The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
SEARCH:
skip navigation
March 2006

Graphic Novels · Pioneers & Classics in the Adult Collection

the cover of One Hundred Demons

One Hundred Demons
Lynda Barry
Drawing on memories both funny and poignant, Barry illustrates some of the 100 demons that, according to Buddhism, everyone must overcome in a lifetime.

The Nikopol Trilogy
Enki Bilal
The distinguished Yugoslavian-born artist Bilal wrote and illustrated the adventures of Alcide Nikopol, who wakes in 2023 from a state of suspended animation after orbiting Earth for 30 years. Nikopol finds that Earth has suffered two nuclear wars and that the Egyptian gods have also reawakened, intent on ruling human life.

the cover of Our Cancer Year

Our Cancer Year
Joyce Brabner and Harvey Pekar
As fans of the film American Splendor will recall, comics pioneer Harvey Pekar found himself unable to chronicle his life only once, when he was diagnosed with lymphoma in 1980. Pekar’s wife, Joyce Brabner, became his artistic as well as life partner in creating a powerfully honest account of their struggle and ultimate triumph.

Ghost World
Daniel Clowes
Two close girlfriends find their relationship tested as they part ways after high school. A critically acclaimed film version of this multiple-award winner was released in 2001.

the cover of The Complete Crumb

The Complete Crumb
R. Crumb
This ongoing, multi-volume series presents the entire work of the legendary cartoonist in chronological order.

The Boulevard of Broken Dreams
Kim Deitch
Deitch, one of the most renowned underground and alternative cartoonists, provides an allegory of American animation in his intrigue-filled story of Waldo, a malevolent talking cat, and his creators.

A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories
Will Eisner
Will Eisner, for whom a major comics industry award is named, coined the term “graphic novel” to describe this 1978 publication, a collection of short stories featuring young adults who all live in the same Bronx apartment building in the 1930s.

the cover of Tantrum

Tantrum
Jules Feiffer
Questions brought about by a midlife crisis are as pertinent today as in 1979 when this early graphic novel hit the scene.

The Sandman: Seasons of Mists
Neil Gaiman
This title begins the Sandman saga, originally a monthly series, which established a new type of adult mythology. Gaiman’s saga is the most critically acclaimed and eagerly awaited of all adult series.

the cover of The Adventures of Tintin

The Adventures of Tintin
Herge
(Some individual titles available as separates.)
The worldwide adventures of Tintin and his dog Snowy are classics among children growing up in France, but also loved by adults around the world.

Chelo’s Burden
Gilbert Hernandez
The Hernandez brothers’ Love & Rockets (1981-96) was among the most skillful and original of the new generation of comics created for adults. This second volume of the collected series reprints the third and fourth issues, including Jaime’s “Hoppers 13” (or “Locas”) tales about Hispanic youth culture in the barrio and Gilbert’s first “Heartbreak Soup” (“Sopa de Gran Pena”) story about the mythical Central American town Palomar.

the cover of Locas in Love

Locas in Love
Jaime Hernandez
Jaime’s “Locas” (“crazy women”) Maggie, Hopey, and the wealthy Penny Century are showcased in this collection, which includes the Eisner Award-winning story “Home School.”

City of Glass
Paul Karasik
Karasik and Mazzucchelli’s adaptation of Auster’s mystery novel, a cult classic since its publication in 1994, is here reprinted with an introduction by Art Spiegelman. The Comics Journal named City of Glass one of the 100 best comics of the century.

the cover of Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer

Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer
Ben Katchor
The dreamlike quality of the illustrations conveys the tone of the Manhattan neighborhood that Julius is sent out to photograph. Katchor’s masterpiece is also included among The Comics Journal’s top 100 comics.

Fax from Sarajevo: A Story of Survival
Joe Kubert
This powerful depiction of life during the Serbian occupation of Sarajevo is based on faxes received by the journalist/author.

the cover of Sin City

Sin City
Frank Miller
Winner of both an Eisner Award and the National Cartoonists’ Award, Sin City is the first in Miller’s noir crime series about a tough detective and the corrupt world he inhabits. The 2005 film, authored and co-directed by Miller, also earned critical and popular acclaim.

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
Frank Miller
In the Dark Knight series, a fifty-year-old Batman returns to the crime-fighting scene in Gotham City. Miller’s brilliant reinterpretation was one of the catalysts of the graphic novel phenomenon and inspired the new series of Batman films.

the cover of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
Alan Moore
It’s 1898, and five very special agents have been gathered together to save England from an archcriminal, ultimately revealed to be a 19th-century literary villain. M, head of the Secret Service, sends Campion Bond to recruit Miss Mina Murray (of Dracula fame), Allan Quartermain, Captain Nemo, Henry Jekyll (with his alter ego) and Hawley Griffin (a.k.a. the Invisible Man).

Watchmen
Alan Moore
When superheroes have been outlawed and gone into hiding, it’s inevitable that an ultimate villain will show up on the scene. First published in 1986, Watchmen is considered the classic example of the sophisticated new superhero story.

the cover of Barefoot Gen

Barefoot Gen
Keiji Nakazawa
Nakazawa, who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, gives a fictionalized account of his experience through this classic manga, first published in the 1970s and now reissued in a new translation. The first volume begins a few months before the bombing, when seven-year-old Gen and his family are struggling to survive life during wartime, and ends with the cataclysm.

Fire and Flight
Wendy Pini
This title begins the Elfquest fantasy series, a saga of the Wolfriders, feral elves who struggle to survive against the threat of primitive humans. The series is available in prose as well as in the graphic novel form.

the cover of Streak of Chalk

Streak of Chalk
Miguelanxo Prado
Sumptuous illustrations and changing colors enhance this story about the intrigues encountered by characters on an uncharted island. Spanish artist Prado won a 1994 Angouleme Festival Prize for this work.

Palestine
Palestine: In the Gaza Strip
Joe Sacco
Based on research and visits to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s, the Palestine comics were the first major nonfiction work by Joe Sacco, also admired for his coverage of the Yugoslav War. The initial collection of the Palestine series won Sacco an American Book Award.

the cover of Safe Area Gorazde

Safe Area Gorazde
The Fixer: A Story from Sarajevo
Joe Sacco
Sacco’s Yugoslav War stories are filled with candid portraits of the people caught in the conflict’heroes, victims, survivors, journalists and the “fixers” who sell them stories.

Persepolis
Persepolis 2 [The Story of a Return]
Marjane Satrapi
Satrapi, the daughter of radical Marxists and the great-granddaughter of Iran’s last emperor, chronicles the impact of the Islamic Revolution and the Iran-Iraq War on her childhood, and in the sequel, on her rebellious adolescence.

the cover of Barefoot Gen

Little Lit: Folklore & Fairy Tale Funnies
Strange Stories for Strange Kids
Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly
Spiegelman, author of the legendary Maus, and his wife, Francoise Mouly, art editor for The New Yorker magazine, assembled a pantheon of distinguished cartoonists and illustrators to create highly innovative versions of fairy tales, along with games and puzzles

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History
Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began
Art Spiegelman
Spiegelman’s ingenious storytelling interweaves a chronicle of his father’s survival of the Holocaust with the history of his own relationship with him. Maus brought the adult comic into the mainsteam, earning a Pulitzer Prize in 1992 and an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth
Chris Ware
Winner of literary as well as comics industry awards, Ware’s account of Jimmy’s evolving relationship with his family is sometimes considered the greatest of graphic novels.