Best Original Graphic Novel of 2019

These are our nominees for the best comic book writer of 2019.Click through the gallery above or scroll down the page for the full list!

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Guts

by writer/artist Raina Telgemeier (Graphix)

Anyone who claims comics is a dying art form has never seen the sales figures on a Raina Telgemeier graphic novel. Guts captures everything that makes her work so appealing, with an all-ages stories about the trials and tribulations of growing up that speaks to adults and children alike.

Waves

by writer Ingrid Chabbert and artist Carole Maurel (Archaia)

Waves is the perfect graphic novel for anyone who just needs a good ugly cry. This poetic, emotionally harrowing tale explores the tragic aftermath of a couple’s failed attempt at becoming parents. The fact that Ingrid Chabbert draws from her own life makes this story resonate all the more strongly.

They Called Us Enemy

by writers George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott and artist Harmony Becker (Top Shelf)

Long before he was a sci-fi TV icon, George Takei was one of many Japanese American citizens wrongly imprisoned in “relocation centers” during World War II. This memoir recounts Takei’s difficult upbringing in that environment, exploring what it means to be an American at a time when that question is more relevant than ever.

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass

by writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Steve Pugh (DC Comics)

Harley Quinn isn’t necessarily the easiest character to market to a teen audience, but Mariko Tamaki and Steve Pugh make it look easy in this DC Ink graphic novel. Breaking Glass casts Harley and her fellow Gotham City villains as rebellious high schoolers. It puts a fresh, clever and heartfelt spin on an iconic DC character.

Are You Listening?

by writer/artist Tillie Walden (First Second)

While the premise of this graphic novel is straightforward, the execution is anything but. This story of two lonely women on a road trip through West Texas becomes a visual and emotional tour de force as the two friends share stories of loss and heartbreak and the line between reality and fantasy begins to blur.

Vote For Your Favorite

Which original graphic novel made your list of nominees that didn’t make ours? Let us know in the comments, and be sure to check out all of our Game of the Year award nominees as well as our picks for the best movies, TV shows, comics, and anime of 2019!

Art for IGN’s Best of 2019 is by Julia Rago, Justin Vachon, Angela Nguyen, and Nicole Cagampan.

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