The suggestions below are meant to be not only recommendations for pleasure reading, but have been chosen with consideration to depth, complexity, and content so as to be appropriate selections for book clubs and university course curriculum. Jesse Karp, in his article "Using Graphic Novels in Book Clubs," points out that graphic novels, while not only satisfying traditional selection criteria for generating discussion (namely: depth, issues, and controversy), have the added benefit of offering up artistic content as a further discussion point. Furthermore, Karp points out that their relatively short length makes it possible to assign two books instead of simply one, thus allowing a comparative critique.

» American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (2006)

» Asterios Polyp by David Mazzucchelli (2009)

» Black Hole by Charles Burns (2005)

» Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel (2006)

» Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth by Chris Ware (2000)

» Lost Girls by Alan Moore; Illustrated by Melinda Gebbie (2006)

» Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (2003)

» Watchmen by Alan Moore; Illustrated by Dave Gibbons (1995)

» Maus: A Survivor's Tale by Art Spiegelman (1986/1991)


» Comics and Sequential Art: Principles and Practices of the World’s Most Popular Art Form
by Will Eisner (1985)

» Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud (1994)



Karp, J. (2011). Using graphic novels in book clubs. Booklist, 107(14), 36.