These are the graphic novels most liked by the Domestika community on Instagram
When you mix illustration with extraordinary narratives, you get one of the creative world's most beloved products. Graphic novels can tell complex stories, which is why they have not only achieved worldwide popularity among all kinds of audiences but also serve as an inspiration to new artists.
We asked the Domestika community on Instagram what their favorite graphic novels are, and these were the 10 most voted:
Scott Pilgrim, Bryan Lee O'Malley (Canada, 2004-2010)
This romantic comedy was first published in a six-volume black and white series and later republished in color. It tells the story of a young musician who falls in love while searching for his own identity. It has won the Doug Wright (Best New Artist), Joe Shuster (Best Canadian Cartoonist), Harvey (twice for Best Original Script), and Eisner (Best Comedy) awards.
Black Hole, Charles Burns (United States, 2005)
With a story set in the mid-1970s, this graphic novel is one of the most important references for independent artists, portraying a crude interpretation of adolescent life in the West. Its author is a well known name in the horror comic genre.
Maus, story of a survivor, Art Spiegelman (United States, 1980-1991)
By far among the favorites of the Domestika community. It is also the first work of its kind to receive a Pulitzer Prize (1992) for the narrative quality that its author, the son of a survivor of the Holocaust in World War II, . His global and indisputable influence has positioned him as a reference for many of this genre's great authors.
The Umbrella Academy, Gerard Way and Gabriel Bá (United States, 2007-2018)
It is well known for the TV-show adaptation currently running on Netflix, but the original printed work stands on its own. It tells the story of a group of young mutants trained to be superheroes. Winner of an Eisner Award (Best Limited Series).
Poncho fue, Sole Otero (@sole_otero) (Argentina, 2014-2016)
This novel portrays the different sides of a sentimental relationship based on psychological manipulation. The author is an illustrator, textile designer, and cartoonist, and teaches the course Introduction to Colour Psychology: Chromatic Narrative at Domestika.
The Sandman, Neil Gaiman (UK, 1989-2013)
An incredibly popular and valued series, its 75 issues alternate between horror, mythology, and fantasy. Issue #19 was the first comic to win the World Fantasy Award (which, until then, did not include this format among its nominated works).
Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi (France-Iran, 2000)
In this autobiographical graphic novel, Satrapi recounts the great moments that marked her life as a witness of the Islamic revolution in Iran and her migration to Europe. Twenty years after its publication, it has become a cornerstone of this genre, gaining worldwide renown.
Noticias de Pintores, María Luque (@mariajluque) (Argentina, 2019)
In this illustrated book, the author gathers 94 anecdotes that portray art history in an approachable way. Full of personal details about famous artists, the novel is the outstanding work of María Luque, teacher of the Domestika course Creation and Development of Graphic Novels.
The Black Holes, Borja González (Spain, 2018)
This graphic novel revolves around the concepts of romanticism and rebellion. It is a fable that goes from the gothic to the fanciful and results in a highly original work that tells the story of three youngsters starting a punk band.
Watchmen, Alan Moore (UK, 1986-1987)
Considered among the best graphic novels in history, Watchmen has been reissued, translated, and adapted multiple times. One of the first works to show the dark side of superheroes, it was the first comic book miniseries to win a Hugo Award (typically awarded to science fiction writers), and the only one included in Time Magazine's annual list of the 100 best novels. Along with V for Vendetta, it is a reference title among Moore's work.