This is take two at collecting and organizing a complete* listing of titles that would be appropriate for a graphic medicine library collection**. The first pass at this can be found here. Keep in mind that the goal of this list is first-and-foremost to aid in collection development – so there are going to be things missing, such as webcomics or low-print comics that are simply impossible to find now. And I still want YOUR feedback! Leave me a comment, send me an email, or give me a shout at @NoetheMatt on Twitter.

The biggest additions this time are a great number of titles on Comic Appreciation/Studies and on Comic Creation- thanks to those of you who suggested them! There are also a few new/upcoming releases included now. Titles added since the last posting are clearly marked in red.

[CTRL+F will be your best bet when searching this post. If a comic was clearly multiple subjects, I listed it under the major subject and included a bracketed also subject at the end]


Abortion

  • Not Funny Ha-Ha: A Handbook for Something Hard by Leah Hayes

Abuse

  • A Child’s Life: Other Stories by Phoebe Gloeckner [Child Abuse] [also: HIV/AIDS]
  • A Family Matter by Will Eisner
  • Becoming Unbecoming by Una [Sexual Abuse] [also: Trauma & Resilience]
  • Daddy’s Girl: Comics by Debbie Drechsler [Incest]
  • Dragonslippers: This is What an Abusive Relationship Looks Like by Rosalind B. Penfold [Domestic Abuse]
  • Not My Shame by T.O. Walker [Child Abuse] [also: Trauma & Resilience]
  • Take It As a Compliment by Maria Stoian [Sexual Abuse] [also: Trauma & Resilience]
  • The Courage to Be Me: A Story of Courage, Self-Compassion and Hope After Sexual Abuse by Nina Burrowes et al [Sexual Abuse] [also: Trauma & Resilience]
  • The Tale of One Bad Rat by Bryan Talbot [Child Abuse]
  • Why I Killed Peter by Olivier Ka et al [Child Abuse]
  • Will I See? by Iskwé, David Alexander Robertson, Erin Leslie, & GMB Chomichuk [Violence Against Women]

Addiction

  • Buzzkill by Donny Cates et al [Superhero]
  • Sobriety: A Graphic Novel by Daniel Maurer & Spencer Amundson
  • Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L. Holm et al [also: Coming of Age]
  • The Alcoholic by Jonathan Ames & Dean Haspiel

Adoption

  • Can of Worms by Catherine Doherty

Aging

  • Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast [also: Death & Dying; Grief]
  • Daytripper by Fábio Moon & Gabriel Bá
  • Mid-life: A Comic Book by Joe Ollmann
  • Walking the Dog by David Hughes [also: Mental Health (general)]
  • Wrinkles by Paco Roca

Alzheimer’s

  • Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass by Dana Walrath [PSU Graphic Medicine series]
  • Roses in December: A Story of Love and Alzheimer’s by Tom Batiuk & Chuck Ayers
  • Tangles: A Story about Alzheimer’s, My Mother, and Me by Sarah Leavitt

Anxiety

  • Thin Slices of Anxiety: Observations and Advice to Ease a Worried Mind by Catherine Lepage [Illustrated Book]
  • When Anxiety Attacks by Terian Koscik

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

  • Raised on Ritalin by Tyler Page

Autism

  • Blue Bottle Mystery: The Graphic Novel: An Asperger Adventure by Mike Medaglia et al [Asperger’s] [Children’s]
  • Drawing Autism edited by Jill Mullin
  • Lisa and the Lacemaker: The Graphic Novel by Kathy Hoopmann
  • Something Different About Dad: How to Live with Your ASD Parent by Kristi Evans
  • With the Light: Raising an Autistic Child by Keiko Tobe & Satsuki Yamashita [Manga; 8 Volumes]

