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Out From Behind the Mask--DPL @ Denver Comic Con!

Denver Comic Con

We hope you've heard by now that DPL staff will be out in force at Denver Comic Con, May 31-June 2 at the Colorado Convention Center.

Library staff will have a table (come see us!) and be participating on a diverse set of panels that are sure to give you some ideas for your summer reading. One of these panels is Out from Behind the Mask: Queer Heroes Among Us, which will focus on comics and graphic novels depicting a wide range of sexualities and gender identities. No longer in the closet as taboo subjects, GLBTQ characters in comics can be heroes or villains, and are giving hope to both adults and teens.

DPL’s Guide to Denver Comic Con

Comic Book Classroom

Denver Comic Con is just around the corner and it’s time to get ready! Comfortable shoes? Check. Snacks and bottled water? Check. Boba Fett costume? Check. But are you mentally prepared? There are dozens of artists, writers, and experts scheduled to attend. How will you keep it all straight? We’ve got you covered with all sorts of resources to help you get the most out of your Comic Con experience.

Follow these links to our catalog so you can check out comic books and graphic novels created by many of Denver Comic Con’s guest artists and writers:

Colorado Authors Series: Stan Yan, SquidWorks Comics

The Fresh City Life My Branch Colorado Authors Series presents Stan Yan of SquidWorks comics this Sunday, January 22, at 2:00 p.m. at Schlessman.

Stan Yan grew up in Denver and went to school at UC Boulder where he got his bachelor’s degree in accounting. Yan’s life took the tragic turn into sales for the securities industry, where he wallowed in ethical poverty on-and-off for 13 years. He takes his frustrations out by penning graphic novels such as The Wang.

Get Graphic

Black Hole

If you think comic books are just for kids, you should definitely reconsider and check out some of the awesome adult comic books & graphic novels the library has to offer. Comic Books are stories told through sequential art alongside dialogue and narrative, a combination that allows for a rich reading experience - requiring the use of linguistic literacy and visual literacy.

The term “Graphic Novel” is often used to refer to a longer format, but possibly to also distance the genre from some of the comic book stereotypes. Whatever you want to call them, here are some stand alone books and first issues to get you started.

Black Hole by Charles Burns

Blankets by Craig Thompson

Epileptic by David B.

My Favorite Show: The Cape

The Cape

Only 3 episodes have aired of the new show The Cape, but I am already hooked. If you've missed it, don't despair, you can watch full episodes online for free. Wrongly accused and presumed dead, Vince Farraday finds refuge within a circus of thieves who teach him an odd assortment of skills. He earns The Cape - a hooded cloak with stunning properties.

Very much rooted in the superhero genre, it has the flair of the early seasons of Heroes, the action of the BBC show Robin Hood and is blended with the humor of Firefly.

More Live Action Caped Crusader TV Shows:

Happy Birthday, Stan Lee!

Stan Lee book cover

Stan Lee turns 88 today! Stan Lee, with other artists, co-created Spider-man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, and Daredevil, among others. His participation in comics revolutionized the landscape, challenged the Comic Code Authority and fueled the dreams of millions. His commitment to literacy is inspirational!

Frequently, he makes appearances in films based on his comic books. In addition to Spider-Man and X-Men, he also had memorable cameos as himself in Mallrats and Comic Book: The Movie.

Books written by Stan Lee include:

Sophie Crumb: Evolution of a Crazy Artist

Evolution of a Crazy Artist

Sophie Crumb, daughter of R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, has a new book of her art dating back from her childhood.

Genetics are unpredictable, but it’s not much of a surprise that  when world famous artists R. Crumb and Aline Kominsky-Crumb combined DNA their daughter, Sophie Crumb, would follow in their alternative comics footsteps. Like her parents, Sophie's work is autobiographical, disturbing, raw, and often hilarious.

Harvey Pekar 1939-2010

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Harvey Pekar, author of the American Splendor comic series, died today at the age of 70. The cause of death is not yet known but Pekar suffered from cancer, which he and his wife wrote about in Our Cancer Year.

Harvey Lawrence Pekar was born October 8, 1939 and was best known for writing the American Splendor series, which chronicled Pekar's everyday life in Cleveland and was illustrated by a variety of artists including R. Crumb. Pekar was also a huge jazz fan and critic and authored a jazz opera called Leave Me Alone.

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