The Best Graphic Novels And Comics Books of 2020 (A Year-End List Aggregation)

“What are the best Graphic Novels And Comics books released in 2020?” We looked at 93 of the top Graphic Novels And Comics books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 16 books, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Graphic Novels And Comics” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The remaining 75+ titles, as well as the sources we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

Our other Best Of 2020 Articles:

Previous Years: 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015

All titles have been added to a Bookshop list as well!

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Top 16 Best Graphic Novels And Comics Books From 2020



16.) A Map to the Sun written bySloane Leong

Lists It Appears On:

  • Washington Post
  • Chicago Public Library

A Map to the Sun is a gripping YA graphic novel about five principle players in a struggling girls’ basketball team. One summer day, Ren meets Luna at a beachside basketball court and a friendship is born. But when Luna moves to back to Oahu, Ren’s messages to her friend go unanswered. Years go by.



15.) Almost American Girl: An Illustrated Memoir written byRobin Ha

Lists It Appears On:

  • Washington Post
  • NPR

Harvey Award Nominee, Best Children or Young Adult Book A powerful and moving teen graphic novel memoir about immigration, belonging, and how arts can save a life–perfect for fans of American Born Chinese and Hey, Kiddo. For as long as she can remember, it’s been Robin and her mom against the world



14.) Apsara Engine written byBishakh Som. Illus. by the author

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Booklist

By turns fantastical and familiar, this graphic short story collection is immersed in questions of gender, the body, and existential conformity. The eight delightfully eerie stories in Apsara Engine are a subtle intervention into everyday reality. A woman drowns herself in a past affair, a tourist c



13.) Check, Please: Sticks & Scones written byNgozi Ukazu

Lists It Appears On:

  • Book Riot
  • Goodreads

A collection of the second half of the mega-popular webcomic series of the same name, Check, Please!: Sticks and Scones is the last in Ngozi Ukazu’s hilarious and stirring two-volume coming-of-age story about hockey, bros, and trying to find yourself during the best four years of your life.Eric Bitt



12.) Dancing After TEN written byVivian Chong and Georgia Webber

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Library Journal



11.) Dragon Hoops written byGene Luen Yang

Lists It Appears On:

  • Washington Post
  • Chicago Public Library

In his latest graphic novel, Dragon Hoops, New York Times bestselling author Gene Luen Yang turns the spotlight on his life, his family, and the high school where he teaches. Gene understands stories–comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins. But Gene d



10.) Flamer written byMike Curato

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Chicago Public Library

Award-winning author and artist Mike Curato draws on his own experiences in Flamer, his debut graphic novel, telling a difficult story with humor, compassion, and love. This book will save lives. –Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of National Book Award Finalist Hey, Kiddo I know I’m not gay. Gay boys l



9.) Heartstopper: Volume Three (Heartstopper, #3) written byAlice Oseman

Lists It Appears On:

  • Chicago Public Library
  • Goodreads

Boy meets boy. Boys become friends. Boys fall in love. A sweet and charming coming-of-age story that explores friendship, love, and coming out. This edition features beautiful two-color artwork. Shy and softhearted Charlie Spring sits next to rugby player Nick Nelson in class one morning. A warm and



8.) Paying the Land written byJoe Sacco

Lists It Appears On:

  • Publishers Weekly
  • The Guardian

From the “heir to R. Crumb and Art Spiegelman” (Economist), a masterful work of comics journalism about indigenous North America, resource extraction, and our debt to the natural world The Dene have lived in the vast Mackenzie River Valley since time immemorial, by their account. To the Dene, the la



7.) The Times I Knew I Was Gay written byEleanor Crewes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Washington Post

A charming, highly relatable graphic memoir that follows one young woman’s adventures in coming out and coming of age. Ellie always had questions about who she was and how she fit in. As a girl, she wore black, obsessed over Willow in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and found dating boys much more confusi



6.) When Stars Are Scattered written byVictoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • Washington Post

Heartbreak and hope exist together in this remarkable graphic novel about growing up in a refugee camp, as told by a Somali refugee to the Newbery Honor-winning creator of Roller Girl. Omar and his younger brother, Hassan, have spent most of their lives in Dadaab, a refugee camp in Kenya. Life is ha



5.) You Brought Me the Ocean written byAlex Sanchez Julie Maroh (Illustrator)

