Comic books refer to single issue periodicals (typcially monthly) while graphic novels generally refer to orignal material that has never before been serialized in comic book form. TPBs or trade paperbacks tend to refer to a collected storyarc of a comic book series. much like books these usually are released in hardcover form first and then softcover. Light Novels are short novellas that are commonly collections of serialized work or campanion pieces to popular manga and anime. Manga referes to Japanese comics that are serialized in magazines, successful ones being printed in paperback which are commonly refered to as 'manga,' typically in black and white and read the reverse of Western comic, right to left. Shōujo manga refers to titles targeted towards girls with focus on relationships and romantic from the female perspective (with Josei referring to older teen girls) while Shōnen refers to titles targeted towards boys which typically have high action and are centered around male leads(with Seinen reffering to older teen boys). Although any age and gender can find either type appealing!
Boom Studios- Responsible for such titles as Lumberjanes, The Midas Flesh, Munchkin and others.
Kaboom- Boom's all ages line of books with titles which have included Pixas and Disney proporties in the past.
Bongo - Typically all ages friendly, responsible for such titles as The Simpsons, Futurama and Spongebob Squarepants among others.
Dark Horse- Typically for teens and up, responsible for such titles as Conan the Barbarian, Hellboy, Goon and 1990's-200's Star Wars books among others.
DC- Responsible for such titles as Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and others.
Dynamite- Responsible for such titles as Red Sonja, Game of Thrones, Lone Ranger and others.
IDW- Responsible for such titles as Transformers, Ghostbusters, G.I. Joe and more mature titles like 30 Days of Night among others.
Image- Typically for teens and up, responsible for such titles as Walking Dead, Invincible, Fatale and others.
Marvel- Responsible for such titles as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and others.
Ultimate- Marvel's imprint for an updated universe with more diverse characters and more relatable stories for new generations of readers.
Toykopop- Responsible for manga titles such as Kingdom Hearts.
Viz Media- Responsible for manga titles as well as popular magazines like Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat.
This guide showcases the titles available at the Downtown Branch some graphic novels listed are available at several of our other locations and each branch does have their own unqiue collection with titles we do not, check out the catalog to browse! Each branch orders based on the needs of their individual communties.
This guide hightlights the Young Adult Graphic Novel collection, although a large variety of the titles present are acceptible for adults as well, each book summary will have an age range recommendation. You can view our overview to the adult graphic novel collection here.
This guide is broken up into several genres and then into subsections, with the fiction titles broken down into graphics novels comic books, light novels, as well as Shōujo and Shōnen manga. Fiction titles are arranged alphabetically by title and non-fiction titles numerically and alphabetically as they appear on the shelf. Many titles fall under multple genres so they are listed in more than one section to be easliy found and each title links to our catalogue to check availablity and the ability to place holds.
Our Young Adult (YA) Graphics collection is located on the first floor of the Downtown Branch in the Youth Services area after Juvenile Biographies and before Young Adult Fiction in the back right corner of the department. Books shelved here are filed by title with are reflected in the call number in the catalog. We are always expanding our collection and add new books monthly! We gladly accept patron suggetions, if you see a title or series that we don't have please don't hesitate to put in a parton request. We also readily accept donations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interest in contributing.