2015 has been a phenomenal year for graphic novels at BookPeople. It seems that I’m not the only one experiencing a comic book renaissance these days. To celebrate the continuing relevance of the 4 colored page, I’m going to be running a hopefully weekly column covering graphic novels. To kick things off, here are our top selling graphic novels for the month of June. Enjoy!
– Joe T.
BookPeople’s Top 10 Bestselling Graphic Novels For June 2015
1. Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel . In this groundbreaking, bestselling graphic memoir, Alison Bechdel charts her fraught relationship with her late father. 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.
“Graphic novels are great for the juxtaposition of images & text but what makes this book so powerful is the intimacy. It is a look at a time passed, dealing with sexuality, gender, death, and how we can inhabit the same physical space & overlapping biology in such distinct ways. The final panel still gives me chills.” – Ben S.
2. Saga by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples Written by Eisner Award-winning “Best Writer” Brian K. Vaughan (Y: The Last Man) and drawn by Harvey Award-winning “Best Artist” Fiona Staples (North 40) Saga is the story of Hazel, a child born to star-crossed parents from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war. Now, Hazel’s fugitive family must risk everything to find a peaceful future in a harsh universe that values destruction over creation.
“It’s hard for me to describe exactly why I love Saga by Vaughan and Staples. Is it because it’s about interstellar war between two galactic empires? Well, yes, of course. Is it because it’s not even secretly about the triumphs and setbacks of starting a family, of bringing a child into this world? Well, yes, most definitely. Is it because it’s funny, heartbreaking, joyful, and all the other emotions that define the human condition? Or is it just all of the above? Pick it up and decide for yourself.” -Joe T.
3. The Walking Dead vol. 23: Whispers Into Screams by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, & Stefano Gaudiano A new threat has emerged from within the walker hordes, catching the communities off guard. The time for peace and prosperity is over as a new fight for survival begins. Collects The Walking Dead #133-138.
4. My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf You only think you know this story. In 1991, Jeffrey Dahmer–the most notorious serial killer since Jack the Ripper–seared himself into the American consciousness. To the public, Dahmer was a monster who committed unthinkable atrocities. To Derf Backderf, “Jeff” was a much more complex figure: a high school friend with whom he had shared classrooms, hallways, and car rides.
“Through the use of his recollections, those of other high school friends, and even Dahmer’s own memories, Derf paints a portrait both sympathetic and disturbing of a man spinning out of control. It’s sometimes sad to note that we really don’t know what goes on in the heads of people we’ve known our whole lives.” -Joe T.
5. Stardust by Neil Gaiman & Charles Vess Winner of the American Library Award, Mythopoeic Award and World Fantasy Award for Best Artist. It is here in Wall that young Tristran Thorn loses his heart to the town beauty–a woman who is as cold and distant as the star she and Tristran see fall from the sky on a crisp October evening. To gain the hand of his beloved, Tristran rashly vows to fetch the fallen star and embarks upon a lover’s quest that will carry him over the ancient wall and into a world beyond his wildest imagingings.
“Adventure, fencing, true love, revenge, excitement, and all the rest…. I’ve read this book a half dozen times and each time it’s better than the last.” -Thomas W.
6. Flash: Rebirth by Geoff Johns & Ethan Van Sciver Geoff Johns and Ethan Van Sciver, the writer/artist team behind the blockbuster GREEN LANTERN: REBIRTH and THE SINESTRO CORPS WAR, create an explosive, jaw-dropping epic that reintroduces Barry Allen, the modern–age Flash. But how will Barry Allen find his place in the twenty-first century?
“For my generation of comic readers, Wally West is the Flash. Barry Allen is the guy who sacrificed himself durting the Crisis On Infinite Earths. But that all changed when Geoff Johns decided to revive the Silver Age’s Scarlet Speedster. The return of Barry Allen has pushed the Flash back to the forefront of DC Comics, pick this up and find out why.” -Thomas W.
7. Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents….An amazing portrait of two lives at their end and an only child coping as best she can, “Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant” will show the full range of Roz Chast’s talent as cartoonist and storyteller.
8. Ms. Marvel vol. 1: No Normal & vol. 2: Generation Why by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona Marvel Comics presents the all-new Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm!
“Ms. Marvel is one of the best, most endearing comics on the market. Kamela Khan, writer of Avengers fan fiction, high school student, superhero, is so well-drawn that I’d read this book even if there were no powers to be had. It’s also a perfect book to give to your niece or nephew, son or daughter, if they’ve got that superhero bug. MS. MARVEL IS GOOD READS!” -Joe T.
9. Andre the Giant: Life and Legend by Box Brown Andre Roussimoff is known as both the lovable giant in The Princess Bride and a heroic pro-wrestling figure. He was a normal guy who’d been dealt an extraordinary hand in life. At his peak, he weighed 500 pounds and stood nearly seven and a half feet tall. But the huge stature that made his fame also signed his death warrant.
“Box Brown’s touching, heartfelt biography tells the story of the man called the 8th Wonder of the World with all the dignity he deserves.” – Brian S.
10. Black Hole by Charles Burns The setting: suburban Seattle, the mid-1970s. We learn from the outset that a strange plague has descended upon the area’s teenagers, transmitted by sexual contact. The disease is manifested in any number of ways — from the hideously grotesque to the subtle (and concealable) — but once you’ve got it, that’s it. There’s no turning back.
“The graphic novel that got me into graphic novels. This book will tinge your day with a creepiness that is hard to shake.” – Carolyn T.