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Film Fantasy: The 6 Graphic Novels We Most Want to See Made Into Movies

* 6 Cinema-ready graphic novels
* From space fantasy to horror to personal narrative
* These graphic novels are crying out for the silver screen treatment

Starting out as a graphic novel has become one of the most commonplace ways for a movie to be born. The literary form goes way beyond the traditional superhero genre, and embraces everything from horror to romantic comedy, making it an apt point of inception for a film. Here are 6 great graphic novels we most want to see on the big screen.

1. Snot Girl: Green Hair Don’t Care

This culturally-relevant dark comedy series by debut artist Leslie Hung and Bryan Lee O’Malley (of Scott Pilgrim-fame) is certainly ready for its close up. Fashion blogger and chronic allergy-sufferer Lottie Person is the work’s protagonist, and is definitely is a silver screen star waiting to happen.


2. Wires and Nerves

From the bestselling fantasy series Lunar Chronicles, author Marissa Meyers’ adventure story has seriously heroic blockbuster potential. From the gorgeously detailed glided age futurism of its settings, to the nuanced character of its determined protagonist, this series most definitely belongs on the big screen.


3. The Black Monday Murders

Johnathan Hickman and Tomm Cocker’s spellbinding “crypto-noir” graphic novel is a murder mystery couched in an occult world of metaphysical banking cabals in the late 1920s. The graphic novel is highly experimental in form, and we’re betting that same virtuosity coupled with the thrilling plot, would translate beautifully to the cinema.

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4. Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York

Both a story of generations and an ode to a city that somehow stays the same the more it changes, Roz Chast’s Going Into Town would make an excellent indie film.


5. The Best We Could Do

Thi Bui’s brilliant semi-autobiographical novel details the touching and profoundly evocative history of her Vietnamese-American refugee family. While The Best We Could Do makes a great case for the immediacy of the graphic novel form, its poetic sense of humanity would also translate well into a feature film.


6. My Favorite Thing is Monsters

Emil Ferris’ Fantagraphics debut conjures up a fantastical world set in a 1960s, whose paranoia and haunted secrets parallel those of our own time. A tense, close-to-home mix of horror and teenage exploration, My Favorite Thing Is Monsters is definitely one of the year’s most cinematic graphic novels.