Comic Books & Graphic Novels

In some sense, comic books are the world's oldest form of literature. Cave paintings, Egyptian wall art, Greek murals—they're all essentially graphic novels, pictoral representations of real life, beliefs, and stories. The fact that so much of today's literati reject comics and graphic novels us "un-literary" simply indicates the supreme heights of snobbery to which an overabundance of education will lead you.

For the rest of us, stories with lots of pictures are pretty important. It's not because we live in the age of the image, or because we're all TV addicts, that this is true; it's true because the world is a place we see, and often to learn we need to see rather than just hear. Sure, there are plenty of comics that are worthless and garbage and bad literature; but there are plenty that help us understand ourselves and our world as much as any novel without pictures.

Technically, there's a difference between comic strips and graphic novels: comic strips are usually funny, while graphic novels tend to have more serious themes and are longer stories. Some of the earliest examples of the graphic novel, and among our favorite books, are the Tintin series by the Belgian artist Herge. Tintin is a young reporter who travels the world having adventures with his dog Snowy and a variety of colorful friends, and often his adventures reflect to some degree the political currents in Europe during the first half of the 20th-century.

Comic strips have been around longer, and collections of comic strips in book form are what led eventually to graphic novels. Some of the most beloved comics of all time are Charles Schulz's Peanuts strips, which offer (often sobering) reflections on life and growing up. Schulz's Christian worldview is clearly demonstrated throughout the series, as is his sometimes laugh-out-loud, sometimes more subtle sense of humor.

Then there's Calvin and Hobbes. That the kid and his stuffed tiger are named for the greatest theologian and one of the greatest philosophers in the Western tradition will come as no surprise once you read their wise and hilarious adventures. A newer comic we've come to love, and which chronicles the adventures of a young man surprisingly like Waterson's Calvin, is Frazz by Jef Mallett. Frazz works as a janitor at a school, and shares his offbeat thoughts and love of music with the kiddos.

Again, there are plenty of comics we wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole, which is largely the reason we don't carry many titles. We're looking to expand our collection, but we want to handpick good series, not just bring in whatever's popular to fill the shelves. Comics are supposed to be fun, but even our fun needs to honor the Lord; we think the books we carry are prime candidates for encouraging the right kind of enjoyment.

