The best fantasy graphic novels for kids and adults who love adventure and strange mystery

Who am I?

I’ve always been drawn to the woods. There’s something strange and mysterious about the trees. It’s a place where true magic feels possible. I enjoy stories that recreate this feeling. That keep that sense of mystery. That don’t feel the need to explain every detail or every strange occurrence within their pages. Stories that build deep worlds over time, but maintain a sense of wonder. I love stories that are funny, that aren’t afraid to be weird or dark, and that have a strong heart. They are the type of stories I try to tell in my own work and the ones I most love to get lost in.


I wrote...

Goblin

By Eric Grissom, Will Perkins (illustrator),

Book cover of Goblin

What is my book about?

A young, headstrong goblin embarks on a wild journey of danger, loss, self-discovery, and sacrifice in this new graphic novel adventure.

One fateful night a sinister human warrior raids the home of the young goblin Rikt and leaves him orphaned. Angry and alone, Rikt vows to avenge the death of his parents and seeks a way to destroy the man who did this. He finds aid from unlikely allies throughout his journey and learns of a secret power hidden in the heart of the First Tree. Will Rikt survive the trials that await him on his perilous journey to the First Tree? And is Rikt truly prepared for what he may find there?

The books I picked & why

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Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian

By Tim Probert,

Book cover of Lightfall: The Girl & the Galdurian

Why this book?

Lightfall is a gorgeous tale and one of those wonderful fantasy adventures that takes place in a world peppered with hints of a larger mythology. One that grows and deepens with each re-read. Tim Probet has crafted a touching and heartfelt tale of overcoming fear and anxiety. He’s an author whose sensibilities are similar to my own and I immediately connected with it.  

A new volume is due soon and I highly recommend this to anyone, both kids and adults, who love epic adventures in fantastical worlds.


Hilda and the Troll: Hilda Book 1

By Luke Pearson,

Book cover of Hilda and the Troll: Hilda Book 1

Why this book?

This book is an absolute joy. It’s charming, funny, adorable, and filled with wondrous and odd creatures. This first book, in what became a series, is a short read at 25 pages, but spins such a wonderful tale that you can’t help but be impressed. It’s exactly as long as it needs to be. The world that it occupies is wonderful and strange and its cast is rich with characterization. If you don’t immediately fall in love with it when the “wood man” enters the scene that’s on you.  I’ll connect with any story involving a four-legged friend, a forest, or misunderstood creatures and Hildafolk delivers on all fronts.

Highly recommend this to any kid or adult that loves wonderful things.


The Stonekeeper: A Graphic Novel (Amulet #1): Volume 1

By Kazu Kibuishi,

Book cover of The Stonekeeper: A Graphic Novel (Amulet #1): Volume 1

Why this book?

Like many of my favorite stories, Amulet begins with a tragedy and descends into a mystery. Kazu Kibuishi has crafted a highly imaginative world, that has a wonderful creepy feel to it. It’s a tale of two siblings who, lost and alone in the darkness, must find their way in a strange world as they race to rescue their mother from a terrible monster.

A great read for middle grade and older and the first in a sprawling adventure series.


By Chance or Providence

By Becky Cloonan,

Book cover of By Chance or Providence

Why this book?

This graphic novel is composed of three hauntingly beautiful stories written and drawn by Becky Cloonan. It’s a book that I have found myself returning to many times and it often sits on my desk as a point of inspiration when I am lettering my own work (lettering is the process of creating the word balloons and design elements in a graphic novel). Becky Cloonan’s art is something to behold and captures a spirit of dread, foreboding, and beauty. These are dark, moody tales of cursed love that would appeal to anyone who enjoys the poetic and melancholic. They are stories that will sit with you long after you’ve put the book down. If you are able to get the hardcover edition, the book itself is a work of art. Perfectly constructed and wonderfully designed.

This book is for teens and older.


The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You

By Neil Gaiman, Shawn McManus (illustrator), Colleen Doran (illustrator), Bryan Talbot (illustrator), George Pratt (illustrator), Stan Woch (illustrator), Dick Giordano (illustrator)

Book cover of The Sandman Vol. 5: A Game of You

Why this book?

I could have put the entire Sandman series on this list and called it a day, so if you are unfamiliar with it, then please consider this an invitation to start with the first volume and go from there. Sandman is one of those special things that feel like a threshold into a much larger world. A strange and mysterious realm of dreams and magic, but whose doorway remains a secret to all but those who’ve cracked its cover. 

As I was limiting myself to only one collection in the series, I chose “A Game of You” as it’s very much a fantasy tale. It follows a princess named Barbie who navigates a dreamworld with a talking rat, a monkey in a suit, and a dodo bird while her friends in the “real” world contend with hurricanes, falling moons, and a dismembered talking head. Despite the Narnia-like feel, this is by no means a book for all ages and very much is intended for mature readers.  


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