Hottest Graphic Novels Picks of 2012 at BEA


As a disclaimer from the panel this is not the definitive list of the best graphic novels for this year, since the panelists have not gotten to read everything just yet. Though this is the panel’s picks for the best of graphic novels that they’ve read so far.

Hottest Graphic novels panel

Panelist cover a spectrum of booksellers, writers and a librarian, but all share a deep love for graphic novels. This panel was moderated by John Hogan from Prior to the panel beginning there was a 17 page power point slide handed out to room attendees.

Points that stood out in this panel for me:

  • How accessible this medium is for people who want to learn something quickly, and not want to read about it.
  • There is more hybrid graphic novels, with books being more of a mixture of text and words (prose).
  • Adaptations means experiencing the presentation of words in an exciting matter.
  • Some selections are not finished, but definitely impressed the panelists to choose it.

These were titles mentioned during the panel:

  • Abelard by Regis Hautiere and Renaud Dillies
  • Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel
  • The Beginning of the American Fall by Stephanie McMillan
  • Blacksad: A Silent Hell by Juan Carnales and juanjo Guarnido
  • Blue by Pat Grant
  • Building Stories by Chris Ware
  • Cardboard by Doug TenNapel
  • Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes by Mary and Bryan Talbot
  • Drama by Raina Telgemeier
  • Economix by Michael Goodwin and Dan Burr
  • Everything We Miss by Luke Pearson
  • Geronimo Stilton Saves The Olympics by Geronimo Stilton
  • The Graphic Canon vol 1 Edited by Russ Kick
  • Little White Duck by Na Liu and Andres Martenez
  • Marbles: Manic Depression Michelangelo and Me by Ellen Forney
  • My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf
  • Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me by Harvey Pekar and JT Waldman
  • Saga by Brian Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel
  • Sakuran: Blossoms Wild by Moyocco Anno
  • Saucer Country by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly
  • The Secret of the Stone Frog by David Nytra
  • Tune: Vanishing Point by Derek Kirk Kim
  • The Underwater Welder
  • A Wrinkle in Time Graphic novel Adaption by Hope Larson
  • The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castelluci and Nate Powell

Honorable mentions meaning that the panelists ran out of time, but definitely still want to mention it were these title:

  • Jiu Jiu by Touya Tobina
  • Batman: Death by Design by Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor
  • Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics by Magaret de Heer
  • NonNonBa by Shigeru Mizuki

Other titles that were included in the hand out are:

  • Alice in the Country of Hearts by QuinRose
  • American Elf book 4 by James Kochalka
  • Angelman: Fallen Angel by Nicholas Mahler
  • The Art of Daniel Clowes by Alvin Buenaventura
  • Batman: Earth One by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank
  • The Best of Enemies by Jan Filiu and David B.
  • The Coldest City by Anthony Johnston and Sam hart
  • Crogan’s Loyalty by Chris Schweizer
  • Gloriana by Kevin Huizenga
  • The Hypo by Noah van Sciver
  • Kiki de Montparnasse by Jose Bocquet and Catel Muller
  • The Lovely Horrible Stuff by Eddie Campbell
  • Maya Makes A Mess by Rutu Modan
  • Richard Stark’s Parker the Score Adapted by Darwyn Cooke
  • Sumo by Thien Pham
  • Today is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Uill Lust
  • Trinity by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
  • A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse by Frank Viva
  • Wizzywig by Ed Piskor

This is not the first year that JLHLS has covered BEA, and for those past entries click this blog’s tag of BEA. Take a look at these links for my photos of BEA, one is from my camera, and another is from my cell phone.