The Fantastic Tween Comic Scene

by Emily Z. The holidays are upon us now. For some of us, that means: Winter Break Long trips to other peoples’ houses Even longer periods of waiting for some elaborate meal to be prepared Holiday parties where everyone is somehow between 5 and 50 years older than you (or at least 5 years younger […]

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Beyond Bestsellers: LGBTQIA+

By Kaley C. As August comes to an end, so does this month’s Beyond Bestsellers. I was pleased to see so many ebooks and eaudiobooks check out! Now, on to our lists: A popular trope in books centered around LGBTQIA+ narratives is a tragic ending. Not so on staff member Jennifer K’s list! I’ve written […]

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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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