2015 Graphic Novels

Graphic Novels to Look for in Late 2015

2015 Graphic Novels

I didn’t officially hop in on Armchair BEA this year, but noticing that one of the topics focused on graphic novels and comics made me realize I hadn’t been mixing them into my reading much lately. Since the fun of BEA is discovering new books, I thought I’d take to Edelweiss and check out what’s on the horizon for graphic novels. Here are eight that caught my eye.

Step Aside, Pops by Kate Beaton – September 15, 2015

“Ida B. Wells, the Black Prince, and Benito Juárez burst off the pages of Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection, armed with modern-sounding quips and amusingly on-point repartee. Kate Beaton’s second D+Q book brings her hysterically funny gaze to bear on these and even more historical, literary, and contemporary figures. Irreverently funny and carefully researched, no target is safe from Beaton’s incisive wit in these satirical strips.”

The Book Of Hope by Tommi Musturi – September 19, 2015

“In a way that only the medium of comics can, The Book of Hope slows the reader down to the rhythms of the silent life of a retired couple living in a rural countryside. Behind the static, routine moments of everyday life something bigger takes shape. A flash of encroaching death starts to consume the husband, leading to visions and questions. This graphic novel from cartoonist Tommi Musturi is a thoughtful exploration of the human condition, and the series of mostly quotidian moments that make up most of our lives.”

Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine – October 6, 2015

“‘Amber Sweet‘ shows the disastrous impact of mistaken identity in a hyper-connected world; ‘A Brief History of the Art Form Known as Hortisculpture‘ details the invention and destruction of a vital new art form in short comic strips; ‘Translated, from the Japanese‘ is a lush, full-color display of storytelling through still images; the title story, ‘Killing and Dying‘, centers on parenthood, mortality, and stand-up comedy. In six interconnected, darkly funny stories, Tomine forms a quietly moving portrait of contemporary life.”

You’ll Never Know by Carol Tyler – October 16, 2015

“In the wake of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home and Art Spiegelman’s Maus comes cartoonist Carol Tyler’s multigenerational graphic memoir, You’ll Never Know. The author chronicles her fraught relationship with her father, Charles, a WWII veteran, and how the war affected their lives through both childhood and adulthood. You’ll Never Know is also a tribute to servicemen and women, dramatizing the trauma of the war on the Greatest Generation and those who followed.”

Two Brothers by Gabriel Bá and Fabio Moon – October 27, 2015

“Twin brothers Omar and Yaqub may share the same features, but they could not be more different from one another. And the possessive love of their mother, Zana, stirs the troubled waters between them even more. After a brutally violent exchange between the young boys, Yaqub, “the good son,” is sent from his home in Brazil to live with relatives in Lebanon, only to return five years later as a virtual stranger to the parents who bore him, his tensions with Omar unchanged.”

Trashed by Derf Backderf – November 3, 2015

Trashed, Derf Backderf’s follow-up to the critically acclaimed, award-winning international bestseller My Friend Dahmer, is an ode to the crap job of all crap jobs—garbage collector. Anyone who has ever been trapped in a soul-sucking gig will relate to this tale. Trashed follows the raucous escapades of three 20-something friends as they clean the streets of pile after pile of stinking garbage, while battling annoying small-town bureaucrats, bizarre townfolk, sweltering summer heat, and frigid winter storms.”

Class Photo by Robert Triptow – November 7, 2015

“Robert Triptow stumbled across a real-life class photo of an anonymous 1937 public school under a pile of garbage and his imagination took off. Several years later, the result is the utterly charming, completely original graphic novella Class Photo. Using the photo as a springboard, each student’s fictionalized life is depicted in one-page installments. Triptow weaves these imagined lives in and out like so many dedications in a yearbook, mixing in social satire, elegant cartooning, occasionally disgusting hilarity, and plenty of good, clean fun.”

Becoming Unbecoming by Una – December 1, 2015

“A serial murderer is at large in West Yorkshire and the police—despite spending more than two million man-hours hunting the killer and interviewing the man himself no less than nine times—are struggling to solve the case. As this national news story unfolds around her, Una finds herself on the receiving end of a series of violent acts for which she feels she is to blame. Unbecoming explores gender violence, blame, shame, and social responsibility. Through image and text Una asks what it means to grow up in a culture where male violence goes unpunished and unquestioned.”

Are there any upcoming graphic novels or comics you’re looking forward to?


  • Class Photo looks amazing. I heard him speak about it on the radio or on some podcast.
    And I’m glad you drew the distinction between graphic novels and comics. To me they are very different. I like graphic novels, but not comics. Is that fair to say?

  • I am SO excited for Step Aside Pops! HAV was so much fun.

  • Step Aside, Pops, Class Photo and Becoming Unbecoming all sound fantastic. I too am trying to mix up my reading and I hardly ever think to check out graphic novels, despite the fact that my library has a pretty decent collection of them!

    • I seem to forget about them, too, unless I make a good list for myself. Hopefully this will help me keep on top of things!

  • Soooooooo pretttttty……

  • I’ve never read graphic novels, but this is a fantastic list and I’ll have another Readathon to plan for in October – woo hoo! Thanks Shannon!

  • I’m just starting to dip my toes in the graphic novels waters, and have only read the first three volumes of Saga so far! I have Maus and Persepolis at home, and Chew checked out from the library. I seem to have a hard time fitting them into my other reading… like, I know they’re short and a one-sitting type thing, but I just forget!

  • The number of graphic novels I’ve read can be counted on one hand. How pathetic is that? Maybe this list of yours will kickstart me into looking these up ;) Baby steps :)

  • Amy Sachs

    I’ve started slacking off with graphic novels, and this makes me want to throw myself back in!

    • My reading has taken a dive, too, so hoping this will get me back in!

      • Amy Sachs

        I just finished a really great one about the life of Van Gogh, called Vincent by Barbara Stok, that you might like! It’s BEAUTIFUL and just amazingly done.

  • I’ve heard of some of these, and some I haven’t. You’re making my Goodreads list grow by leaps and bounds.

  • I think Craig Thompson is also coming out with one sometime this year, but for kids. Should be interesting!

  • This list looks amazing, bookmarking for later!

  • Oh goodness, I’ve been reading a shit ton of graphic novels lately and I NEED to read Trashed and Becoming Unbecoming! I hadn’t heard of any of these, but I love Derf Backderf.

  • Trashed looks so funny! I loved Derf Backderf’s My Friend Dahmer. Becoming Unbecoming sounds great, too. I’m waiting for ApocalytiGirl to come in — it’s my most anticipated standalone graphic novel coming out this summer.

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