Biology & General Medical Sciences

  • A Cartoon Guide to Genetics by Larry Gonick & Mark Wheelis [Educational]
  • Biological Psychology: An Illustrated Survival Guide by Paul Aleixo & Murray Baillon [Textbook]
  • Cells at Work!, Volume 1 by Akane Shimizu et al [Manga]
  • Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species: A Graphic Adaptation by Michael Keller & Nicolle Rager Fuller [Educational]
  • DNA: A Graphic Guide to the Molecule that Shook the World by Israel Rosenfield et al [Educational] [also: History of Medicine]
  • Evolution: The Story of Life on Earth by Jay Hosler et al [Educational]
  • Medikidz by Various [Educational; Children’s] [Multivolume Series]
  • Neurocomic by Matteo Farinella & Hana Ros [Educational]
  • Optical Allusions by Jay Hosler
  • Science Tales by Darryl Cunningham
  • The Healthy Aboriginal Network by Various [Educational; Youth Oriented] [Multivolume Series]
  • The Manga Guide to… Various Authors [Educational] [Manga; Multivolume Series]
  • The Stuff of Life: A Graphic Guide to Genetics and DNA by Mark Schultz et al [Educational]
  • The Yellow Monkey Emperor’s Classic of Chinese Medicine by Damo Mitchell & Spencer Hill [Educational]

Bipolar Disorder

  • Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir by Ellen Forney [also: Depression]

Cancer

  • Alicia en el Mundo Real by Isabel Franc [Spanish Language]
  • An Elegy for Amelia Johnson by Andrew Rostan et al [Breast Cancer]
  • Cancer Made Me a Shallower Person: A Memoir in Comics by Miriam Engelberg [Breast Cancer]
  • Cancer Vixen: A True Story by Marisa Acocella Marchetto [Breast Cancer]
  • Don’t Go Where I Can’t Follow by Anders Nilsen [also: Death & Dying; Grief]
  • Embroidered Cancer Comic by Sima Elizabeth Shefrin [Prostate Cancer]
  • Janet & Me: An Illustrated Story of Love and Loss by Stanley Mack [Illustrated Book] [Breast Cancer] [also: Death & Dying; Grief]
  • Lisa’s Story: The Other Shoe by Tom Batiuk [Breast Cancer]
  • Mammoir: A Pictorial Odyssey of the Adventures of a Fourth Grade Teacher with Breast Cancer by Tucky Fussell [Breast Cancer]
  • Mom’s Cancer by Brian Fies [Lung Cancer]
  • My Diary by Mio Matsumoto [Tongue Cancer]
  • Our Cancer Year by Joyce Brabner & Harvey Pekar [Lymphoma]
  • Probably Nothing: A Diary of Not-Your-Average Nine Months by Matilda Tristram [Bowel Cancer] [also: Pregnancy]
  • Relatively Indolent but Relentless: A Cancer Treatment Journal by Matt Freedman [Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma]
  • Seeds by Ross Mackintosh [also: Grief]
  • The Death of Captain Marvel by Jim Starlin et al [Superhero]
  • The Story of My Tits by Jennifer Hayden [Breast Cancer]
  • When David Lost His Voice by Judith Vanistendael & Nora Mahony

Childbirth, Pregnancy, Infancy

  • Good Eggs: A Memoir by Phoebe Potts [Fertility]
  • Hey Baby: A Comic Memoir about Becoming a Mom by Breena Bard
  • Spot 12: The Story of a Birth by Jenny Jaeckel [also: Trauma & Resilience]
  • The Facts of Life by Paula Knight [also: Miscarriage; Women’s Health]
  • The Most Natural Thing in the World by Francesca Cassavetti [Birth and New Parenthood]

