Sometimes all the hype about new British graphic novels can be distracting.
This is the best of the year … or maybe that is. This one has an award, but is that any recommendation? Is it any good? Is it worth the money?
At other times Great British Graphic Novels are published, but no-one notices or acknowledges them. Very little is said about them. They don’t get any reviews.
Well, perhaps, they are all excellent paper pleasures and most delicious. Can that be possible? Would any Publisher wish to go to the expense of publishing them if they were not?
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This list was last updated on 18 December 2015.
The Inflatable Woman
Rachael Ball (Bloomsbury Publishing)
22 October 2015
Iris is a zookeeper looking for love when she is diagnosed with breast cancer. Overnight, her life becomes populated with a carnival of daunting hospital characters. Iris’s fears encircle her and she clings to the attention of a lighthouse keeper. Magic realism with the grit.
Dan And Sam
Mark Watson and Oliver Harup (Picador)
22 October 2015
Dan and Sam are a happily married, owners of a London restaurant, and looking forward to spending the rest of their lives together. When Sam dies in his arms after an accident, Dan cannot imagine life without her. However, Dan is granted a reprieve – Sam can return to him for one night of the year, until he falls in love again, but although Dan knows no one could ever replace Sam’s place in his heart, he soon faces a choice.
Si Spencer and Dix Grim (Selfmadehero)
15 October 2015
Three unemployed wasters find themselves embroiled in a dispute with their new neighbours. When the shabby Carlisle intervenes in their lives, he incurs the wrath of their landlord – that embodiment of evil, Mr Stapleton – and his mute son, Craig. As Stapleton’s malign influence spreads over his housemates, Carlisle takes the fight to his enemy and realises he must sacrifice his life.
Elsie Harris Picture Palace
Jessica Martin (Miwk Publishing)
14 October 2015
A rags to riches, romantic movie adventure set against the backdrop of the 1930s film industry. A story that charts the fortunes of young Elsie Harris, a Londoner, from working as a humble ‘Nippy’ at a Lyons Corner House restaurant, to working behind the scenes in the male-dominated world of film in London and Hollywood.
Una (Myriad Editions)
30 September 2015
A serial murderer is at large in West Yorkshire and the police are struggling to find the killer. As this national news story unfolds around her, twelve-year-old Una finds herself on the receiving end of a series of violent acts for which she feels she is somehow to blame.
Joe Sugg and Amrit Birdi (Hodder & Stoughton)
10 September 2015
Like anyone who feels as though they just don’t fit in, Evie dreams of a place of safety. When times are tough, all she wants is a chance to escape from reality and be herself. Despite failing health, Evie’s father comes close to creating such a virtual idyll. Passing away before it’s finished, he leaves her the key in the form of an app, and Evie finds herself transported to a world where the population is influenced by her personality. Everyone shines in her presence, until her devious cousin, Mallory, discovers the app..
Simon Grennan (Jonathan Cape)
3 September 2015
In debt John Caldigate travels to the gold fields of New South Wales. On the journey, he promises to marry Mrs Smith, a divorced actress. But when he returns home a rich man, John marries his sweetheart Hester. When Mrs Smith arrives from Australia, she claims that she is already his wife. Inspired by Anthony Trollope’s 1879 novel John Caldigate.
The Bizarre Adventures Of Gilbert and Sullivan
Laura Howell (Soaring Penguin Press)
31 August 2015
A collection of topsy-turvy stories set in Victorian England filled with the japery and playfulness of Arthur Sullivan and W.S Gilbert. Based on historical facts and featuring Oscar Wilde, Richard Wagner, Mad King Ludwig of Bavaria and, of course, Queen Victoria’s rat-catcher. It is the very model of a modern mirthful comic book!
Rachael Smith (Avery Hill Publishing Limited)
28 August 2015
Eleanor and her sister Kathy run away from school, from home, and from all of their troubles. They may also be running from reality itself, as they meet a new friend: a talking cartoon rabbit called Craig. Running away is not as easy as it seems. A surreal coming-of-age tale about the vulnerability of youth.
William Goldsmith (Jonathan Cape)
6 August 2015
In 1910 brothers Guy and Victor Egret take on an ambitious commission: a deluxe, jewelled binding of a collection of poems, A Moonless Land. It proves to be a moment of hubris. The work triggers their ruin, watched by the disapproving spirit of their father, Garrison Egret. A darkly humorous tale of sibling rivalry and creative one-upmanship.
The Pill Box
David Hughes (Jonathan Cape)
2 July 2015
On holiday in Suffolk, a boy and his dog discover a World War II pillbox half buried on a deserted beach. When he returns the next day with his parents, the pillbox has disappeared. They learn a pillbox had once stood there and a boy had once been found in it—found dead. A haunting ghost story.
Kadath: The Dream Quest of Randolph Carter
Howard.P. Lovecraft, and Charles Cutting (Sloth Comics)
11 June 2015
Three times Randolph Carter dreams of a magnificent sunset city, but his perfect dreams are not what they seem to be. As Carter sets out on a quest within a dream world to find his ideal city at all costs, he is drawn inexorably closer towards a terrible secret. Charles Cutting’s adaptation of American horror writer Howard. P. Lovecraft’s novella The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath (1943).
The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace & Babbage
Sydney Padua (Penguin Books)
7 May 2015
The (mostly) true steam-punk story of the first computer. Ada Lovelace the mathematician daughter of Lord Byron, and Charles Babbage inventor of the Difference Engine a calculating machine that was never finished—but what if things had been different?
There’s No Time Like The Present
Paul B Rainey (Escape Books)
1 April 2015
Set in a world just like yours, except in this is a world where time travel has consequences. There is access to the ultranet and you can, if you like download the music of tomorrow, the movies that have yet to be filmed and learn the exact date and time of your own demise.
Behind The Curtain
Danusia Schejbal and Andrzej Klimowski (SelfMade Hero)
19 March 2015
During the 1970s, two students travel to Eastern European when others dream of going West. During a period when toilet paper was worth its weight in gold; Solidarity Free Trade Unions were formed; and, eventually, tanks appeared in the streets, a vibrant creative community of artists attempts to rise above adveristy.
Death Of The Artist
Karrie Fransman (Jonathan Cape)
5 March 2015
Graphic novelist Karrie Fransman invites four old friends from university to an isolated cottage in the Peak District for a week of hedonism and creativity. A retreat to tell stories that are then collected together into this very book.
Andy Poyiadgi (NoBrow)
1 March 2015
Gerald is a postman, much like many other postmen. One day, having lost a precious and personal item, he visits his local lost and found. Only to find far more than he bargained for, because in this self storage , each and every one of Gerald s lost possessions has been kept and contained.
Great British Graphic Novels Of 2015
The British Graphic Novels 2015 listing includes new original graphic novels, or new original graphic short-story anthologies.
This is a listing of all the British Graphic Novels published during the period 1st January 2015 and 31 December 2015.
The most recent graphic novel published at the top.
Provided the works are from British Publishers and by British Authors they appear here.
They are listed by the official date of publication and does not include reprints.
The list does not include childrens’ books, film tie-ins, spin offs or part works or the superhero genre.
The writer’s name or names are shown first, and then the comics illustrator’s name is shown second. The publisher’s name is in brackets.
The list shows the graphic novels with the most recent at the top.
The story must be complete, but can be complete in no more than three volumes.
British Graphic Non-Fiction appears in another listing.