YALSA Lists Nominees For Great Graphic Novels For Teens

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YASLA) has announced its inaugural list of recommended graphic novels for teens. The fastest growing division of the Adult Library Association, YASLA is the first part of the organization to recognize graphic novels and comics as a growing field of literature. The nomination committee worked to narrow what began as 141 official nominations down to a final list of 67 excellent adult and young adult graphic novel titles that range across many genres, including serious non-fiction, fantasy, manga and superhero fiction. All finalists met the committee's criteria of both good quality literature and appeal for readers ages 12-18.

Among the titles honored are Scott McCloud's "Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels," which was placed in the non-fiction category. Kyle Baker's "Plastic Man: Rubber Bandits," Warren Ellis & Stuart Immonen's "Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.," and Brad Meltzer & Rags Morales' "Identity Crisis" were all found in the fiction category.

In addition to the complete list of sixty-seven finalists, YASLA has announced a list of their top ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens:

  • "Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E." Volume 1, by Warren Ellis & Stuart Immonen
  • "Sloth" by Gilbert Hernandez & Jared K. Fletcher
  • "Casstle Waiting" by Linda Medley
  • "Identity Crisis" by Brad Meltzer & Rags Morales
  • "Death Note" Volume 1 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
  • "Runaways" volumes 4-5 by Brian K. Vaughan & Adrian Alphona
  • "Pride of Baghdad" by Brian K. Vaughan & Nik Henrichon
  • "Death, Jr." by Gary Whitta & Ted Naifeh
  • "DEMO: The Collection" by Brian Wood & Becky Cloonan
  • "American Born Chinese" by Gene Yang

The complete list can be found below.


  • "Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea" by Guy Delisle
  • "The Case of Madeleine Smith: Treasury of Victorian Murder (V. 8)" by Rick Geary
  • "The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation" by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon
  • "Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga, and Graphic Novels" by Scott McCloud
  • "The Making of a Graphic Novel: The Resonator" by Prentis Rollins
  • "To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel" by Siena Cherson Siegel and Mark Siegel
  • "Journey Into Mohawk Country" by George O'Connor and H.W. Van den Bogaert
  • "Action Philosophers: Giant-Sized Thing" by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey


  • "Rubber Bandits: Plastic Man (V. 2)" by Kyle Baker
  • "House of M" by Brian Bendis and Olivier Coipel
  • "Ultimate Iron Man (V. 1)" by Orson Scott Card and Andy Kubert
  • "Dramacon" by Svetlana Chmakova
  • "Inverloch (V. 1)" by Sarah Ellerton
  • "Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. (V. 1)" by Warren Ellis and Stuart Immonen
  • "Flight (V. 3)"
  • "Agatha Heterodyne and the Circus of Dreams: Girl Genius (V. 4)" by Phil & Kaja Foglio
  • "Sorcerers and Secretaries (V. 1)" by Amy Kim Ganter
  • "The Trade Paperback Imperative: The Middleman (V. 1)" by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and Les McLaine
  • "Sidekicks: Young Avengers (V. 1)" by Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung and others.
  • "Family Matters: Young Avengers (V. 2)." by Allan Heinberg, Jim Cheung and others.
  • "Psy-Comm (V. 1)" by Jason Henderson and Tony Salvaggio
  • "Sloth" by Gilbert Hernandez and Jared K. Fletcher
  • "Emily Edison (V. 1)" by David Hopkins and Brock Rizy
  • "Night Fisher" by R. Kikuo Johnson
  • "Trailers" by Mark Kneece and Julie Collins-Rousseau
  • "X-23: Innocence Lost" by Christopher Yost and Craig Kyle
  • "Kampung Boy" by Lat
  • "Catwoman: When in Rome" by Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale
  • "Baby Sitter's Club: Kristy's Great Idea" by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier
  • "Castle Waiting" by Linda Medley
  • "Identity Crisis" by Brad Meltzer and Rags Morales
  • "Top Ten: the Forty-Niners" by Alan Moore and Gene Ha
  • "Off Road" by Sean Murphy
  • "Banana Sunday" by Colleen Coover and Root Nibot
  • "Death Note" (V. 1, V. 2, V. 3) by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
  • "Perfect Example" by John Porcellino
  • "Billy the Kid's Old-Timey Oddities" by Eric Powell, Kyle Hotz and others
  • "Off*Beat (V.1)" by Jen Lee Quick
  • "Night Trippers" by Mark Ricketts and Micah Farritor
  • "Star Wars: Tag and Bink Were Here" by Kevin Rubio, Lucas Marangon and others
  • "Chocolat" (V. 1, V. 2, V. 3) by Ji-Sang Shin and Geo
  • "Moped Army" by Paul Sizer
  • "Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda" by J. P. Stassen
  • "Iron West" by Doug TenNapel
  • "Light Brigade" by Peter Tomasi and Peter Snejbjerg
  • "Herr Dr. Tenma: Naoki Urasawa's Monster (V. 1)" by Naoki Urasawa
  • "True Believers: Runaways (V. 4)," "Escape to New York: Runaways (V. 5)" and "Parental Guidance: Runaways (V. 6)" by Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona
  • "Pride of Baghdad" by Brian K. Vaughan and Niko Henrichon
  • "Tag: Ex Machina (V. 2)" by Brian K. Vaughan and Tony Harris
  • "Livewires: Clockwork Thugs, Yo!" by Rick Mays and Adam Warren
  • "Girl Stories" by Lauren R. Weinstein
  • "Death, Jr." by Gary Whitta and Ted Naifeh
  • "Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall" by Bill Willingham, Todd Klein and others
  • "Demo: The Collection" by Brian Wood and Becky Cloonan
  • "American Born Chinese" by Gene Yang
  • "Nana (V. 1, V. 2)" by Ai Yazawa
  • "Antique Bakery (V. 2, V. 3, V. 4)" by Fumi Yoshinaga
  • "Cantarella (V. 1)" by Higuri You

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