8 Australian graphic novels everyone should read

Whether you're new to comic books or looking to expand your reading list beyond the Big Two (Marvel and DC), here are some uniquely Australian graphic novels to read and enjoy.

All too often, the term ‘graphic novel’ is inaccurately used to describe a collection of individual comic books bound together in a single volume – think Alan Moore’s The Watchmen (an episodic story in 12 parts) or Neil Gaiman’s collected volumes of Sandman (75 individual issues in its original run).

Such collections, usually trade paperbacks, are certainly epic in scope and remarkable acts of imagination, but they weren’t necessarily imagined as novels per se – they were written as monthly instalments, not as a sustained, focused and finite narrative.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts