We love comic books and graphic novels! Carta, our resident cartoonist, has curated some great recommendations below!
For many people, this the LGBT comic. A compelling and frank autobiography centered around Bechdel's relationship with her father. You'll come back to this again and again.
A completely unique hybrid novel, part prose, part comics, based in Gloeckner's typewritten teenage diaries. Vivid, beautiful, heartbreaking - I cannot recommend this book enough.
Edie is one of my favorite cartoonists of all time. His ongoing series, Gaylord Phoenix, is a surreal story about gender, bodies, sex, and mysticism. You've never read anything like this.
Tommi Parrish is a genius. This book collects several of their short stories, and is often devastating. Tommi's beautiful linework and careful painting makes this book stand out - and their storytelling makes it essential.
You might have heard of Jillian and Mariko Tamaki's This One Summer - it won a Caldecott, an Eisner Award, and has consistently been a New York Times bestseller. It's an incredible, YA-appropriate coming of age story. Perfect for any young teen (or adult) in your life.
Jillian Tamaki's popular webcomic Supermutant Magic Academy is collected into a beautiful edition from Drawn & Quarterly. Funny, poignant, and often very queer, this book is extremely great.
Tagame shows his range in this book, which is centered on gay male parenting and gentle family dynamics. It's a new direction for Tagame, who is best known for his explicit (and amazing) pornography. This book is incredibly drawn, too sweet to believe, and an instant classic.
The long-overdue North American release of Nagata's comic that took the internet by storm. This funny, painful autobio story about a young woman's coming to terms with her attraction to other women, and her fumbling steps in the direction of happiness. I can't stop thinking about this book.
Sophia Foster Dimino's Sex Fantasy might be my favorite series of minicomics ever, and it's finally coming out in a collected edition from Koyama Press. Meditative, sexy, funny, and sad, this series is totally unmissable. I know more people with tattoos based on these comics than I do any other work of art.
I've been following Eric Kostiuk Williams' work for a while - he's one of the most technically gifted illustrators working in comics right now, with layouts and drawings that hearken back to the golden age of EC. Condo Heartbreak Disco is surreal, beautiful, and extremely gay. I need to re-read this one again.
A must-read feminist classic from the Japanese artist Rokudenashiko. You should seriously look her up - her work is pretty incredible. This book is very worth reading for anyone interested in feminism, censorship, or bodily autonomy (and if you aren't into those things, what are you doing on this website????)