Coming Attractions: Book Expo America: The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2012!

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Once a year, booksellers, librarians, and assorted biblios assemble at Book Expo America, the largest publishing trade show in North America.  2012 marks the tenth anniversary of the graphic novel pavilion at BEA, and while many graphic novel publishers are absent, there are many more  “mainstream” publishers offering an amazing multitude of titles, genres, subjects, and audiences!

This year, John Hogan of Graphic Novel Reporter hosts The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2012! panel, where a team of five diverse individuals recommend a variety of graphic novels due to be published in 2012!  Last year’s selections got lots of press and accolades, and quite a few of the titles below seem to be just as interesting and intriguing!

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Abelard

by Renaud Dillies and Regis Hautiere

NBM

On sale November 1

Color, hardcover, 128 pages

$19.99

9781561637010

Fiction

Teens and up

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Are You My Mother?

by Alison Bechdel

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

On sale now

9780618982509

Hardcover, 304 pages

Memoir

Adults

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The Beginning of the American Fall: A Comics Journalist Inside the

Occupy Wall Street Movement

by Stephanie McMillan

Seven Stories Press

On sale October 16

Paperback, color

$16.95

9781609804527

Nonfiction, journalism

Adults__________________________________________________________________________

Blacksad: A Silent Hell

by Juan Diaz Canales and Juanjo Guarnido
Dark Horse

Dark Horse

On sale July 18

Hardcover, 96 pages

9781595829313

Fiction

Adults

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Blue

by Pat Grant

Top Shelf

On sale now

Three-color, hardcover, 96 pages

$14.95

978-1603091534

Socially conscious fantasy

Teens and up

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Building Stories

by Chris Ware

Pantheon

On sale October 2

Color, mixed media, various pages

$50

978-0375424335

Fiction

Adults

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Cardboard

by Doug Tennapel

Graphix/Scholastic

On sale August 1

Full color,  288 pages

Hardcover $24.99
9780545418720

Paperback $12.99
9780545418737

Hardcover – $24.99


Adventure, fantasy

5th-9th grade, middle readers

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Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes

by Mary and Bryan Talbot

Dark Horse

On sale now

Color, hardcover, 96 pages

$14.99

978-1595828507

Nonfiction, memoir

Teens and up

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Drama

by Raina Telgemeier

Scholastic

On sale September 1
color, 240 pages

Hardcover  $23.99
9780545326988

Paperback  $10.99
9780545326995

School story, drama
Ages 10-14__________________________________________________________________________

Economix: How and Why Our Economy Works (and Doesn’t Work), in Words and Pictures

by Michael Goodwin and Dan E. Burr

Abrams ComicArts

On sale September 1

Black and white, trade paper, 304 pages

$19.95

978-0810988392

Nonfiction

Teens and up

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Everything We Miss

by Luke Pearson

NoBrow Press

On sale June 12

Color, hardcover, 38 pages

$18

978-1907704178

Fiction

Older teens and up__________________________________________________________________________

Geronimo Stilton Saves the Olympics

by Geronimo Stilton

Papercutz

On sale now

Hardcover, color, 56 pages

$9.99

9781597073196

Children’s, history, adventure

Ages 7-11

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The Graphic Canon, Volume 1: From the Epic of Gilgamesh to Shakespeare to Dangerous Liaisons

edited by Russ Kick

Seven Stories Press

On sale now

Color/BW, paperback, 512 pages

$34.95

978-1609803766

Literary adaptation

Teens and up

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Little White Duck

by Na Liu and Andrés Vera Marténez

Lerner Graphic Universe
On sale October 28
Hardcover, color, 108 pages

$29.27
978-0-7613-6587-7
Memoir, history
Ages 9-13, but should be interesting to adults as well

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Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir

by Ellen Forney

Gotham Books

On sale November 6

Black and white, hardcover, 256 pages

$20

978-1-592-40732-3

Nonfiction, memoir

Adults

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My Friend Dahmer

by Derf Backderf

Abrams ComicArts

On sale now

Black and white, paperback, 224 pages

$17.95

978-1419702174

Memoir, journalism

Teens and up

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Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me

by Harvey Pekar and JT Waldman

Hill and Wang

On sale July 10

Hardcover, black and white

$24.95

9780809094820

Memoir, history

Adults

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Saga

by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

Image Comics

On sale fall 2012

Trade paperback, color

$ 9.99

978-1-60706-601-9

Fiction

Adults

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Sailor Twain

by Mark Siegel

First Second

On sale October 2

Hardcover, black and white

$24.99

9781596436367

Historical fiction, mythology

Adults

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Sakuran: Blossoms Wild

by Moyoco Anno

Vertical, Inc.
On sale July 17
Paperback, black and white with color pages, 308 pages

$16.95
978-1935654452
Manga, historical, adult
Ages 16+

http://c.mhcdn.net/store/manga/2303/01-005.0/compressed/sakuranv01c005_fifaynet.sakuranv01c005p102_103.jpg

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Saucer Country

by Paul Cornell and Ryan Kelly

Vertigo

On sale November 27

Paperback, color, 144 pages

$14.99

978-1401235499

Science fiction, politics

Adults

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The Secret of the Stone Frog

by David Nytra

Toon Books

On sale September 11

Black and white, hardcover, 80 pages

$14.95

978-1935179184

Fantasy

All ages (recommended for 8 and up)

