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I’ve been reading more and more graphic novels over the years, and as 2020 finally winds down, I thought I would post which ones I am tentatively planning on reading in 2021. Some of these come from Graphic Mundi, which is a new collection by Penn State University Press publishing “both fiction and nonfiction narratives on subjects such as health and human rights, politics, the environment, science, and technology.” I might not read all of these, and I’ll probably read more, but I like looking forward to the new year rather than looking back to what I read in 2020.

Below is the list of books. I generated this list by placing a hold on each book at my local library. Most of these books are not yet available, and some already have plenty of holds ahead of me, which means that I won’t be getting them early. And that becomes part of the fun of this reading plan: I don’t know what I’m getting when until I receive the email that a book (or multiple books!) are ready for pickup.

1984 : The Graphic NovelOrwell, George.
7 Good Reasons Not to Grow UpGownley, Jimmy.
Algériennes : the forgotten women of the Algerian RevolutionMeralli, Swann,
And Now I Spill the Family Secrets : An Illustrated MemoirKimball, Margaret.
Barely Functional Adult : It'll All Make Sense EventuallyNg, Meichi.
Be More Chill : The Graphic NovelVizzini, Ned.
Billie Holiday : The Graphic NovelGilbert, Ebony.
BillionairesCunningham, Darryl.
Cocaine CoastCarretero, Nacho.
COVID Chronicles : A Comics AnthologyBoileau, Kendra.
Crude : A MemoirFajardo, Pablo.
Desperate PleasuresHarkness, M. S.
Drawing Lines : An Anthology of Women CartoonistsOates, Joyce Carol.
FatHofer, Regina.
Flash Forward : An Illustrated Guide to Possible (and Not So Possible) TomorrowsEveleth, Rose.
For Justice : The Serge & Beate Klarsfeld StoryBresson, Pascal.
Freiheit! : The White Rose Graphic NovelCiponte, Andrea Grosso.
GirlsplaningKlengel, Katja.
Heaven No HellDeForge, Michael.
I Never Promised You a Rose GardenMurphy, Mannie.
I NinaChmielewski, Daniel.
I Survived the Nazi Invasion, 1944Tarshis, Lauren.
I'm a Wild Seed : A Graphic Memoir on Queerness and Decolonizing the WorldCruz, Sharon Lee De La.
In Love & Pajamas : A Collection of Comics about Being Yourself TogetherChetwynd, Catana.
Infinitum : An Afrofuturist TaleFielder, Tim.
Join the FutureKaplan, Zack.
Kimiko Does Cancer : A Graphic MemoirTobimatsu, Kimiko.
MaidsSkelly, Katie.
Martian Ghost CentaurHeagerty, Mat.
Measuring UpLaMotte, Lily.
Menopause : a comic treatmentCzerwiec, MK (MaryKay),
MudfishPiskor, Ed.
My Body in PiecesHebert, Marie-Noelle.
My Life in Transition : A Super Late Bloomer CollectionKaye, Julia.
Oak Flat : a fight for sacred land in the American WestRedniss, Lauren,
Okay, Universe : Chronicles of a Woman in PoliticsPlante, Valerie.
Onion SkinCamacho, Edgar.
OrwellChristin, Pierre & Sebastian Verdier.
Our Work Is Everywhere : An Illustrated Oral History of Queer and Trans ResistanceRose, Syan.
ParenthesisDurand, Elodie.
Paul at HomeRabagliati, Michel.
Run Home If You Don't Want to Be Killed : The Detroit Uprising of 1943Williams, Rachel.
Save It for Later : Promises, Parenthood, and the Urgency of ProtestPowell, Nate.
Seen : Rachel CarsonWillis, Birdie.
Slaughterhouse-five : or the children's crusade : a duty-dance with deathNorth, Ryan, 1980-
SylvieKantorovitz, Sylvie.
The Black Panther Party : A Graphic Novel HistoryWalker, David F.
The Butcher of ParisPhillips, Stephanie.
The City of BelgiumEvens, Brecht.
The Great Gatsby : A Graphic Novel AdaptationFitzgerald, F. Scott.
The Incredible Nellie Bly : Journalist, Investigator, Feminist, and PhilanthropistCimino, Luciana.
The Minamata Story : An EcoTragedyWilson, Sean Michael.
The ThudRoss, Mikael.
To Know You're AliveMcFadzean, Dakota.
Tokyo Love Story : A Manga Memoir of One Woman's Personal Journey in the World's Most Exciting CityFujita, Julie Blanchin.
Travesia : A Migrant Girl's Cross-Border JourneyGerster, Michelle.
Vulnerability Is My Superpower : An Underpants and Overbites collectionDavis, Jackie.
We Hereby Refuse : Japanese American Acts of Resistance During World War IIAbe, Frank.
We Should Meet in Air : A Graphic Memoir on Reading Sylvia PlathEisenberg, Lisa Rosalie.
Whistle : A New Gotham City HeroLockhart, E.