If you’ve ever visited my living room, you would know that I HOARD Asian American graphic novels and comic books. I found most of these randomly while wandering around local bookstores, (mostly Recycle Books in San Jose or Giant Robot in Sawtelle, Los Angeles) or browsing Instagram. The titles in bold are ones I currently own (and the rest are part of this growing wishlist hehe).
See any missing? I’d love to hear your recommendations in the comments below.
Here is my running list of Asian American* Graphic Novels (alphabetized by author last name). Last Updated: July 28, 2019
Whirlwind Wonderland (2009)
One Hundred Demons (2002)
The Best We Could Do (2017), the beautifully-illustrated Vietnamese refugee story of Bui’s parents melded with her own experience as a second generation Vietnamese American
Woman World (2019), imagine a world without men. Dhaliwal did that
I Was Their American Dream (2019)
Angry Little Girls, Still Angry Little Girls, Angry Little Girls in Love, and
Ichiro (2012), a fantastical coming-of-age story about a half-white, half-Japanese boy’s first time in Japan
derek kirk kim
Same Difference (2004), a slice-of-life short story about two Korean American best friends in their early-20’s living in the California suburbs and trying to figure out their lives
Good As Lily (2007), thank you to Yvonne for gifting this to me during Secret Santa 2018 *hug*
lorina t. mapa
Poston Camp II, Block 211 (2003), comics and annotated sketches from Matsuoka’s experience in the Poston Concentration Camp during the period of Japanese incarceration
Citizen 13660 (1946)
Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me (2019), a queer rom-com about a wholesome Asian American girl and her wild partner
Vietnamerica (2010), a brutal and beautiful story about complicated family ties made in part by the Vietnam War, told from the perspective of a second generation Vietnamese American artist
Quiet Girl in a Noisy World: An Introvert’s Story (2017), for all you introverts, this series of adorable, cozy comics is the one for you. P.S. I found her work at The Last Bookstore in Downtown LA (DTLA), definitely recommend visiting if you’re in the area!
GENE LUEN YANG
American Born Chinese (2008), the OG Asian American comic book full of racist Asian stereotypes, Chinese mythology, and everyday internalized racism. Middle school is a very awkward time