Suggested Reading Lists

Readings for the Graphic Novel Discussion Group 

Note:  The suggested items below are ones that fit a certain month’s topic and were available in our catalog prior to the meeting date of that month.  The items may no longer be in LFPL’s catalog at this time.  As well, the lists are not meant to be comprehensive but as a guide for those who may not have a title in mind for a meeting.

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August 8, 2016 – The Valiant Entertainment Universe

Valiant Universe


July 11, 2016 – Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore

SIP#90


June 2016 – The Private Eye by Brian K. Vaughan and Marcos Martin


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May 2016 – NO MEETING IN MAY

However, Happy 4th Anniversary!!!


The Road to Civil War
The Road to Civil War
By Bendis, Brian Michael
Author Straczynski, J. Michael
Illustrator Maleev, Alex
2007-03 – Marvel Comics Group
9780785119746 Check Our Catalog

Ripped from the pages of New Avengers, the Eisner Award-winning team of Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev present an explosive hidden story of Marvel’s secret past, the secret history of Marvel’s most secret team – how they came together and how they are ripped apart. Plus: Spidey’s got a new lease on life, new powers and a new costume, courtesy of his new best friend Tony Stark. So what could possibly …More

 

Civil War
Civil War
By Millar, Mark
Illustrator McNiven, Steve
2008-11 – Marvel Comics Group
9780785121787 Check Our Catalog

Contains materials originally published in magazine form as Civil War #1-7, Marvel Spotlight: Civil war, and Civil War script book. …More

 

Captain America
Captain America
By Brubaker, Ed
Illustrator Perkins, Mike
Illustrator Weeks, Lee
2007-05 – Marvel Comics
9780785127987 Check Our Catalog

Captain America has fallen into a clash with his government and his friends, and the people close to him are paying the price. The life of Cap’s girlfriend, Agent 13, is torn apart as her superiors use her divided loyalties against her. Elsewhere, a new villain emerges; the Red Skull begins to make himself known; and the Winter Soldier again comes face-to-face with Cap. But which side will he …More

 

Iron Man Civil War
Iron Man Civil War
By Gage, Christos N.
Author Knauf, Daniel
Author Knauf, Charlie
2007-06 – Marvel Comics Group
9780785123149 Check Our Catalog

Two tales of suspense ripped from the pages of Civil War! Captain America has fallen into a clash with his government and his friends, and the people close to him are paying the price. The life of Cap’s girlfriend, Agent 13, is torn apart as her superiors use her divided loyalties against her. Elsewhere, a new villain emerges; the Red Skull begins to make himself known; and the Winter Soldier …More

 

Civil War: Thunderbolts
Civil War: Thunderbolts
By Nicieza, Fabian
Illustrator Grummett, Tom
Text by (Art/Photo Books) Nicieza, Fabian
2007-04 – Marvel Comics
9780785119470 Check Our Catalog

The superhuman registration act has been signed into law – sides are being chosen – but what side do our former villains fall on? Well… their identities are already public knowledge – and they sure can get good publicity by hunting down renegade heroes, so… time for the T-Bolts to kick some spandex butt! Plus: Zemo and Songbird? When did that happen? A new base, a new mission statement, and a …More

 

Civil War
Civil War
By Straczynski, J. Michael
Author McDuffie, Dwayne
Illustrator McKone, Mike
2007-05 – Marvel Comics Group
9780785122272 Check Our Catalog

One member of the Fantastic Four lies hospitalized, a casualty of the Civil War that has fragmented the superhuman community. Amid the tumult and tensions, the Fantastic Four break up. Who will toe the line, who will join the resistance, and who will leave the battlefield altogether? …More

 

Civil War: War Crimes
Civil War: War Crimes
By Tieri, Frank
Illustrator Johnson, Staz
2007-05 – Marvel Comics
9780785126522 Check Our Catalog

Wilson Fisk, the incarcerated ex-Kingpin of Crime, has a deal to propose to Iron Man: He’ll use his underworld connections to help track down Captain America and his anti-Registration underground in exchange for consideration on his sentence. This volume collects “Civil War: War Crimes” and “Underworld” issues #1-#5. Older teens. …More

 

Civil War: Peter Parker, Spider-Man
Civil War: Peter Parker, Spider-Man
By Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto
Illustrator Crain, Clayton
Illustrator Medina, Angel
2007-05 – Marvel Comics Group
9780785121893 Check Our Catalog

The War has begun, sides have been chosen, and the die has been cast! With the repercussions of recent events in Civil War spreading across the Marvel Universe, see how every action can have enormous consequences – even in Peter Parker’s life. Collects Sensational Spider-Man #28-34. …More

 

Young Avengers & Runaways
Young Avengers & Runaways
By Wells, Zeb
Illustrator Caselli, Stefano
2007-05 – Marvel Comics Group
9780785123170 Check Our Catalog

