Best Biographies & History Graphic Novels Books

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1. They Called Us Enemy

Author: by George Takei
Published at: Top Shelf Productions; First Edition (July 16, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1603094504

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New York Times Bestseller! A stunning graphic memoir recounting actor/author/activist George Takei’s childhood imprisoned within American concentration camps during World War II. Experience the forces that shaped an American icon – and America itself – in this gripping tale of courage, country, loyalty, and love.

George Takei has captured hearts and minds worldwide with his captivating stage presence and outspoken commitment to equal rights. But long before he braved new frontiers in Star Trek, he woke up as a four-year-old boy to find his own birth country at war with his father’s – and their entire family forced from their home into an uncertain future.

In 1942, at the order of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, every person of Japanese descent on the west coast was rounded up and shipped to one of ten “relocation centers,” hundreds or thousands of miles from home, where they would be held for years under armed guard.

They Called Us Enemy is Takei’s firsthand account of those years behind barbed wire, the joys and terrors of growing up under legalized racism, his mother’s hard choices, his father’s faith in democracy, and the way those experiences planted the seeds for his astonishing future.


2. The Black Panther Party: A Graphic Novel History

Author: by David F. Walker
Published at: Ten Speed Press (January 19, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1984857705

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A bold and fascinating graphic novel history of the revolutionary Black Panther Party. Founded in Oakland, California, in 1966, the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense was a radical political organization that stood in defiant contrast to the mainstream civil rights movement.

This gripping illustrated history explores the impact and significance of the Panthers, from their social, educational, and healthcare programs that were designed to uplift the Black community to their battle against police brutality through citizen patrols and frequent clashes with the FBI, which targeted the Party from its outset.

Using dramatic comic book-style retellings and illustrated profiles of key figures, The Black Panther Party captures the major events, people, and actions of the party, as well as their cultural and political influence and enduring legacy.


3. The Complete Far Side

Author: by Gary Larson
Published at: Andrews McMeel Publishing; Box edition (November 25, 2014)
ISBN: 978-1449460044

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The Far Side is back in this much-anticipated three-volume slipcased paperback edition of The Complete Far Side! Every one of these cartoons is just something that drifted into my head when I was alone with my thoughts. And, for better or worse, I jotted’ them down.

It was only later, when perhaps I received an angry letter from someone, that it struck me: Hey! Someone’s been reading my diary! Gary Larson, from the preface to The Complete Far Side Originally published in hardcover in 2003, The Complete Far Side was a New York Times bestseller.

Now it’s back as a paperback set with a newly designed slipcase that will delight Far Side fans. Revered by its fans as the funniest, most original, most What the …? Inspiring cartoon ever, The Far Side debuted in January 1980 and enjoyed an illustrious 14 years on the world’s comics pages until Gary Larson’s retirement in 1994.

The Complete Far Side celebrates Larson’s twisted, irreverent genius in this ultimate Far Side book. A masterpiece of comic brilliance, The Complete Far Side contains every Far Side cartoon ever syndicated-over 4,000 if you must know-presented in (more or less) chronological order by year of publication, with more than 1,100 that had never before appeared in a book.


4. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Pantheon Graphic Library)

Author: by Marjane Satrapi
Published at: Pantheon; 1st Edition (June 1, 2004)
ISBN: 978-0375714573

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A New York Times Notable Book A Time Magazine Best Comix of the Year A San Francisco Chronicle and Los Angeles Times Best-seller Wise, funny, and heartbreaking, Persepolis is Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution.

In powerful black-and-white comic strip images, Satrapi tells the story of her life in Tehran from ages six to fourteen, years that saw the overthrow of the Shah’s regime, the triumph of the Islamic Revolution, and the devastating effects of war with Iraq.

The intelligent and outspoken only child of committed Marxists and the great-granddaughter of one of Iran’s last emperors, Marjane bears witness to a childhood uniquely entwined with the history of her country. Persepolis paints an unforgettable portrait of daily life in Iran and of the bewildering contradictions between home life and public life.

Marjane’s child’s-eye view of dethroned emperors, state-sanctioned whippings, and heroes of the revolution allows us to learn as she does the history of this fascinating country and of her own extraordinary family. Intensely personal, profoundly political, and wholly original, Persepolis is at once a story of growing up and a reminder of the human cost of war and political repression.


5. The Complete Maus

Author: by Art Spiegelman
Published at: Pantheon (November 19, 1996)
ISBN: 978-0679406419

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning Maus tells the story of Vladek Spiegelman, a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe, and his son, a cartoonist coming to terms with his father’s story. Maus approaches the unspeakable through the diminutive. Its form, the cartoon (the Nazis are cats, the Jews mice), shocks us out of any lingering sense of familiarity and succeeds in drawing us closer to the bleak heart of the Holocaust (The New York Times).

Maus is a haunting tale within a tale. Vladek’s harrowing story of survival is woven into the author’s account of his tortured relationship with his aging father. Against the backdrop of guilt brought by survival, they stage a normal life of small arguments and unhappy visits.

