Erika Schnellert’s Top 10 Go-To Comic Book and Graphic Novel List

True North Country Comics presents the top 10 go-to comic books and graphic novels from Erika Schnellert.
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Erika resides in Vancouver, British Columbia, plus likes stories and telling them with pictures. She works as a storyboard artist and illustrator and in her spare time makes comics about her life. She graduated from Capilano University’s Animation Program and in between my years at school she interned at DHX media. Erika has storyboarded on properties such as Dreamworks’ “All Hail King Julien”, Mattel’s “Enchantimals”, Shining Isle’s “The Wingfeather Saga”, and other shows. She’s also illustrated and designed for films and books. One of her recent works is Paper Anniversary — a collection of autobiographical comics documenting the first year of marriage.
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Here’s Erika Schnellert’s top 10 go-to comic book and graphic novel list (in no particular order):

The Hilda series by Luke Pearson
“I love the slow, natural pacing. Hilda is one of my favourite characters as she reminds me much of my younger self. I love escaping into the wilds with her. (I got to work on season 2 of Netflix’s adaptation of the Hilda comics and it was a dream come true!)”

W.I.T.C.H by  Elisabetta Gnone, Alessandro Barbucci, and Barbara Canepa
“I discovered these books when I was about 13 or so. They were exactly what I needed at that age. Magical girls saving the world and insanely good art. I still love pouring through them.”

My Giant Nerd Boyfriend by Fishball
“An amazing slice of life webcomic with perfect pacing, heart, and hilarious drawings. I follow the updates religiously!”

Yotsuba by Kiyohiko Azuma
“I return to this series whenever I need a breath of simple pure goodness in my life. Yotsuba follows the daily mundane adventures of a young girl. It’s hilarious!”

Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley
“A really solid comic. I love the feeling of creeping dread and the pacing is top notch. And how can I resist those drawings?”

Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley
“And of course, this classic. I love how every time I return to it, I come away with a different feeling. You really start to feel more frustrated with Scott the older you get haha.”

Hark! A Vagrant by Kate Beaton
“Really anything from Kate is my favourite. I discovered her as a teen and since then haven’t been able to get enough of her work. Her recent twitter comics from her experience being a new mom are heart-wrenching and beautiful.”

Castle Swimmer by Wendy Lian Martin
“I recently discovered this Webtoon comic and instantly fell in love. The characters, art, story, and world are so wonderful. I may be biased cause I love all things mer-person, but I think this is a fantastic comic.”

Bone by Jeff Smith
“A great series for old and young. I love the Bone series and how it treads the line between wacky and profound. I love getting lost in those tall, dark forests.”

Giant Days by John Allison
“Specifically the volumes illustrated by Lissa Treiman. I don’t know what it is about his writing paired with her drawings but they just do it for me. I return to these witty, expressive comics constantly.”

You can discover more about Erika on Twitter and Instagram at @erkshnrt and online at

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