Graphic Novels by Black and African American Authors

Book List , Teen

Bessie Stringfield: Tales of the Talented Tenth, No. 2

Title: Bessie Stringfield: Tales of the Talented Tenth, No. 2
By: Gill, Joel Christian
Published: 2016

"Imagine a five-foot-two-inch-tall woman riding a Harley eight times across the continental United States. Now imagine she is black and is journeying across the country in the pre-Civil Rights era of the 1930s and '40s. That is the amazing true story of Bessie Stringfield, the woman known today as The Motorcycle Queen of Miami and the first black woman to be inducted into the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame and the Harley Davidson Hall of Fame. Stringfield was a pioneer in motorcycling during her lifetime; she rode as a civilian courier for the US military and founded the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club in Miami, all while confronting and overcoming Jim Crow in every ride"-- Provided by publisher.

Yummy: the last days of a Southside Shorty

Title: Yummy: the last days of a Southside Shorty
By: Neri, Greg
Published: 2010

"A graphic novel based on the true story of Robert "Yummy" Sandifer, an eleven-year old African American gang member from Chicago who shot a young girl and was then shot by his own gang members"--Provided by publisher.

Long Way Down

Title: Long Way Down
By: Jason Reynolds
Published: 2020

"As fifteen-year-old Will sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know."--Provided by publisher.

Quincredible Vol. 1: Quest to Be the Best!

Title: Quincredible Vol. 1: Quest to Be the Best!
By: Rodney Barnes
Published: 2021

"Quinton West went from being a small guy getting beaten up to a small guy with the superpower of invulnerability. To supplement his only superpower, he realizes he can use his hobby of creating Rube Goldberg devices to outsmart opponents." --Provided by publisher.

Octavia E. Butler's Kindred : a graphic novel adaptation

Title: Octavia E. Butler's Kindred : a graphic novel adaptation
By: Duffy, Damian
Published: 2017

"Dana, a young black writer, can't explain how she is transported across time and space from her house in 1970s California to a plantation in Maryland and the frightening world of the antebellum South. But she does quickly understand why: to deal with the troubles of Rufus, a conflcted white slaveholder--and her progenitor. Her very existence depends on it. This graphic-novel adaptation of Octavia E. Butler's classic is a powerfully moving, unflinching look at the violent, disturbing effects of slavery on the people it chained together, both black and white--and made kindred in the deepest sense of the word."--Provided by publisher.

Black Panther. A nation under our feet. Book three

Title: Black Panther. A nation under our feet. Book three
By: Coates, Ta-Nehisi
Published: 2017

"The full truth of the People's revolution - and the power players supporting it - has been revealed! Now, T'Challa must fight like never before for the fate of his nation - and one of his most trusted allies is back to stand by his side. As the final battle begins, the entirety of Wakanda's glorious history may be their most potent weapon. But even if the People fall, can the monarchy still stand? The pieces are all in position, now it's time for Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze to knock over the board as their revitalization of Black Panther continues!" --Provided by publisher.

Class Act

Title: Class Act
By: Craft, Jerry
Published: 2020

"Eighth grader Drew Ellis recognizes that he isn't afforded the same opportunities, no matter how hard he works, that his privileged classmates at the Riverdale Academy Day School take for granted, and to make matters worse, Drew begins to feel as if his good friend Liam might be one of those privileged kids and is finding it hard not to withdraw, even as their mutual friend Jordan tries to keep their group of friends together."--Provided by publisher.

Ironheart. Vol. 1, Those with courage

Title: Ironheart. Vol. 1, Those with courage
By: Ewing, Eve L
Published: 2019

Riri Williams, the armored hero called Ironheart who took the comics world by storm, takes center stage! When a group of world leaders is held hostage by one of Spider-Man's old foes, Riri must step up her game. But she's thrown for a loop when an old acquaintance from back in Chicago re-enters her life! Now, Ironheart is caught between her need for independence and her obligations at M.I.T. - and when an old friend is kidnapped, she needs to make some tough decisions! Luckily, Riri has a will of steel, a heart of iron...and a brand-new A.I. system on her side! CHAMPIONS artist Kevin Libranda joins award-winning poet Eve L. Ewing, as Ironheart steps boldly out of Tony Stark's shadow to forge her own future!

Bingo Love

Title: Bingo Love
By: Franklin, Tee
Published: 2018

"When Hazel Johnson and Mari McCray met at church bingo in 1963, it was love at first sight. Forced apart by their families and society, Hazel and Mari both married young men and had families. Decades later, now in their mid-'60s, Hazel and Mari reunite again at a church bingo hall. Realizing their love for each other is still alive, what these grandmothers do next takes absolute strength and courage."


Title: Bayou
By: Love, Jeremy
Published: 2009

Lee Wagstaff is the daughter of a black sharecropper in the depression-era town of Charon, Mississippi. When Lily Westmoreland, her white playmate, is snatched by agents of an evil creature known as Bog, Lee's father is accused of kidnapping. Lee's only hope is to follow Lily's trail into this fantastic and frightening alternate world. Along the way she enlists the help of a benevolent, blues singing, swamp monster called Bayou. Together, Lee and Bayou trek across a hauntingly familiar Southern Neverland, confronting creatures both benign and malevolent, in an effort to rescue Lily and save Lee's father from being lynched.

 Nubia. Real one

Title: Nubia. Real one
By: McKinney, L. L. (Leatrice L.)
Published: 2009

"Nubia has always been a little bit... different. As a baby she showcased Amazonian-like strength by pushing over a tree to rescue her neighbor's cat. But despite her having similar abilities, the world has no problem telling her that she's no Wonder Woman. And even if she were, they wouldn't want her. Every time she comes to the rescue, she's reminded of how people see her: as a threat. Her moms do their best to keep her safe, but Nubia can't deny the fire within her, even if she's a little awkward about it sometimes. Even if it means people assume the worst. When Nubia's best friend, Quisha, is threatened by a boy who thinks he owns the town, Nubia will risk it all--her safety, her home, and her crush on that cute kid in English class--to become the hero society tells her she isn't"--

I am Alfonso Jones

Title: I am Alfonso Jones
By: Medina, Tony
Published: 2017

The ghost of fifteen-year-old Alfonso Jones travels in a New York subway car full of the living and the dead, watching his family and friends fight for justice after he is killed by an off-duty police officer while buying a suit in a Midtown department store.

Shuri: The Search for Black Panther

Title: Shuri: The Search for Black Panther
By: Okorafor, Nnedi
Published: 2019

"The Black Panther has disappeared, lost on a mission in space. And in his absence, everyone's looking at the next in line for the throne. But Shuri is happiest in a lab, surrounded by gadgets of her own creation. She'd rather be testing gauntlets than throwing them. But a nation without a leader is a vulnerable one - and Shuri may have to choose between Wakanda's welfare and her own."--Provided by publisher.

Black AF. America's sweetheart

Title: Black AF. America's sweetheart
By: Osajyefo, Kwanza
Published: 2017

"Can a black woman be America's first superhero? Eli Franklin is a 15-year-old girl living in rural Montana-and she just happens to be the most powerful person on the planet. In the aftermath of the world learning that only black people have superpowers, Eli makes her debut as the superhero Good Girl, on a mission to help people and quell the fear of empowered blacks. When a super-terrorist threatens to take away everything Eli has worked toward, will donning a patriotic costume be enough for her to find acceptance?" --Amazon

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