PopeyePeanutsThe Family CircusThe FarSideZippy the PinheadDoonesburyBloom CountyGet FuzzyGarfieldFor Better, For Worse
The FlashThe Flash: RebirthX-MenAstonishing X-MenBuffy
LaikaThe PhotographerMarblesRelishPride & Prejudice
Amelia Rules!BabymouseBig NateChip 'N' DaleTiny TitansAstronaut AcademyBoneMagic PickleOwly
American Born ChineseAnya's GhostBattling BoyCursed Pirate GirlEssex CountyMind MGMTSaga
CowaFullMetal AlchemistExit Wounds
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Publishers of Classic Graphic Novels

Example of Classic Comics series publishers are 

- Classic Comics

- Lucent’s Classic Graphic Novel Collection

- Classical Comics



Other Nonfiction Graphic Novels

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Primates - Jim Ottaviani; Maris Wicks (Illustrator)
ISBN: 1596438657
Publication Date: 2013-06-11

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Action Philosophers Giant-Size Thing - Fred Van Lente
ISBN: 0977832902
Publication Date: 2006-12-15

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A. D. - Josh Neufeld
ISBN: 9780307378149
Publication Date: 2009-08-18

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The Woman Rebel - Peter Bagge
ISBN: 9781770461260
Publication Date: 2013-10-15




Nonfiction, autobiographical, and classic comics all seem to be hush-hushed into the corner realm of comics. These comics should be brought to the center stage in bookstores and libraries because they make sometimes hard and difficult to understand topics easier to comprehend. Make sure to read the beginning notes and endnotes of these comics to see if any part has been fictionalized. Do your research!

Click on the covers for more information about the book.


Nonfiction comics take historical events and make them into engaging ways to learn more about any topic.

Some examples of nonfiction comics are Logicomix, Primates: The Fearless Science of Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Biruté Galdikas, Action Philosophers, A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, Safe Area Gorazde, Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, Laika, The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors without Borders, and A People’s History of American Empire.

Laika cover The Photographer cover


Autobiographical and nonfiction comics can have some overlap. Again it is important to look at the supplemental materials to gain a knowledge of just how factual these comics are.

Examples of autobiographical comics are Persepolis, Fun Home, Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo and Me, One Hundred Demons, American Splendor, Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, Drinking at the Movies, Stitches, Stuck Rubber Baby, Binky Brown, and In the Shadow of No Towers.



Remember those classic books that had somewhat boring covers and yet students are still expected to read them for school? Remember how hard those books may have been to get through? Well never fear. Some publishers have come out with Classics Comics series that turn “classic books” into detailed and illustrated comics that condense down those classics into manageable chunks of information. Classic comics allow readers who maybe were not able to make it through the actual fiction novel to still know the appeal of classic books. These also work as portals for readers who like to read classic novels to see how different writers and illustrators portray their favorites (just like movie adaptations of novels)!

Example of Classic Comics series are Classic Comics, Lucent’s Classic Graphic Novel Collection, and Classical Comics.



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More Autobiographical Graphic Novels

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The Complete Persepolis - Marjane Satrapi
ISBN: 9780375714832
Publication Date: 2007-10-30

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Fun Home - Alison Bechdel (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780618477944
Publication Date: 2006-06-08

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One Hundred Demons - Lynda Barry
ISBN: 1570613370
Publication Date: 2002-08-13

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American Splendor - Harvey Pekar; R. Crumb (Introduction by)
ISBN: 0345468309
Publication Date: 2003-07-29

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Drinking at the Movies - Julia Wertz
ISBN: 9780307591838
Publication Date: 2010-08-31

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Stitches - David Small
ISBN: 9780393068573
Publication Date: 2009-09-08

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Stuck Rubber Baby - Howard Cruse (Artist)
ISBN: 9781401227135
Publication Date: 2010-06-02

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In the Shadow of No Towers - Art Spiegelman
ISBN: 0375423079
Publication Date: 2004-09-07


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