Graphic Titles Give New Life to Stories

By Julianne Jones | March 16 2020 | Best in Category

One of the most prominent trends of 2019 was the growth of graphic novels and graphic nonfiction as a category. Publisher’s Weekly Senior News Editor Calvin Reid notes in a December 2019 article: “Over the last two years or so more than 20 new publishing platforms focused on graphic novels and/or graphic nonfiction have been started and the category is growing at a healthy pace.”

Penguin Random House has an extensive backlist of top-selling graphic novels and graphic nonfiction encompassing a broad range of topics. With page-turning combinations of artistic imagery mixed with thoughtfully written stories, these titles go beyond traditional storytelling to craft narratives that immerse readers into captivating worlds.

Comic book lovers will find familiar faces in titles from DC Comics, Dark Horse, and Titan Comics featuring Hellboy, Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, The Flash, and more.

This format also lends itself wonderfully to TV and movie tie-ins—the perfect entry point for reluctant readers who may be more visually-inclined. Among instantly recognizable properties in this collection are PERSEPOLIS, THE UMBRELLA ACADEMY, STRANGER THINGS, V FOR VENDETTA, CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA, WATCHMEN, RIVERDALE, AVATAR: THE LAST AIRBENDER, and many more.

There are also a number of graphic memoirs, historical accounts, original works, and reimagining’s to be discovered.

With 200 of Penguin Random House’s top backlist graphic titles, this collection is full of opportunities to create custom collections for accounts based on their interests and preferences. There are so many stories to be told—and seen—with these titles.

To see the full list of titles on the Backlist Vault, click here.

To see this collection on Edelweiss, click here.

The Complete Persepolis
Volumes 1 and 2
Here, in one volume: Marjane Satrapi's best-selling, internationally acclaimed graphic memoir of growing up as a girl in Iran during the revolution has for twenty years been a classroom staple, a feminist manifesto, and one of the most popular and widely known graphic novels of all time. "A stunning graphic memoir...a wholly original achievement in the form." —The New York TimesPersepolis is the story of Satrapi's unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming—both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom—Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.
$27.00 US
Oct 30, 2007

The Umbrella Academy Volume 1: Apocalypse Suite
The New York Times bestselling comics series that was the inspiration for The Umbrella Academy on Netflix, now on Season 3!In an inexplicable worldwide event, forty-three extraordinary children were spontaneously born to women who'd previously shown no signs of pregnancy. Millionaire inventor Reginald Hargreeves adopted seven of the children; when asked why, his only explanation was, "To save the world."These seven children form the Umbrella Academy, a dysfunctional family of superheroes with bizarre powers. Their first adventure at the age of ten pits them against an erratic and deadly Eiffel Tower, piloted by the fearsome zombie-robot Gustave Eiffel. Nearly a decade later, the team disbands, but when Hargreeves unexpectedly dies, these disgruntled siblings reunite just in time to save the world once again.• This volume collects the first six-issue series, as well as out-of-print short stories and an expanded sketchbook section featuring work by Gabriel Bá, James Jean, and Gerard Way.• "Flawless…stylish, imaginative."—Newsarama• Listed as one of the Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens by the Young Adult Library Service Association (YALSA).•'s #1 Graphic Novel of 2008!• A New York Times bestseller!
$17.99 US
Jul 22, 2008
Dark Horse Books

Stranger Things: The Other Side (Graphic Novel)
The hit Netflix series from the Duffer Brothers is now a spine-tingling comic that recounts Will Beyers' harrowing survival in the treacherous Upside Down!
$19.99 US
May 07, 2019
Dark Horse Books

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns 30th Anniversary Edition
Frank Miller's genre-defining graphic novel celebrates its 30th year anniversary with a new edition.
$19.99 US
Feb 16, 2016
DC Comics