If you're a user of our collection of Overdrive eBooks, you've probably noticed that more and more comics and graphic novels have become available there in recent months. While this has been very exciting, with publishers like Image (The Walking Dead, Saga), IDW (30 Days of Night, Locke and Key) and Dark Horse (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Hellboy) available, many folks have been asking about the comic world's "Big Two." While we haven't seen any Marvel titles yet, we're pleased to announce that some DC and Vertigo comics are now available as eBooks through Overdrive!
If you've been looking to get caught up in some great stories, but don't want to commit to a whole novel (I mean, words, amiright?) why not check out a compelling graphic novel? Shoot, you don't even need to visit a library to get one! While we've had graphic novels in our emedia collection before now, we've just dramatically expanded our collection! Rejoice!
Need some suggestions on where to get started? Try one of these*:
I saw this book on an ALA list of books for young readers and the premise- a kid barbarian from another dimension comes to Earth and settles in a third grade class- is so original that I had to pick it up. I was not disappointed. Fangbone is witty...
This book is amazing in so many ways. From the way it captures high school and life woes to the way it talks about music and comic books. Eleanor and Park don't exactly hit off right away, but something brings them together. I enjoyed the weird, awkward conversations and encounters...
You've probably noticed that many new and returning television series have their roots in the comic book world. Whether the shows are strictly based on certain titles (most aren't) or inspired by characters and worlds originally created by comics writers and artists, you can enrich your viewing experience by delving into the backstory of your new favorite hero or antihero.
Here's a list of some TV to comics ties and suggestions for reading to get you started:
Years ago I was working at a job I didn't like, and spending my time away from the job thinking about how much I didn't like it. Maybe you can relate. Then one Saturday morning I was browsing through my neighborhood library, when I saw a book about whirligigs. My grandfather was a master carpenter and when I was little he made a whirligig for the roof of his garage. It was a boy on a bike being chased by a dog, and when the wind blew, the boy's feet moved the pedals, which moved the wheels on the bike!
Each year, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards honor the best of the graphic format. In addition to several awards for series and collections, the Eisners recognize outstanding achievements in writing, pencilling, coloring and lettering. Categories range far and wide, covering titles for children, teens and adults and including reality-based works in addition to the expected comics and graphic novels.
The illustrations in The Secret of the Stone Frog are fantastic. Detailed, intriguing, and layered, they are the best part of the book. Unfortunately, the story they help tell and the characters they visualize are in many ways so clichéd and lacking in depth as to make the entire endeavor feel...