Comics Appreciation/Studies

  • Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature by Charles Hatfield
  • Autobiographical Comics: Life Writing in Pictures by Elisabeth El Refaie
  • Comics and Sequential Art by Will Eisner
  • Graphic Novels: Everything You Need to Know by Paul Gravett
  • Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics by Hillary Chute
  • Lynda Barry: Girlhood Through the Looking Glass by Susan Kirtley
  • MetaMaus: A Look Inside a Modern Classic, Maus by Art Spiegelman
  • Outside the Box: Interviews with Contemporary Cartoonists by Hillary Chute
  • Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean by Douglas Wolk
  • Reinventing Comics: How Imagination and Technology Are Revolutionizing an Art Form by Scott McCloud
  • The Comics of Chris Ware: Drawing Is a Way of Thinking edited by David Ball & Martha Kuhlman
  • The Cute Manifesto by James Kochalka
  • The Education of a Comics Artist: Visual Narrative in Cartoons, Graphic Novels, and Beyond by Michael Dooley & Steven Heller
  • The Language of Comics: Word and Image edited by Robin Varnum & Christina Gibbons
  • The Power of Comics: History, Form, and Culture by Randy Duncan, Paul Levitz & Matthew Smith
  • Understanding Comics by Scott McCloud
  • Unflattening by Nick Sousanis

Comics Creation

  • Cartooning: Philosophy and Practice by Ivan Brunetti
  • Drawing Words and Writing Pictures: Making Comics: Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond by Jessica Abel & Matt Madden
  • Hi-Fi Color for Comics by Brian Miller & Kristy Miller
  • Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud
  • Mastering Comics: Drawing Words & Writing Pictures Continued by Jessica Abel & Matt Madden
  • Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor by Lynda Barry
  • You Can Do a Graphic Novel by Barbara Slate

Coming of Age (or Adolescence)

  • Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol [also: Immigrant Experience]
  • Binky Brown Meets the Holy Virgin Mary by Justin Green
  • Blankets by Craig Thompson [also: Emotion]
  • Calling Dr. Laura by Nicole J. Georges [also: LGBTQ Health]
  • Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes by Mary Talbot & Bryan Talbot
  • Flying Couch: A Graphic Memoir by Amy Kurzweil [also: Trauma & Resilience]
  • Giant Days by John Allison & Whitney Cogar [Multivolume Series]
  • I Never Liked You: A Comic-Strip Narrative by Chester Brown
  • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki & Jillian Tamaki

Crohn’s Disease

  • Funny Misshapen Body: A Memoir by Jeffrey Brown

Cystic Fibrosis

  • Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier [also: Coming of Age]

Deafness

  • El Deafo by Cece Bell & David Lasky [also: Coming of Age]

Death & Dying

  • 100 Months: The End of All Things by John Hicklenton [also: Politics]
  • Displacement by Lucy Knisley
  • Doctors by Dash Shaw [also: Science Fiction]
  • Fish by Bianca Bagnarelli [also: Grief]
  • Homesick by Jason Walz [also: Grief]
  • Sick by Ken Dahl (Gabby Schulz) [also: Politics; Social Justice]
  • Special Exits: A Graphic Memoir by Joyce Farmer [also: Aging]

Dementia

  • Bird in a Cage by Rebecca Roher
  • Dad’s Not All There Anymore by Alex Demetris [Lewy Body Dementia (LBD)]

Dental Health

  • Smile by Raina Telgemeier & Stephanie Yue [also: Coming of Age]

Depression

  • Dark Early by Hannah Bradshaw
  • Depresso, or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying – and Embrace Being Bonkers! By Brick
  • Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened by Allie Brosh
  • Living with a Black Dog: His Name is Depression by Matthew Johnstone
  • My Depression: A Picture Book by Elizabeth Swados

Diabetes

  • Diabetes and Me: An Essential Guide for Kids and Parents by Nick Bertozzi & Kim Chaloner
  • Nomi Kane’s Quick Guide to Type One Diabetes by Nomi Kane [Zine]
  • Sugar Baby by Nomi Kane [Zine]
  • Suzie & Ray, Just Another Tool for the Toolbox: An Introduction to Insulin for People with Type 2 Diabetes by Cathy Leamy & Chrisanne Sikora [Educational]
  • The Truth About Stacey by Ann Martin & Raina Telgemeier [also: Coming of Age]

