Non-Fiction Comics and Graphic Novels (Nonfiction)

A Listmania! list by Future Man "Future Man" (Bellingham, WA)
The list author says: "Lately there have been more people trying out comics as a form for serious nonfiction writing and I think there is a lot to be learned from these efforts, many of which have been quite good. There is a promising future for nonfiction comics on the rise as many college courses are choosing comics as part of their textbook load.

I tried not to include any heavily autobiographical works, because I wanted to keep the focus on informative nonfiction."
Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art
1.  Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art by Scott McCloud
The list author says:
  "This explains the form of comics like nothing before or since it and it does it all... AS A COMIC! Scott McCloud also did a couple other books about comics, "Reinventing Comics" and "Making Comics""
$12.98   Used & New from: $6.87
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (248 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Cartoon History of the Universe Volumes 1-7
2.  Cartoon History of the Universe Volumes 1-7 by Larry Gonick
The list author says:
  "The first of three books chronicling the coming of all life into the Modern World. Larry Gonick has made his entire career in comics writing non-fiction and has produced a substantial amount of work, but his cartoon histories have been the best in my personal opinion."
$17.80   Used & New from: $2.75
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part 1: From Columbus to the U.S. Constitution (Pt. 1)
3.  The Cartoon History of the Modern World Part 1: From Columbus to the U.S. Constitution (Pt. 1) by Larry Gonick
The list author says:
  "I haven't read this, but if it's anything like his Cartoon History of the Universe series, it should be awesome!"
$13.83   Used & New from: $4.90
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media
4.  The Influencing Machine: Brooke Gladstone on the Media by Josh Neufeld
The list author says:
  "This looks like an interesting analysis of media's influence. I'm excited to read this, because from a preview, I think I have fundamental disagreements with the author."
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3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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To Teach: The Journey, in Comics
5.  To Teach: The Journey, in Comics by William Ayers
The list author says:
  "A classic teaching philosophy adapted to comic form."
$14.08   Used & New from: $7.48
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

A People's History of American Empire (American Empire Project)
6.  A People's History of American Empire (American Empire Project) by Howard Zinn
The list author says:
  "Awesome rendition of an amazing Howard Zinn expose."
$15.67   Used & New from: $5.99
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation
7.  The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation by Jonathan Hennessey
The list author says:
  "I thought this sounded ridiculous at first, but as soon as I started reading, it immediately caught me. This provides an awesome and in depth look into how the U.S. Constitution came to be."
$12.64   Used & New from: $3.73
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History
8.  Students for a Democratic Society: A Graphic History by Harvey Pekar
The list author says:
  "Harvey Pekar, one of the few comic writers to be widely recognized and respected by adult readers due to his autobiographical comic series, American Splendor has recently started taking a spin at some things outside his own little life."
$12.00   Used & New from: $1.01
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

The Beats: A Graphic History
9.  The Beats: A Graphic History by Harvey Pekar
The list author says:
  "Great! Harvey Pekar is the best non-fiction comic writer we've seen yet."
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3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Wobblies!: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World
10.  Wobblies!: A Graphic History of the Industrial Workers of the World by Paul Buhle
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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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The Vietnam War: A Graphic History
11.  The Vietnam War: A Graphic History by Dwight Jon Zimmerman
$13.07   Used & New from: $1.54
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge
12.  A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld
$13.18   Used & New from: $2.59
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

Footnotes in Gaza: A Graphic Novel
13.  Footnotes in Gaza: A Graphic Novel by Joe Sacco
The list author says:
  "Sacco's newest bit of comics journalism, unfortunately shows his bias too much in my opinion."
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3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995
14.  Safe Area Gorazde: The War in Eastern Bosnia 1992-1995 by Joe Sacco
The list author says:
  "My favorite of Sacco's books, this details his time spent in Bosnia, during the hight of the Bosnian War. His books "War's End" and "The Fixer" also deal with Bosnia."
$14.53   Used & New from: $4.18
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

Palestine
15.  Palestine by Edward W. Said
The list author says:
  "Another awesome war journal from Joe Sacco, this was his first big comics journalism project. Incredibly intense reading."
$18.48   Used & New from: $10.98
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea
16.  Pyongyang: A Journey in North Korea by Guy Delisle
The list author says:
  "A travel diary, much more playful in tone than Joe Sacco, but still very informative. Guy Delisle has a few more travel diaries as well."
$8.49   Used & New from: $4.49
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)

The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders
17.  The Photographer: Into War-torn Afghanistan with Doctors Without Borders by Emmanuel Guibert
$18.74   Used & New from: $2.33
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

What It Is
18.  What It Is by Lynda Barry
The list author says:
  "This is actually written as a guide/workbook for the creative process. Its really interesting and inspiring, while being a wonderful collection of art at the same time."
$19.13   Used & New from: $10.89
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)

King: A Comics Biography, Special Edition
19.  King: A Comics Biography, Special Edition by Ho Che Anderson
The list author says:
  "One of the classics of non-fiction comics and a personal favorite comic biography. King gives a filled out portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr's life, delving deep into his family life and political career as well as his instrumental role as an activist."
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Kafka
20.  Kafka by R. Crumb
The list author says:
  "Awesome introduction to Kafka, this is actually a biography which was drawn by the father of the Alternative Comix movement of the 60s, Robert Crumb."
$14.30   Used & New from: $6.98
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman
21.  Dangerous Woman: The Graphic Biography of Emma Goldman by Paul Buhle
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3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth
22.  Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Christos H. Papadimitriou
The list author says:
  "A comic biography and exploration of the ideas of Bertrand Russell."
$14.46   Used & New from: $5.64
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (165 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Alan's War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope
23.  Alan's War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope by Emmanuel Guibert
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Houdini: The Handcuff King
24.  Houdini: The Handcuff King by Jason Lutes
The list author says:
  "Jason Lutes is currently working on a historically based comic called Berlin which takes place during the decline of the Weimar Republic from 1928-1933."
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Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography
25.  Isadora Duncan: A Graphic Biography by Sabrina Jones
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The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA
26.  The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA by Mark Schultz
The list author says:
  "Told in a fictional style from the view of an alien observing the earth, this is still written with the intention to inform."
$11.96   Used & New from: $2.37
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

The Sandwalk Adventures: An Adventure in Evolution Told in Five Chapters
27.  The Sandwalk Adventures: An Adventure in Evolution Told in Five Chapters by Jay Hosler
The list author says:
  "An amazing all-ages comic about the life of Charles Darwin (and the theory of evolution in general), told from the perspective of the dust mites that live in his eyebrow."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Clan Apis
28.  Clan Apis by Jay Hosler
The list author says:
  "Another awesome all-ages comic by Jay Hosler all about the lives of bees."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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Alex Kierkegaard utterly destroys Scott McCloud 2 Jul 12, 2012
This book leaves out some key bits of historical information 1 Oct 21, 2009
When wil Part II come out? 1 Sep 25, 2009
About the 1.25 million Iraqis this book claimed were starved to death by UN-imposed sanctions!READ!!!!!!!! 2 Jul 23, 2009
Yes, it is!! 2 Dec 26, 2006
Is this what we're getting instead of Cartoon History of the Universe IV? 1 Nov 27, 2006
 
   

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