Review by C. Hollis Crossman
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9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation
by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colon
from Hill and Wang
for 6th-12th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$6.80 (1 in stock)
99% Perspiration: A Frazz Collection
by Jef Mallett
from Andrews McMeel
for 5th grade-adult
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Above the Trenches
by Nathan Hale
from Amulet Books
for 2nd-6th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$13.59
Action Bible Expanded Edition
by Sergio Cariello
from David C. Cook
for 2nd-6th grade
in Bible Stories for Kids (Location: BIBR-STO)
$28.04
Adventures of Herge
by Michael Farr
from Last Gasp
for 4th-10th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$25.46
Adventures of Loupio Volumes 1-4
by Jean-Francois Kieffer, translated by Carrie Akoun
from Ignatius Press
for 2nd-6th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$17.60 (1 in stock)
Adventures of Tintin - Complete Package
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$241.39
Adventures of Tintin - Young Readers Collection
by Herge
for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$56.07
Adventures of Tintin Volume 1 (3-in-1)
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$24.64
Adventures of Tintin Volume 2 (3-in-1)
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$23.79
Adventures of Tintin Volume 3 (3-in-1)
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$24.64
Adventures of Tintin Volume 4 (3-in-1)
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$24.64
Adventures of Tintin Volume 5 (3-in-1)
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$23.79
Adventures of Tintin Volume 6 (3-in-1)
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$23.79
Adventures of Tintin Volume 7 (3-in-1)
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$24.64
Ain't Burned All the Bright
by Jason Reynolds, illustrated by Jason Griffin
from Atheneum
for 5th-Adult
2023 Caldecott Honor Book
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$16.99
Alamo All Stars
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #6
by Nathan Hale
from Amulet Books
for 3rd-8th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$13.59
All's Faire in Middle School
by Victoria Jamieson
from Dial Books for Young Readers
for 4th-7th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$11.04
American History: Globalization 1977-2008
from Saddleback Educational Publishing
for 3rd-5th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$2.80 (1 in stock)
American History: The Civil Rights Movement & Vietnam 1960-1976
from Saddleback Educational Publishing
for 3rd-5th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$2.80 (1 in stock)
Animal Farm Graphic Novel
by George Orwell, Adapted and Illustrated by Odyr
from Mariner Books
for 3rd-Adult
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$16.99
Apollo 11 Moon Landing: July 20, 1969
24 Hour History
by Nel Yomtov
from Capstone Press
for 3rd-5th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$3.60 (1 in stock)
Art of the Graphic Memoir
by Tom Hart
from St. Martin's Griffin
for 9th-Adult
in Advanced Drawing Instruction (Location: ELE-ARTDRAD)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Assassination of John F. Kennedy: November 22, 1963
24 Hour History
by Terry Collins
from Capstone Press
for 3rd-5th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$3.60 (1 in stock)
Assassination of Martin Luther King Jr.: April 4, 1968
24 Hour History
by Terry Collins
from Capstone Press
for 3rd-5th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$3.60 (1 in stock)
Asterix the Legionary
Asterix #10
by Rene Goscinny
Revised from Orion Publishing Co
for 6th-9th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Attack of the Deranged Mutant Killer Monster Snow Goons
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: COM-CAL)
$14.44
Attack on Pearl Harbor: December 7, 1941
24 Hour History
by Nel Yomtov
from Capstone Press
for 3rd-5th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$3.60 (1 in stock)
Authoritative Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson
Unknown from Andrews McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: COM-CAL)
$16.14
Battle of Gettysburg
Stories From History
by Colin Hynson
from ticktock Media Ltd
for 2nd-6th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Bayeux Tapestry: The Comic Strip
by Gilles Pivard, Arthur Shelton
from OREP Editions
for 3rd-6th grade
in Middle Ages (Location: HISW-MID)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Beowulf - A Graphic Novel Adaptation
by Gareth Hinds
from Candlewick Press
for 5th-9th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Big Bad Ironclad!
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #2
by Nathan Hale
from Amulet Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$13.59
Black Island
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$12.74
Blades of Freedom
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #10
by Nathan Hale
from Amulet Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$12.74
Blue Lotus
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$11.89 $6.00 (1 in stock)
Bolivar
by Sean Rubin
from Archaia
for 3rd-6th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$12.74
Bolivar Eats New York
by Sean Rubin
from Archaia
for Kindergarten-3rd grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$12.74
Bone #1: Out from Boneville
Bone #1
by Jeff Smith
1st edition from Scholastic Reference
for 6th-9th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Bone #2: The Great Cow Race
by Jeff Smith
from Graphix
for 6th-9th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Bone #3: Eyes of the Storm
Bone #3
by Jeff Smith
from Graphix
for 6th-9th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Bone #4: Dragonslayer
Bone #4
by Jeff Smith
from Graphix
for 6th-9th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Bone #5: Rock Jaw
Bone #5
by Jeff Smith
from Graphix
for 6th-9th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Bone #6: Old Man's Cave
Bone #6
by Jeff Smith
from Graphix
for 6th-9th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Bone #7: Ghost Circles
Bone #7
by Jeff Smith
from Graphix
for 6th-9th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Bone #8: Treasure Hunters
Bone #1
by Jeff Smith
from Graphix
for 6th-9th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Bone #9: Crown of Horns
Bone #9
by Jeff Smith
from Graphix
for 6th-9th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Boxcar Children #01 - Graphic Novel
by Gertrude Chandler Warrner (creator), Shannon Eric Denton (adapter), Mike Dubisch (illustrator)
from Albert Whitman & Company
for 1st-4th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$3.20 (1 in stock)
Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
by Charlie Mackesy
from HarperOne
for 6th-Adult
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$9.20 (1 in stock)
Broken Ear
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$11.89
Calculus Affair
