These days, there are great graphic books — graphic novels, graphic memoirs, graphic short story collections, comic book compilations — coming out. A graphic novel — Nick Drnaso’s Sabrina — was considered for the Man Booker Prize for the first time earlier this year.
I scoured 15 “best of 2018” lists to identify those graphic books that most people agree are worth your time. (Over the course of this year, I read the top 10 graphic books for 2017 and enjoyed all of them.)
Here are the top graphic books of the year. Enjoy!
1. Sabrina, by Nick Drnaso (recommended on 7 lists)
2. The Prince and the Dressmaker, by Jen Wang (6 lists)
3. Berlin, by Jason Lutes (5 lists)
A five-way tie for fourth place, each recommended on 4 lists:
4a. Bingo Love, by Tee Franklin et al.
4b. The Lie and How We Told It, by Tommi Parrish
4c. My Boyfriend Is a Bear, by Pamela Ribon and Cat Farris
4d. The Snagglepuss Chronicles, by Mark Russell and Mike Feehan
4e. On a Sunbeam, by Tillie Walden
And a three-way tie for ninth place, each recommended on 3 lists:
9a. Why Art? by Eleanor Davis
9b. Hey, Kiddo, by Jarrett Krosoczka
9c. All the Answers, by Michael Kupperman
There are 134 other graphic books listed on one or two lists. Check them out!