Disability

  • The Minotaur’s Tale by Al Davison
  • The Ring of Fire Anthology by E.T. Russian [also: Social Justice; Politics]

Dissociative Identity Disorder

  • Cuckoo by Madison Clell [also: Trauma & Resilience]

Down Syndrome

  • Hole in the Heart: Bringing Up Beth by Henny Beaumont [PSU Graphic Medicine series]

Dysentery

  • The Invisible War: A Tale on Two Scales by Briony Barr et al

Dyslexia

  • Mirror Mind by Tory Woollcott

Eating Disorders

  • Handbook by Kevin Budnick
  • How I Made It to Eighteen: A Mostly True Story by Tracy White [also: Mental Health (general)]
  • Inside Out: Portrait of an Eating Disorder by Nadia Shivack
  • Lighter Than My Shadow by Katie Green
  • Lucille by Ludovic Debeurme & Edward Gauvin [also: Coming of Age; Mental Health (general)]
  • Tyranny by Lesley Fairfield

Education

  • To Teach: The Journey, in Comics by William Ayers & Ryan Alexander-Tanner

Emotion

  • Forgiveness is Really Strange by Marina Cantacuzino, Masi Noor, & Sophie Standing
  • Killing and Dying by Adrian Tomine
  • Map of My Heart: The Best of King-cat Comics & Stories 1996-2002 by John Porcellino [Sadness]
  • What Are You Staring At? A Comic About Restorative Justice in Schools by Pete Wallis & Joseph Wilkins [Emotional Literacy] [Children’s]

Epilepsy

  • Epileptic by David B.
  • My New York Diary by Julie Doucet [also: Addiction]

Genetics

  • Transhuman by Jonathan Hickman & J.M. Ringuet [Science Fiction]

Graphic Medicine

  • Graphic Medicine Manifesto by M.K. Czerwiec et al [Scholarly Anthology] [PSU Graphic Medicine series]
  • The Walking Med: Zombies and the Medical Image by Lorenzo Servitje & Sherryl Vint [Scholarly Anthology] [PSU Graphic Medicine series]

Grief

  • American Widow by Alissa Torres & Choi [also: Terror]
  • Billy, Me & You: A Memoir of Grief and Recovery by Nicola Streeten
  • Mother, Come Home by Paul Hornschemeier & Gary Groth
  • Naming Monsters by Hannah Eaton [also: Mental Health (general)]
  • Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart
  • The End by Anders Nilsen & Kim Thompson [also: Death & Dying] rid[also: Cancer]

History of Medicine

  • Darwin: A Graphic Biography by Eugene Byrne & Simon Gurr
  • Freud: An Illustrated Biography by Corinne Maier
  • The 1918 Flu Pandemic by Katherine E. Krohn et al [Educational]

HIV/AIDS

  • AIDS in the End Zone by Kendra S. Albright et al
  • Blue Pills: A Positive Love Story by Frederik Peeters
  • Pedro & Me: Friendship, Loss, & What I Learned by Judd Winick [also: Grief]
  • Second Avenue Caper: When Goodfellas, Divas, and Dealers Plotted Against the Plague by Joyce Brabner & Mark Zingarelli
  • Seven Miles a Second by David Wojnarowicz & James Romberger [also: Biography]
  • Strip AIDS USA: A Collection of Cartoon Art to Benefit People with AIDS by Trina Robbins et al [Anthology]

Hospice Care

  • Things to do in a Retirement Home Trailer Park: When You’re 29 and Unemployed… by Aneurin Wright [also: Aging] [PSU Graphic Medicine series]

Immigrant Experience

  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang [also: Coming of Age]
  • Level Up by Gene Luen Yang & Thien Pham [also: Coming of Age; Medical Education]
  • The Arab of the Future: A Childhood in the Middle East, 1978-1984: A Graphic Memoir by Riad Sattouf
  • The Complete Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

