Top 10 Best Books to Read in Comic Strips - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Comic Strips. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. The Complete Calvin and Hobbes

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Comic Strips - August 2021

Join Calvin and Hobbes on all their adventures in this four-volume collection of every comic strip from the comic strip’s eleven year history (1985 to1996). Calvin and Hobbes is unquestionably one of the most popular comic strips of all time. The imaginative world of a boy and his real-only-to-him tiger was first syndicated in 1985 and appeared in more than 2,400 newspapers when Bill Watterson retired on January 1, 1996. The entire body of Calvin and Hobbes cartoons published in a truly noteworthy tribute to this singular cartoon in The Complete Calvin and Hobbes . Composed of four paperback, four-color volumes in a sturdy slipcase, this New York Times best-selling edition includes all Calvin and Hobbes cartoons that ever appeared in syndication. This is the treasure that all Calvin and Hobbes fans seek.

  • Author: Bill Watterson
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing (November 13, 2012)
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 978-1449433253
  • Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.2 x 11.1 inches


2. The Gashlycrumb Tinies

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Comic Strips - August 2021

A new, small-format edition of one of Edward Gorey’s “dark masterpieces of surreal morality” ( Vanity Fair ): a witty, disquieting journey through the alphabet.

  • Author: Edward Gorey
  • Publisher: Harcourt Brace (October 15, 1997)
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 978-0151003082
  • Dimensions: 5.12 x 6.32 x 0.48 inches


3. The Essential Calvin and Hobbes: A Calvin and Hobbes Treasury

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Comic Strips - August 2021

Now available for the first time as an e-book! The cartoons in this e-book have been specially formatted for optimal viewing. The e-book will only work on color tablets and is not intended for viewing on desktop apps or black and white tablets. Perhaps the most brilliant comic strip ever created, Calvin and Hobbes continues to entertain with dazzling cartooning and tremendous humor. Bill Watterson's Calvin and Hobbes has been a worldwide favorite since its introduction in 1985. The strip follows the richly imaginative adventures of Calvin and his trusty tiger, Hobbes. Whether a poignant look at serious family issues or a round of time-travel (with the aid of a well-labeled cardboard box), Calvin and Hobbes will astound and delight you. Beginning with the day Hobbes sprang into Calvin's tuna fish trap, the first two Calvin and Hobbes collections, Calvin and Hobbes and Something Under The Bed Is Drooling , are brought together in this treasury. Including black-and-white dailies and color Sundays,  The Essential Calvin and Hobbes also features an original full-color 16-page story.

  • Author: Bill Watterson
  • Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC (November 12, 2013)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Humor & Entertainment


4. Solutions and Other Problems

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Comic Strips - August 2021

INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER For the first time in seven years, Allie Brosh—beloved author and artist of the extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller Hyperbole and a Half— returns with a new collection of comedic, autobiographical, and illustrated essays. Solutions and Other Problems includes humorous stories from Allie Brosh’s childhood; the adventures of her very bad animals; merciless dissection of her own character flaws; incisive essays on grief, loneliness, and powerlessness; as well as reflections on the absurdity of modern life. This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features all-new material with more than 1,600 pieces of art. Solutions and Other Problems marks the return of a beloved American humorist who has “the observational skills of a scientist, the creativity of an artist, and the wit of a comedian” (Bill Gates). Praise for Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half : “Imagine if David Sedaris could draw….Enchanting.” —People “One of the best things I’ve ever read in my life.” — Marc Maron “Will make you laugh until you sob, even when Brosh describes her struggle with depression.” —Entertainment Weekly “I would gladly pay to sit in a room full of people reading this book, merely to share the laughter.” —The Philadelphia Inquirer “In a culture that encourages people to carry mental illness as a secret burden….Brosh’s bracing honesty is a gift.” —Chicago Tribune

  • Author: Allie Brosh
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Illustrated edition (September 22, 2020)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Humor
  • ISBN: 978-1982156947
  • Dimensions: 6 x 1.4 x 9 inches


5. Strange Planet (Strange Planet Series)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Comic Strips - August 2021

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER  •  #1 WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER •  USA TODAY BESTSELLER  A GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER FOR HUMOR Straight from the mind of #1  New York Times  bestselling author of NYC Basic Tips and Etiquette and 99 Stories I Could Tell Nathan W. Pyle,  Strange Planet  is an adorable and profound universe in pink, blue, green, and purple, based on the phenomenally popular Instagram of the same name! Strange Planet covers a full life cycle of the planet’s inhabitants, including milestones such as: The Emergence Day Being Gains a Sibling The Being Family Attains a Beast The Formal Education of a Being Celebration of Special Days Being Begins a Vocation The Beings at Home Health Status of a Being The Hobbies of a Being The Extended Family of the Being The Being Reflects on Life While Watching the Planet Rotate With dozens of never-before-seen illustrations in addition to old favorites, this book offers a sweet and hilarious look at a distant world not all that unlike our own. I feel more attractive. Honestly, you are. It’s the star damage. I CRAVE STAR DAMAGE.

