Asian-American Graphic Novels 2020-2021

I’ve now been putting together lists of Asian-American graphic novels since 2014. Since these lists would get out of control if I kept putting all the books in each one, this year I thought I’d start putting in just the books that have come out since my 2019 list (including a couple of older titles that I missed on that list.) Links are to my own reviews where available.


  • Apsara Engine by Bishakh Som (2020)
  • Ascender Vol 2: the Dead Sea by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (2020)
  • Ascender Vol 3: the Digital Mage by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (2020)
  • In Waves by A.J. Dungo (2019)
  • The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist by Adrian Tomine (2020)
  • Monstress vol 5 and 6 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda (2020-2021)
  • Red Sonja and Vampirella Meet Betty and Veronica by Amy Chu (2020)
  • Shadow Life by Hiromi Goto (2021)
  • Spellbound by Bishakh Som (2020)
  • Woman World by Aminder Dhaliwal (2018)


  • Almost American Girl by Robin Ha (2020)
  • Displacement by Kiki Hughes (2020)
  • Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang (2020)
  • Flamer by Mike Curato (2020)
  • Magic Fish by Trung Le Nguyen (2020)
  • Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn and Nicole Goux (2020)
  • Superman Smashes the Clan by Gene Luen Yang (2020)


  • The Adventures of Team Pom: Squid Happens by Isabel Roxas (2021)
  • Donut Feed the Squirrels by Mika Song (2020)
  • Green Lantern: Legacy by Minh Lê and Andie Tong (2020)
  • Marvel: Avengers Assembly Book 1: Orientation by Preeti Chhibber (2020)
  • Marvel: Avengers Assembly Book 2: the Sinister Substitute by Preeti Chhibber (2021)
  • Measuring Up by Lillie Lamotte and Ann Xu (2020)
  • Pawcasso by Remi Lai (2021)
  • Sky Island by Amy Chu (2020)
  • Space Bear by Ethan Young (2020)
  • Stargazing by Jen Wang (2019)
  • Tamamo the Fox Maiden: and other Asian Stories by Kei Macdonald and Kate Ashwin (2019)
  • Tidesong by Wendy Xu (Nov. 2021)

This list feels pitifully short, even including things by Asian-American authors that don’t seem to have Asian-American characters. If you, dear reader, have any that I might add to this list – books published in the last two years – please let me know! Publishers, please give us more!

[Updated 7/16/21 to add more titles, especially Filipino-American representation. Thank you to Isabel Roxas for the tips!]

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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2 Responses to Asian-American Graphic Novels 2020-2021

  1. Thank you for this list! I read graphic novels pretty randomly, and it’s nice to have a slightly organized approach: I’d love to read more by Asian authors. Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook is a great historical one.

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