13 Graphic Novels About the Real World

A different way of looking at the world around us

When we think of graphic novels and comic books, we tend to think of fantasylands or far-off planets, but plenty of graphic novels are very much rooted in the world we live in and offer a new perspective on both the past and present. Here are a few of our favourites...

1. Pride of Baghdad

Brian K. Vaughan
Maus cover

2. Maus a Survivors Tale

Art Spiegelman

4. The 9/11 Report: A Graphic Adaptation

Sid Jacobson, Ernie Colón, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks Upon the United States
John Muir cover

5. John Muir, Earth-Planet, Universe

Julie Bertagna, William Goldsmith (Illus)
Democracy cover

6. Democracy

Alecos Papadatos, Abraham Kawa, Annie Di Donna
March cover

9. March

John Lewis, Nate Powell
Journalism cover

10. Journalism

Joe Sacco
El Deafo cover

12. El Deafo

Cece Bell
Persepolis cover

13. Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi

List created by

Brianne Moore

Brianne is a website editor with Scottish Book Trust