As the public turns against Marvel’s heroes, the gears of Civil War threaten to crush Brian K. Vaughan’s Runaways. But when Allan Heinberg’s Young Avengers offer their assistance, how can the Runaways believe they’re on the same side? Don’t miss this Civil War tie-in that promises to have lasting repercussions for both popular teams! Collects Civil War: Young Avengers & Runaways #1-4. …More

 

Civil War
Civil War
By Bendis, Brian Michael
Illustrator Chaykin, Howard
Illustrator Ferry, Pasqual
2007-08 – Marvel Comics Group
9780785124467 Check Our Catalog

The Civil War is on, and no book is more affected than New Avengers. The Avengers are about to go to war over their beliefs, and the shake-up will shock fans. This volume collects “New Avengers” issues #21-#25. Young adult. …More

 

Civil War Front Line
Civil War Front Line
By Jenkins, Paul
Illustrator Bachs, Ramon
Text by (Art/Photo Books) Jenkins, Paul
2007-05 – Marvel Comics
9780785123125 Check Our Catalog

There’s a truth buried deep in the heart of every war, and reporters SallyFloyd and Ben Urich will be there, uncovering that truth in the midst of the biggest conflagration in the Marvel Universe! In the wake of the Stamford disaster, the public cries out for super-hero registration. Are the costumed heroes of the Marvel Universe protectors or ticking time bombs? And in “Civil War …More

 

Spider-Man
Spider-Man
By Straczynski, J. Michael
Text by (Art/Photo Books) Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto
Text by (Art/Photo Books) David, Peter
2011-01 – Marvel Comics
9780785148821 Check Our Catalog

Life couldn’t be more complicated – or more dangerous – for Peter Parker. After rushing to the aftermath of the Stamford Massacre, he travels with Tony Stark to Washington, D.C., where the enactment of the Superhuman Registration Act appears imminent. As the Marvel Universe braces for the implications of legislation that will forever change the societal status of super heroes, Peter is forced to …More

 

Civil War: Amazing Spider-Man Tpb
Civil War: Amazing Spider-Man Tpb
By Straczynski, J. Michael
Illustrator Garney, Ron
Text by (Art/Photo Books) Straczynski, J. Michael
2007-05 – Marvel Comics
9780785122371 Check Our Catalog

As the Marvel Universe braces for the implications of legislation that will forever change the societal status of super heroes, Peter Parker is forced to make an important personal decision–maybe the most important decision of his life. …More

 

Marvel Universe
Marvel Universe
By Slott, Dan
Author Brubaker, Ed
Author Bendis, Brian Michael
2007-06 – Marvel Comics
9780785124702 Check Our Catalog

Civil War is encompassing the entire Marvel Universe, and the effects of the war are being felt by every hero, villain, and civilian. This volume collects “Winter Soldier: Winter Kills, Civil War: Choosing Sides, Civil War: The Return,” and “She-Hulk” #8. Young adult. …More

 

Civil War: Wolverine
Civil War: Wolverine
By Guggenheim, Marc
Illustrator Ramos, Humberto
2007-05 – Marvel Comics Group
9780785119807 Check Our Catalog

In the aftermath of the Stamford tragedy, Logan makes it his personal mission to take down the man responsible. No sooner does he begin his hunt, however, than he discovers someone else is stalking the same prey: a mysterious trio whose identity, and disturbing mission, will come as a shock to many! If Logan’s unsettled by who these guys are, then just wait until he discovers who they answer to! …More

 

Civil War X-Men: A Marvel Comics Event
Civil War X-Men: A Marvel Comics Event
By Hine, David
Illustrator Paquette, Yanick
2007-04 – Marvel Comics
9780785123132 Check Our Catalog

Enough is enough! The tension between the X-Men, the 198 and the O*N*E* has finally reached a breaking point. As Civil War rips apart the Marvel Universe, the X-Men also find themselves crumbling from the inside out. Will they admit defeat, or will they finally start to fight back? Collects Civil War: X-Men #1-4. …More

 

X-Men Universe
X-Men Universe
By Nicieza, Fabian
Author David, Peter
Illustrator Calero, Dennis
2007-05 – Marvel Comics Group
9780785122432 Check Our Catalog

Hot on the heels of both smash hits “House of M” and “Son of M,” Quicksilver returns. But is he friend or foe? Complicating matters even more, the divisiveness of Civil War has spread to X-Factor. Its Jamies choice that may well decide whether X-Factor stays together or cracks apart. This volume collects “Cable & Deadpool” #30-#32, and “X-Factor” #8-#9. Older teens. …More

 

The Death of Captain America
The Death of Captain America
By Brubaker, Ed
Illustrator Epting, Steve
Illustrator Perkins, Mike
2007-12 – Marvel Comics
9780785128496 Check Our Catalog

The death of Captain America! Leaping from the final pages of Civil War, this is the biggest Cap story that Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting have yet to tell – guaranteed to stun readers and send shockwaves through the entire Marvel Universe for the next year! As repercussions ripple outward, the Winter Soldier finally chooses a side, after the Civil War has ended – his own. But what are the Red Skull …More