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Tune: Vanishing Point

by Derek Kirk Kim

First Second

On sale November 13

Black and white, paperback

$16.99

978-1596435162

Fantasy

Teens and up

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The Underwater Welder

by Jeff Lemire

Top Shelf

On sale July 1

Paperback, 224 pages

9781603090742

$19.95

Fiction

Adults

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A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

adapted and illustrated by Hope Larson

Farrar, Straus & Giroux

On sale October 2

Hardcover, tri-tone

$19.95

9780374386153

Fantasy

5th-10th grades, and all nostalgic adults__________________________________________________________________________

The Year of the Beasts

by Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell

Roaring Brook

On sale now

Hardcover, black and white

$16.99

9781596436862

Hybrid fiction, alternating comics and prose

Young adults

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Honorable Mentions

Alice in the Country of Hearts

by QuinRose

Yen Press

On sale now

Paperback, black and white, 368 pages

$18.99

978-0-316-21269-4

Manga, romance, fantasy

Teens

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American Elf, Book 4: The Collected Sketchbook Diaries of James Kochalka, January 1, 2008–December 31, 2011

by James Kochalka

Top Shelf Productions

On sale August 27

Paperback, black and white, 384 pages

$24.95

978-1603092654

Slice of life, humor

Adults

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Angelman: Fallen Angel

by Nicholas Mahler

Fantagraphics

On sale June 11

Hardcover, 96 pages

$18.99

9781606995341

Fiction

Adults

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The Art of Daniel Clowes: Modern Cartoonist

edited by Alvin Buenaventura

Abrams ComicArts

On sale now

Color, hardcover, 224 pages

$40.00

978-1419702082

Reference, nonfiction

Mature teens and up

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Batman: Death by Design

by Chip Kidd and Dave Taylor

DC Comics

On sale now

Three-color, hardcover, 112 pages

$24.99

978-1401234539

Superheroes, fiction

Teens and up

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Batman: Earth One

by Geoff Johns and Gary Frank

DC Comics

On sale July 10

Hardcover, 144 pages

$22.99

9781401232085

Superheroes, fiction

Teens and up

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The Best of Enemies: A History of U.S. and Middle East Relations, Part One: 1783–1953

by Jean Pierre Filiu and David B.

SelfMadeHero
Publication

On sale now

Black and white, hardcover, 120 pages

$24.95

978-1906838454

History

Teens and up

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The Coldest City

by Anthony Johnston and Sam Hart

Oni Press

On sale now

Hardcover, black and white, 176 pages

$19.99

978-1934964538

Spy thriller

Adults

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Crogan’s Loyalty

by Chris Schweizer

Oni Press

On sale now

Hardcover, black and white, 150 pages

$14.99

978-1934964408

History, children’s

All ages

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Gloriana

by Kevin Huizenga

Drawn & Quarterly

On sale June 19

B&W, hardcover, 96 pages

$19.95

978-1770460614

Fiction

Adults

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The Hypo: The Melancholic Young Lincoln

by Noah van Sciver

Fantagraphics

On sale October 5

Back and white, hardcover, 192 pages

$24.99

978-1606996195

Historical fiction

Teens and up

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Jiu Jiu

by Touya Tobina

Viz

On sale July 3

Paperback, black and white, 200 pages

$9.99

978-1421542744

Shoujo manga, romance, adventure, comedy

Older teens and up

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Kiki de Montparnasse

by Catel Muller and Jose-Luis Bocquet

Self Made Hero

On sale now

Black and white, paperback with flaps, 400p

$24.95

978-1906838256

Biography

Adults

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The Lovely Horrible Stuff

by Eddie Campbell

Top Shelf

On sale July 10

Color, trade paper, 96 pages

$14.95

978-1603091527

Nonfiction

Teens and up

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Maya Makes a Mess

by Rutu Modan

Toon Books

On sale August 14

Color, hardcover, 32 pages

$12.95

978-1935179177

Fiction

Ages 4 and up


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Philosophy: A Discovery in Comics

by Margreet de Heer

NBM

On sale September 1

Color, hardcover, 120 pages

$16.99

978-1561636983

Nonfiction, philosophy

Teens and up

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Richard Stark’s Parker: The Score

by Darwyn Cooke

IDW

On sale July 3

Hardcover, 160 pages

$24.99

9781613772089

Fiction

Adults__________________________________________________________________________

Sumo

by Thien Pham

First Second

On sale December 11

Three-color, paperback, 112 pages

$14.99

978-1596435810

Fiction

Teens and up

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Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life

by Ulli Lust

Fantagraphics

On sale November 7

Black and white, trade paper, 400 pages

$35

978-1606995570

Memoir

Teens and up

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Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb

by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

Hill and Wang

On sale now

Hardcover, 160 pages

$22.00

9780809094684

Nonfiction

Adults

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A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse

by Frank Viva

Toon Books/Candlewick

On sale September 1

Hardcover, color

$12.95

9781935179191

Kids

Ages 4-6

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WIZZYWIG

by Ed Piskor

Top Shelf Productions

On sale July 1

Hardcover, color

$19.95

9781603090971

Cyberpunk

Adults

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Comments

  1. What a great list!

  2. Lots to look forward to!

  3. john shableski says:

    It was great to see the amazing amount of great material the panelists had to choose from. Each year, there’s been a noticeable increase of great books but this year looked like serious overload! It will be interesting to see how many of these books find their way onto the major awards programs for the book trade. Congrats the creators for the great works and thank you publishers for providing the opportunity. May there be a lot more of this to come!

  4. Wow! There’s a lot of great stuff on that list!

  5. Allen Rubinstein says:

    And comics aren’t a mass medium because, why again??

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