This astonishing retelling of our century’s grisliest news is a story of survival, not only of Vladek but of the children who survive even the survivors. Maus studies the bloody pawprints of history and tracks its meaning for all of us.


6. March (Trilogy Slipcase Set)

Author: by John Lewis
Published at: Top Shelf Productions; Slp edition (September 6, 2016)
ISBN: 978-1603093958

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Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Discover the inside story of the Civil Rights Movement through the eyes of one of its most iconic figures, Congressman John Lewis. March is the award-winning, #1 bestselling graphic novel trilogy recounting his life in the movement, co-written with Andrew Aydin and drawn by Nate Powell.

This commemorative set contains all three volumes of March in a beautiful slipcase. #1 New York Times and Washington Post BestsellerFirst graphic novel to receive a Robert F. Kennedy Book AwardWinner of the Eisner AwardA Coretta Scott King Honor BookOne of YALSA’s Outstanding Books for the College BoundOne of Reader’s Digest’s Graphic Novels Every Grown-Up Should Read


7. Avatar: The Last Airbender The Art of the Animated Series (Second Edition)

Author: by Michael Dante DiMartino
Published at: Dark Horse Books; 2nd edition (November 24, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1506721699

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Join series creators Bryan Konietzko and Michael Dante DiMartino for an unpreccendented behind-the-scenes look at hundreds of pieces of concept, design, and production art as they take you on a guided tour through the development of this smash-hit television series in this new edition of the beloved artbook.

Learn how Avatar: The Last Airbender took shape, from the very first sketch through the series finale, and beyond! This new edition comes with a brand new forward from long time Avatar the Last Airbender series writer Gene Luen Yang.

Avatar: The Last Airbender has been syndicated to more than 120 countries around the world, inspiring millions of fans and industry professionals alike and garnering numerous industry honors-including wins at the prestigious Annie, Peabody, and Primetime Emmy awards. Perfect for fans of all ages!


8. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Author: by Allie Brosh
Published at: Touchstone Books (January 1, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1451666175

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#1 New York Times Bestseller Funny and smart as hell (Bill Gates), Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations. FROM THE PUBLISHER: Every time Allie Brosh posts something new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices.

This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty percent new content, with ten never-before-seen essays and one wholly revised and expanded piece as well as classics from the website like, The God of Cake, Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving, and her astonishing, Adventures in Depression, and Depression Part Two, which have been hailed as some of the most insightful meditations on the disease ever written.

Brosh’s debut marks the launch of a major new American humorist who will surely make even the biggest scrooge or snob laugh.We dare you not to. FROM THE AUTHOR: This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is.


9. How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way

Author: by Stan Lee
Published at: Atria Books; Illustrated edition (September 14, 1984)
ISBN: 978-0671530778

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Written by the iconic Stan Lee, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way is a must-have book for Marvel fans and anyone looking to draw their first comic strip. Stan Lee, the Mighty Man from Marvel, and John Buscema, active and adventuresome artist behind the Silver Surfer, Conan the Barbarian, the Mighty Thor and Spider-Man, have collaborated on this comics compendium: an encyclopedia of information for creating your own superhero comic strips.

Using artwork from Marvel comics as primary examples, Buscema graphically illustrates the hitherto mysterious methods of comic art. Stan Lee’s pithy prose gives able assistance and advice to the apprentice artist. Bursting with Buscema’s magnificent illustrations and Lee’s laudable word-magic, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way belongs in the library of everyone who has ever wanted to illustrate his or her own comic strip.

10. Critical Role: The Chronicles of Exandria–The Mighty Nein (Deluxe Edition)

Author: by Critical Role
Published at: Dark Horse Books; Deluxe edition (November 10, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1506718125

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Journey through Wildemount alongside the motley group known as the Mighty Nein! Encompassing the first chapters of Critical Role’s second campaign, this tome illustrates the adventures of our unlikely heroes as they meet in Trostenwald, struggle through a heartbreaking encounter with the Iron Shepherds, and more.

Featuring stunning works by artists from the Critter community, Critical Role: The Chronicles of Exandria – The Mighty Nein is a beautiful way to revisit the origin of the Mighty Nein through the perspective of Expositor Beauregard Lionett and the archivists of the Cobalt Soul.