March 2016 – The Sandman series by Neil Gaiman

Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes Sandman: Preludes & Nocturnes
By Gaiman, Neil
2010-10 – Vertigo
9781401225759 Check Our Catalog“New York Times”-bestselling author Gaiman’s transcendent series, Sandman, offers an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore, and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision. …More
The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll's House (New Edition): New Edition The Sandman Vol. 2: The Doll’s House (New Edition): New Edition
By Gaiman, Neil
Author Various
Illustrator Dringenberg, Mike
2010-10 – Vertigo
9781401227999 Check Our CatalogNew York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision.During Morpheus’s…More
The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country (New Edition) The Sandman Vol. 3: Dream Country (New Edition)
By Gaiman, Neil
Illustrator Various
Illustrator Jones, Kelley
2010-10 – Vertigo
9781401229351 Check Our CatalogThe third Sandman collection is a series of four short comic book stories. In each of these otherwise unrelated stories, Morpheus serves only as a minor character. One of these stories won the World Fantasy Award for best short story, the first time a comic book was given that honor. …More
Season of Mist Season of Mist
By Gaiman, Neil
Illustrator Jones, Kelley
Illustrator Dringenberg, Mike
2011-02 – Vertigo
9781401230425 Check Our CatalogVolume Four of New York Times best selling author Neil Gaiman’s acclaimed creation, with updated coloring and new trade dress.Ten thousand years ago, Morpheus condemned a woman who loved him to Hell. Now the other members of his immortal family, The Endless, have convinced the Dream King that this was an injustice. To make it right, Morpheus must return to Hell to rescue his banished love — …More
A Game of You A Game of You
By Gaiman, Neil
Illustrator McManus, Shawn
Illustrator Doran, Colleen
2011-05 – Vertigo
9781401230432 Check Our Catalog“Featuring characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth, Mike Dringenberg.” …More
Fables and Reflections Fables and Reflections
By Gaiman, Neil
2011-09 – Vertigo
9781401231231 Check Our Catalog/Neil Gaiman From the mists of the past to the nightmares of the present, Neil Gaiman’s THE SANDMAN touches the lives of kings and knaves, explorers, storytellers, monsters and children. This collection of short tales explores historical figures from Augustus Caesar to Marco Polo, from The Arabian Nights to Revolutionary France. Third p …More
Brief Lives Brief Lives
By Gaiman, Neil
Illustrator Thompson, Jill
Illustrator Locke, Vince
2011-12 – Vertigo
9781401232634 Check Our Catalog…More
World's End World’s End
By Gaiman, Neil
Illustrator Talbot, Bryan
Illustrator Watkiss, John
2012-02 – Vertigo
9781401234027 Check Our CatalogReminiscent of the legendary Canterbury Tales, THE SANDMAN: WORLDS’ END is a wonderful potpourri of engrossing tales and masterly storytelling. Improbably caught in a June blizzard, two wayward compatriots stumble upon a mysterious inn and learn that they are in the middle of a “reality storm.” Now surrounded by a menagerie of people and creatures from different times and realities, the two …More
The Kindly Ones The Kindly Ones
By Gaiman, Neil
2012-05 – Vertigo
9781401235451 Check Our CatalogHere’s the latest in Vertigo’s award-winning series. The Lord of Dreams has killed his own son and now must face the consequences as his fate becomes entwined with the Kindly Ones, primal powers who revenge blood debts. Full-color illustrations. Graphic novel format. Suggested for mature readers. …More
Wake Wake
By Gaiman, Neil
2012-11 – Vertigo
9781401237547 Check Our CatalogThis paperback edition of the final Sandman graphic novel brings the saga to a conclusion with appearances from everyone who is everyone in the world of the graphic novel. …More
The Sandman: Overture The Sandman: Overture
By Gaiman, Neil
Illustrator Williams, JH, III
2015-11 – Vertigo
9781401248963 Check Our Catalog#1 “NEW YORK TIMES” BESTSELLERTwenty-five years since THE SANDMAN first changed the landscape of modern comics, Neil Gaiman’s legendary series is back in a deluxe editionTHE SANDMAN: OVERTURE heralds “New York Times” best-selling writer Neil Gaiman’s return to the art form that made him famous, ably abetted by artistic luminary JH Williams III (BATWOMAN, PROMETHEA),…More

February 2016 The Art of War: Comics Journalism by Joe Sacco

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt
By Hedges, Chris
Illustrator Sacco, Joe
2012-06 – Nation Books
1568586434 Check Our Catalog

In the vein of “Let Us Now Praise Famous Men,” Pulitzer Prize winner and bestselling author Hedges and American Book Award-winning cartoonist Sacco bring a searing on-the-ground report on the crisis gripping underclass America. …More

 

Footnotes in Gaza
Footnotes in Gaza
By Sacco, Joe
2009-12 – Metropolitan Books
0805073477 Check Our Catalog

From the great cartoonist-reporter comes a sweeping, original investigation of a forgotten crime in the most tormented of places. Spanning 50 years and moving fluidly between one war and the next, “Footnotes in Gaza” captures the essence of a tragedy. …More

 

