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

Congratulations, Winners of the 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.

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

Cold Weather Comics and Graphic Novels

Check out these titles featuring cold and wintery settings.

Graphic Novels
01/08/2022 - 10:00 AM

Best YA Books I Read in 2021

This year I wanted to compile a list of the Top Young Adult books I've read throughout the year 2021.

Penelope Gomez
12/27/2021 - 8:00 AM

eSpotlight - A Marvel-ous Year

A look back at the various Marvel movies & Disney+ series that we've enjoyed over the year and a look at what's to come.

Anna Fox
12/21/2021 - 7:00 AM