On Sunday, June 26th, at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference, the Graphic Novel Member Interest Group put on what has become an annual panel listing what may be the best (and a few of the worst) graphic novels to come out in the past three years. This year’s list focuses on graphic novels for grown-ups. While not all the books listed are necessarily for mature audiences only, they all will be of interest primarily to adults.

This year’s panelists were Thomas Maluk, a blogger for panels.net, Marcela Peres, a member of the Valkyries, and Gina Gagliano, marketing and publicity manager for First Second. Thomas and Marcela are also on the No Flying No Tights staff. Their choices are completely subjective and they have made their choices based on their experiences as readers, booksellers, and bloggers rather than as librarians.

Sadly, this is just the list with none of the commentary that went along with it at the panel. If you have any specific questions about any of their choices, please comment below.

GRAPHIC NOVEL MEMBER INTEREST GROUP PRESENTS
BEST AND WORST GRAPHIC NOVELS AND MANGA
FOR GROWN-UPS

Best New Graphic Novel or Manga
NIJIGAHARA HOLOGRAPH
Inio Asano
Fantagraphics
9781606995839

THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE
Sydney Padua
Knopf
9780307908278

THE SCULPTOR
Scott McCloud
First Second
9781596435735

THE ART OF CHARLIE CHAN HOCK CHYE
Sonny Liew
Knopf
9781101870693

LUCKY PENNY
Ananth Hirsh and Yuko Ota
Oni
9781620102879

KILL MY MOTHER
Jules Feiffer
Liveright
9781631491061

Best New Graphic Novel or Manga Series
SHUTTER
Joe Keatinge
Image
9781632151452

THE WICKED + THE DIVINE
Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Image
9781632150196

CLEAN ROOM
Gail Simone and Jon Davis-Hunt
DC Comics
9781401262754

DESCENDER
Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen
Image
9781632154262

UNFOLLOW
Rob Williams
DC Comics
9781401262747

Best New Graphic Novel or Manga Continuing Series
SAGA
Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples
Image
9781607066019

WHAT DID YOU EAT YESTERDAY?
Fumi Yoshinaga
Vertical
9781939130389

SUNNY
Taiyo Matsumoto
VIZ Media
9781421555256

BITCH PLANET
Kelly Sue DeConnick and
Valentine De Landro
Image
9781632153661

LAZARUS
Greg Rucka and Michael Lark
Image
9781607068099

Best Graphic Non-Fiction or Memoir
DARK NIGHT: A TRUE BATMAN STORY
Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso
DC Comics
9781401241438

THE ARAB OF THE FUTURE
Riad Sattouf
Henry Holt
9781627793445

THINGS TO DO IN A RETIREMENT HOME TRAILER PARK
Aneurin Wright
Penn State University Press
9780271071121

DARE TO DISAPPOINT
Ozge Samanci
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
9780374316983

Worst Graphic Novels and Manga
GET JIRO: BLOOD AND SUSHI
Anthony Bourdain and Joel Rose
DC Comics
9781401265007

HERE
Richard McGuire
Knopf
9780375406508

Graphic Novels and Manga We’re Most Looking Forward to Reading
ROLLING BLACKOUTS
Sarah Glidden
Drawn & Quarterly
9781770462557

BECOMING ANDY WARHOL
Nick Bertozzi and Pierce Hargan
Abrams
9781419718755

MONSTRESS
Margorie Liu and Sana Takeda
Image
9781632157096

Underrated but Wonderful Graphic Novels and Manga
MANIFEST DESTINY
Chris Dingess
Image
9781607069829

VINLAND SAGA
Makoto Yukimura
Vertical
9781612624204

LADY KILLER
Joelle Jones and Jamie Rich
Dark Horse
2940152648751

GORGEOUS
Cathy G. Johnson
Koyama Press
9781927668276

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    Eva Volin is Supervising Children’s Librarian for the Alameda (CA) Free Library. She cowrote “Good Comics for Kids: Collecting Graphic Novels for Young Readers” for Children & Libraries and is a contributor to the forthcoming ALSC Popular Picks for Young Readers. She has served as a judge for the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and the Isotope Award for Excellence in Mini-Comics. She has also served on several YALSA committees, including Great Graphic Novels for Teens and the Michael L. Printz Award. Eva is a regular contributor to School Library Journal’s Good Comics for Kids blog and is an occasional reviewer for Booklist.

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