Tagged comics and graphic novels

What to Read While You Wait for New Episodes of Riverdale!

I don’t know about you guys but I was really into the Archie comics as a kid. It didn’t matter what order you read them in, the digests were really cheap and you could always count on Reggie to be a total jerk. I was pretty…

Banned Books Week | National Comic Book Day and The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund

You probably already know about Free Comic Book Day , celebrated annually on the first Saturday in May at your local comic book store and also at your local library – but do you know about National Comic Book Day ?  Each year…

So You Want To Draw Comics...

Have you ever read a graphic novel or a comic strip and thought, "I would love to make my own comic... but I don’t know how!" Well, good news! The Free Library has tremendous resources about how to create comics, and…

Latinx Superheroes Take Flight!

I know what you are thinking about comics and superheroes – it's all just white dudes, right? Nope! Surely we’ve all seen Black Panther , right? And  Wonder Woman , I hope? I mean, we've always had an…

Comic Books Go To College!

Headed to college this fall? Wish you were still in school? Totally over school but still want to read about it? Live vicariously through some strong ladies starting college in these sometimes fun, sometimes dangerous graphic novels…

Explore the Lives of Famous Singers in Graphic Novel Biographies!

In the summertime I love reading biographies and I always love reading graphic novels, so when my two loves coincide you better believe I’m extra excited! Luckily for me there have been quite a few graphic novel memoirs published…

This Year's Eisner Award-Winning Comic Book Titles and Creators Are...

The 2018 Will Eisner Comic Book Industry Awards took place on July 20 in San Diego at the yearly Comic-Con. The awards, now in their 30th year, honor creative achievement in comic books from around the world. Basically, they are the…

LGBTQIA+ Manga: Read with Pride!

Some of the most fun manga produced and imported in the past few years have featured LGBTQIA+ characters and storylines. Here are some of the most popular (and most checked out) titles available at the Free Library of…

LGBTQ+ Comics: Read with Pride!

You know how they say that there is no one specific LGBTQ+ story? In the world of comics and graphic novels with LGBTQ+ characters and storylines, are "they" ever right! Its been a banner decade for mainstream comics to…

Books to Inspire Empathy on World Refugee Day

Did you know that the United Nations has declared June 20 to be  World Refugee Day ? There are all kinds of reasons that someone might leave their country – new job opportunities, warfare in their home country, maybe even…

Get Ready for ... Cartoonapalooza!

Now that the Free Library has wrapped up its annual Comic Con , we're proud to offer fans of serial art an additional chance to meet some of their favorite artists. The cartoonists of the National Cartoonists Society are gathering…

Get Your Game On with These Video Game-influenced Graphic Novels!

Games? We love games! Board games , video games , card games , fantasy role playing games —we'll probably play hundreds of different games throughout our lifetime, but what about the people behind the creation of these…

Celebrate These Bada$$ Moms on Mother's Day

It’s almost Mother’s Day and for those of us lucky to still have our moms in our lives, or to have had cool moms at all, you'll probably celebrate with maybe some brunch? A mani pedi? Maybe some skydiving? Who knows, but…

Explore a Mighty Manga-verse of Japanese Comics and Graphic Novels!

Whether you’ve been a fan for decades or are only now encountering them, manga —Japanese graphic novels—are an exciting comic form, incredibly varied in both artistic style and content. The Free Library has extensive…

The Return of the Free Library of Comic Con!

The 4th annual Free Library of Comic Con will descend upon the Parkway Central Library on May 12, 2018! There’s so much going on at this year’s event that we don’t even know if we can fit all of our excitement into one…

Where's My Girl Gang At? Female Friendship in Adventure Comics

The best part of comics and graphic novels for me has been the increasing celebration of female friendship and teamwork. There are a ton of comic dudes out there who disagree. They, however, are wrong. Who will have your back…

Children's Graphic Novel Recommendations

Comics are for everyone, even the youngest readers! Graphic novels account for some of the most popular children’s books today, are an excellent way to engage even the most reluctant reader, and are accessible to multiple levels…

African and African-American Superheroes That Aren’t the Black Panther

You love Black Panther, I love Black Panther—we all love Black Panther! Have you already read through all of our Black Panther comics and graphic novels available in our catalog? Feeling ready to branch out and explore what else…

Illustrating Life: Graphic Memoir Recommendations

Even if you’re not a big reader of comics and graphic novels, there’s a good chance that you’re familiar with graphic novel memoirs . After all, these are the books that have won Pulitzers and other big awards, often…

Graphic Novel Classics of Classic Literature

There have always been illustrated versions of classic novels—from comic book versions of Moby Dick , The Three Musketeers, or even Martin Luther King and the Montgomery Boycott . It’s like watching the movie version of a…

Graphic Novels

Graphic novels are, simply defined, book-length comics. Sometimes they tell a single, continous narrative from first page to last; sometimes they are collections of shorter stories or individual comic strips. Comics are sequential visual…