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

Winter Comic Making Contest

The Winners of the first ever Winter Comic Making Contest have been announced!
Thank you to all of the participants!

Graphic Novel Making Contest

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.

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

Comics and Graphic Novels for Earth Day

Recommended reading to celebrate and recognize our home planet.

Graphic Novels
04/17/2021 - 11:00 AM

Keep on Creating Comics!

Inspiration to keep writing or drawing with links to useful resources.

Graphic Novels
03/23/2021 - 6:25 PM

Celebrate Will Eisner Week with Comics and Crafts!

Learn about the Will Eisner Awards and celebrate Will Eisner Week with a fun craft!

Graphic Novels
03/01/2021 - 7:00 AM