With the holiday season about to start, it’s time for us to compile some of our favorite graphic novels that would make great gifts.
This is the first in a series that will be posted here over the next few weeks.
Let’s start things off with some fantasy books!
For the fan of fantasy films:
JIM HENSON DARK CRYSTAL ARTIST TRIBUTE HC
Since its original release in 1982, Jim Hensonfs ground
breaking fantasy film The Dark Crystal has captured the minds and imaginations of authors, artists, filmmakers, and fans across the world with its ambitious world-building and stunning visuals. Now, return to the world of The Dark Crystal and see the vivid locations, lifelike creatures, and beloved heroes as realized by a collection of uniquely original artistic voices in celebration of one of Jim Henson's most enduring creations. The Dark Crystal Artist Tribute features illustrations from artist luminaries and newcomers alike, including Jae Lee, David Petersen, Mark Buckingham, Cory Godbey, Jeff Stokely, Benjamin Dewey, Sana Takeda, and the film's original concept artist, Brian Froud.
For the fan of fantasy roleplaying:
ADVENTURE ZONE GN VOL 01
HERE THERE BE GERBLINS
:01 FIRST SECOND
(W) Clint McElroy (A/CA) Carey Pietsch
Based on the McElroy family's smash hit podcast, a graphic novel following the metafictional adventures of three D&D characters and their interfering Dungeon Master, with art from rising star Carey Pietsch. Harken to my tale. Once upon a time (a couple of years ago) there were these brothers who had a bunch of really successful podcasts, and they decided to do a new podcast with their dad, where they all played D&D together as a family, and lo, this new podcast was called The Adventure Zone, and verily did it get downloaded over 10 million times, and wow did it totally eat the brains of all who listened, because: It was just. That. Rad. And then did these guys team up with artist Carey Pietsch, and make a graphic novel where the weirdly sweet and brilliant but also super vulgar and honestly kind of bizarre story of The Adventure Zone got adapted into a goofy, innovative, and compelling graphic novel!
For the younger fantasy fan:
AQUICORN COVE HC
ONI PRESS INC.
(W/A/CA) Katie O'Neill
From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After and The Tea Dragon Society comes Aquicorn Cove, a heartfelt story about learning to be a guardian to yourself and those you love.
When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a big storm, Lana remembers how much she's missed the ocean-and the strong, reassuring presence of her aunt. As Lana explores the familiar beach, she discovers something incredible: a colony of Aquicorns, small magical seahorse-like creatures that live in the coral reef. Lana rescues an injured Aquicorn and cares for it with the help of her aunt, who may know more about these strange creatures than she's willing to admit. But when a second storm threatens to reach the town, choices made many years ago about how to coexist with the sea start to rise to the surface. Lana realizes she will need to find the strength to stand on her own, even when it means standing up to the people who she has always relied on to protect her.
And for the fan of fantastic music, animation, and homegrown Michigan talent Bill Morrison.
BEATLES YELLOW SUBMARINE HC
(W/A) Bill Morrison
The official graphic novel adaptation of The Beatles' iconic animated film, Yellow Submarine, released to coincide with the 50th Anniversary of its release! Written and illustrated by Bill Morrison, Editor of MAD Magazine! The Beatles are recruited by the captain of the Yellow Submarine to help him free Sgt, Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the world of Pepperland from the music-hating Blue Meanies.