Graphic Novel Collection: See Where the Story Takes You

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This month we’re highlighting your Library’s diverse adult graphic novel section. (See below for a list of the titles displayed in the photo above.) The collection is curated by JCPL staff member and graphic novel enthusiast Daniel Whisenhunt. Daniel loves introducing people to this literary form, especially people who don’t know much about graphic novels or wouldn’t normally choose them.

Katie W. is one such person. She recently checked out “Bloom” by Kevin Panetta without knowing it was a graphic novel. “Bloom” is a coming-of-age and love story set in a family bakery, which isn’t exactly a plot that comes to mind when you imagine a graphic novel. Katie says, “This is the first graphic novel I’ve ever read. I didn’t realize it was one until I got it. It was a really unique experience and I look forward to reading more in the future.”

Thanks to Daniel, your Library’s collection includes topics and literary genres that you wouldn’t normally associate with graphic novels. He says, “Comic books have not always been heroes fighting villains in spandex and capes. They began as westerns, tales of horror, and stories of science fiction and wonder. In the Library’s collection of adult graphic novels, you can read stories about a retired Flash Gordon-esque character who is called back to adventure, or a scientist searching the multiverse for his lost children. Choose a title and see where the story takes you.”

If you’d like to read Daniel’s thoughts on a specific graphic novel, “Black Hammer: Secret Origins”, click here.


Check out these fiction and nonfiction titles displayed in the photo above:

Science Fiction

“Empress: Book One” by Mark Millar
“Ody-C Vol. 1: Off to Far Ithicaa” by Matt Fraction
“Black Science Vol. 1: How to Fall Forever” by Rick Remender
“Low Vol. 1: The Delirium of Hope” by Rick Remender
“Phoenix Without Ashes” by Harlan Ellison
“Oblivion Song: Chapter One” by Robert Kirkman
“Chrononauts Vol. 1” by Mark Millar
“Starlight” by Mark Millar


Titles from Other Genres

“Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns, & Moonage Daydreams” by Michael Allred
“Alexander Hamilton: The Graphic History of an American Founding Father” by Jonathan Hennessey
“Rebels: A Well-Regulated Militia” by Brian Wood
“Stumptown Vol. 1: The Case of the Girl Who Took Her Shampoo” by Greg Rucka
“March: Book One” by John Lewis
“Johnny Cash: I See a Darkness” by Rheinhard Kleist
“Lady Killer Vol. 1” by Joëlle Jones


If you need something new to read, let us know and we’ll help find books and authors that are perfect for you. Visit our website or call (423) 434-4450 for book recommendations and to place items on hold for curbside pickup. Follow Johnson City Public Library on Facebook and Instagram for updates on your Library’s collections and services.

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