Asian-American Graphic Novels

Every other month or so, I put together an end panel display for my Adult Graphic Novel Collection, with a little bibliography on a bookmark for people to take – things like zombie graphic novels, or books by Will Eisner. This month, I thought I’d do a display of Asian-Pacific American Graphic Novels since May is Asian-Pacific American Month. And then I found that while I could easily find graphic novels from Asia, it was a whole lot harder to find books by or about Asian-Americans. I scanned my whole collection; I Googled. The only list I found was buried in a course syllabus.

I figure that it shouldn’t be so hard to find a list of Asian-American graphic novels, so I emailed the professor, Dr. Stephen Sohn of Standford University, and asked if it would be OK to publish my list, which owes most of his titles to his. (I found a few on my own, and left a few hard-to-find ones off.) He very kindly gave his permission, and asked if I would share this link with you: Standford Provost Petition

I noticed a complete lack of any graphic novels about Pacific Islanders (maybe not surprising given how tiny they are). I also could find only two kids series – if any readers have any titles to fill in these holes, please let me know!

Asian in America: Graphic Novels
Adult

Empire StateEmpire State by Jason Shiga (2011)

4immigrantsFour Immigrants Manga by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama (1999)

getjiroGet Jiro! By Anthony Burdain (2012)

johnnyhiroJohnny Hiro! By Fred Chao (2012)

levelupLevel Up by Gene Luen Yang (2011)

100demonsOne! Hundred! Demons! By Lynda Barry (2002)

samedifferenceSame Difference by Derek Kirk Kim (2011)

secretidentitiesSecret Identities by Jeff Yang et al (2009)

shortcomingsShortcomings by Adrian Tomine (2007)

summerblondeSummer Blonde by Adrian Tomine (2003)

vietnamericaVietnamerica by G.B. Tran (2007)

Teen
americanbornAmerican Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (2006)

arrivalThe Arrival by Shaun Tan (2006)

eternalsmileEternal Smile Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim (2009)

halfworldHalf World by Hiromi Goto (2009)

kokobegoodKoko Be Good by Jen Wang (2010)

regiftersRe-Gifters by Mike Carey (2007)

Scott PilgrimScott Pilgrim series by Bryan Lee O’Malley (2004 and on)

shadowheroShadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (2014)

skimSkim by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (2008)

sumoSumo by Thien Pham (2012)

thisonesummerThis One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (2014)

tinasmouthTina’s Mouth by Keshni Kashyap (2011)

whatitisWhat It Is by Lynda Barry (2008)

Youth
amuletAmulet series by Kazu Kibuishi (2008 and on)

avatarpromise1Avatar: the Last Airbender series by Gene Luen Yang (2012 and on)

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About Katy K.

I'm a librarian and book worm who believes that children and adults deserve great books to read.
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