Suggested Reading Lists

Readings for the Graphic Novel Discussion Group 

Note:  The suggested items below are ones that fit a certain month’s topic and were available in our catalog prior to the meeting date of that month.  The items may no longer be in LFPL’s catalog at this time.  As well, the lists are not meant to be comprehensive but as a guide for those who may not have a title in mind for a meeting.

June 2013 – Metafiction in Comics

July 2013 – Fantasy Comics

August 2013 – What Makes a Hero?

September 2013 – Censorship of Comics

October 2013 – Science Fiction Comics

November 2013 – Westerns

December 2013 – Favorite Comics of 2013 This is a pretty open topic so there was no suggested reading list for this month. If you are interested in my picks for 2013, you can check out this post from the general Readers Corner blog.

January 13, 2014 – Indie Comics Once again there was no suggested reading list for this month. Yes, some indies have made it big (such as Spawn or Hellboy) which muddies the waters. However, a good rule of thumb is that if a comic is a) not one published by Marvel or DC, b) if it is creator-owned, or c) if it is a collection of comics that were originally born digital then it is most likely “indie.” Still not sure? You might check out Indie Comics Magazine.

February 10, 2014 – The memoir of Congressman John Lewis, March. Book One. You might also want to read:

March 10, 2014 – Female Comics Creators There have been many, many influential women such as Elizabeth Holloway Marston, co-creator of Wonder Woman; Patricia Highsmith, writer of pulp comics (before finding success as a mystery writer); Jenette Kahn, former editor-in-chief of DC Comics; and Karen Berger, former executive editor of Vertigo Comics, among others. In March, we will be looking at the contributions of women in the comics industry, focusing on artists and writers. The following list is just a tiny smattering of those whose works can be found in LFPL’s collection:

April 14, 2014 – Classic Comic Strips

May 12, 2014 – Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadiminitriou  Bertrand Russell was born on May 18, 1872. He is known as a philosopher, mathematician, and social activist. But did you know that he is also the star of his very own graphic novel?

June 9, 20141986: A Watershed Year in Comics What an amazing year for comics. Like 1938 or 1961, comics were changed irrevocably in 1986.  This is the year that many say is the beginning of the Dark Age of Comics. Here are some of the big titles of 1986:

Some of the big events in the industry:

  • American Splendor by Harvey Pekar, one of the longest running creator-owned indie comics,  is collected into book form by Doubleday, a major American publishing company.
  • Cerebus‘ “High Society” storyline is collected into the first soft-cover edition that comes to be known as the “phonebook.”
  • Dark Horse Comics, Slave Labor Graphics (now SLG), and  Guy Delcourt Productions Productions (a giant of the French comic industry) were founded.  All are still in business.
  • Gladstone Publishing, Eternity Comics, and Malibu Comics were launched.  As well, Marvel debuted its New Universe imprint.  All are now defunct.

July 14, 2014Batman: The First 75 Years  Because there are so many great Batman stories over the years, the following is an extensive but by no means exhaustive list.  LFPL has many of these which can be found by searching our catalog.

  • Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
  • Arkham Asylum: Living Hell
  • Batman and Robin
  • Batman Incorporated
  • Batman R.I.P.
  • Batman: A Death in the Family
  • Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying
  • Batman: Battle for the Cowl
  • Batman: Black and White
  • Batman: Blind Justice
  • Batman: Broken City
  • Batman: Cacophony
  • Batman: Cataclysm
  • Batman: City of Crime
  • Batman: Contagion
  • Batman: Dark Knight, Dark City
  • Batman: Dark Moon Rising
  • Batman: Dark Victory
  • Batman: Death and the Maidens
  • Batman: Face the Face
  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
  • Batman: Gotham Underground
  • Batman: Gothic
  • Batman: Haunted Knight
  • Batman: Hush
  • Batman: Knightfall
  • Batman: Last Rites
  • Batman: No Man’s Land
  • Batman: Officer Down
  • Batman: Red Rain
  • Batman: Rules of Engagement
  • Batman: Son of the Demon
  • Batman: Strange Apparitions
  • Batman: Tales of the Demon
  • Batman: Ten Nights of the Beast
  • Batman: The Cult
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
  • Batman: The Killing Joke
  • Batman: The Last Arkham
  • Batman: The Long Halloween
  • Batman: The Man Who Laughs
  • Batman: Turning Points
  • Batman: Under the Hood
  • Batman: Venom
  • Batman: War Games
  • Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
  • Batman: Year 100
  • Batman: Year One
  • Bruce Wayne: Fugitive
  • The Return of Bruce Wayne


August 11, 2014Image Comics


 September 2014 – Dark Horse Comics


October 2014 – Ghost Stories


November 2014 – Graphic Adaptation of Novels


December 2014 – Collecting Comics (plus comic swap!)


January 2015 – The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone, illustrated by Josh Neufeld You may also be interested the following books by  Josh Neufeld:


February 2015 – Comics on Television

Listed below are 20 live action TV shows based on comics that can be found at LFPL.   Corresponding comics are listed in parenthesis if the title of the TV show is different.


March 2015 – Graphic Medicine: Narratives of Illness & Caregiving

April 2015 – Manga for Adults Seinen – Manga originally produced for Men:

Josei – Manga originally produced for Women:

Manga considered Adult in the U.S. (but are really for Kids or Teens in Japan):

Non-fiction about Manga:

For more info on the different types of Manga (and its sister art, Anime), check out the FAQ created by our staff member, Katherine Skaggs.

May 11, 2015 Planetary This month we will discuss the Warren Ellis/John Cassaday series, Planetary.

June 8, 2015 @ 6:00 PM – LGBT Characters in Comics Suggested Reading List for June 2015 meeting of the Graphic Novel Discussion Group at Main (based on items available at the Louisville Free Public Library)

  1. The Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio
  2. Husbands by Brad Bell
  3. Prism Comics: Your LGBT Guide to Comics
  4. Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse
  5. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out for by Alison Bechdel
  6. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  7. Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel
  8. A + E 4ever by Ilike Merey
  9. Wandering Son by Shimura Takako
  10. Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
  11. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore
  12. Love and Rockets by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez
  13. Spit and Passion by Cristy C. Road
  14. The Invisibles by Grant Morrison
  15. Tomboy by Liz Prince
  16. Angel Diary by Yun Hee Lee
  17. What Did You Eat Yesterday by Fumi Yoshinaga
  18. Astonishing X-Men: Northstar by Marjorie M. Lui
  19. Batwoman by J.H. Williams III
  20. Gotham Central by Greg Rucka
  21. Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen
  22. The Authority by Warren Ellis
  23. Rawhide Kid by Ron Zimmerman
  24. A Distant Soil by Collen Doran
  25. Buffy the Vampire Slayer



July 13, 2015 @ 6:00 PM – Finder by Carla Speed McNeil This month we will discuss Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder series.



August 10, 2015 @ 6:00 PM – Fables by Bill Willingham This month we will discuss the Bill Willingham’s Fables series and its spin-offs, Jack of Fables and Fairest.



International Month at the Library

Note: The Main Library will be doing programs that focus on China.

September 14, 2015 @ 6:00 PM – Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang This month we will be discussing the companion pair of graphic novels put out by Gene Yang that look at the turbulent period of China’s Boxer Rebellion.



Art & Music at the Library

October 12, 2015 @ 6:00 PM  – Please join us as we discuss Sound and Vision, an examination of works influenced by or that are about music.