Lists It Appears On:

  • Washington Post
  • Chicago Public Library

The voices that shaped LGBTQ Young Adult literature, Lambda Award-Winning author Alex Sanchez (Rainbow Boys) and New York Times bestselling illustrator Julie Maroh (Blue Is the Warmest Color), present a new coming-out romance and origin story for Aqualad. Jake Hyde doesn’t swim–not since his father



4.) Sports Is Hell written byBen Passmore

Lists It Appears On:

  • NYPL
  • NPR
  • Library Journal

After her city wins the Super Bowl for the first time, Tea is separated from her friend during a riot and joins a small clique fighting its way through armed groups of football fanatics to met a star receiver that just might end the civil war or become the city’s new oppressive leader.



3.) Year of the Rabbit written byTian Veasna. Illus. by the author. Tr. by Helge Dascher

Lists It Appears On:

  • NPR
  • NYPL
  • Booklist

One family’s quest to survive the devastation of the Khmer Rouge Striking and moving… The comics form allows readers to] understand through chronological progression and a close view how horror can become the stuff of the everyday.–The New York Times Year of the Rabbit tells the true story of one



2.) Kent State: Four Dead in Ohio written byDerf Backderf

Lists It Appears On:

  • Publishers Weekly
  • Washington Post
  • NYPL
  • NPR
  • Library Journal

From Derf Backderf, the bestselling author of My Friend Dahmer, comes the tragic and unforgettable story of the Kent State shootings​ On May 4, 1970, the Ohio National Guard gunned down unarmed college students protesting the Vietnam War at Kent State University. In a deadly barrage of 67 shots, 4 s



1.) The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist written byAdrian Tomine

Lists It Appears On:

  • Publishers Weekly
  • Washington Post
  • NYPL
  • The Guardian
  • Library Journal

A comedic memoir about fandom, fame, and other embarrassments from the life of a New York Times bestseller What happens when a childhood hobby grows into a lifelong career? The Loneliness of the Long-Distance Cartoonist, Adrian Tomine’s funniest and most revealing foray into autobiography, offers an



 


