Every year, OYAN members choose their favorite graphic novels for teens of the year with an eye for balance across genre, format, protagonist identity, and content and with special consideration for smaller or independent as well as Pacific Northwest publishers. (For details, see the official selection process.)
The votes have been counted; here are this year’s winners!
- Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
- Bad Machinery, vol. 4: The Case of the Lonely One by John Allison
- Delilah Dirk and the King’s Shilling by Tony Cliff
- The Demon Prince of Momochi House, vol. 1 by Aya Shouoto
- Drowned City: Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans by Don Brown
- Giant Days, vol 1 by John Allison & Lissa Treiman
- Gotham Academy, vol 1: Welcome to Gotham Academy by Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl
- Horimiya, vol. 1 by HERO and Daisuke Hagiwara
- Lumberjanes, vol. 2: Friendship to the Max by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, and Brook Allen
- Ms. Marvel, vol. 3: Crushed by G. Willow Wilson and Takeshi Miyazawa
- The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks
- Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
- Paper Girls, vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
- Princess Jellyfish by Akiko Higashimura
- A Silent Voice, vol. 1 by Yoshitoki Oima
- The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, vol. 1: Squirrel Power by Ryan North and Erica Henderson
- We Are Robin, vol 1: The Vigilante Business by Lee Bermejo, Rob Haynes, and Khary Randolph
All of the winning titles will be booktalked at the OASL Conference in Bend next month.
The Graphic Rave 2016 pamphlet [PDF] includes annotations for each title and is a great way to promote this list to your patrons.
Special thanks to Traci Glass at the Eugene Public Library for managing the nomination, voting, and pamphlet design process!