February Roundup

by | Feb 28, 2023 | monthly roundup | 0 comments

It’s February and that means ALIA Graphic’s Notable Australian Graphic Novels of 2022 list is out now! This is a list that doesn’t include everything published, but includes the best of what’s been published by Australian creators last year that we believe every Australian library and school libraries should have. We’re still in discussions about the short list and we will publish the notables short list mid-March.


As we have always done with the Notables, the list is divided into three categories: Junior, YA and Adult. From now on, we will be dividing our monthly roundup of new titles into these same categories.


Please note that the ALA’s Graphic Novels and Comics Roundtable has also published their lists of Best Graphic Novels for Adults and Children. And YALSA has also published the Great Graphic Novels for Teens long list and Top Ten. We highly recommend that you have a look at their lists.


Finally, ALIA Graphic Book Club is up and running again. You can check all the upcoming dates and recommended reads here. The ALIA Graphic Book Club is totally free and on Zoom and it’s a great way to discuss graphic novels and reader development. The friendliest, most awesome way to have some comics related PD.



  • Bill Watterson retired at the height of Calvin & Hobbes’ popularity. He retired suddenly and now, suddenly, he’s back! The Mysteries marks Bill’s return, a book described as a fable for grown up that he’s created together with John Kascht. Go and visit Popverse for more details.

  • Netflix has acquired Naoki Urasawa’s Pluto anime for global distribution. Urasawa’s Pluto manga was completed in 2009 and is a more adult reimagining of Astro Boy. Interestingly, Tezuka’s son is involved in the production of the anime. Check out Anime News Network for more details.

  • The Los Angeles Review of Books published an interesting article about Graphic Medicine worth a read. You can find it here.

  • Bone, the classic comic, gets a chance to connect with new readers later this year with Scholastic announcing a new anthology planned for September. Read more here .

  • Bill Watterson may have suddenly returned, but Dilbert’s author may be forced into early retirement after making multiple strongly racist remarks. More info here.

  • A recent court case in the US concerning AI imagery in comics has raised some interesting points. Read more here.







  • Diana and Nubia Princesses of Amazons by Shannon Hale & Dean Hale (Random House US)

  • Fetch: The Journey by Mike Size, Dave Kennedy, Pete Kennedy (Storm King Productions)

  • A First Time for Everything by Dan Santat (First Second)

  • Garlic and the Witch by Bree Paulson (Harper Collins Publisher)

  • Housecat Trouble: Lost and Found by Mason Dickerson (Penguin Random House)

  • Scurry by Mac Smith (Image Comics)

  • Super Pancake by Megan Wagner Lloyd, Abhi Alwar (Random House US)

  • Super Sidekicks: Ocean’s Revenge – Now in Full Colour by Gavin Aung Than (Penguin Australia) [Australian Creator]

  • Super Sidekicks:  Trial of Heroes- Now in Full Colour by Gavin Aung Than (Penguin Australia) [Australian Creator]

  • Wings of Fire: Moon Rising by Tui T Sutherland & Mike Holmes (Scholastic)

  • Wonder Cat Kyuu-chan Vol.7 by Sasami Nitori (Random House US)

  • Yokai Cats Vol.1 by Pandania (Random House US)



  • Clock Striker Volume 1 by Issaka Galadima, Frederick L. Jones (Rockport Publishers Inc)

  • Choujin X by Sui Ishida (Viz)

  • Confessions of a Shy Baker by Masaomi Ito (Tokyopop)

  • The Girl That Can’t Get a Girlfriend by Mieri Hiranshi (Viz)

  • Guardian of Fukushima by Fabien Grolleau and Ewen Blain (Tokyopop)

  • Helck Vol 1 by Nanaki Nanao (VIZ Media)

  • The Invisible Man and His Soon-to-be Wife by Iwatobineko (Seven Seas)

  • Monkey Prince Vol 1: Enter the Monkey by Gene Luen Yang, Bernard Chang (DC Comics)

  • Never Satisfied: Volume One by Taylor Robin (Seven Seas) 



  • Down to the Bone: A Leukemia Story by Catherine Pioli (Graphic Mundi)

  • Friday Book 2: On a Cold Winter’s Night by Ed Brubaker, Marcos Martin, Muntsa Vicente (Image Comics)

  • Marry Me: A Little Graphic Memoir by Rob Kirby (Graphic Mundi)

  • Pusheen: The Cat’s Guide to Everything by Claire Belton (Simon & Schuster)


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