  • Chronically Me: Flushing Out My Life and Times with IBS: A Memoir in Comics by Joy Spencer

LGBTQ Health

  • Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel [also: Suicide; OCD; Mental Health (general)]
  • Kyle’s Bed & Breakfast by Greg Fox
  • Queer: A Graphic History by Meg John Barker & Julia Scheele [Educational]
  • Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag by A.K. Summers [also: Pregnancy]
  • What’s Normal Anyway? A Comic About Being Trans Male by Morgan Boecher

Lupus

  • The Infinite Wait and Other Stories by Julia Wertz & Matthew Forsythe [also: Addiction]

Medical Education

  • Con-ciencia Médica by Mónica Lalanda Sanmiguel [Spanish Language]
  • One Breath Apart: Facing Dissection by Sandra Bertman [also: Death & Dying]

Mental Health (general)

  • Are You My Mother? A Comic Drama by Alison Bechdel [also: LGBTQ Health; Emotion]
  • Couch Fiction: A Graphic Tale of Psychotherapy by Philippa Perry & Junko Graat
  • Diary Drawings: Mental Illness and Me by Bobby Baker & Dora Whittuck [Sketchbook]
  • First Year Healthy by Michael DeForge
  • Hysteria by Richard Appignanesi & Oscar Zarate [also: History of Medicine]
  • It’s All Absolutely Fine by Ruby Elliot
  • Look Straight Ahead: A Graphic Novel by Elaine M. Will [also: Bullying]
  • Psychiatric Tales: Eleven Graphic Stories about Mental Illness by Darryl Cunningham
  • The Hospital Suite by John Porcellino [also: General Medicine]
  • The Secret of the Brain Chip: A Self-Help Guide for People Experiencing Psychosis by Marc de Hert et al [Educational] [Multimodal]

Mindfulness

  • One Year Wiser: 365 Illustrated Meditations by Mike Medaglia

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

  • Justin Green’s Binky Brown Sampler by Justin Green
  • The Bad Doctor by Ian Williams [also: Physician Experience] [PSU Graphic Medicine series]
  • The Nao of Brown by Glyn Dillon

Obesity

  • The Big Skinny: How I Changed My Fattitude, A Memoir by Carol Lay

Pain

  • Pain is Really Strange by Steve Haines

Parkinson’s Disease

  • My Degeneration: A Journey Through Parkinson’s by Peter Dunlap-Shohl [PSU Graphic Medicine series]

Physician Experience

  • Disrepute by Thom Furrier (aka Ian Williams)
  • Essex County Vol. 3: The Country Nurse by Jeff Lemire
  • Taking Turns: Stories from HIV/AIDS Care Unit 371 by MK Czerwiec [also: HIV/AIDS]
  • Welcome To Nursing HELLo, a Graphic Memoir: a Graphic Memoir by Joel Craig

Plastic Surgery

  • Fingerprints by Will Dinski

Politics

  • #foodcrisis: A Graphic Novel about Global Food Security by Evan D.G. Fraser & Scott Mooney
  • Health Care Reform: What It IS, Why It’s Necessary, How It Works by Jonathan Gruber & H.P. Newquist [Educational]
  • The Photographer by Emmanuel Guibert et al [also: War] [Note: Doctors Without Borders]

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

  • At War With Yourself by Samuel C. Williams [also: Veteran’s Health]

Schizophrenia

  • Bitter Medicine: A Graphic Memoir of Mental Illness by Clem Martini & Olivier Martini
  • HOAX Psychosis Blues by Ravi Thornton & Hannah Berry
  • Lost in a Mind Field : Schizophrenia and Other Psychoses by Neil Phillips
  • Swallow Me Whole by Nate Powell [also: Death & Dying; OCD; Mental Health (general)]
  • The Road to God Knows… by Von Allan [also: Coming of Age]

