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The Rec Room: 26+ Of Your Favorite Comics & Graphic Novels For All Ages

Kelly Jensen


Kelly is a former librarian and a long-time blogger at STACKED. She's the editor/author of (DON'T) CALL ME CRAZY: 33 VOICES START THE CONVERSATION ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH and the editor/author of HERE WE ARE: FEMINISM FOR THE REAL WORLD. Her next book, BODY TALK, will publish in Fall 2020. Follow her on Instagram @heykellyjensen.

This Riot Recommendation is sponsored by Dream Jumper, Book One: Nightmare Escape by Greg Grunberg and Lucas Turnbloom.


Ben’s dreams are all nightmares . . . And his nightmares are real! He can also jump into other people’s dreams. So when his friends start falling victim to an evil dream-monster that prevents them from waking, Ben knows he has to help them. With help from a talking rabbit-companion who has a mysterious past, Ben might just be able to defeat the monster and save his friends . . . if he can figure out how to harness the power within him against his enemies.

We wanted to know what your favorite comics and graphic novels for readers of all ages were, and you responded. If you’re looking for a great read for yourself or someone you know, why not try one of these out? Perfect for readers who don’t think they like reading, who want something different, or for those who haven’t picked up a comic before but have been curious about ’em.

Of course, these are also great for the comic lover.

It’s worth noting a handful of these comics are in multiple parts, so if you love the first volume, there are likely more you can dive into, too.


Adventure Time by Ryan North and Braden Lamb

Amelia Rules by Jimmy Gownley

Bake Sale by Sara Varon

Bone by Jeff Smith

Broxo by Zack Giallongo

Calvin & Hobbes by Bill Watterson

Castle Waiting by Linda Medley

Cleopatra in Space by Mike Maihack

El Deafo by Cece Bell

Fantasy Sports by Sam Bosma

Friends With Boys by Faith Erin Hicks

Hereville: How Mirka Got Her Sword by Barry Deutsch

Jellaby by Kean Soo

Little Robot by Ben Hatke

Lumberjanes by Shannon Watters, Grace Ellis, and Noelle Stevenson

Mouse Guard by David Peterson

The Nameless City by Faith Erin Hicks

Odd Duck by Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon

Princeless by Jeremy Whitley

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon Hale

Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson

Smile by Raina Telgemeier

Squish by Jennifer L Holm

A Wrinkle In Time adapted from Madeleine L’Engle by Hope Larson

Yotsuba by Kiyohiko Azuma

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke