Choosing great comics is a lot harder than it looks. That’s because there is so much fantastic work being done today. Here is a short list of books that stand out graphically and are wonderfully written. What is best about them is that they are all perfect examples of the seamless combination of words and pictures.
We are in a golden age of graphic novels for kids. Never before have we seen such a wide range of style and genres. There is something here for all ages.
The Shark Kingby R. Kikuo Johnson This beautifully illustrated Hawaiian folk tale tells the story of a boy who seeks the answers to his own mysterious heritage.
The Secret Science Alliance by Eleanor Davis Gadgets, geeks, and criminal mischief always make for a compelling mystery. Combine that with charts, cut-aways, and maps galore, and Eleanor Davis takes storytelling to a whole new level.
Dogs of Warby Sheila Keenan and Nathan Fox The combination of snappy dialog and gritty illustrations give this book a cinematic quality. Sheila and Nathan take you behind the lines and introduce you to great characters; some just so happen to be dogs.
Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson Luke Pearson’s scaled-back line work matches his elegant storytelling to create a fantasy world that is delight to enter.
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Donner Dinner Party by Nathan Hale Nathan Hale serves up another plateful of his Hazardous Tales series. This time we tuck in with the ill-fated Donner Party and see the grizzly leftovers of one of America’s weirdest stories.