Journalism
Journalism
By Sacco, Joe
Illustrator Sacco, Joe
2012-06 – Metropolitan Books
9780805094862 Check Our Catalog

A first for the world’s greatest cartoon reporter, a collection of journalism, including articles on the American military in Iraq that have never been published in the United States. …More

 

Palestine
Palestine
By Sacco, Joe
Illustrator Sacco, Joe
Introduction by Said, Edward W.
2001-12 – Fantagraphics Books
9781560974321 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
Firecracker Alternative Book Award (2002)

Based on years of research and extended visits to the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the early 1990s, “Palestine” is the first major comics work of political nonfiction by Sacco. …More

 

Fixer
Fixer
By Sacco, Joe
2003-10 – Drawn & Quarterly
1896597602 Check Our Catalog

When bombs are falling and western journalism is the only game left in town, local “fixers” sell war correspondents the human tragedy and moral outrage that makes news editors back home happy. American Book Award winner Sacco goes behind the scene of war correspondence to reveal the anatomy of the big scoop. …More

 

The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme
The Great War: July 1, 1916: The First Day of the Battle of the Somme
By Sacco, Joe
2013-11 – W. W. Norton & Company
9780393088809 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
L.A. Times Book Prize (2013), Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association Award (2014)

 

Launched on July 1, 1916, the Battle of the Somme has come to epitomize the madness of the First World War. Almost 20,000 British soldiers were killed and another 40,000 were wounded that first day, and there were more than one million casualties by the time the offensive halted. In The Great War, acclaimed cartoon journalist Joe Sacco depicts the events of that day in an extraordinary, …More

 

War's End: Profiles from Bosnia 1995-96
War’s End: Profiles from Bosnia 1995-96
By Sacco, Joe
2005-06 – Drawn & Quarterly
1896597920 Check Our Catalog

War cartoonist Sacco visits the Bosnian conflict to uncover the stories that are often ignored or uncovered by traditional media and gives the reader an inside peek at the darkly humorous news process. …More

 


January 2016 – Dystopian Narratives in Comics

Akira, Volume 1 Akira, Volume 1
By Otomo, Katsuhiro
2009-10 – Kodansha Comics
9781935429005 Check Our Catalog Welcome to Neo-Tokyo, built on the ashes of a Tokyo annihilated by a blast of unknown origin that triggered World War III. The lives of two streetwise teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, change forever when paranormal abilities begin to waken in Tetsuo, making him a target for a shadowy agency that will stop at nothing to prevent another catastrophe like the one that leveled Tokyo. At the core of …More
Attack on Titan 1 Attack on Titan 1
By Isayama, Hajime
2012-06 – Kodansha Comics
9781612620244 Check Our Catalog Humanity’s numbers have been decimated, and the remaining population lives inside an immense walled city to protect them from the monstrous and mysterious titans in this bestselling manga series that marries “The Passage” and “The Walking Dead.” …More
East of West, Volume 1: The Promise East of West, Volume 1: The Promise
By Hickman, Jonathan
Illustrator Dragotta, Nick
2013-09 – Image Comics
9781607067702 Check Our Catalog .This is the world. It is not the one we wanted, but it is the one we deserved. The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse roam the Earth, signaling the End Times for humanity, and our best hope for life, lies in DEATH ” …More
Freakangels, Volume 1 Freakangels, Volume 1
By Ellis, Warren
Illustrator Duffield, Paul
2008-11 – Avatar Press
9781592910564 Check Our Catalog Twenty-three years ago, twelve strange children were born in England at exactly the same moment. Six years ago, the world ended. Today, eleven strange 23-year-olds live in and defend Whitechapel, maybe the last real settlement in flooded London. When a dazed, gun-toting girl appears on the outskirts with a deadly grudge against the self-proclaimed Freakangels, the kids realize that an old enemy is …More
Lazarus Volume 1 Tp Lazarus Volume 1 Tp
By Rucka, Greg
Author Lark, Michael
Illustrator Lark, Michael
2013-10 – Image Comics
1607068095 Check Our Catalog Collecting the first four issues of the Eisner-winning team of Rucka and Lark’s critically acclaimed new series about Forever Carlyle, the Lazarus of the Carlyle Family. Included is the previously only-available-online, four-page short, “Family: Prelude.” In a dystopian near-future, government is a quaint concept, resources are coveted, and possession is 100% of the law. A handful of Families …More
The Incal: The Epic Conspiracy - Volume 1 The Incal: The Epic Conspiracy – Volume 1
By Jodorowsky, Alexandro
Illustrator Moebius
2005-02 – DC Comics
1401206298 Check Our Catalog Moebius, the internationally acclaimed illustrator of countless graphic novels and film designer for Alien, Blade Runner and The Fifth Element first influenced a generation with The Incal. John Difool, a low class detective in a degenerate world, finds his life turned upside down when he discovers an ancient artifact called “The Incal.”–Difool’s adventures will bring him into conflict with the …More
The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys
By Way, Gerard
Author Simon, Shaun
Editor Hahn, Sierra
2014-05 – Dark Horse Comics
9781595824622 Check Our Catalog Years ago, the Killjoys fought against the tyrannical megacorporation Better Living Industries, costing them their lives, save for one–the mysterious Girl. Today, the followers of the original Killjoys languish in the Desert while BLI systematically strips citizens of their individuality. As the fight for freedom fades, it’s left to the Girl to take up the mantle and bring down the fearsome BLI …More
The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye The Walking Dead Volume 1: Days Gone Bye
By Kirkman, Robert
Author Moore, Tony, Mphil
Illustrator Moore, Tony
2013-02 – Image Comics
9781582406725 Check Our Catalog Statements of responsibility vary from issue to issue. …More
The Wrenchies The Wrenchies
By Dalrymple, Farel
2014-07 – First Second
9781596434219 Check Our Catalog Sherwood and Orson should never have gone into that cave. That day, a door was opened to a dark and profane realmNand Earth’s destiny was changed forever. Comics legend Dalrymple brings his literary and artistic powers to bear in this sprawling science-fiction graphic novel about regret, obsession, and the uncertainty of growing up. …More
V for Vendetta V for Vendetta
By Moore, Alan
Illustrator Lloyd, David
2008-10 – Vertigo
9781401208417 Check Our Catalog In an alternate future in which Germany wins World War II and Britain becomes a fascist state, a vigilante named “V” tries to free England of its ideological chains. …More

