Let's just take a moment to celebrate some of the comics written by women, shall we? They're awesome and deserve some recognition. (Hooray for fully-fledged characters in realistically propotioned bodies!) Some of my favorite graphic novels are:
The Plain Janes and Janes in Love by Cecil Castellucci. When Jane moves to suburbia, she decides to not make friends with the popular girls and instead befriends the Janes. They soon call themselves the P.L.A.I.N. Janes and set out to make guerrilla art throughout their town. In the sequel, Janes in Love, the Janes fall in love. But nothing ever goes smoothly in the course of true love.
Mercury by Hope Larson. Josey lives in Nova Scotia in 1859. Tara lives in Nova Scotia today. These two girls' stories are intertwined by magic, betrayal, buried treasure, and first loves. As much as I want to tell you more, I don't want to give anything away, either.
Token by Alisa Kwitney and Joelle Jones. Her dad's in love with his secretary with no time for her and high school sucks, so Shira starts shoplifting. When she gets caught by a Spanish boy, they become friends and then more. The art here is fun - I love the facial expressions on Shira's grandma and her best friend Minerva.
Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki. Emi is facing the most boring summer of her teen life until she goes to the Freak Show, an underground performance art venue. Emi falls in love with the idea of performing, but there's just one problem: she doesn't have a talent. Wanting to be famous, she steals something she shouldn't. And then things get weird. Well, weirder.
Friends with Boys by Faith Erin Hicks. Maggie's starting high school after being homeschooled. She's nervous, but she has her big brothers to watch out for her. And a ghost that follows her. Not everything is spelled out in this graphic novel, so take your time, enjoy the art, and don't be afraid to reread it.