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Critical Survey of Graphic Novels: Independents & Underground Classics

Table of Contents

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge

Adventures of Luther Arkwright, The

Adventures of Tintin, The

Age of Bronze: The Story of the Trojan War

Age of Reptiles

Airtight Garage of Jerry Cornelius

Alan’s War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope

Alec: The Years Have Pants

Alice in Sunderland: An Entertainment


American Born Chinese

American Splendor: From off the Streets of Cleveland

Arrival, The

Asterios Polyp


Aya of Yopougon


Ballad of Doctor Richardson, The

Berlin: City of Stones

Binky Brown Sampler

Black Hole


Blankets: An Illustrated Novel



Book of Genesis, The

Boulevard of Broken Dreams, The

Box Office Poison

Burma Chronicles


Cancer Vixen: A True Story

Cartoon History of the Universe, The

Castle Waiting

Chicken with Plums

City of Glass


Color Trilogy, The

Complete Essex County, The

Complete Fritz the Cat, The

Contract with God, And Other Tenement Stories, A

Curious Case of Benjamin Button, The

David Boring

Dead Memory

Dear Julia

Deogratias: A Tale of Rwanda

Diary of a Mosquito Abatement Man

Dropsie Avenue: The Neighborhood

Dykes to Watch Out For

Ed the Happy Clown: The Definitive Ed Book

Elk’s Run



Ethel and Ernest: A True Story

Exit Wounds

Far Arden

Fax from Sarajevo: A Story of Survival

The Fixer: A Story from Sarajevo

Flaming Carrot Comics

Flood! A Novel in Pictures

Footnotes in Gaza: A Graphic Novel

Frank Book, The

From Hell: Being a Melodrama in Sixteen Parts

Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

Gemma Bovery

Get a Life

Ghost World

Give It Up! And Other Short Stories

Glacial Period

Golem’s Mighty Swing, The

Good-Bye, Chunky Rice

Hard Boiled

Harum Scarum

Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book: Or, Up from the Apes! (and Right Back Down)



He Done Her Wrong: The Great American Novel—And Not a Word in It

Hey, Wait . . .


History of Violence, A

Houdini: The Handcuff King

Ice Haven

Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery

I Never Liked You: A Comic-Strip Narrative

In the Shadow of No Towers

It Rhymes with Lust

It’s a Bird . . .

It’s a Good Life, If You Don’t Weaken: A Picture Novella

It Was the War of the Trenches

Jar of Fools: A Picture Story

Jew in Communist Prague, A: 1. Loss of Innocence

Jew of New York, The: A Historical Romance

Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth

Journey: The Adventures of Wolverine MacAlistaire

Journey into Mohawk Country

Julius Knipl, Real Estate Photographer: Stories



Kampung Boy


King: A Comics Biography

Kings in Disguise


La Perdida

Last Day in Vietnam: A Memory

Leave It to Chance

Life and Times of Scrooge McDuck, The

Life Sucks

Like a Velvet Glove Cast in Iron

Long Time Relationship

Lost Cause: John Wesley Hardin, the Taylor-Sutton Feud, and Reconstruction Texas

Lost Girl

Lost Girls


Louis Riel: A Comic-Strip Biography

Love and Rockets


Mail Order Bride

Market Day

Maus: A Survivor’s Tale

Metropol: The Complete Series + Metropol A.D.

Minor Miracles: Long Ago and Once Upon a Time Back When Uncles Were Heroic, Cousins Were Clever, and Miracles Happened on Every Block

Monologues for the Coming Plague

Mouse Guard

My Mommy Is in America and She Met Buffalo Bill

Nat Turner

Night Fisher

9/11 Report, The: A Graphic Adaptation

Notes for a War Story

Omaha the Cat Dancer

One! Hundred! Demons!

Our Cancer Year



Palomar: The Heartbreak Soup Stories

Passionate Journey


Pedro and Me: Friendship, Loss, and What I Learned

Percy Gloom

Perfect Example


Photographer, The: Into War-Torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders

Plain Janes, The

Playboy, The

Poor Bastard, The


Pride of Baghdad: Inspired by a True Story

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea

Queen and Country

Rabbi’s Cat, The

Rex Mundi

Richard Stark’s Parker

Road to Perdition

Robot Dreams

Rose: Prequel to Bone

Safe Area Goražde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-95

Scary Godmother: The Boo Flu

Scott Pilgrim

Shenzhen: A Travelogue from China


Shutterbug Follies

Signal to Noise

Sin City


Skitzy: The Story of Floyd W. Skitzafroid


Small Killing, A

Snowman, The

Stitches: A Memoir

Strangers in Paradise

Stray Bullets

Stray Toasters

Streak of Chalk

Stuck Rubber Baby

Suckle: The Status of Basil

Summer of Love, The

System, The

Tale of One Bad Rat, The

Tales of the Beanworld: A Most Peculiar Comic Book Experience

Tamara Drewe

Tank Girl


30 Days of Night

Three Fingers


Three Shadows

Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch, The


Treasury of Victorian Murder, A


Twentieth Century Eightball

Violent Cases

Walking Dead, The

Wall, The: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain

Waltz with Bashir: A Lebanon War Story

We Are on Our Own

What It Is

When the Wind Blows


Why I Hate Saturn


Xenozoic Tales

Yossel: April 19, 1943—A Story of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising

You Are Here

You’ll Never Know: Book One: A Good and Decent Man

Zombies Vs. Robots

Zot!: The Complete Black and White Collection, 1987-1991


Guide to Online Resources

Time Line

Major Awards

Works by Artist

Works by Author

Works by Publisher