December 2015 – The World of Webcomics

There are so many great webcomics out there and some have been collected in paper form.

The following items can be found in LFPL’s collection:

5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (and Other Useful Guides) [With Poster]
5 Very Good Reasons to Punch a Dolphin in the Mouth (and Other Useful Guides) [With Poster]
By Oatmeal
2011-03 – Andrews McMeel Publishing
9781449401160 Check Our Catalog

In Inman’s work, samurai sword-wielding kittens and hamsters that love .50-caliber machine guns commingle with a cracked-out Tyrannosaur that is extremely hard to potty train. Inman creates these quirky scenes for theoatmeal.com. …More

The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: Night Powers
The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: Night Powers
By Hastings, Chris
Author Cereno, Benito
Illustrator Hastings, Chris
2011-05 – Dark Horse Comics
9781595827098 Check Our Catalog

Award-winning cartoonist Chris Hastings brings you the first three full-colour story arcs of Dr. McNinja, as well as an exclusive-to-print story by Benito Cereno and Les McClaine …More

Battlepug, Volume 2: This Savage Bone
Battlepug, Volume 2: This Savage Bone
By Norton, Mike
Illustrator Norton, Mike
2013-08 – Dark Horse Comics
9781616552015 Check Our Catalog

When the Warrior was just a child, the beast mage Catwulf destroyed his village. Since then, the Warrior has become strong, and he will have his vengeance Joined by his trusty steed and friend Battlepug, a crazy loon, elite warrior Black Sasha, and a foul-mouthed child mage named Bryony, the group will not be denied revenge, but are they ready to meet on of the most powerful mages in the world in …More

The Best of the Joy of Tech
The Best of the Joy of Tech
By Nitrozac
Joint Author Snaggy
2003-12 – O’Reilly Media
0596005784 Check Our Catalog

Frustrated and frazzled by technology? Or perhaps your cynicism is starting to wane? “The Joy of Tech is just the boost you need to get a fresh and funny look at the geek world and restore your sense of humor along the way. With a style that’s simultaneously retro and modern, smart and sexy, “The Joy of Tech comics poke fun at the latest cultural and technological trends, including those mired …More

Earthsong Vol 1
Earthsong Vol 1
By Yates, Crystal
Author Yates, Lady
Illustrator Yates, Lady
2006-06 – Seven Seas
9781933164151 Check Our Catalog

The top-ranking, fan-favorite webcomic comes to print!

A young woman named Willow awakens to find herself on a mystical world with no memories of her former life. She soon discovers that not only are the residents of this world fantastical creatures of ancient lore, but the planet itself is alive and conscious… and in grave danger! Caught in the middle of a terrible struggle, Willow …More

Epic Legends of the Magic Sword Kings
Epic Legends of the Magic Sword Kings
By Holkins, Jerry
Illustrator Krahulik, Mike
2006-09 – Dark Horse Comics
1593075413 Check Our Catalog

Verily, the heroes of “Penny Arcade” return in the second volume of valiant chivalric deeds of brave heroism, heroic gallantry, and bravery. Collecting all the “Penny Arcade” strips posted online from 2001 and 2002, “Volume 2” includes creator commentary and a sketchbook section. …More

Freakangels, Volume 1
Freakangels, Volume 1
By Ellis, Warren
Illustrator Duffield, Paul
2008-11 – Avatar Press
9781592910564 Check Our Catalog

Twenty-three years ago, twelve strange children were born in England at exactly the same moment. Six years ago, the world ended. Today, eleven strange 23-year-olds live in and defend Whitechapel, maybe the last real settlement in flooded London. When a dazed, gun-toting girl appears on the outskirts with a deadly grudge against the self-proclaimed Freakangels, the kids realize that an old enemy is …More

