Here Are the Record Breaking Spawn #300 and #301 Issues

Spawn is officially in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the longest running independent comic in history. Read the record breaking #300 and #301 issues by clicking the links to Hoopla!

Spawn #300

Spawn #301

If you are not familiar with background of Spawn, watch this origin video.

If You Like The Twilight Zone, Then You’ll Love W. Maxwell Prince’s Ice Cream Man

If you took the best of the Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, and Black Mirror  you just might come close to the brilliance of W. Maxwell Prince’s Ice Cream Man.  This is existential horror and dread at its finest.  Read the first three volumes (12 issues) of this new Image Comics series in time for Halloween. You won’t be disappointed.

Ice Cream Man Vol. 1: Rainbow Sprinkles

Ice Cream Man Vol. 2: Strange Neapolitan

Ice Cream Man Vol. 3: Hopscotch Mélange

RIP Preacher and Vertigo Comics

This weekend saw the conclusion of the epic comic turned TV series, Preacher. Sadly, this summer also saw the end of legendary Vertigo Comics, DC’s edgy, mature, independent imprint. This is a sad time for comic book fans, writers, and artists of independent comics.

Now that Vertigo is gone, you can relive or read for the first time, it’s best publications online with our database Hoopla. Click the links to read Vertigo’s legendary titles.

Preacher by Garth Ennis

Swamp Thing by Alan Moore

Fables by Bill Willingham

V For Vendetta by Alan Moore

Ex-Machina by Brian K. Vaughan

100 Bullets by Brian Azzarello

Transmetropolitan by Warren Ellis

Pride of Baghdad by Brian K. Vaughan

Sandman by Neil Gaiman

Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan

Invisibles by Grant Morrison

Animal Man by Grant Morrison

If you’ve out grown super hero comics and want to read current independent and edgier titles like Vertigo, Hoopla has an incredible selection of titles from Image Comics.

Click the Image Comics link to read the best of independent publishing.

The Greatest Batman Story You’ve Never Read and How it Changed the Marvel Universe FOREVER

In honor of our Graphic Novel Symposium, we are profiling one the newest additions to our collection, Batman: A Death in the Family.

So how good is Batman: A Death in the Family? This 1988 Batman story was so good, it changed it changed the Marvel Universe FOREVER. Seriously. So how does a DC story change the fate of its rival comic company? Look no further than comic artist and writer Jim Starlin.

Jim Starlin took over writing the caped crusaders comic and soon realized that the new Robin, Jason Todd was hated by Batman fans. Lacking the charm, and likability of the original Robin, Dick Grayson, Todd was outspoken, opinionated, and defiant. Identifying this opportunity, Starlin penned the DC Classic, A Death in the Family.

The result of this book, and the sub sequential death of a major comic character, resulted in DC ending their partnership with Starlin. His DC tenure did not end because of a lack of critical success. A Death in the Family is considered Batman canon. His DC career ended because they could no longer sell the large stock of pajamas and other merchandise of the deceased character. Six months later, DC showed Starlin his walking papers.

Fresh of the critical success of Batman, Jim Starlin begins working at Marvel works on the Silver Surfer comic. After the success of Silver Surfer, he  introduces a character that changes the MCU forever. Starlin writes the epic Infinity Gauntlet series and creates Marvel super-villain Thanos.

Nearly 30 years and a billion dollars in box office returns later,  Marvel fans have DC Comics,  unsold pajamas, and Jim Starlin to thank.

Click the link to see if Batman: A Death in the Family  is on shelf at the library.

To hear Jim Starlin tell the story of Batman: A Death in the Family, his fallout with DC Comics,  Thanos, and the Infinity Gauntlet, click here.

J.J. Abrams Just Changed the Spider-Verse

J.J. Abrams Spider-Man #1 debuted in comic book shops this week. For those that have read it, know that Abrams has changed the Spider-Man  story that we’ve known for years. Click here for spoilers!

For fans of J.J. Abrams movies and television shows, this is not J.J. Abrams first foray into comics.  In fact, he has contributed to the Flashpoint, Star Trek, and more! Click the links to read J.J. Abrams early comic works. Click here to see our entire e-collection of Spider-Man comics.

You can also read Flashpoint, and Star Trek for free with Hoopla.

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You can browse and check out Hoopla content through the app and your web browser.

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Satisfy Your Joker Fix With This Revenge Tale

New from DC Black Label and Hoopla!

A tale only DC Black Label and Brian Azzarello can tell. Told over the span of one night, Joker tells the story of one night of revenge as The Joker violently takes back what was stolen from the Riddler, Two-Face, Killer Croc, and the Penguin.

From Brian Azzarello and Lee Bermejo  of Batman: Damned.

Read it for free with Hoopla.

Download the Hoopla App for iOS or Android.

To login in, create a Hoopla account with your moraine valley e-mail address here.

You can browse and check out Hoopla content through the app and your web browser.

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Just Because It Maybe Safer, Doesn’t Make It Safe- Vaping and Vaping Lung Disease

There are no peer reviewed academic articles on Vaping Lung Disease.

This disease is new and is possibly the source of over 400 illnesses and six death.

An Illinois teen’s lungs has been described as a 70 year old’s lungs after vaping for only one year.

It is allegedly caused by a vitamin E acetate found in possibly unregulated vaping products but studies are still being done as to the exact cause.

Here is an article by the Wall Street Journal on the latest findings.

How’s this for Machine Learning…Target Figured Out A Teen Was Pregnant Before Her Father

Target knows…

Your phone, apps, the internet, and countless other entities are collecting  your data,  interpreting it, and then selling the results.

Click here to find out how Target’s (and online entities) analytics can determine sensitive information about you. In this case, how Target revealed to one family that their daughter was pregnant.

To find out more about Machine Learning, watch our  Voyages in Computer Engineering featuring Machine Learning  YouTube video that is part of our STEM lecture series.

Click here to win prizes, enter a world the world of Artificial Intelligence, and join countless other classes across campus that are learning about the technological future by playing our 100 A. I. game.