  • Author: Nathan W. Pyle
  • Publisher: Morrow Gift; Illustrated edition (November 19, 2019)
  • Genre: Electronics, Computers & Accessories, Computer Accessories & Peripherals
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.57 x 6 inches


6. The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal (The Adventure Zone, 3)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Comic Strips - August 2021

START YOUR ENGINES, friends, Clint McElroy and sons Griffin, Justin, and Travis hit the road again with Taako, Magnus and Merle, the beloved agents of chaos from the #1 New York Times bestselling graphic novels illustrated by Carey Pietsch, The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins and The Adventure Zone: Murder on the Rockport Limited . Our boys have gone full-time at the Bureau of Balance, and their next assignment is a real thorny one: apprehending The Raven, a master thief who’s tapped into the power of a Grand Relic to ransack the city of Goldcliff. Local life-saver Lieutenant Hurley pulls them out of the woods, only to throw them headlong into the world of battle wagon racing, Goldcliff’s favorite high-stakes low-legality sport and The Raven’s chosen battlefield. Will the boys and Hurley be able to reclaim the Relic and pull The Raven back from the brink, or will they get lost in the weeds? Based on the beloved blockbuster podcast where three brothers and their dad play a tabletop RPG in real time, The Adventure Zone: Petals to the Metal has it all: blossoming new friendships, pining for outlaw lovers, and a rollicking race you can root for!

  • Author: Clint McElroy
  • Publisher: First Second; Illustrated edition (July 14, 2020)
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 978-1250232632
  • Dimensions: 6.08 x 0.71 x 9.04 inches


7. Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Comic Strips - August 2021

#1 New York Times Bestseller “Funny and smart as hell” (Bill Gates), Allie Brosh’s Hyperbole and a Half showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations. FROM THE PUBLISHER: Every time Allie Brosh posts something new on her hugely popular blog Hyperbole and a Half the internet rejoices. This full-color, beautifully illustrated edition features more than fifty percent new content, with ten never-before-seen essays and one wholly revised and expanded piece as well as classics from the website like, “The God of Cake,” “Dogs Don’t Understand Basic Concepts Like Moving,” and her astonishing, “Adventures in Depression,” and “Depression Part Two,” which have been hailed as some of the most insightful meditations on the disease ever written. Brosh’s debut marks the launch of a major new American humorist who will surely make even the biggest scrooge or snob laugh. We dare you not to. FROM THE AUTHOR: This is a book I wrote. Because I wrote it, I had to figure out what to put on the back cover to explain what it is. I tried to write a long, third-person summary that would imply how great the book is and also sound vaguely authoritative—like maybe someone who isn’t me wrote it—but I soon discovered that I’m not sneaky enough to pull it off convincingly. So I decided to just make a list of things that are in the book: Pictures Words Stories about things that happened to me Stories about things that happened to other people because of me Eight billion dollars* Stories about dogs The secret to eternal happiness* *These are lies. Perhaps I have underestimated my sneakiness!

  • Author: Allie Brosh
  • Publisher: Touchstone Books (January 1, 2013)
  • Genre: Comics & Graphic Novels, Graphic Novels
  • ISBN: 978-1451666175
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.25 inches


8. Understanding Comics: The Invisible Art

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Comic Strips - August 2021

"You must read this book." — Neil Gaiman The bestselling international classic on storytelling and visual communication. Praised throughout the cartoon industry by such luminaries as Art Spiegelman, Matt Groening, and Will Eisner, Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics  is a seminal examination of comics art: its rich history, surprising technical components, and major cultural significance. Explore the secret world between the panels, through the lines, and within the hidden symbols of a powerful but misunderstood art form.

  • Author: Scott McCloud
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (April 27, 1994)
  • Genre: Literature & Fiction, History & Criticism
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 6.6 x 0.6 inches


9. Sandra Boynton: Puzzle Complaints 500-Piece Puzzle (Workman Puzzles)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Comic Strips - August 2021

A jigsaw puzzle for puzzle-lovers (and complainers!) from Sandra Boynton.   If you're looking for an infuriating puzzle that combines the worst shortcomings of puzzle design, LOOK NO FURTHER! Puzzle Complaints has it all: the flat, blocky colors, the careless mistakes, the inexplicable shouting chickens—the works! Designed by renowned cartoonist Sandra Boynton, whose best days are clearly behind her,  Puzzle Complaints  is the slapdash, corners-cutting epitome of a lazy puzzle design—a puzzle destined to make you give up your puzzling hobby once and for all. It also makes a memorable gift!  Includes 500 interlocking pieces. Approximate puzzle size: 26" x 19".

  • Author: Sandra Boynton
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (July 6, 2021)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Humor
  • ISBN: 978-1523514786
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 2.13 x 10.75 inches


10. Darth Vader and Son

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Comic Strips - August 2021

What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son? What if "Luke, I am your father" was just a stern admonishment from an annoyed dad? In this hilarious and sweet Star Wars® comics reimagining, Darth Vader is a dad like any other—except with all the baggage of being the Dark Lord of the Sith. Celebrated artist Jeffrey Brown's delightful illustrations give classic Star Wars® moments a fresh parenting books twist, presenting the trials and joys of parenting through the lens of a galaxy far, far away. Life lessons include lightsaber batting practice, using the Force to raid the cookie jar, Take Your Child to Work Day on the Death Star ("Er, he looks just like you, Lord Vader!"), and the special bond shared between any father and son. It's a great option for baby shower gifts, especially for the expectant father. Darth Vader and Son is a Star Wars® book that makes a great gift or a just because purchase for yourself!

  • Author: Jeffrey Brown
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; 31203rd edition (April 18, 2012)
  • Genre: Humor & Entertainment, Movies
  • ISBN: 978-1452106557
  • Dimensions: 6.75 x 0.25 x 6.75 inches