Get Your War On: The Definitive Account of the War on Terror, 2001-2008
Get Your War On: The Definitive Account of the War on Terror, 2001-2008
By Rees, David
Introduction by Taibbi, Matt
2008-10 – Soft Skull Press
9781593762131 Check Our Catalog

In 2001, Rees began a comic strip on his Web site that depicted office workers and their vociferous and profane commentary on the so-called War on Terror. “Get Your War On” combines the original strips as well as new material created in the last three years. …More

Girl Genius Omnibus, Volume One: Agatha Awakens
Girl Genius Omnibus, Volume One: Agatha Awakens
By Foglio, Phil
Author Foglio, Kaja
2012-02 – Tor Books
9780765331328 Check Our Catalog

Girl Genius, the multiple Hugo Award winning steampunk webcomic by Phil and Kaja Foglio, now collected in hardcover

The Industrial Revolution has become all-out war Mad Scientists, gifted with the Spark of genius, unleash insane inventions on an unprepared Europe. For centuries, the Heterodyne family of inventors kept the peace, but the last Heterodyne disappeared twenty years ago, leaving …More

Gunnerkrigg Court, Volume 1 Orientation
Gunnerkrigg Court, Volume 1 Orientation
By Siddell, Thomas
2015-04 – Archaia
9781608867035 Check Our Catalog

Archaia’s beloved Gunnerkrigg Court makes its paperback debut

Antimony Carver is a precocious and preternaturally self-possessed young girl starting her first year of school at gloomy Gunnerkrigg Court, a very British boarding school that has robots running around along side body-snatching demons, forest gods, and the odd mythical creature. The opening volume in the series follows …More

Hark! A Vagrant
Hark! A Vagrant
By Beaton, Kate
2011-09 – Drawn & Quarterly
1770460608 Check Our Catalog

“Hark! A Vagrant” takes readers on a romp through history and literature–with dignity for few and cookies for all–with comic strips about famous authors, their characters, and political and historical figures, all drawn in Kate Beaton’s pared-down, excitable style. This collection features favorite stories as well as new, previously unpublished content. Whether she’s writing about Nikola Tesla, …More

How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
How to Tell If Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You
By Oatmeal
Author The Oatmeal
Author Inman, Matthew
2012-10 – Andrews McMeel Publishing
9781449410247 Check Our Catalog

Mr. Oats delivers a sidesplitting serving of cat comics in a hilarious, brilliant offering from the creative wonderland at TheOatmeal.com. It presents fan favorites, such as “Cat vs. Internet,” “How to Pet a Kitty,” and “The Bobcats,” plus 15 brand-new, never-before-seen cat jokes. …More

Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate Situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened
By Brosh, Allie
2013-10 – Touchstone Books
9781451666175 Check Our Catalog

Collects autobiographical, illustrated essays and cartoons from the author’s popular blog and related new material that humorously and candidly deals with her own idiosyncrasies and battles with depression. …More

Megatokyo Datapack, Volume 1-3
Megatokyo Datapack, Volume 1-3
By Gallagher, Fred
Illustrator Gallagher, Fred
2014-05 – Dark Horse Comics
9781595828231 Check Our Catalog

Mayhem and possibly love await irrepressible Otaku, Piro, and his game-obsessed freakazoid friend, Largo, as they go on unexpected adventures while stranded in Japan in the first of Gallagher’s three-volume set. …More

Mom's Cancer
Mom’s Cancer
By Fies, Brian
2006-03 – HNA Books
0810958406 Check Our Catalog

The winner of the 2005 Eisner Award in the category of Best Digital Comic for the original Web version, “Mom’s Cancer” is now available as a graphic novel. It offers an honest, unflinching, and sometimes humorous look at the practical and emotional effect that serious illness can have on patients and their families. …More

Nimona
Nimona
By Stevenson, Noelle
Illustrator Stevenson, Noelle
2015-05 – Harper Teen
9780062278234 Check Our Catalog

Awards:
National Book Awards (2015)

National Book Award Finalist

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses Dragons Science Symbolism All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive …More

The Nodwick Chronicles V: Tour of Doodie: A Henchman Collection of Nodwick 25-30
The Nodwick Chronicles V: Tour of Doodie: A Henchman Collection of Nodwick 25-30
By Williams, Aaron
2006-08 – Dork Storm Press
1933288116 Check Our Catalog

…More

Red Meat
Red Meat
By Cannon, Max
Foreword by Griffith, Bill
1997-11 – St. Martin’s Griffin
031218302X Check Our Catalog

Currently featured in over 50 alternative weeklies and college newspapers, “Red Meat” is quickly becoming one of the most popular alternative comic strips in the country. The official “Red Meat” Web site averages 30,000 page views a week. This collection offers readers a peek at the strip that’s caused all the commotion. …More

Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! a Vagrant Collection
Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! a Vagrant Collection
By Beaton, Kate
2015-09 – Drawn & Quarterly
9781770462083 Check Our Catalog

