and Dave Ketchen, about a fictional character named Atlas Black and his efforts to create a startup restaurant ...more

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Blankets is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Blankets Craig Thompson Blankets is an autobiographical graphic novel by Craig Thompson, published in 2003 by Top Shelf Productions. As a coming-of-age autobiography, the book tells the story of Thompson's childhood in ...more

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Blue Angel is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Blue Angel Julie Maroh Blue Is the Warmest Color is a French graphic novel by Julie Maroh, published by Glénat in March 2010. The English-language edition was published by Arsenal Pulp Press in 2013. The novel ...more

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Burma Chronicles is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Burma Chronicles Guy Delisle Chroniques Birmanes, published in English as Burma Chronicles, is a 2007 Canadian graphic novel written and illustrated by Guy Delisle. Burma Chronicles is a travelogue about Delisle's time ...more

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Carnet de Voyage is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Carnet de Voyage Craig Thompson Carnet de Voyage is a 2004 graphic novel by cartoonist Craig Thompson. The book is a combination of a travelogue and sketches that Thompson compiled while traveling through France, Barcelona, ...more

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Chandler: Red Tide is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Chandler: Red Tide Jim Steranko Chandler: Red Tide is a 1976 illustrated novel, an early form of graphic novel, by writer-artist Jim Steranko. The digest-sized book combines typeset text with two same-sized illustrations per ...more

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Creatures of the Night is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Creatures of the Night Neil Gaiman Creatures of the Night is a graphic novel by Neil Gaiman which reprints two short stories from his collection Smoke and Mirrors with elaborate illustrations by artist Michael Zulli.

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Ethel and Ernest is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Ethel and Ernest Raymond Briggs Ethel and Ernest is a graphic novel by English author and illustrator Raymond Briggs. It tells the story of the lives of Briggs' parents from their first meeting in 1928 to their deaths in

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Father Christmas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Father Christmas Father Christmas is a British children's graphic novel written and drawn by Raymond Briggs and published by Hamish Hamilton in 1973. Briggs won the annual Kate Greenaway Medal from the Library ...more

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From Hell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
From Hell Alan Moore From Hell is a graphic novel by writer Alan Moore and artist Eddie Campbell, originally published in serial form from 1989 to 1996 and collected in 1999, speculating upon the identity and ...more

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Alison Bechdel Fun Home is a 2006 graphic memoir by the American writer Alison Bechdel, author of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For. It chronicles the author's childhood and youth in rural Pennsylvania, ...more

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Good-bye, Chunky Rice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Good-bye, Chunky Rice Craig Thompson Good-bye, Chunky Rice is a 1999 graphic novel written by Craig Thompson. It was originally published by Top Shelf Productions.

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Hazed is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Hazed Hazed is a dark comedy about three young girls’ perilous journey through the world of sororities and eating disorders. It is a 160-page original graphic novel published by Image Comics in 2008, ...more

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Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest K... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Chris Ware Jimmy Corrigan, the Smartest Kid on Earth is a 2000 graphic novel by American cartoonist Chris Ware. The story was serialized in the alternative Chicago weekly newspaper New City, and in Ware's ...more

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La Foire aux immortels is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
La Foire aux immortels Enki Bilal The Carnival of Immortals is a science fiction graphic novel from 1980 written and illustrated by the Yugoslavian born French cartoonist and storyteller Enki Bilal. It is the first part of the ...more

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Level Up is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Level Up Gene Yang Level Up is a graphic novel written by Gene Yang and illustrated by Thien Pham. The book was published in June 2011 by First Second Books.

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Mercy Thompson: Homecoming is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Mercy Thompson: Homecoming Patricia Briggs

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Palestine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Palestine Joe Sacco Palestine is a graphic novel written and drawn by Joe Sacco about his experiences in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in December 1991 and January 1992. Sacco gives a portrayal which emphasizes ...more

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Pyongyang is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Pyongyang Guy Delisle Pyongyang is a black-and-white graphic novel by the Canadian Québécois author Guy Delisle, published in 2004.

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Queen Bee is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Queen Bee Queen Bee is a graphic novel aimed at middle-schoolers about cliques and popularity, written by Chynna Clugston. The book was one of the American Library Association's book picks for 2006.

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Shenzhen is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Shenzhen Guy Delisle Shenzhen is a black-and-white graphic novel by the Canadian Québécois author Guy Delisle published in 2000. It documents Delisle's three-month deployment in December 1997 to ...more

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Smile is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Smile Raina Telgemeier Smile is an autobiographical graphic novel written by Raina Telgemeier. It gives an account of the author's life from sixth grade to high school. The book is based on Telgemeier's webcomic,

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Sticky is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Sticky Sticky is a book of gay erotic comics written by Dale Lazarov and drawn by Steve MacIsaac. It was originally serialized in three issues by Eros Comics / Fantagraphics. The series was collected, ...more

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Stuck Rubber Baby is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Stuck Rubber Baby Howard Cruse Stuck Rubber Baby is a graphic novel by American cartoonist Howard Cruse, first published in 1995. Cruse's first graphic novel after a decades-long career as an underground cartoonist, the book ...more

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The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers Sarnath Banerjee The Barn Owl's Wondrous Capers is a 2007 graphic novel by Indian graphic artist Sarnath Banerjee. It is the author's second graphic novel after Corridor, which has been widely advertised as the ...more

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The Beginnings – Malayalam is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
The Beginnings – Malayalam Thudakkangal - Malayalam is a 2007 online comic by New York City based Indian author Nishanth Gopinathan.

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The Convent of Hell is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
The Convent of Hell Ricardo Barreiro The Convent of Hell is an erotic graphic novel published in the United States by NBM Publishing in 1997. It was written by Ricardo Barreiro and drawn by Ignacio Noe. It appeared originally in ...more

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
The Invention of Hugo Cabret Brian Selznick The Invention of Hugo Cabret is an American historical fiction book written and illustrated by Brian Selznick and published by Scholastic. The hardcover edition was released on January 30, 2007, ...more

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The Man Who Grew Young is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
The Man Who Grew Young Daniel Quinn

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The Melting Pot is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
The Melting Pot The Melting Pot is a graphic novel by Kevin Eastman, Simon Bisley and Eric Talbot. Eastman and Talbot collaborated on the story, while Eastman and Bisley worked together on the painted artwork. ...more

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The Sandman: Dream Country is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
The Sandman: Dream Country Neil Gaiman Dream Country is the third trade paperback collection of the comic book series The Sandman, published by DC Comics. It collects issues #17-20. It is written by Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Kelley ...more

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The Skull of Agarash is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels

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Vacation in Ibiza is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
Vacation in Ibiza Sebas, Lawrence Schimel Vacation in Ibiza is a book by Lawrence Schimel and Sebas.

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When the Wind Blows is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
When the Wind Blows Raymond Briggs When the Wind Blows is a 1982 graphic novel, by British artist Raymond Briggs, that shows a nuclear attack on Britain by the Soviet Union from the viewpoint of a retired couple, Jim and Hilda ...more