Sexual Health

  • Embroideries by Marjane Satrapi
  • For the Love of God, Marie! By Jade Sarson
  • Not Your Mother’s Meatloaf: A Sex Education Comic Book by Saiya Miller et al [Anthology] [Educational]
  • Oh Joy, Sex Toy, Volume 1 by Erika Moen & Matthew Nolan [3 Volumes] [Educational]
  • Our Lady of Birth Control: A Cartoonist’s Encounter with Margaret Sanger by Sabrina Jones [also: Biography]
  • The House That Groaned by Karrie Fransman
  • Tip of the Iceberg: A Book About the Clitoris by Laura Szumowski [Zine] [also: Women’s Health]

Sexually Transmitted Diseases

  • Black Hole by Charles Burns [Science Fiction]
  • Monsters by Ken Dahl (Gabby Schulz) [Herpes]

Smoking

  • These Things Ain’t Gonna Smoke Themselves: A Love/Hate/Love/Hate/Love Letter to a Very Bad Habit by Emily Flake [also: Addiction]

Social Justice

  • The Real Cost of Prisons Comix by Lois Ahrens [Anthology]
  • Threadbare: Clothes, Sex, and Trafficking by Anne Elizabeth Moore

Spina Bifida

  • The Spiral Cage: Diary of an Astral Gypsy by Al Davison [also: Disability]

Suicide

  • The Next Day: A Graphic Novella by Paul Peterson et al
  • Years of the Elephant by Willy Linthout & Theo Linthout [also: Grief]

Tragedy

  • Everyday Matters: A Memoir by Danny Gregory
  • Rinse, Spin, Repeat: A Graphic Memoir of Loss and Survival by Eddie Fasnidge

Trauma & Resilience

  • D.: New Orleans After the Deluge by Josh Neufeld [also: Disaster Medicine]
  • Barefoot Gen by Keiji Nakazawa [Manga; 10 Volumes] [also: War]
  • Dark Night: A True Batman Story by Paul Dini & Eduardo Risso [also: Mental Health (general)]
  • Deogratias, A Tale of Rwanda by J.P. Stassen [also: Genocide]
  • It’s a Bird… by Steven T. Seagle & Teddy H. Kristiansen
  • Letting It Go by Miriam Katin
  • Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman
  • Pretending is Lying by Dominique Goblet
  • Stitches: A Memoir by David Small [also: Child Abuse]
  • Trauma is Really Strange by Steve Haines & Sophie Standing
  • We Are On Our Own: A Memoir by Miriam Katin

Vaccines

  • The Adventures of the Regatjes, Volume 1: Vaccines by Susan Nasif et al [Children’s]

Various

  • Late Bloomer by Carol Tyler

Veteran Health

  • Alan’s War: The Memories of G.I. Alan Cope by Emmanuel Guibert
  • Signature Wound: Rocking TBI by G.B. Trudeau [also: Traumatic Brain Injury]
  • Soldier’s Heart: The Campaign to Understand my WWII Veteran Father: A Daughter’s Memoir by Carol Tyler
  • The Long Road Home: One Step At a Time by G.B. Trudeau
  • The War Within: One More Step at a Time by G.B. Trudeau
  • When I Returned by Center for Cartoon Studies [Anthology]

Women’s Health

  • Cycling: A Guide to Menstruation by Laura Szumowski [Zine]
  • Feminist Fables for the Twenty-First Century: The F Word Project [Anthology]
  • Unterzakhn by Leela Corman [also: Sexual Health; Immigrant Experience]

 


* No list can ever be 100% complete, particularly one on comics that are coming out at a rapidly increasing pace
** This specification means that there are definitely comics missing from this list, for any of the following reasons: no longer in publication (and not likely to be again); not in a circulation friendly format; unavailable by traditional library purchasing means; webcomics (in most instances); or some combination of these.

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