Summer may be on its way out, but that doesn’t mean bold colors and bright stories have to go with it. Just look at the rich smattering of graphic novels headed your way this fall, with offerings from Neil Gaiman, Brian Selznick, Marisa Acocella Marchetto, Adrian Tomine, and Derf Backderf.

Ann Tenna, Marisa Acocella Marchetto

Marchetto—who memorably chronicled her bout with breast cancer in her last book—is back with a stunning, funny graphic novel about a top gossip columnist who questions her career after an encounter with her double from a parallel universe. (Sept. 1)

Honor Girl, Maggie Thrash

The Rookie writer has created an unflinching coming-of-age memoir about finding unexpected love at an all-girls camp. (Sept. 8)

The Marvels, Brian Selznick

In Selznick’s first book since Wonderstruck, two story lines about an English family—one completely in pictures, one in words—converge. (Sept.15)

The Sleeper and the Spindle, Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell

Gaiman’s gorgeous words and Riddell’s illustrations combine to dazzling effect in this bitterly funny, reimagined fairy tale. (Sept. 22)

Killing and Dying, Adrian Tomine

Tomine’s graphic story collection is an emotional meditation on mortality, family, and the creative life. (Oct. 6)

City of Clowns, Daniel Alarcón

Artist Sheila Alvarado illuminates Alarcón’s poignant story about a tabloid journalist in Lima, Peru, who records the lives of the street clowns roaming the city. (Nov. 3)

Trashed, Derf Backderf

From the creator of My Friend Dahmer comes a fascinating and hilarious paean to trash collectors that will change the way you see garbage day. (Nov. 3)

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