What are the best graphic novels created by women?

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    #1Nimona

    Nimona

    Nimona by Noelle Stevenson is a fantasy fiction graphic novel published in 2015. This book follows the story of Nimona and Lord Blackheart in their mission to wreck the peace in their kingdom as their little mischief escalated to a war.

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    Lisa Rios
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "I never really thought about it before, but there aren't that many graphic novels created by women. I guess a lot of women aren't really into that sort of thing. I, however, love to read graphic novels, and Nimona is definitely one of the best. It is just kind of a bonus that it was created by a woman."
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    #2Anya's Ghost

    Anya's Ghost

    Anya's Ghost is a young adult graphic novel created by Vera Brosgol. This sequential art fantasy paranormal book is first published in 2011 by First Second. 

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    Robert Herrera
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "It's definitely one of those coming to age type book, growing up fro experience type of books but in a fictional and illustrated way. The illustrations are really cool and simple in my opinion and demonstrated the emotions and attitudes of the characters very well. overall it is a great book. At first you feel compassion for the ghost and really care about her until you realise who she really was and then you start feeling sad for Anya. "
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    #3Ms. Marvel (Vol.1)

    Ms. Marvel (Vol.1)
    Ms. Marvel (Vol.1) is a young adult fiction graphic novel created by G. Willow Wilson. This sequential art superhero book is first published in 2014 by Marvel. 

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    Margaret Larson
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "I was interested in buying a comic book written, drawn, or edited by a woman, because there's so few working in the field of comics. I came across this in my searches and I was pleasantly surprised at what a great, fun read it was. The art is amazing, the writing is contemporary and feels relevant to today, the characters are fully developed and not just simple caricatures of villains and heroes. I will eagerly continue reading the entire run of this series, not only to support women creating comics, but because its an excellent comic in its own right."
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    #4Smile

    Smile
    Smile is a graphic novel about the struggles of a girl named Raina after losing her two front teeth in a camp. The story revolves around the journey of a typical young girl that experiences typical problems growing up. 





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    Gerardo de la Torre
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Funny and little crazy, but totally beautiful! Every kid should read this book, because during this book made me feel inspired and stay strong."
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    #5Fullmetal Alchemist (Vol. 1)

    Fullmetal Alchemist (Vol. 1)

    Edward and Alphonse Elric abused the power of alchemy by pushing it to its limit of bringing their mother back to life. They failed in taking this gamble and the siblings ended up as slaves of their military-alchemical government.

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    Jeffrey Warren
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This particular graphic novel that was created by a female is outstanding. It has a captivating and smart, well written story that instantly grabs the reader. The artwork is on par with writing. This is great literature let alone a graphic novel. Highly recommended!"
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    #6Fruits Basket (Vol. 1)

    Fruits Basket (Vol. 1)

    Tohru Honda is an orphan who lives with the Sohma family who are hiding a dark secret - when they are hugged by a person of opposite sex, they transform into the spirits of the Chinese Zodiac animals!

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    Tyler Willis
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This is super dope "
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    #7Ouran High School Host Club (Vol. 1)

    Ouran High School Host Club (Vol. 1)

    A scholar-student in an exclusive school for the rich and famous named Haruhi broke an $80,000 worth of vase. To pay back for the damages that she has done, she has to work for the Ouran High School Host Club.

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    Austin Freeman
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "Interesting maga series by a woman. "
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    #8Embroideries

    Embroideries

    Embroideries is another witty and entertaining novel from the author of the bestselling Persopolis. This self-published graphic novel looks into the sex lives of Iranian women. 

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    Kelly Nichols
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "The history students or the people who loves different culture this is the best solution for them From the best–selling author of Persepolis comes this gloriously entertaining and enlightening look into the sex lives of Iranian women. Embroideries gathers together Marjane’s tough–talking grandmother, stoic mother, glamorous and eccentric aunt and their friends and neighbors for an afternoon of tea drinking and talking. Naturally, the subject turns to love, sex and the vagaries of men."
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    #9Friends with Boys

    Friends with Boys

    Friends with Boys is a graphic novel by Faith Erin Hicks originally published in 2012. This book follows the story of Maggie McKay as she enters high school after years of homeschooling. Now, she also has to deal with a ghost following her.

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    Cheryl Holland
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is a fun, sometimes comedic sometimes heartfelt story about a girl entering highschool. I really enjoyed the supernatural elements and the pacing of the story."
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    #10Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues

    Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues

    Red Sonja: Queen of Plagues by Gail Simone is a fantasy graphic novel published in 2014. This book follows the story of the strong and powerful heroine, Red Sonja, and her epic battle towards a glorious victory.

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    Julie Wagner
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "The plague queen is out for revenge. Or is it loyalty to the one man who's respect she has gained and owes a blood debt to? Certain death for someone/s awaits her army's path."
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    #11Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama

    Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama
    Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama is a nonfiction graphic memoir authored and illustrated by Alison Bechdel herself tackling her relationship with her father. This autobiography is a companion piece for her earlier book, Fun Home.


