ALIA Graphic November 2020 Roundup

by | Nov 30, 2020 | monthly roundup | 0 comments

We’re heading towards the end of the year, and that means shortlists, longlists, and everything in between to celebrate the best comic books of 2020.

Graphic novels, comics and art as
a whole have had a big impact this year as we’ve all needed something that connects us to ideas and feelings outside of ourselves. Whether it is through good art, other people, or new experiences, comics have anchored many of us during a time of great upheaval, stress and isolation. We may not know what the future holds, but we do
know that some excellent graphic novels and comics have been made this year, be
it online or in print.

Our November roundup podcast is out now on Apple Podcasts. In this edition we discuss the big year that comics have had on Kickstarter, the upcoming graphic novel based on Anthrax’s classic Among the Living album with an incredible line up of creators and the Ledger Awards’ shortlist for best Australian comics. The team also highlights their favourite picks for the month.

Below, we have collected some great end-of-year lists,
shortlists and other comic book highlights from 2020, including t
Ledger Awards Short List, which will be decided from over fifty Australian comic creators, as well as recommendations from American orgs such as the American Library Association and the Young Adult Library Services Association for you to check out. We have also included some thoughts, resources and how-tos to get you (or others in your library) making,
creating and having fun with comics. Enjoy!


Collections and PD

Media and resources

New Releases


Junior & YA

  • 7 Good Reasons Not to Grow Up – Jimmy Gownley (Scholastic)

  • Alienated – Simon Spurrier, Chris Wildgoose (BOOM!)

  • Archie & Katy Keene Vol. 1 – Mariko Tamaki, Kevin Panetta, Laura Braga, Matt Herms, Jack Morelly (Archie Comics)

  • Blue Giant Volumes 1-2 – Shinichi Ishizuka (Seven Seas)

  • A Cat Story – Ursula Murray Husted (Harper Collins)

  • Dungeon Critters – Natalie Riess, Sarah Goetter (Roaring Brook Press)

  • Geronimo Stilton: The Sewer Rat Stink (Graphic Novel #1) – Geronimo Stilton, Tom Angleburger (Scholastic US)

  • Ichiro – Ryan Inzana (Houghton Mifflin)

  • King of the Birds – Elise Gravel (Harper Collins)

  • Last Pick: Rise Up : Volume 3 – Jason Walz (Roaring Brook Press)

  • Logan Likes Mary Anne! (the Baby-Sitters Club Graphic Novel #8) – Ann M Martin & Gale Galligan (Scholastic – Graphix)

  • Lumberjanes: True Colors – Lilah Sturges, Polterink (Boom!)

  • The Odds #1 – Matt Stanton

  • Odessa – Jonathan Hill (Oni Press)

  • Queen of the Sea – Dylan Meconis (Candlewick Press)

  • Song of the Court – Katy Farina (Sterling Children’s Books)

  • Super Potato and the Castle of Robots: Book 5 – Artur Laperla (Lerner Publishing Group) (7-8 yrs)

  • Teen Titans Go!: Roll With It! – Heather Nuhfer, P. C. Morissey, Agnes Garbowska, Sandy Jarrell (DC Comics)

  •  Victor and Nora: A Gotham Love Story – Lauren Myracle, Isaac Goodhart (DC Comics)

  • The Witches : The Graphic Novel – Roald Dahl, Penelope Bagieu (Scholastic Australia)

Adult General

  • Batman: Three Jokers – Geoff Johns, Jason Fabok (DC Comics)

  • Billionaire Island – Mark Russell, Stee Pugh (Ahoy)

  • Blue in Green – Ram V, Ananda RK (Image comics)

  • Breakwater – Katriona Chapman (Avery Hill)

  • Gideon Falls Vol. 5 : Wicked Worlds – Jeff Lemire, Andrea Sorrentino (Image Comics)

  • Mass Effect: the complete comics – Mac Walters (Dark Horse)

  • Mirka Andolfo’s Mercy – Mirka Andolfo (Image Comics)

  • Negalyod: The God Network – Vincent Perriot (Titan Comics)

  • Sapiens: Volume 1 – Yuval Noah Harari, David Vandermeulen, Daniel Casanave (Harper Collins)

  • Reaver Vol 2 – Justin Jordan, Niko Henrichon (Image Comics)

  • Titan – Francois Vigneault (Oni Press)

  • To Know You’re Alive – Dakota McFadzean (Conundrum Press)

  • X-Men Vol 2 – Jonathan Hickman, Leinil Francis Yu, Mahmoud Asrar (Marvel Comics)



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