Total Nerd Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels

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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?"

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24: One Shot is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
Patricia Briggs

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Palestine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Graphic Novel Books and Novels
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
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 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.