What are Graphic Novels?
Basically, Graphic Novels are long comics.
They can be one long story or a collection of short stories, they can be fiction (made up) or they can be non-fiction (real events). They can be funny, sad, scarey, romantic, or anything else that you find in a regular book. There are graphic novels for people of all ages. This list is about Graphic Novels for kids.
While they can be about any topic under the sun there are a few types that stick out:
Superhero graphic novels are often collections of several previously published comics containing an entire story from beginning to end. But there are also some that are completely original in the graphic novel format.
Manga is the Japanese word for comic, but in the United States it means a particular style of graphic novel. Manga is read from the right to the left. Which also means that when you read a Manga graphic novel you start at what we consider the back and read to the front.
Non-fiction graphic novels are based on real life events. They can be a biographies, histories, opinions, and social commentary.
Award Winning Graphic Novels
Every year at the San Diego Comic-Con International a special ceremony is held for The Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards, commonly refered to as The Eisner Awards, given for creative achievement in American comic books. Here are some of the 2016 winners.
To see a list of all the 2016 winners, click here.
Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)
by Ben Hatke
When a little girl finds an adorable robot in the woods, she presses a button and accidentally activates him for the first time. Now, she finally has a friend. But the big, bad robots are coming to collect the little guy for nefarious purposes, and it's all up to a five-year-old armed only with a wrench and a fierce loyalty to her mechanical friend to save the day
a tale that follows Greg and Jason Funderburker as they traverse the Unknown and find new friends along the way. Meanwhile, the Woodsman’s daughter Anna, wanders alone in the Unknown after her father is tricked by the Beast. Written by Amalia Levari with artist Cara McGee—find out how Anna learned to survive on her own as she starts her journey to save her father before his fate is sealed.
Best Publication for Teens (ages 13 - 17)
SuperMutant Magic Academy
by Jillian Tamaki
SuperMutant Magic Academy is a prep-school for mutants and witches but their paranormal abilities take a back seat to everyday teen concerns. Science experiments go awry, bake sales are upstaged, and the new kid at school is a cat who will determine the course of human destiny. In one strip, lizard-headed Trixie frets about her nonexistent modeling career; in another, the immortal Everlasting Boy tries to escape this mortal coil to no avail. Throughout it all, closeted Marsha obsesses about her unrequited crush, the cat-eared Wendy