The deluxe edition of The Chronicles of Exandria – The Mighty Nein boasts 264 pages of art created by the Critical Role community and accompanying text written by Liam O’Brien, Taliesin Jaffe, Dani Carr, and the cast of Critical Role. It also includes the following extras, exclusive to the deluxe edition: A faux-leather, foil-stamped cover and decorative clamshell box featuring art by Lauryn Ipsum and designed by Cindy Cacerez-Sprague An annotated cloth map of the Dwendalian Empire by Deven Rue A triptych-style lithograph featuring exclusive art by Sam Hogg Character sketches of each of the Mighty Nein by Nick Robles A flyer for the Fletching & Moondrop Traveling Carnival of Curiosities by Will Kirkby A sumptuous invitation to the Lavish Chateau by Helen Mask Blueprints for the Tinkertop Bolt Blaster 1000 by Fernando Furukawa A pamphlet on the Traveler by Ceri Giddens Flower sketches by Lauryn Ipsum

11. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Author: by Scott McCloud

William Morrow Paperbacks

224 pages

9780060976255

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“You must read this book.” Neil GaimanThe bestselling international classic on storytelling and visual communication. Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, Scott McCloud’s Understanding Comics is a seminal examination of comics art: its rich history, surprising technical components, and major cultural significance.

Explore the secret world between the panels, through the lines, and within the hidden symbols of a powerful but misunderstood art form.

12. March: Book One

Author: by John Lewis
Published at: Top Shelf Productions; 1st edition (August 13, 2013)
ISBN: 978-1603093002

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Congressman John Lewis (GA-5) is an American icon, one of the key figures of the civil rights movement. His commitment to justice and nonviolence has taken him from an Alabama sharecropper’s farm to the halls of Congress, from a segregated schoolroom to the 1963 March on Washington, and from receiving beatings from state troopers to receiving the Medal of Freedom from the first African-American president.

Now, to share his remarkable story with new generations, Lewis presents March, a graphic novel trilogy, in collaboration with co-writer Andrew Aydin and New York Times best-selling artist Nate Powell (winner of the Eisner Award and LA Times Book Prize finalist for Swallow Me Whole).

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’ lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, meditating in the modern age on the distance traveled since the days of Jim Crow and segregation. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

13. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Author: by Alison Bechdel
Published at: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (June 5, 2007)
ISBN: 978-0544709041

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CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED, NATIONAL BESTSELLER Time Magazine #1 Book of the Year National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist Winner of the Stonewall Book Award Double finalist for the Lambda Book Award Nominated for the GLAAD Media AwardAlison Bechdel’s groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir that charts her fraught relationship with her late father.

Distant and exacting, Bruce Bechdel was an English teacher and director of the town funeral home, which Alison and her family referred to as the “Fun Home.” It was not until college that Alison, who had recently come out as a lesbian, discovered that her father was also gay.

A few weeks after this revelation, he was dead, leaving a legacy of mystery for his daughter to resolve. In her hands, personal history becomes a work of amazing subtlety and power, written with controlled force and enlivened with humor, rich literary allusion, and heartbreaking detail.

14. The Illusion of Life: Disney Animation

Author: by Ollie Johnston
Published at: Disney Editions; Illustrated edition (October 19, 1995)
ISBN: 978-0786860708

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The most complete book on the subject ever written, this is the fascinating inside story by two long-term Disney animators of the gradual perfecting of a relatively young and particularly American art from, which no other move studio has ever been able to equal.

The authors, Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, worked with Walt Disney himself as well as other leading figures in a half-century of Disney films. They personally animated leading characters in most of the famous films and have decades of close association with the others who helped perfect this extremely difficult and time-consuming art form.

Not to be mistaken for just a “how-to-do-it,” this voluminously illustrated volume (like the classic Disney films themselves) is intended for everyone to enjoy. Besides relating the painstaking trial-and-error development of Disney’s character animation technology, this book irresistibly charms us with almost an overabundance of the original historic drawings used in creating some of the best-loved characters in American culture: Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Snow White and Bambi (among many, many others) as well as early sketches used in developing memorable sequences from classic features such as Fantasia and Pinocchio.

15. What Unites Us: The Graphic Novel (World Citizen Comics)

Author: by Dan Rather
Published at: First Second; Reprint edition (March 9, 2021)
ISBN: 978-1250239945

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In this graphic novel adaptation of his bestselling collection of essays, legendary news anchor Dan Rather provides a voice of reason and explores what it means to be a true patriot. Brought to life in stunning color by artist Tim Foley, What Unites Us: The Graphic Novel takes apart the building blocks of this country, from the freedoms that define us, to the values that have transformed us, to the institutions that sustain us.

Rather’s vast experience and his unique perspective as one of America’s most renowned newscasters shed light on who we were and who we are today, allowing us to see a possible future, where we are one country; united.

16. The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir

Author: by Thi Bui
Published at:
Harry N. Abrams; Illustrated edition (April 17, 2018)
ISBN: 978-1419718786

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National bestseller2017 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Finalist ABA Indies Introduce Winter / Spring 2017 Selection Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers Spring 2017 Selection ALA 2018 Notable Books Selection An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family’s journey from war-torn Vietnam, from debut author Thi Bui.

This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past. Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves.

At the heart of Bui’s story is a universal struggle: While adjusting to life as a first-time mother, she ultimately discovers what it means to be a parentthe endless sacrifices, the unnoticed gestures, and the depths of unspoken love. Despite how impossible it seems to take on the simultaneous roles of both parent and child, Bui pushes through.