The 75+ Additional Best Graphic Novels And Comics Books Released In 2020



# Book Author Lists
17 A Man & His Cat Umi Sakurai
Chicago Public Library
18 Altitude Oliver Bocquet Jean-Marc Rochette
The Guardian
19 Banned Book Club Kim Hyun Sook and Ryan Estrada NPR
20 Basketful of Heads Joe Hill Goodreads
21 Becoming Brianna Terri Libenson
Washington Post
22 Big Black: Stand at Attica Jared Reinmuth Frank Big Black Smith Ameziane (Illustrator) & 1 more NYPL
23 Bix Scott Chantler. Illus. by the author Booklist
24 BL Metamorphosis Kaori Tsurutani
Chicago Public Library
25 Black Heroes Of The Wild West James Otis Smith NPR
26 Blackwood Michael Farris Smith
The Guardian
27 Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Dreams Michael Allred Laura Allred (Illustrator) Neil Gaiman (Foreword by) & 1 more
Washington Post
28 Cat Kid Dav Pilkey
Washington Post
29 Chasin’ the Bird: Charlie Parker in California Dave Chisholm
Washington Post
30 Class Act Jerry Craft
Washington Post
31 Come Home, Indio: A Memoir Jim Terry
Publishers Weekly
32 Constitution Illustrated R. Sikoryak
Washington Post
33 Dancing at the Pity Party Tyler Feder
Chicago Public Library
34 Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Deep End Jeff Kinney Ramon de Campo (Narrated by)
Washington Post
35 Displacement Kiku Hughes
Chicago Public Library
36 Dog Man Dav Pilkey
Washington Post
37 Dragman Steven Appleby
The Guardian
38 Drawing the Vote Tommy Jenkins Kati Lacker (Illustrator) Martha Jones (Introduction by) & 1 more
Washington Post
39 Familiar Face Michael DeForge Book Riot
40 Fangirl, Vol. 1: The Manga Sam Maggs Goodreads
41 Fangs Sarah Andersen Goodreads
42 Fantastic Four: Grand Design Tom Scioli NPR
43 Fault Lines in the Constitution: The Graphic Novel Cynthia Levinson Sanford Levinson Ally Shwed (Illustrator) & 1 more
Washington Post
44 Flake Matthew Dooley
The Guardian
45 Glass Town: The Imaginary World Of The Brontës Isabel Greenberg NPR
46 Go With The Flow Lily Williams and Karen Schneemann NPR
47 Grass Keum Suk Gendry-Kim. Illus. by the author. Tr. by Janet Hong Booklist
48 Harleen Stjepan Šejić Goodreads
49 How Do We Relationship? Tamifull
Chicago Public Library
50 I Had That Same Dream Again Yoru Sumino
Chicago Public Library
51 I Know You Rider: A Memoir Leslie Stein
Publishers Weekly
52 I Will Judge You by Your Bookshelf Grant Snider Goodreads
53 Inappropriate VI Keeland
Library Journal
54 Into the Trumpverse Ruben Bolling
Washington Post
55 J + K John Pham
The Guardian
56 Jack Kirby: The Epic Life of the King of Comics Tom Scioli
Library Journal
57 Leaving Richard’s Valley Michael DeForge. Illus. by the author Booklist
58 Lewser! G. B. Trudeau
Washington Post
59 Life in the Stupidverse Tom Tomorrow
Washington Post
60 Little Lulu: Working Girl John Stanley. Illus. by the author Booklist
61 Long Way Down Jason Reynolds
Washington Post
62 Making Comics Lynda Barry. Illus. by the author Booklist
63 Moms Yeong-shin Ma NPR
64 Moonbound: Apollo 11 and the Dream of Spaceflight Jonathan Fetter-Vorm. Illus. by the author Booklist
65 My Friend Dahmer Derf Backderf
Washington Post
66 Nat Enough Maria Scrivan
Washington Post
67 New Kid Jerry Craft
Washington Post
68 Notes On A Case Of Melancholia: Or, A Little Death Nicholas Gurewitch NPR
69 Pulp Ed Brubaker Sean Phillips (Artist) Jacob Phillips (Artist) & 1 more
Library Journal
70 Saint Young Men Vol. 2 Hikaru Nakamura Book Riot
71 Sapiens: A Graphic History: The Birth of Humankind (Vol. 1) Yuval Noah Harari Goodreads
72 Slaughter House-Five Ryan North & Kurt Vonnegut
Library Journal
73 Snapdragon Kat Leyh Book Riot
74 Solutions And Other Problems Allie Brosh NPR
75 Spy X Family Tatsuya Endo
Chicago Public Library
76 Summer Spirit Elizabeth Holleville
The Guardian
77 Superman Smashes the Klan Gene Luen Yang Gurihiru (Illustrator)
Washington Post
78 Teen Titans: Beast Boy Kami Garcia Goodreads
79 The Dark Matter of Mona Starr Laura Lee Gulledge
Chicago Public Library
80 The Daughters Of Ys M.T. Anderson NPR
81 The Fire Never Goes Out Noelle Stevenson
Washington Post
82 The Low, Low Woods Carmen Maria Machado NYPL
83 The Magic Fish Trung Le Nguyen
Washington Post
84 The Phantom Twin Lisa Brown
Washington Post
85 The Plain Janes Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg NPR
86 The Sacrifice of Darkness Roxane Gay & Tracy Lynne Oliver NYPL
87 The Wolf of Baghdad
The Guardian
88 They Called Us Enemy George Takei and others. Illus. by Harmony Becker Booklist
89 Twins Varian Johnson NPR
90 Two Dead Van Jensen and Nate Powell. Illus. by Nate Powell Booklist
91 Welcome to the New World Jake Halpern Michael Sloan (Illustrator)
The Guardian
92 Wendy, Master of Art Walter Scott
The Guardian
93 Wonder Woman: Dead Earth Daniel Warren Johnson with Mike Spicer NPR

 


10 Best Graphic Novels And Comics Book Sources/Lists



Source Article
Book Riot Best Books of 2020 (So Far)
Booklist Top 10 Graphic Novels: 2020
Chicago Public Library Best Teen Graphic Novels and Manga of 2020
Goodreads Best Graphic Novels & Comics
Library Journal Best Graphic Novels of 2020
NPR NPR’s Book Concierge
NYPL Best Books for Adults 2020
Publishers Weekly Best Comics
The Guardian Graphic novels
Washington Post 2020 graphic novels and comic books: Five trends that defined the year
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