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

Graphic Novel Making Contest

Submit your graphic novel to the annual Graphic Novel Making Contest! June 1 - July 31!

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.

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 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

Cherish Your Connections with Graphic Novels

Blog about cherishing connections to joy and support through reading graphic novels with novel suggestions.

Graphic Novels
07/24/2021 - 10:00 AM

Summer Learning: Beat the Heat

Beat the heat with these great books about summer, sweets, and young love.

Laura Hammond
07/20/2021 - 9:00 AM

Free Comic Book Day Is Coming!

A quick look at Free Comic Book Day, a list of related comics at SJPL.

Graphic Novels
07/14/2021 - 9:00 AM