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    Silvia Cordero
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Are You My Mother?: A Comic Drama is one of the best graphic novels created by a woman. The novel is genuinely funny at times and portrays a sometimes tough subject in a light hearted manner. I actually enjoyed the novel so much that I had to share it with my own mother. Not surprisingly, she liked it too."
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    #12Adulthood is a Myth

    Adulthood is a Myth
    Adulthood is a Myth is a graphic novel by Sarah Andersen, an American cartoonist. First published in 2016, it is a collection of comic strips from the famous webcomic, Sarah's Scribbles.
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    Gerardo Cano
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "My book club had a special guest signing and I was able to meet Sarah and get this book signed. It was thr firsr work of hers To read but I am a fan for sure now. Betwern the amazing writing skills and being such a humble down to earth human I'll be supporting all of her future releases."
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    #13This One Summer

    This One Summer

    'This One Summer' is a graphic novel by Mariko Tamaki illustrated by Jillian Tamaki. Rose and Windy are two friends that meet every summer in Awago Beach, their refuge. But this year, the two girls will find themselves caught by new problems, secrets, sorrow and growing up.

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    Madison Santos
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a very realistic story of coming into adulthood and going through a confusing time that we have all experience. This is a great novel but does have some sexual suggestions that some parents may find not appropriate for their children."
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    #14Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic is an LGBT themed non-fiction book written by Alison Bechdel that tells the story of Alison's father. He is a closeted professional old man who had his own struggles but conquered all of it.
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    Rodrigo Montiel
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This seems like a book that would appeal to lots of people. I'm not one of those people. I generally don't read comedy books and don't care for books about "family.""
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    #15Robot Dreams

    Robot Dreams

    Robot Dreams is a young adult fantasy fiction graphic novel created by Sara Varon. IThis sequential art book is first published in 2007 by First Second.  

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    Kevin Wright
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Robot Dreams is a surprise. From looking at the simple illustrations on the front cover, one would not think this book goes below the intellectual or emotional surface. But don't be fooled, it does. The story challenges you to rethink what you value in relationships. The narrative is about the friendship between a dog and a robot. It deals with the themes of loyalty, rejection, guilt and self-worth. It is amazing that a book with rather simple artwork and basically no words can involve such complicated and involved themes. The ending is not predictable, and I found myself wishing that is was. I give this book four stars because I think the ending should have been different; but I do recommend it."
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    #16Introvert Doodles

    Introvert Doodles

    Introvert Doodles: An Illustrated Look at Introvert Life in an Extrovert World is a collection of comic strips illustrated by Maureen Marzi Wilson. First published in 2016, it tells the story of the awkward life of an introvert.

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    William Brooks
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The best graphic novel created by women is Introvert Doodles by Maureen Marzi Wilson. The story centers around Marzi. She's an introvert who often finds herself in awkward situations. Humorously illustrated to enhance the awkwardness, the graphic novel will truly convey the life of an introvert."
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    #17Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House)

    Pirates Past Noon (Magic Tree House)

    Pirates Past Noon is a speculative fiction novel originally written by Mary Pope Osborne and illustrated by artist Salvatore Murdocca. It was first published in 1994. This is the fourth book in Osborne's Magic Tree House series.

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    Han Han
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "As someone that is a big fan of this series I have to say that the forth book in the Magic House series really hit all the right notes with me. I like how I got to learn even more backstory on some of the main characters and how the plot really started to thicken and get really interesting in this book. I ended up reading the whole book within the span of 2 day's because it is just that good!"
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    #18SLAM! Vol. 1

    SLAM! Vol. 1

    Slam! Volume 1 is a sequential art and graphic novel written by Pamela Ribon and illustrated by Veronica Fish. Published in 2017 by Boom! Box, Slam! Vol. 1 focuses on the story of Eastside Roller Girls Jennifer and Maisie.

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    Peter Wood
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "This was one of the best graphic novels I've read in quite a while, and I absolutely loved the writing style of Pamela Ribbon. The illustrations were really well done as well and it was just a book that kept my attention from start to finish and had me wanting for more. I've always been oddly interested in roller girls and their stories and this book did a great job highlighting their world and some of the girls who compete."
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    #19Abe Lincoln at Last! (Magic Tree House)

    Abe Lincoln at Last! (Magic Tree House)

    Abe Lincoln at Last! is a speculative fiction novel originally written by Mary Pope Osborne and illustrated by artist Salvatore Murdocca. It was first published in 2011. This is the 47th book in Osborne's Magic Tree House series.

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    Rajesh Chavan
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Wonderful, lighthearted story about a couple children who get whisked away by the magic house and meet the actual President Lincoln! During their adventures, they get to see how life is like in those times as well as get a priceless view into how the great man thought and conducted himself when not in the public eye. Bought this for my child and it is one of their favorites, which makes me happy as a mother to see this book create such an interest in history and learning in him. Great book!"
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    #20It's All Absolutely Fine

    It's All Absolutely Fine
    It's All Absolutely Fine: Life is Complicated So I've Drawn It Instead is a graphic novel written and illustrated by Ruby Elliot. First published in 2017, it is an account of the author's life as she struggles with mental illness.
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    William Stone
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "As far as graphic novels does... It's All Absolutely Fine is awesome. I could also really relate to it."

Summary

Best What are the best graphic novels created by women
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1NimonaBooks 33 Paid
2Anya's GhostBooks 30 Paid
3Ms. Marvel (Vol.1)Books 29 Paid
4SmileBooks 26 Paid
5Fullmetal Alchemist (Vol. 1)Books 26 Paid
6Fruits Basket (Vol. 1)Books 24 Paid
7Ouran High School Host Club (Vol. 1)Books 23 Paid
8EmbroideriesBooks 21 Paid
9Friends with BoysBooks 21 Paid
10Red Sonja: Queen of PlaguesBooks 19 Paid
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