Holiday Book Guide 2014: Graphic Novels

True histories, legendary cartoonists and online gaming spring to life.

True histories, legendary cartoonists and online gaming spring to life. See all our holiday books recommendations.


Notes from an Accidental Professor

Lynda Barry

Drawn & Quarterly, $19.95

The latest book from the cartoonist and author is part memoir, part lesson plan and part reflection on creativity.

Sugar Skull

Charles Burns

Pantheon, $23

In the third and final comic book in the surreal, tragic series that began with "X'ed Out" and "The Hive," Burns concludes the story of Doug, a performance artist beset by amnesia and terrifying visions.

Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

A Memoir

Roz Chast

Bloomsbury, $28

This memoir of Chast's parents' slow decline, a National Book Award finalist, finds comedy and tenderness in life's indignities

In Real Life

Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

First Second, $17.99, ages 12+

Teenage gamer Anda's happy online life is shaken up when she befriends a young Chinese player, a "gold farmer" whose job is collecting items in games and selling them to other players.

Kill My Mother

Jules Feiffer

Liveright, $27.95

The legendary cartoonist's debut graphic novel is a tale of dames and drunkards, wannabes and heroes that references the classics of pulp fiction and film.

I Only Read It for the Cartoons

The New Yorker's Most Brilliantly Twisted Artists

Richard Gehr

New Harvest, $25

This isn't a graphic novel but profiles of 12 of the magazine's most familiar cartoonists, including Roz Chast, Gahan Wilson and Edward Koren.

The Love Bunglers

Jaime Hernandez

Fantagraphics, $19.99

The latest from the co-creator of "Love and Rockets" may (or may not) be the last chapter chronicling the life of Maggie Chascarillo, punk rock mechanic-turned-middle-aged apartment manager.

Sally Heathcote, Suffragette

Mary M. Talbot, Kate Charlesworth, Bryan Talbot

Dark Horse, $19.99

This graphic historical novel follows Heathcote, a fictional seamstress who becomes a women's rights activist in turn-of-the-century England.

Lena Finkle's Magic Barrel

Anya Ulinich

Penguin, $17 paper

The notebooks in this graphic novel excavate the life of a Russian American novelist and single mother as she reconciles herself to sex and love.

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