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December 11, 2011

Multiple Venues Name Their Best Graphic Novels of 2011


The year's winding down, so of course multiple outlets (including us!) are picking the best graphic novels of 2011. Have you picked your personal best? You may want to check all these out and see how they compare. And of course, check all these lists out for an interesting take on what to read. I know for me, it was tough to narrow my list down, and the more I look at what others have chosen, the more I think, "Oh! Maybe I should have picked that!" But then I have no idea what I would take off my list to make room. Check out everyone's picks and enjoy the best of the year!

Publishers Weekly
Zahra’s Paradise by Amir and Kahlil
Daytripper by Gabriel Ba and Fabio Moon
Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media by Brooke Gladstone and Josh Neufeld
Love and Rockets: New Stories #4 by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez
Infinite Kung Fu by Kagan McLeod
Finder: Voice by Carla Speed McNeil
Big Questions by Anders Nilsen
Farm 54 by Galit and Gilad Seliktar
Habibi by Craig Thompson
School Library Journal
1. Around the World by Matt Phelan
2. Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol
3. Bad Island by Doug TenNapel
4. Bake Sale by Sara Varon
5. The Ferret's a Foot by Colleen A. F. Venable and Stephanie Yue
6. The Last Dragon by Jane Yolen and Rebecca Guay
7. Nursery Rhyme Comics: 50 Timeless Rhymes from 50 Celebrated Cartoonists
8. Owly & Wormy: Friends All Aflutter by Andy Runton
9. Sidekicks by Dan Santat
10. Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke’s Best Graphic Novels of 2011
Habibi by Craig Thompson
Mister Wonderful by Daniel Clowes
Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
Big Questions by Anders Nilsen
Pogo: The Complete Daily and Sunday Comic Strips, Vol. 1 by Walt Kelly
Batman: The Black Mirror by Scott Snyder
Love and Rockets: New Stories, Vol. 4 by Jaime Hernandez
King of the Flies: The Origin of the World, Vol. 2 by Mezzo
Green River Killer by Jeff Jensen and Jonathan Case
Daytripper by Fabio Moon and Gabriel Ba
Kirkus Reviews
Around the World by Matt Phelan
The Cheshire Cheese Cat by Carmen Agra Deedy
City of Orphans by Avi
Drawing from Memory by Allen Say
Heart and Soul by Kadir Nelson
The Inquisitor's Apprentice by Chris Moriarty
Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver
Secrets at Sea by Richard Peck
Squish, Super Amoeba by Jennifer L. Holm
The Unforgotten Coat by Frank Cottrell Boyce
Wild Wings by Gill Lewis
Wonderstruck by Brian Selznick
Goodreads members
Best Graphic Novel of 2011: Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel by Richelle Mead