Short Takes: 27 Graphic Novels for African American History Month

The past year was a good one for African American-themed comics. Traditional publishers as well as the comics industry have come out with plentiful and quality reads across age brackets. A few backlist titles are also included below. The Glyph Awards celebrate outstanding comics made by, for, and about people of color, and as a […]

Graphic Novels for Reluctant Readers: 33 Titles

Featuring Tiny Titans, Indiana Jones, Diary of a Wimpy Kid & More There’s a wonderful story about a Latvian war orphan, bright but subliterate and an emotional trainwreck, learning to read from cookbooks when his foster mother hit on the one thing that would motivate him. (See Anna Perrott Rose’s The Gentle House, Houghton Mifflin, 1954.) […]

From Aya to Zapt!: 24 Graphic Novels for African American History Month

The past year has left tweens and teens with many more quality comics that increasingly depict engaging African American main characters. Plus, we have our Main Man himself, Mr. President, the comics geek–turned–comics hero. Forthcoming from Eureka: a Graphic Classics anthology featuring adaptations of short stories by African American authors. Forthcoming from TV star Rashida […]

Holy Black History Month!: 23 Graphic Novels Featuring African Americans

African American history turned a corner in January when Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. From Washington, DC, Obamamania swept through the recent New York Comic-Con, where exhibitors sold Alex Ross’s striking Superman Obama print as well as T-shirts proclaiming “Obama is my homeboy.” Obama comics are also […]