You Will Not Be Ready to Watch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker or The Mandalorian Until You Have Seen the Star Wars Holiday Special

I am lying, of course. I am a terrible human being with an even worse sense of humor. The 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special is absolutely awful. This made for TV production is so bad it may ruin the entire Star Wars Universe for you.

If you are looking to purchase a copy online, don’t waste your time. To this day, George Lucas and Disney have never released a copy in any format. Don’t try to find it on TV, either. The special has never aired again on TV since its original air date of November 17, 1978.

So if you want to be a TRUE Star Wars fan and know the complete Star Wars story … you need to go through the punishment of watching this film. Channel your inner Jedi. You can do this. As Yoda said, A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind.

May the Force Be With You, Moraine Valley.

Prepare Now For Finals- Reserve a Study Room

Looking for places to study in groups or to practice speeches? Our study rooms are the answer! We actively encourage students, who want to study, to reserve one of our 8 study rooms in advance here. Make sure to book at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to reserve a room during daytime hours. It’s easy to do.

  1. Find the Reserve a Study Room or Lab Seat link on the main page of the library website. 

2) Select a Study Room session  of 30 minutes, 1 hour, or 2 hours.

3) Select a specific Study Room (A-J) and pick a date.

 

4) Select a time.

5) Type your First Name, Last Name, Moraine Valley Email, Student ID Number, and click Yes to consent to the study room policies (only 2 hours of reservations per student per day).

 

 

6) Once you received your confirmation page you are all set. (staff members will verify double bookings, student id’s, and will contact you if more information is needed).

If you have any questions, please call us at (708) 974-5235.

Are You Brave Enough to Listen to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark?

It’s a windy, cold, and dark Halloween this year. You may be staying inside, or you maybe travelling. In either scenario, set the perfect eerie tone  tonight by playing the audio version of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark by Alvin Schwartz. This is the chilling childhood original.  The version with the skull smoking a pipe cover by Stephen Gammell. Click the link,  if you dare…

https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/12339508

Great Horror Stories on Hoopla

There is nothing like a good horror story to keep you awake late at night, and especially one that keeps you up long after you’ve finished the book. So in the spirit of the season, here is the best horror graphic novels that Hoopla has to offer.

Wytches– Currently in movie production, this soon to be Brad Pitt thriller is already a legend in horror graphic novels genre.

Ice Cream Man – A modern horror interpretation of the traditional one issue story lines. Read this if you are a fan of Black Mirror, and the Twilight Zone.

From Hell– Alan Moore of The Watchmen created this equally stunning title.

Here is an assortment of other notable horror titles available on Hoopla: Creepy, 30 Days of Night , Vault of Horror, Afterlife with Archie, Tales from the Crypt, Hellblazer, Locke & Key, Swamp Thing, Harrow County, American Vampire, and Nailbiter.

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.