Asian-American Graphic Novels 2

Please also see my post Asian-American Graphic Novels 2019.

Three years ago, I did a display in the library and a post here about Asian-American Graphic Novels.  This year felt like time for an update!  Just a few notes – this list was originally started around a core bibliography put together by Dr. Stephen Hong Sohn, now of UC Riverside, with his permission.  I’ve added more titles that have come out, after removing books that weren’t at my library.  There’s also a nice list at the Harris County Public Library, for those who are interested in more.  And, if you’ve read of generally available graphic novels by Asian-American authors that I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments!

Asian in America: Graphic Novels

The Best We Could Do by Thi BuiThe Best We Could Do by Thi Bui (2017)

boundlesstamakiBoundless by Jillian Tamaki (2017)

Cook Korean by Robin HaCook Korean by Robin Ha (2016)

Empire StateEmpire State by Jason Shiga (2011)

4immigrantsFour Immigrants Manga by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama (1999)

getjiroGet Jiro! By Anthony Burdain (2012)

Killing and Dying by Adrian TomineKilling and Dying by Adrian Tomine (2016)

levelupLevel Up by Gene Luen Yang (2011)

cover of Monstress by Liu and Takeda

Monstress by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (2016)

Nanjing: the Burning City by Ethan YoungNanjing: the Burning City by Ethan Young (2015)

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)

americanbornAmerican Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (2006)

arrivalThe Arrival by Shaun Tan (2006)

Brain Camp by Susan KimBrain Camp by Susan Kim (2010)

Diary of a Tokyo Teen by Christine Mari InzerDiary of a Tokyo Teen by Christine Mari Inzer (2016)

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

halfworldHalf World by Hiromi Goto (2009)

johnnyhiroJohnny Hiro! By Fred Chao (2012)

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)

Snotgirl by Bryan Lee O’MalleySnotgirl by Bryan Lee O’Malley (2017)

sumoSumo by Thien Pham (2012)

SuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian TamakiSuperMutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki (2015)

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

tinasmouthTina’s Mouth by Keshni Kashyap (2011)

whatitisWhat It Is by Lynda Barry (2008)

amuletAmulet series by Kazu Kibuishi (2008 and on)

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

Secret Coders series by Gene Luen YangSecret Coders series by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes (2015 and on)

[Updated 5/17/17 to add Cook Korean.]

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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3 Responses to Asian-American Graphic Novels 2

  1. This is an excellent list, thank you so much! There is a second Johnny Hiro book out now. Another book I’d recommend for this list is Good As Lily, a Korean-American coming-of-age time travel story that seems fluffy but is surprisingly deep. I read it in 2007 when it was first released and it has stuck in my mind for the past decade!

    You mentioned not having any Pacific Islander comic books. I only know of one (which I haven’t read yet): The Shark King

  2. Pingback: Graphic Novel Review: Good As Lily – Colorful Book Reviews

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