Pride 2018: These Characters Have Been Out

By Kaley C. ​Happy Pride to those who are celebrating this month! In the growing sea of LGBTQ+ literature, I’m a huge fan of stories with characters that go beyond coming out. While those narratives need to be told, I have found myself drawn to characters who identify as unapologetically LGBTQ+. In this post you’ll find intrigue, suspense, love, and even a […]

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Picture Books & Animated Movies for Grown-ups

by Michelle C. I still remember the first time my mom handed me a chapter book–<angry scowl> where are all the pictures? Young Michelle was horrified that she would have to use her imagination while reading. Unacceptable! (Young Michelle also got in trouble in Kindergarten for copying her friend’s drawing in art class, so originality/imagination wasn’t […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Graphic Novel Lists

By Kaley C ​As our month of celebrating and exploring graphic novels comes to an end, I thought we could take a peek at some of the lists people have made. Just in case you’d like to squeeze in a few more as our break in December begins. Even though we won’t be highlighting another genre or format […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Graphic Novels and the Value of Visuals

by Emily Z. I will happily read all manner of graphic novels, from memoirs to tales of the fantastic, as long as I also like the illustrations. When a book is full of pictures, the pictures matter. If the images weren’t important to the graphic novel format, graphic novels could just be regular books—really short, […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Getting Past the First Volume

By Kaley C ​My appreciation of graphic novels is well documented. Graphic novels can be one full arc complete with character history, world-building, and plot design. In addition to having fully developed plots and characters, they are often broken down into volumes. I’m always on the hunt for a solid series to start reading. It’s rare, but every so often I’ll […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Manga & Manhwa

by Kimberly P.  In honor of Beyond Bestsellers: Graphic Novels, I’ve been devouring my favorite form of graphic novels–manga and manhwa! Manga and manhwa are comics created in Japan and South Korea (respectively) and have a distinct style. Black and white illustrations fill their pages. They reflect every genre from romance to speculative fiction to […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: Graphic Novels

By Kaley C. Hello, hello, hello! Welcome to the last round of Beyond Bestsellers before our December break. It’s my all time favorite method of reading: graphic novels and comics. I’m so excited to share some of the books I’ve read with you in the past few months. You couldn’t see it, but trust that […]

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Author Spotlight: Rick Geary

by Liz K. (SnoIsleLib_LizK) A few weeks ago, I came across Rick Geary’s new graphic novel, The Black Dahlia. As a long-time a lover of all things pulp and mid-century, the art work on the cover immediately drew me in. The mystery surrounding the murder of young starlet Elizabeth Stanton has captivated authors and filmmakers […]

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Comic Artists and Authors that Hit the Big Time

by Kaley ​Finding zines and webcomics from little known makers is a past time of mine. It’s probably my favorite part of exploring Comic Cons. It’s inspiring to watch a creator start as an unknown artist posting their doodles on tumblr or Instagram rise to a published author. So here is a post celebrating those artists who stuck it […]

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Animals in Graphic Novels

by Lindsey Recently I devoured the graphic novel series Love by Frédéric Brrémaud and Federico Bertolucci. Each book tells a story entirely without narration or dialogue. The stunning illustrations speak for themselves, telling complete tales as they follow animals – including a tiger, a fox, a lion, and a dinosaur – through their lives. Reading one […]

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