Graphic Novels & Comic Books

Comic Convention Companion

This season is full of great pop culture events. New York Comic Con was last month, San Diego Comic Con will be in-person next week, and Chicago’s own C2E2 will be in-person in December. So many awesome shows!

Maybe you’re one of the lucky ones attending this year, or maybe you feel the time isn’t right. Either way, the library has graphic novels, cosplay resources, artists, and more to connect you with the pop culture community!

Check out some of the resources below in our Comic Convention Companion, and visit the library in the near future to see some of our staff’s best graphic novel and manga recommendations for your holiday break! Click the image below to view the collection:

Comic Convention Companion

How Comics Work! (a visual guide)

Check our this amazing visual guide to understanding comics! Candida Rifkind, Brandon Christopher, and Alice RL’s “How Comics Work.

Our library provides access to 1000s of graphic novels and comics (in both print and digital options). Sometimes getting started in this medium is the tough part, so that’s why “How Comics Work” is a great guide. In just a few pages, it gives you the short and to understand this iconic popculture literary form.

The spectrum of cartooning styles (from realistic to iconic).
“Closure” is a term used for the act of reading and interpreting movement & meaning from still images.

Ironheart, Champions, and Ms. Marvel: Eve Ewing’s Comics (video)

In addition to being a sociologist and poet, Eve Ewing also writes for Marvel comics. CBR calls Ewing’s Ironheart “a breath of fresh air”, and The Mary Sue celebrates Ewing’s development of Riri Williams: “We get to really see the psychological weight of what it means to be young, gifted, and black”. This discussion will dig into Ewing’s impact on the Marvel universe. This event is part of our One Book, One College Program.

What R U Reading Wednesdays?!

We’re coming into the homestretch of our “What R U Reading Wednesdays” series, with only a couple more weeks left. Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and continue your summer reading! Includes:

  • Save Yourself” by Cameron Esposito**
  • The Broken Earth Trilogy” by N. K. Jemisin
  • The Pilgrim’s Progress” by John Bunyon
  • East of West Collection” by Jonathan Hickman, author ; Nick Dragotta, artist

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays?! (WRURW)

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and continue your summer reading! Includes:

  • The Monkey Wrench Gang” by Edward Abbey
  • Night Boat to Tangier” by Kevin Barry
  • The Extraordinaries” by TJ Klune
  • The Witcher series” by Andrzej Sapkowski

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The Comic that Foreshadowed a Pandemic

What if I told you that a title debuted in November of 2019 where the U.S was cut itself off from the world with a massive wall around its borders, and citizens were dying of a mysterious respiratory disease.

Seriously.

Soon after its release Undiscovered Country sold out its initial printing of 85,000 copies and Image announced it was issuing a second printing. An impressive feat for any independent title outside of the DCU and MVU .

Read Undiscovered Country Vol. 1: Destiny for FREE on Hoopla.

What Are *You* Reading Wednesdays?!

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and continue your summer reading! Includes:

  • “The Poet X” by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • “Viral Modernism” by Elizabeth Outka
  • “Guns, Germs, and Steel” by Jared Diamond
  • “Underland” by Robert Macfarlane

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If It’s Wednesday, It’s What Are You Reading Wednesdays?!

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and continue your summer reading! Includes:

  • “The Stand” by Stephen King
  • “The Book of Joy” by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu with Douglas Abrams
  • “Tiny But Mighty” by Hannah Shaw
  • “A Brief History of Seven Killings” by Marlon James

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What Are You Reading Wednesdays?

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and start your summer reading! Includes:

  • “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” by Truman Capote
  • “The Beauty of Your Face” by Sahar Mustafah
  • “The Life We Bury” by Allen Eskens
  • “A Hero of France” by Alan Furst

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What R U Reading Wednesdays?

Check out our Adobe Spark page to see this weeks new recommendations and start your summer reading! Includes:

  • “One Door Away From Heaven” by Dean Koontz
  • “The Eyes of the Dragon” by Stephen King
  • “Diary of an Oxygen Thief” by Anonymous
  • “The Millionaire Next Door” by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko

Please continue to submit your responses via the form below. Happy reading! #mvcclibraryonline2020

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