Graphic Novels at SJPL

Graphic Novel Making Contest logo featuring a pencil and word bubble.


The Graphic Novel Making Contest is an annual San José tradition, paired with Summer Learning. In 2020, the first Winter contest began.

The San José Public Library encourages you to create comics, attend related programs and skill-building workshops, and connect with like-minded community members and comic creators. Graphic novels collections for all ages are available to check out at all library locations. Try one of our recommendations!

Featured Programs

2022 Marks Our 14th Annual Graphic Novel Making Contest

Learn more about the contest and how to enter.

New this year is the Cosplay on Display Program! Get dressed up and snap a picture with your SJPL card. Then submit your picture to be featured during the Graphic Novel Making Contest Virtual Awards Ceremony and on BiblioBoard.

The Graphic Novel Making Contest (GNMC) was developed in 2008 as a teen program at a single branch library in recognition of growing interest in graphic novels and graphic arts. Inspired by participants’ enthusiasm and the quality of art, the contest grew into a system-wide annual tradition, open to participants of all ages. The contest concludes with an awards ceremony to celebrate the creative efforts of all participants, announce the contest winners, and offer inspirational messages from guest speakers in the comics industry.

View Past Entries: Submissions are available online through Biblioboard and winning comics are collected in a printed booklet available in our library collections.

Check out past Awards Ceremony announcements on the San José Public Library YouTube Channel.

Interested in short web-style comics? See the entries from the 2021 Winter Comic Making Contest.

Graphic Novel Events

Programs where you can learn illustration techniques, meet artists, and more.

New Graphic Novels

Newest graphic novels added to our collections.

hoopla Digital

Read eBooks and eComics, listen to eAudiobooks and music, watch movies and TV.

Latest Blogs

YA Friday: Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.

Books bring people together and aid the development of empathy and understanding for people from other backgrounds. Champion the right to read during Banned Books Week, September 18–24, 2022!

Megan Maloy
09/23/2022 - 8:00 AM

Recap and Winners of the 2022 Graphic Novel Making Contest

Announcing the Winners of the 2022 Graphic Novel Making Contest.

Graphic Novels
09/14/2022 - 8:00 AM

Graphic Novel Making Contest Awards Ceremony

Attend the Awards Ceremony for our 14th annual Graphic Novel Making Contest.

Graphic Novels
08/23/2022 - 8:00 AM