Now that Alison Bechdel caught your attention with Fun Home, it’s time to explore the realm of feminist graphic novels. I’ll admit comic stores can be overwhelming. Sometimes, it difficult to weed through the superhero series and manga. To save you the time and any frustration, add these titles to your reading list.
- Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole J. George: Imagine your mom telling you your dad was dead until you find out from a psychic he’s alive when you’re 23. That’s the beginning of Laura’s story.
- Over Easy by Mimi Pond: What happens when you don’t have enough financial aid to cover art school? Margaret, the protagonist, works at a diner.
- This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki: Follow Rose and Windy’s summers in Awago Beach, their seasonal vacation gateway.
- The Persepolis Series by Marjane Satrapi: These series of memoirs compile Satrapi’s experience growing up during the Iranian Revolution.
- The Aya series by Marguerite Abouet: Learn about West Africa, set in 1978, through Aya’s adventures along the Ivory Coast.
- Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh: You probably know Allie Brosh from her blog, Hyperbole and a Half. From time to time, you’ll find her illustrations surface as memes on social media.
- Are You My Mother? by Alison Bechdel: Since Bechdel’s relationship with her father created Fun Home, this sequel focuses the author’s complicated interactions with her mother.
Do you read graphic novels and if so, which one is your favorite? Which ones have I missed on this list? Tweet @decorcione with your feedback!