The “New York Times “bestseller, featured on the “Washington Post” best of 2015 list” “

Somewhere in my heart is a folder titled Things I Did Not Know I Wanted and it is full of Kate Beaton comics Sharp, charming, and weird, ” Step Aside, Pops” is a fine sampling of Beaton’s work, and I can’t recommend it enough. “NPR”

Nobody’s ever gotten so much comedy out of omitting …More

User Friendly: The Comic Strip
User Friendly: The Comic Strip
By Frazer, J. D.
1999-10 – O’Reilly Media
1565926730 Check Our Catalog

One of the funniest, most off-beat and original comic strips to come along in years–“User Friendly”–tells the story of Columbia Internet, a friendly, hardworking ‘Net service provider. This humorous title provides an outsiders lighthearted look at the world of the hard-core geek and allows those who make their living dwelling in this world a chance to laugh at themselves. …More


November 215 – Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen series

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the Vol 01 League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, the Vol 01
By Moore, Alan and O’Neill, Kevin

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Presented in this edition is the League’s first adventure along with the illustrators’ masterful sketchbook.
…More
League of Extraordinary Gentleman, the Vol 02 League of Extraordinary Gentleman, the Vol 02
By Moore, Alan and O’Neill, Kevin

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Awards:
Bram Stoker Awards (2003)

The inspiration behind the blockbuster movie, “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Vol. 2” once again uses classic characters from familiar literature to tell a tale of epic proportions in Victorian England. When alien invaders from Mars mercilessly attack London, the throne quickly calls upon the League to defend against the invasion with their various skills and intellect. …More
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier [With 3-D Glasses] The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Black Dossier
By Moore, Alan and O’Neill, Kevin

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Now, after many years, the still youthful Mina Murray and a rejuvenated Allan Quatermain return and are in search of some answers that can only be found in a book buried deep in the vaults of their old headquarters, a book that holds the key to the hidden history of the League throughout the ages: The Black Dossier. …More
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume III: Century #1 1910 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume III: Century #1 1910

By Moore, Alan and O’Neill, Kevin

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The new volume detailing the exploits of Miss Wilhelmina Murray and her extraordinary colleagues spans almost 100 years. …More

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume III: Century #2 1969 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume III: Century #2 1969
By Moore, Alan and O’Neill, Kevin

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Take a group of extraordinary literary figures like Allan Quartermain, Captain Nemo, Dr. Jekyll, the Invisible Man and Mina Harker and put them together to save England from its enemies. …More
The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume III: Century #3 2009 The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Volume III: Century #3 2009
By Moore, Alan and O’Neill, Kevin

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In Chapter Three, the narrative draws to its cataclysmic close in London 2008. The magical child whose ominous coming has been foretold for the past hundred years has now been born and has grown up to claim his dreadful heritage. …More

Art & Music at the Library

October 2015 – Sound and Vision, an examination of works influenced by or that are about music.

 

International Month at the Library

Note: The Main Library will be doing programs that focus on China.

September 2015 – Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang This month we will be discussing the companion pair of graphic novels put out by Gene Yang that look at the turbulent period of China’s Boxer Rebellion.


August 2015 – Fables by Bill Willingham This month we will discuss the Bill Willingham’s Fables series and its spin-offs, Jack of Fables and Fairest.


July 2015 – Finder by Carla Speed McNeil This month we will discuss Carla Speed McNeil’s Finder series.


June 2015 – LGBT Characters in Comics

  1. The Heart of Thomas by Moto Hagio
  2. Husbands by Brad Bell
  3. Prism Comics: Your LGBT Guide to Comics
  4. Stuck Rubber Baby by Howard Cruse
  5. The Essential Dykes to Watch Out for by Alison Bechdel
  6. Fun Home by Alison Bechdel
  7. Are You My Mother by Alison Bechdel
  8. A + E 4ever by Ilike Merey
  9. Wandering Son by Shimura Takako
  10. Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh
  11. Strangers in Paradise by Terry Moore
  12. Love and Rockets by Gilbert and Jaime Hernandez
  13. Spit and Passion by Cristy C. Road
  14. The Invisibles by Grant Morrison
  15. Tomboy by Liz Prince
  16. Angel Diary by Yun Hee Lee
  17. What Did You Eat Yesterday by Fumi Yoshinaga
  18. Astonishing X-Men: Northstar by Marjorie M. Lui
  19. Batwoman by J.H. Williams III
  20. Gotham Central by Greg Rucka
  21. Young Avengers by Kieron Gillen
  22. The Authority by Warren Ellis
  23. Rawhide Kid by Ron Zimmerman
  24. A Distant Soil by Collen Doran
  25. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

May 2015 Planetary series by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday


April 2015 – Manga for Adults Seinen – Manga originally produced for Men:

Josei – Manga originally produced for Women:

Manga considered Adult in the U.S. (but are really for Kids or Teens in Japan):

Non-fiction about Manga:

For more info on the different types of Manga (and its sister art, Anime), check out the FAQ created by our staff member, Katherine Skaggs.

