Top 50 Graphic Novels: #35-31

You voted and now we continue our countdown of your votes for the top original graphic novels of all-time! These are graphic novels that were not serialized as comic books before they were released as graphic novels.


35. Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned by Judd Winick (2000)

To many people, the first that they heard about Judd Winick was when he was on the popular MTV reality show, The Real World, specifically one of the most iconic seasons of the show, in Season 3 (the San Francisco one). While there, Winick met both his future wife and a close friend, Pedro Zamora, an HIV Positive Safe Sex advocate.

Winick then turned the lessons that he learned about, well, friendship and loss, into a compelling graphic novel.

What's amazing about the book is how much Winick was able to work humor into what could have been a very depressing story.

34. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki (2014)

Cousins Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki collaborated on this graphic novel about two pre-teen girls who meet up every summer when their families rent cabins together. The main character, Rose, is slightly older than her friend, Windy, and thus Rose is at a different point in her life and thus they slowly grow apart. Meanwhile, though, Rose learns some more about her family.

Here, we just see the everyday life of the families in a great piece of sequential storytelling by Jillian Tamaki...

Beautiful stuff.

33. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (2006)

American Born Chinese is a brilliant story that intermixes three different tales that shockingly manage to come together. The first story is about the Monkey King, a famous character from the 16th Century Chinese novel, Journey to the West. The third story is a riff on the way that Asian characters were depicted in old pop culture stories and the second story is a coming of age story of a second generation Chinese kid...

The way that Luen Yang manages to intermix the three tales is outstanding.

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