ALIA Graphic December 2021 – January 2022 Roundup

by | Jan 31, 2022 | monthly roundup | 0 comments

We start the year with some news, lots of lists with the best titles from 2021, and a couple of free webinars on the horizon.

First we want to highlight some graphic novels by Australian creators that have been selected in the ALA Graphic Novels and Comics Rountable’s Best Graphic Novels for Adults and Best Graphic Novels for Children lists.

In the Adults list, Lee Lai’s Stone Fruit is in the Top 10, a great achievement and a well-deserved recognition for Lee’s excellent debut graphic novel. On the Children’s list Remy Lai’s Pawcasso is in the Top 10, and two other titles have made it into the long list: Jason Pamment’s Treasure in the Lake and Alyssa Bermudez’s Big Apple Diaries. 

Congratulations to all of them, we couldn’t be happier that these creators are getting international recognition. We interviewed all these creators last year, so if you want to catch up with our conversations, check out our podcast archive. Our regular podcasts will be back in February.

Last year, we published the ALIA Graphic Novels and Comics list of Notable Australian Graphic Novels with the best graphic novels by Australian creators from 2020. The list was really well received and the 2021 list will be published soon, so watch this space.

Our Graphic Novel Club will continue for all this year and we’ve published the schedule and list of titles for the first half of the year. These book club style sessions are a great way to discuss graphic novels and learn about collections and readers advisory. All sessions are free on Zoom. Visit our Graphic Novel Club page to register

Finally, we’re a very small team of librarians who love graphic novels and we publish all these resources for free for the benefit of all libraries and library workers. If you’re a library worker and you’d like to join our group, please contact us. The more people we have involved the better our resources and lists will be and the more we can do. Our contact details can be found on the official ALIA page for our group and our DMs are always open on Twitter

Finally, we also recommend you subscribe to this blog using the box on the right sidebar so you can get all our updates by email. It’s usually one to two blog posts a month. 

Without further ado… here’s our monthly roundup.




  • Booklist’s Graphic Novels For All free webinar is taking place February 1. As usual, it’s late at night for us but you can register and access the recording after the date.

  • The Library Journal’s Spring Graphic Novels for All Levels webinar is taking place February 16. Again, this is a free webinar and you can access the recording after the date.

  • The Manga in Libraries webinar series is back this year with Manga 101. This time they’ll be answering all the burning questions they’re being asked by people. The webinar will be held February 16 at 12pm Australian Eastern time. Free registration here.



Junior and YA

  • Akira Toriyama’s Manga Theater by Akira Toriyama (VIZ Media)

  • Cat Kid Comic Club Book 2: Perspectives by Dav Pilkey (Scholastic)

  • Coming Back by Jessi Zabarsky (Random House)

  • A Difficult Thing: The Importance of Admitting Mistakes by Silvia Vecchini Sualzo (Ablaze)

  • Just Beyond: Monstrosity by R.L. Stine, Irene Flores (BOOM! Studios)

  • Pokemon Journeys Vol 1 by Machito Gomi (VIZ Media)

  • Seven Secrets Volume 2 by Tom Taylor, Daniele Di Nicuolo (BOOM! Studios) [Australia Creator] 

  • She Could Fly Vol 3 by Christopher Cantwell, Martin Morazzo, Miroslav Mrva (Dark Horse Comics)

  • Tuki by Jeff Smith (Cartoon Books)


  • Afternoon at McBurger’s by Ana Galvan (Fantagraphics)

  • Animal Stories by Peter Hoey, Maria Hoey (Top Shelf)

  • Beta Testing the Apocalypse by Tom Kaczynski (Fantagraphics)

  • Braincomix by Jean-François Marmion, Monsieur B (Graphic Mundi)

  • Carbon & Silicon by Mathieu Bablet (Magnetic Press)

  • The Complete Works of Fante Bukowski by Noah Van Sciver (Fantagraphics)

  • Deserter by Junji Ito (VIZ Media)

  • Emma Dreams of Stars by Emmanuelle Maisonneu, Julia Pavlowitch (Vertical Inc.)

  • Everfrost by Ryan K. Lindsay, Sami Kivela (Black Mask Comics) [Australian creator]

  • The Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers: The Idiots Abroad and Other Follies by Gilbert Shelton (Fantagraphics)

  • Iranian Love Stories by Jane Deuxard, Deloupy (Graphic Mundi)

  • My Only Child by Wang Ning, Ni Shaoru, Wu Yao, Xu Ziran & Quin Chang (Fanfare)

  • The Old Guard: Tales Through Time by Greg Rucka, Vita Ayala, Brian Michael Bendis, Leandro Fernandez, Various (Image Comics)

  • Our Little Secret by Emily Carrington (Drawn & Quarterly)

  • Rewild by Devin Gray, Yana Adamovic (Dark Horse Comics)

  • The Short While by Jeremy Sorese (BOOM! Studios)

  • Strange Adventures by Tom King, Mitch Gerads (DC Comics)

  • The Strange Death of Alex Raymond by Dave Sim, Carson Grubaugh (Living the Line)


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