 


March 2015 – Graphic Medicine: Narratives of Illness & Caregiving


February 2015 – Comics on Television

Listed below are 20 live action TV shows based on comics that can be found at LFPL.   Corresponding comics are listed in parenthesis if the title of the TV show is different.


January 2015 – The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone, illustrated by Josh Neufeld You may also be interested the following books by  Josh Neufeld:


December 2014 – Collecting Comics (plus comic swap!)


November 2014 – Graphic Adaptation of Novels


October 2014 – Ghost Stories


 September 2014 – Dark Horse Comics


August 2014Image Comics


July 2014Batman: The First 75 Years

Because there are so many great Batman stories over the years, the following is an extensive but by no means exhaustive list.  LFPL has many of these which can be found by searching our catalog.

  • Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth
  • Arkham Asylum: Living Hell
  • Batman and Robin
  • Batman Incorporated
  • Batman R.I.P.
  • Batman: A Death in the Family
  • Batman: A Lonely Place of Dying
  • Batman: Battle for the Cowl
  • Batman: Black and White
  • Batman: Blind Justice
  • Batman: Broken City
  • Batman: Cacophony
  • Batman: Cataclysm
  • Batman: City of Crime
  • Batman: Contagion
  • Batman: Dark Knight, Dark City
  • Batman: Dark Moon Rising
  • Batman: Dark Victory
  • Batman: Death and the Maidens
  • Batman: Face the Face
  • Batman: Gotham by Gaslight
  • Batman: Gotham Underground
  • Batman: Gothic
  • Batman: Haunted Knight
  • Batman: Hush
  • Batman: Knightfall
  • Batman: Last Rites
  • Batman: No Man’s Land
  • Batman: Officer Down
  • Batman: Red Rain
  • Batman: Rules of Engagement
  • Batman: Son of the Demon
  • Batman: Strange Apparitions
  • Batman: Tales of the Demon
  • Batman: Ten Nights of the Beast
  • Batman: The Cult
  • Batman: The Dark Knight Returns
  • Batman: The Killing Joke
  • Batman: The Last Arkham
  • Batman: The Long Halloween
  • Batman: The Man Who Laughs
  • Batman: Turning Points
  • Batman: Under the Hood
  • Batman: Venom
  • Batman: War Games
  • Batman: Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?
  • Batman: Year 100
  • Batman: Year One
  • Bruce Wayne: Fugitive
  • The Return of Bruce Wayne

June 20141986: A Watershed Year in Comics What an amazing year for comics. Like 1938 or 1961, comics were changed irrevocably in 1986.  This is the year that many say is the beginning of the Dark Age of Comics. Here are some of the big titles of 1986:

Some of the big events in the industry:

  • American Splendor by Harvey Pekar, one of the longest running creator-owned indie comics,  is collected into book form by Doubleday, a major American publishing company.
  • Cerebus‘ “High Society” storyline is collected into the first soft-cover edition that comes to be known as the “phonebook.”
  • Dark Horse Comics, Slave Labor Graphics (now SLG), and  Guy Delcourt Productions Productions (a giant of the French comic industry) were founded.  All are still in business.

Gladstone Publishing, Eternity Comics, and Malibu Comics were launched.  As well, Marvel debuted its New Universe imprint.  All are now defunct.


May 2014 – Logicomix: An Epic Search for Truth by Apostolos Doxiadis and Christos Papadiminitriou 

Bertrand Russell was born on May 18, 1872. He is known as a philosopher, mathematician, and social activist. But did you know that he is also the star of his very own graphic novel?


April 14, 2014 – Classic Comic Strips


March 2014 – Female Comics Creators

There have been many, many influential women such as Elizabeth Holloway Marston, co-creator of Wonder Woman; Patricia Highsmith, writer of pulp comics (before finding success as a mystery writer); Jenette Kahn, former editor-in-chief of DC Comics; and Karen Berger, former executive editor of Vertigo Comics, among others. In March, we will be looking at the contributions of women in the comics industry, focusing on artists and writers. The following list is just a tiny smattering of those whose works can be found in LFPL’s collection:


February 2014 – The memoir of Congressman John Lewis, March. Book One

You might also want to read:

January 2014 – Indie Comics

Once again there is no suggested reading list for this month. Yes, some indies have made it big (such as Spawn or Hellboy) which muddies the waters. However, a good rule of thumb is that if a comic is a) not one published by Marvel or DC, b) if it is creator-owned, or c) if it is a collection of comics that were originally born digital then it is most likely “indie.” Still not sure? You might check out Indie Comics Magazine.


December 2013 – Favorite Comics of 2013

This is a pretty open topic so there was no suggested reading list for this month. If you are interested in my picks for 2013, you can check out this post from the general Readers Corner blog.


November 2013 – Westerns

October 2013 – Science Fiction Comics

 


September 2013 – Censorship of Comics

August 2013 – What Makes a Hero?


July 2013 – Fantasy Comics

June 2013 – Metafiction in Comics

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