Anthony’s 2019 graphic novel picks

The year’s winding down, so it’s time once again to look at my favorite 2019 graphic novel picks, based on what I’ve read. I’ll note that not all of these graphic novels were published in 2019.

A list summarizing much of what I’ve read this year can be found here.

Scooby-Doo Team-Up, vols. 6 and 7

Scooby-Doo Team-Up
Art by Dario Brizuela.

Written and art by: Various

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781401285760

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781401292331

“Scooby-Doo Team-Up” came to an end this year, but not without 2019 giving us numerous fun team-ups. See my earlier reviews for both of these trade paperbacks.

Dear Justice League

Written by: Michael Northrop; art by: Gustavo Duarte

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781401284138

“Dear Justice League” is a part of DC’s new line of kids graphic novels. This one’s premise is the Justice League members answering questions sent in by various kids. Besides Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, we also get Aquaman, Flash, Hawkgirl, and Green Lantern (the Simon Baz version). The responses to the kids’ questions are all pretty funny.

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, vol. 10: Life is Too Short, Squirrel

Written by: Ryan North; art by: Various

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781302914479

Another volume in the recently-ended “The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl” series. This trade paperback sees our hero deal with her supposed “death,” and all the superhero comic cliches that go with such.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur, vol. 7

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur volume 7 TPB cover
Art by Natacha Bustos.

Written by: Brandon Montclare; art by: Natacha Bustos, Gustavo Duarte

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781302914363

Yet another series that’s been quietly ended by Marvel. This volume of “Moon Girl” sees her and Devil Dinosaur venture into the dream realm, as well as deal with the holidays on Yancy Street.

Long Distance

Written and art by: Thom Zahler

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781631404863

“Long Distance” is about a man from Columbus, Ohio and a woman from Chicago who meet at an airport, and attempt a long-distance relationship. Probably the only graphic novel where Indiana’s prominently featured on the cover.

Fence, vol. 1

Written by: C.S. Pacat; art by: Johanna the Mad

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781684151929

“Fence” features the drama involved among a boarding school’s fencing team. The comic also features some drama of the romantic variety, including same-sex dating.

The Prince and the Dressmaker

The Prince and the Dressmaker GN cover
Art by Jen Wang.

Written and art by: Jen Wang

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781626723634

A graphic novel about a dressmaker in 19th century France, and the prince interested in her fashions, while trying to hide from everyone else his own interest in wearing dresses.

The Cardboard Kingdom

Written and art by: Chad Sell

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781524719388

A group of imaginative neighborhood kids turn their toys and cardboard boxes into a medieval fantasy play setting, while dealing with growing up.

The Witch Boy

Written and art by: Molly Knox Ostertag

https://www.indiebound.org/book/9781338089516

“The Witch Boy” focuses on a boy in a family of witches and shapeshifters; all of the former are female, while all of the latter are male. Any “deviation” is strictly forbidden. Said boy, however, is much more interested in witchcraft than shape-shifting.

Webcomics and comic strips

I’ve written an earlier post about my favorite webcomics in 2019. But along with that list, there’s a few newer strips I’ve read:

Conclusion

Do you have any favorite graphic novel picks for 2019? Feel free to list them in the comments below.

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