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10 Best Graphic Novels: 12/29/10

10 Best Graphic Novels for 2010

I've saved the graphic novel list for last. I thought about not posting it at all since my all time favorite for 2010, Calamity Jack, is a current Cybils nominee. The other books weren't published this year, although Adventures in Cartooning and The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook were on the 2009 Cybil's short list. Ottoline Goes to School is technically a hybrid and is typically shelved with the fiction books instead of the graphic novels. That said, the illustrations are such a rich part of the story that I have put it on my graphic novel list.

10. The Broken Ear by Georges Remi Herge (1937)

9. American Born Chinese by Gene Leun Yang (2006)

8. The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2007)

7. Ottoline Goes to School by Chris Riddell (2008)

6. Owly: The Way Home and the Bittersweet Summer by Andy Runton (2004)

5. Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm and Andrew Arnold (2009)

4. Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi (2008)

3. The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook by Eleanor Davis (2009)

2. Salmon Doubts by Adam Sacks (2004)

1. Calamity Jack by Shannon Hale, Dean Hale and Nathan Hale (2010)


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