Best Comics of 2015: Comics for Young Readers

Just last week, Gwen and I discussed our picks for the Best Comics of 2015 for Young Readers over at The Comics Alternative. In the interests of time, we picked only a few titles each, but I think it’s safe to say we both could’ve included many, many more books. So here are my Top 15 Comics for Young Readers published in 2015 (in no particular order) and just for fun, a few published before 2015. Enjoy! (* = titles mentioned on the podcast)

Update: suggested ages at the end of each entry are just that: suggestions. Please check out reviews and if possible, see sample pages on Amazon or from the publishers’ websites.

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Sleepless Knight (J 2015) James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, Alexis-Frederick-Frost


Sleepless Knight (2015) James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, Alexis-Frederick-Frost
First Second
Hardcover, 40 pages
ISBN 9781596436510

First Second – a division of Macmillan Publishers – offers “graphic novels for children, adults, and everyone in between.” The word “everyone” certainly includes very young readers, the target audience for Sleepless Knight, a collaboration between James Sturm (co-founder of the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vermont), Andrew Arnold, and Alexis-Frederick-Frost, all of whom have previously worked together on the Adventures in Cartooning series. With Sleepless Knight, the creators have given kids (and their parents) a fun, humor-filled graphic novel picture book.

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The Sculptor (2015) Scott McCloud


The Sculptor (2015) Scott McCloud (First Second)
Hardcover, 496 pages
ISBN 9781596435735

(An advance reader’s edition of The Sculptor was provided by First Second for review purposes. All images from First Second)

David Smith is a young sculptor living in New York City, a man who once had a promising career, but finds himself in a slump that’s lasted for five years. Just when David’s at his lowest, along comes Death (in the form of David’s deceased Uncle Harry), who offers David a proposal: he’ll be able to sculpt great works of art out of any material he chooses, using just his bare hands – but once he accepts, he’ll only live for 200 more days. All seems to go well until David mets Meg and falls hopelessly in love.

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