Superheroes are great and all, but there are some awesome graphic novels out there that don’t include them at all! For example, did you know you can read about history in a graphic novel? Realistic Fiction? Fairy tales? Check out some of our favorites below and open up your comic universe.

  • Check, please! Book 1, #Hockey
    Ngozi Ukazu

    A former junior figure skating champion and dedicated vlogger lands on his co-ed college hockey team, where he is challenged to overcome his fear of getting hit at the same time he falls desperately in love with his captain.

  • Spinning
    Tillie Walden

    Ignatz Award winner Tillie Walden's powerful graphic memoir captures what it's like to come of age, come out, and come to terms with leaving behind everything you used to know.

  • American Born Chinese
    Gene Luen Yang

    Alternates three interrelated stories about the problems of young Chinese Americans trying to participate in the popular culture.

  • The Prince and the Dressmaker
    Jen Wang

    Paris, at the dawn of the modern age: Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride--or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia--the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion! Sebastian's secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances--one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone's secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend?

  • Yvain
    M.T. Anderson

    The glory-seeking Sir Yvain sets out from King Arthur's court, defeating a local lord in battle and unwittingly intertwining his future with the lives of Lady Laudine, widow of the fallen lord, and he r sorcerous maid, Lunette.

  • Awkward
    Svetlana Chmakova

    After shunning Jaime, the school nerd, on her first day at a new middle school, Penelope Torres tries to blend in with her new friends in the art club, until the art club goes to war with the science club, of which Jaime is a member.

  • This One Summer
    Mariko Tamaki

    Rose and her parents have been going to Awago Beach since she was a little girl. It's her summer getaway, her refuge. Her friend Windy is always there, too, like the little sister she never had, completing her summer family. But this summer is different. Rose's mom and dad won't stop fighting, and Rose and Windy have gotten tangled up in a tragedy-in-the-making in the small town of Awago Beach. It's a summer of secrets and heartache, and it's a good thing Rose and Windy have each other.

  • Dreamin' sun
    Ichigo Takano

    Fleeing her disappointing family life, Shimana Kameko meets a stranger who offers her an apartment if she can fulfill her dreams and fall in love.

  • Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong
    Prudence Shen

    Charlie is the laid-back captain of the basketball team. Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. Their unlikely friendship nearly bites the dust when Nate declares war on the cheerleaders and they retaliate by making Charlie their figurehead in the ugliest class election campaign the school has ever seen.

  • Friends with Boys
    Faith Erin Hicks

    After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and three older brothers, Maggie enrolls in public high school, where interacting with her peers is complicated by the melancholy ghost that has followed her throughout her entire life.