Illustrated novels that have won notable awards.

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What It Is
Lynda Barry

Eisner Award Winner
Explores the depths of the inner and outer realms of creation and imagination, where play can be serious, monsters have purpose and not knowing is an answer onto itself.


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Black Hole
Charles Burns

Ignatz Award Winner
Black Hole explores a specific American cultural moment in flux and the kids who are caught in it- back when it wasn’t exactly cool to be a hippie anymore, but Bowie was still just a little too weird.


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Buffy The Vampire Slayer. Season 8, Volume 6: Retreat
Jane Espenson

Eisner Award Winner
Vampires have solid footing at the top of the totem pole and Slayers have been crushed to the bottom—in short, no one likes Buffy anymore, least of all this season’s mysterious Twilight, who is hot on her magical trail.


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The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country
Neil Gaiman

World Fantasy Award Winner
A collection of short stories that follows the main character, Dream, the lord of dreams, as he is faced with the challenge of undoing past sins and changing old ways. It was the first comic book to be given a World Fantasy Award.


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The Originals
Dave Gibbons

Eisner Award Winner
Neither a science-fiction story nor set in a mundane reality, The Originals takes place in a world both familiar and strange, where the young are angry, loyal and fight for what they believe in. And the only thing more important than who your friends are is who your friends hate.


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Exit Wounds
Rutu Modan

Eisner Award Winner
In modern-day Tel Aviv, a young man, Koby Franco, receives an urgent phone call from a female soldier named Numi. Learning that his estranged father may have been a victim of a suicide bombing in Hadera, Koby reluctantly joins Numi in searching for clues.


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Watchmen
Alan Moore

Hugo Award Winner
Watchmen depicts an alternate history where superheroes emerged in the 1940s and 1960s, helping the United States to win the Vietnam War. Moore used the story as a means to reflect contemporary anxieties and to critique the superhero concept.


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Akira
Katsuhiro Otomo

Kodansha Manga Award
Welcome to Neo-Tokyo, built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by a blast that triggered World War III. The lives of teenagers Tetsuo and Kaneda change forever when paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, making him a target for an agency that will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe.


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Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Marjane Satrapi

Ignatz Award Winner
Persepolis chronicles Satrapi’s Tehran childhood, which was first overshadowed by the Iranian Revolution, then cut short by war with Iraq.


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Maus I: A Survivor's Tale
Art Spiegelman

Pulitzer Prize Winner
A story of a Jewish survivor of Hitler’s Europe and his son, a cartoonist who tries to come to terms with his father’s story and history itself.


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Buddha
Osamu Tezuka

Eisner Award Winner
In ancient India, the lives of many are plagued by drought, famine, warfare and injustices in the caste system. Many unhappy souls are drawn together by the birth of the prince Siddhartha, who embarks on a spiritual journey and attempts to bring spiritual rebirth among the people in this desperate age.


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Blankets
Craig Thompson

Eisner Award Winner; Ignatz Award Winner
Blankets explores the sibling rivalry of two brothers growing up in the isolated country, and the budding romance of two coming-of-age lovers. A tale of security and discovery, of playfulness and tragedy, of a fall from grace and the origins of faith.


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Pride of Baghdad
Brian K. Vaughan

Eagle Award Winner; Harvey Award Winner
Inspired by true events, a provocative graphic novel examines the life on the streets of war-torn Iraq, raising questions about the true meaning of liberation through the experiences of four Lions, who escaped from the Baghdad Zoo during an American bombing raid in the spring of 2003.


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The Umbrella Academy
Gerard Way

Eisner Award Winner
Following the near apocalypse created by one of their own and the death of their beloved mentor Pogo, the team is despondent, but when it’s time for another catastrophic event to rouse the team into action, each member of the team is distracted by some very real problems of their own.


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