After months of waiting, this Friday and Saturday finally mark DINK: The Denver Independent Comics and Art Expo. DPL will be there, and even if I weren't working the event I'd be pretty dang excited. But a couple of years ago, I never would have considered going to DINK. I have a weird history with comics, and until recently they generally didn't do much for me.
True Crime meets the graphic format in Derf's My Friend Dahmer, a meticulously researched chronicle of Jeffrey Dahmer's life between adolescence and his first kill. There's more than just research driving this narrative, though: cartoonist Derf was actually close friends with Dahmer in high school, but was unaware of the future killer's...
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*:
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:
A cursory look at contemporary sci-fi and fantasy novels shows a surprising lack of cultural diversity among characters. If you look at the big summer blockbuster movies or popular television shows, this feeling is reinforced. A peek below the surface however shows that there are writers from various backgrounds who have produced some fantastic work. If you aren’t a hardcore fan of the genre or unless you accidentally stumble across some of those titles, you won’t know about them.
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.
Yes, everyone from The New York Times to NPR is coming out with their take on "the best books of 2013" right now.
I won't promise this list is "the best," but they're all books I enjoyed this year for various reasons. Please add your own favorite 2013 reads in the comments!! I hope some of my fabulous DPL colleagues will post their own lists, too--we're a diverse group with varying interests and tastes in books.
Science Fiction & Horror:
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King--Classic King. Well-drawn characters, good vs. evil, creepy villains. And a Colorado conection!