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.

2020 Census Jobs

The 2020 Census offers opportunities to get involved, gain experience, and help your community. 

Did you know?

  • The Census Bureau plans to hire and is currently accepting applications for approximately 500,000 temporary workers across the country to help carry out the 2020 Census count.
  • These job opportunities offer excellent pay, flexible hours (for most positions), and, in many cases, paid training.
  • Candidates must be at least 18 years old, have a valid Social Security number, and be a U.S. citizen.
  • Interested individuals will need to complete an online application. 

Visit 2020census.gov/jobs or call 1-855-JOB-2020 for more information about job opportunities, pay rates, and the online application. 

“Who wants to be first?”

No one had to ask Alice Guy that question. She just was. In 1896 she made her first film and what is debated by film historians to be the first narrative film ever. Take a look at surviving footage of the 1900 remake:

No, your eyes don’t deceive you, those are babies being born in a cabbage patch. And how ’bout the size of those cabbages?

Alice Guy (click on her name for a summary of her career) became a known director in her native France. In 1907 she married coworker Herbert Blache and simply added his name on to hers. Not even a hyphen. The two transferred to the United States where she continued to make films.

Examples of her work are featured in two DVD sets in the library collection. [Click here to view.]

Last year saw the release of a documentary about Alice Guy Blache which is available through the library’s streaming service. [Click here]

A trailer for the documentary can be viewed here first.

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.

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.

Click here for help getting started with Hoopla.

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.

Click here for help getting started with Hoopla.

Hispanic Heritage Month and the PBS Video Collection

Diana Dávila of Mi Tocaya Antojería

Photo by: Jeff Marini

Credit: Chicago Magazine Review of Mi Tocaya Antojería

Get ready for the start of Hispanic Heritage Month, September 15 to October 15, by checking out some of the fascinating videos the library has to offer through PBS Video Collection. Watch documentaries, news segments, and TV programs that highlight and celebrate the vibrant culture, traditions, and history of the Latinx and Spanish-speaking communities. 


Learn about Loreta Velazquez, a Cuban immigrant who disguised herself as a man in order to serve in the American Civil War. 


Feeling hungry? Take a trip into the city and learn about Chicago’s Mexican community and food culture. You’ll be clamoring to make reservations at Mi Tocaya by the end!  

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.

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone

We have a new book in our After Class collection that is perfect for everyone.  Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb is a fantastic memoir that I read on vacation this summer.  While a book about psychotherapy may not seem like a typical vacation book, it is fascinating, funny, and super readable (it’s even set to become a television drama).  Gottlieb became a psychotherapist after several career changes.  When she experienced a crisis in her personal life, a therapist friend suggested, “maybe you should talk to someone”.  The book alternates with stories about how she became a therapist, her relationships with her patients, and her relationship with her therapist.   As author A.J. Jacobs wrote:  “Here are some people who might benefit from Lori Gottlieb’s illuminating new book: therapists, people who have ever been in therapy, people who have ever been in relationships, people who have ever experienced emotions.  In other words, everyone.”

If you are interested in learning more about this book, here are a couple of interviews with the author:

abc New Interview

Family Action Network Interview

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.