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$11.89
Calvin & Hobbes Collection
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: COM-CAL)
$159.69
Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: COM-CAL)
$14.44
Calvin and Hobbes Lazy Sunday Book
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: COM-CAL)
$14.44
Castafiore Emerald
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$12.74
Catherine's War
by Julia Billet and Claire Fauvel, translated by Ivanka Hahnenberger
from Harperalley
for 7th-8th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Chinese Mythology: The Four Dragons
from PowerKids Press
for Kindergarten-2nd grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$4.00 (1 in stock)
Chosen Volume 1 - Graphic Novel
by Ryan Swanson, Tyler Thompson, Dallas Jenkins
from David C. Cook
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$21.24
Cigars of the Pharaoh
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$11.89
Cold War Correspondent
by Nathan Hale
from Amulet Books
for 2nd-6th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$12.74
Comic Book Shakespeare - A Midsummer Night's Dream
by William Shakespeare
Fir from Timber Frame
for 4th-6th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Comic Book Shakespeare - Henry V
by William Shakespeare
from Timber Frame
for 6th-9th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Comic Book Shakespeare - Macbeth
by William Shakespeare & Simon Graves
Fir from Timber Frame
for 6th-9th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Comic Book Shakespeare - The Tempest
by William Shakespeare & Simon Graves
New edition from Timber Frame
for 4th-6th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Comic Book Shakespeare - Twelfth Night
by William Shakespeare & Simon Graves
Fir from Timber Frame
for 6th-9th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Complete Maus
by Art Spiegelman
from Pantheon Books
for 10th-Adult
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Complete Maus
by Art Spiegelman
from Pantheon Books
for 10th-Adult
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$9.60 (1 in stock)
Crab With the Golden Claws
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$11.89
D-Day: June 6, 1944
24 Hour History
by Agnieszka Biskup
from Capstone Press
for 3rd-5th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$3.60 (1 in stock)
Days Are Just Packed
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: COM-CAL)
$16.14
Destination Moon
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$11.89
Donner Dinner Party
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales #3
by Nathan Hale
from Amulet Books
for 4th-8th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$13.59
Dragon Lord #2: River Fox
Dragon Lord Saga Volume 2
by Jonny Jimison
First Ediition from Rabbit Room Press
for 1st-3rd grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$13.59
Dune: The Graphic Novel - Book 1
by Frank Herbert, adapted by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, illustrated by Raul Allen and Patricia Martin
from Abrams Books for Young Readers
for 9th-Adult
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$21.24
Dune: The Graphic Novel - Book 2
by Frank Herbert, adapted by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, illustrated by Raul Allen and Patricia Martin
from Abrams Books for Young Readers
for 9th-Adult
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$21.24
Dune: The Graphic Novel - Book 3
by Frank Herbert, adapted by Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson, illustrated by Raul Allen and Patricia Martin
from Abrams Books for Young Readers
for 9th-Adult
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$22.09
El Deafo
by Cece Bell
1st edition from Amulet Books
for 3rd-7th grade
2015 Newbery Honor Book
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$12.74 $7.20 (1 in stock)
El Deafo
by Cece Bell
2020 Living Book Press Edition from Amulet Books
for 3rd-7th grade
2015 Newbery Honor Book
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada
Stories From History
by Colin Hynson
from School Specialty Publishing
for 2nd-6th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Essential Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: COM-CAL)
$16.99
Explorers on the Moon
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$12.74
Explorers on the Moon
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Casterman Editions
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
Faint of Heart
by Kerilynn Wilson
from Greenwillow Books
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$16.14
Faint of Heart
by Kerilynn Wilson
from Greenwillow Books
for 3rd-Adult
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$22.94
Faithful Spy
by John Hendrix
from Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
for 8th-Adult
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$16.14
Flight 714 to Sydney
Adventures of Tintin
by Herge
from Little, Brown & Company
Comic Book for 2nd-6th grade
in Adventures of Tintin (Location: COM-TIN)
$11.89
Frazz 3.1416
by Jef Mallett
from Andrews McMeel
for 5th grade-adult
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Frazz: Live at Bryson Elementary
by Jef Mallett
from Andrews McMeel
for 5th grade-adult
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
Game On in Ancient Greece
Time Travel Guides
by Linda Bailey, illustrated by Bill Slavin
from Kids Can Press
for 1st-4th grade
in Ancient Greece (Location: HISW-ANGR)
$4.80 (1 in stock)
Golden Key Graphic Novel
by George MacDonald, adapted and illustrated by Stephen Hesselman
from Rabbit Room Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$25.49
Graphic Shakespeare
from Scribo
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$14.44
Hereville
by Barry Deutsch
from Amulet Books
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$15.29
Hiding Place - A Graphic Novel
by Corrie Ten Boom, adapted by Mario DeMatteo, illustrated by Ismael Castro
from Chosen Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$20.39
Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: COM-CAL)
$16.14
Houdini: The Handcuff King
by Jason Lutes & Nick Bertozzi, Introduction by Glen David Gold
from Little, Brown & Company
for 5th-8th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$11.04 $6.00 (1 in stock)
How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way
by Stan Lee, John Buscema
Reprint from Touchstone
for 5th-Adult
in Advanced Drawing Instruction (Location: ELE-ARTDRAD)
$15.29
Iliad Graphic Novel
by Homer, adapted by Gareth Hinds
from Candlewick Press
for 3rd-8th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$15.29 $9.60 (1 in stock)
In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers
by Don Brown
from Clarion Books
for 3rd-6th grade
in Comic Books & Graphic Novels (Location: FIC-COMIC)
$16.99
Indispensable Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: COM-CAL)
$16.99
It's a Magical World
by Bill Watterson
from Andrews McMeel
for 5th-9th grade
in Calvin and Hobbes (Location: COM-CAL)
$16.99
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