Asian-American Graphic Novels 2019

A few years back, I went to put together a simple end panel display for my graphic novels for Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. There was not much in the way of easily available bibliographies on-line, so I started with a list put together by Dr. Stephen Hong Sohn (with his permission).  I have done two version of this (first version, second version) adding new titles as they come out, and trying to stick to books that are readily available from libraries.  Titles out this year are in bold, and links go to my reviews when available.  This year it’s felt particularly hard to find new titles, so I would be thrilled if you, Dear Reader, have some more suggestions of books from this year or last that would fit on this list.

Adult

Ascender vol. 1 by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen

Ascender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (2019-)

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

blamethisontheboogieBlame This on the Boogie by Rina Ayuyang (2018)

Boundless by Jillian TamakiBoundless by Jillian Tamaki (2017)

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

Dear Scarlet by Teresa Wong

Dear Scarlet by Teresa Wong (2019)

Descender Vol % by Lemire and NguyenDescender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (2015-2018)

Empire StateEmpire State by Jason Shiga (2011)

4immigrantsFour Immigrants Manga by Henry Yoshitaka Kiyama (1999)

getjiroGet Jiro! By Anthony Bourdain (2012)

IWasTheirAmericanDream

I Was Their American Dream by Malaka Gharib (2019)

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

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)

Teen

American Born ChineseAmerican 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 by Gene Luen Yang and Derek Kirk Kim (2009)

johnnyhiroJohnny Hiro! By Fred Chao (2012)

kokobegoodKoko Be Good by Jen Wang (2010)

LauraDeanKeepsBreakingUpWithMeLaura Dean Keeps Breaking up with Me by Mariko Tamaki (2019)

levelupLevel Up by Gene Luen Yang (2011)

Mooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy XuMooncakes by Suzanne Walker and Wendy Xu (Fall 2019)

The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen WangThe Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (2018)

regiftersRe-Gifters by Mike Carey (2007)

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

The Shadow Hero

Shadow 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)

tinasmouthTina’s Mouth by Keshni Kashyap (2011)

TheyCalledUsEnemyThey Called Us Enemy by George Takei et al (2019)

This One SummerThis One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (2014)

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)

Bigfoot Boy: Into the Woods by J. Torres and Faith Erin HicksBigfoot Boy series by J. Torres and Faith Erin Hicks (2012-2014)

Lola by J. Torres and Elbert OrLola by J. Torres and Elbert Or (2009)

 

Newsprints (2017) and Endgames (2019) by Ru Xu

Pashmina by Nidhi ChananiPashmina by Nidhi Chanani (2017)

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

SeaSirensSea Sirens by Amy Chu (June 2019)

[Edited 7/9/19 to add some more youth titles.]

[Edited 7/15/19 to add Ascender.]

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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8 Responses to Asian-American Graphic Novels 2019

  1. Ah this is so great! So many recommendations. I am definitely bookmarking this post so I can look back on it when I am in the mood for a graphic novel. Thanks!

  2. Pingback: Asian-American Graphic Novels 2 | alibrarymama

  3. spicejac says:

    Descender has finished and Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen have begun work on Ascender. Great list!

  4. lydiaschoch says:

    All of these books sound so interesting. My TBR just grew by leaps and bounds. 🙂

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