When I started to get into graphic novels, I was surprised at how many great titles there are right here in Canada! There are some really, really great artists and I wanted to share some of my favourite titles with you during the month of Canada’s 150th birthday.
Here are my top Canadian graphic novel picks, in no particular order:
I remember going to the library to take this book out and I read nearly half of it while my kid played in the library play section. It was so so good! It’s not the typical kind of graphic novel I read and is probably better categorized as a collection of comics, but super dark comics. I loved the format and the colouring and I really, really want to get a copy of this book for my shelf because it’s just gorgeous. AND if you love Emily’s work, her website has some really great web comics that are unique and interactive and so spooky to read. Seriously, her comics are just so vibrant and chilling – they should be read if you’re a fan of graphics novels or comics!
This is another collection that is probably best described as a collection of comics, perfect if you love funny stuff and seeing comics that poke fun at things. What I love about Kate Beaton’s work is that she’s just so accessible. She doesn’t just write comics about one thing, but is ALL over the map, from historical figures to musicians to books … she’s so so funny and her books are so gorgeous. I have her second collection in this series and it’s just so pretty.
Superhero Girl! I got this book from the library and immediately loved it. I remember writing a song about how I wanted to be a superhero and this book is just like that – a girl who wants to be a superhero. She’s so likeable and not like any superhero I’ve seen before. In fact, I would say that this book isn’t like most superhero books, but instead seems to poke fun at the superhero genre in a really great and fun way. Definitely recommended!
This graphic novel is different from anything else on my list and it’s the first graphic novel I’ve read by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki. The artwork in this story is beautiful and it’s such a great story for anyone who loves reading books about growing up and finding yourself. It’s also a great summertime read because it takes place at the one character’s summer house. I love how it comes back every year to these two characters coming together and shows the changes they both go through. This book will put you through a whole gamut of emotions and is well worth the read.
And a special shout out to:
Fiona Staples isn’t an author, but she is an illustrator and an amazing one at that! I fell in love with the Saga series she illustrates (by Brian K. Vaughan) and went on to read the newest Archie graphic novel, just because she illustrated it (and, honestly, her illustrations are the best in that book!). Saga is not only a great graphic novel, but it’s just so beautiful. Well worth picking up just for Fiona’s illustrations alone!
What are some of your favourite Canadian graphic novels?