The Goodreads Readers Choice Awards have been running for a while and the winners have been chosen. The Amazon-owned social network for readers annually polls users for their top picks in 20 categories. And the winner in the Graphic Novel categories was Sarah Anderson’s whimsical webcomic collection, Adulthood is a Myth.
Published by Andrews McMeel, and based on her webcomic Sarah’s Scribbles, this book was definitely a hit with its charming observations on life and quirks and what not. Everyone needs laughs and comics provide them.
Unusually for anything, you can see the exact number of votes cast for ALL of the nominees in the Goodreads awards. A total of 153,866 votes was cast this year, up from 124,471 votes last year, when Saga Vol. 4 won.
Here’s the fully list and the vote totals for each. March Vol. 3, which won the National Book Award, arguably the highest honor for a graphic novel ever, came in last, so there are some surprises. Also, please note the list from GoodReads list incomplete creator credits, with only writers listed. I’ve added artists where I knew them; apologies to anyone I missed.
#1 Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen
Saga, Volume 6 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Ms. Marvel, Vol. 5 by G. Willow Wilson and var
Orange by Ichigo Takano
Monstress, Volume 1 by Marjorie M. Liu and Sana Takeda
Dark Night by Paul Dini and Eduardo Risso
Lumberjanes, Vol. 3 by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, Carolyn Nowak and various
Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan and Cliff Chiang
Black Panther #1 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Brian Stelfreeze
DC Universe: Rebirth by Geoff Johns, Gary Frank & Various
Rat Queens, Vol. 3 by Kurtis J. Wiebe and Tess Fowler
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 3 by Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie
Rosalie Lightning by Tom Hart
The Vision, Volume 1 by Tom King and Benjamin Walda
Small Gods by Terry Pratchett and Ray Friesen
Something New by Lucy Knisley
Patience by Daniel Clowes
White Sand by Brandon Sanderson and various
March by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.