Tagged comics and graphic novels

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…

Friday Five: Giants Loom Large in Screen Adaptations

The YA graphic novel I Kill Giants smashes and crashes its way out of the confines of comics panels this weekend to loom large on the big screen... Firmly in the category of a gritty and somewhat scary kid's fantasy film (think…

Free Library of Comic Con Returns to Parkway Central Library on May 12, 2018!

For the fourth year in a row, the Free Library of Philadelphia will be hosting our very own Comic Con ! If you’re not sure what a “comic con” is, just imagine all of the amazing nerdy things you love balled up into one…

Black Panther: Hero. Legend. King.

So we’ve all seen the trailer for the Black Panther film right? And we are all super-duper excited for it, yes? I know I am beyond hype and come February 16th (ish), my popcorn and I will be front and center for this one! In the…

Dena's Favorite Books of 2017

Every year I read a lot of books. Out of the 339 that I read in 2017, I've picked out the 36 that I liked the best . 2017 was a hard year, and I found myself looking for books that were happy and not particularly difficult or…

17 Great Graphic Novels from 2017!

As another year comes to a close, I'm looking back on one of my favorite hobbies: reading comic books! Whether they were new stand-alone stories, retro reissue collections, original children's series, or new adventures with…

The Bright Knight Shines Immortal: Remembering Adam West

Superheroes aren't supposed to die—they're larger than life, courageous, fight for what's right, and are here to help and protect us. They are immortal. Adam West, whose double duty portrayal of millionaire playboy…

The Art of Comics: An Exhibition

The Free Library has recently mounted an exhibit of treasures from our collections that illustrate the history and artistry of the comic book medium. This display can still be seen on the 2 nd- floor landing and the Art Department…

Every Day Is Free Comic Book Day at Free Library!

One of my favorite days of the year is coming up this Saturday: Free Comic Book Day ! Way better than Christmas, definitely better than another candle on a birthday cake, but maybe not as good as Halloween. Nonetheless, any day devoted…

May the 4th Be With You!

So... I love Star Wars. I have always loved Star Wars. My friends and I would routinely marathon Star Wars , The Empire Strikes Back , and Return of the Jedi at sleepovers when we were younger. (Or maybe we still do - who among you…

Asian American Superheroes

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month , so I thought I would share some exciting developments in the world of Asian American superheroes!   There's a brand new Hulk in town, and his name is Amadeus Cho ! Get…

Free Library of Comic Con 2017 Wrap-Up!

Wow, what a success that was! 2017 marked our third annual Free Library of Comic Con and it was our biggest yet! To all of you who came—Thank You! You are the reason we’re able to do great programs like Free Library of Comic…

Free Library of Comic Con

At long last, the time has come... If you’ve been longing to get out of the house after a long snow and ice bound end to winter, Free Library of Comic Con ( FLoCC ) is a great chance to go out and get your geek on! This year's…

Love is Love

Looking for something heartfelt and inspiring to read while supporting a worthy cause this Valentine's Day? Check out Love is Love , a 162-page graphic novel from IDW Publishing and DC Comics , honoring the victims, supporting the…

Teen Girls in Comics: The People I Wish I Would Have Been

I have weird memories of being a teenage girl—I’m pretty sure that I thought I was right about everything when maybe I was in actuality not so swift on the uptake. It’s refreshing for me now to read graphic novels in…

16 Great Graphic Novels from 2016

2016 was another great year for readers and fans of comic books, specifically graphic novels. While not necessarily a "Top 10" (especially since I selected sixteen!) and definitely not in any order of importance, the following…

Let's Hear It For the Ladies (in comics)!

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times... to be a lady who likes comics. One day you get to celebrate the appearance of the first African American woman to own a comic book store on a cover of a major comic and then the…

Summer Sketch Club

Learn to sketch with Ms.Melissa!  Thursday,  4:00-4:45 PM.  Recommended for ages 6-12.  Call 215-686-5369 for more information.

Summer Sketch Club

Learn to sketch with Ms.Melissa!  Thursday,  4:00-4:45 PM.  Recommended for ages 6-12.  Call 215-686-5369 for more information.

Summer Sketch Club

Learn to sketch with Ms.Melissa!  Thursday,  4:00-4:45 PM.  Recommended for ages 6-12.  Call 215-686-5369 for more information.

Summer Sketch Club

Learn to sketch with Ms.Melissa!  Thursday,  4:00-4:45 PM.  Recommended for ages 6-12.  Call 215-686-5369 for more information.

Summer Sketch Club

Learn to sketch with Ms.Melissa!  Thursday,  4:00-4:45 PM.  Recommended for ages 6-12.  Call 215-686-5369 for more information.

Summer Sketch Club

Learn to sketch with Ms.Melissa!  Thursday,  4:00-4:45 PM.  Recommended for ages 6-12.  Call 215-686-5369 for more information.

Summer Sketch Club

Learn to sketch with Ms.Melissa!  Thursday,  4:00-4:45 PM.  Recommended for ages 6-12.  Call 215-686-5369 for more information.

Summer Sketch Club

Learn to sketch with Ms.Melissa!  Thursday,  4:00-4:45 PM.  Recommended for ages 6-12.  Call 215-686-5369 for more information.

Summer Sketch Club

Learn to sketch with Ms.Melissa!  Thursday,  4:00-4:45 PM.  Recommended for ages 6-12.  Call 215-686-5369 for more information.

Summer Sketch Club

Learn to sketch with Ms.Melissa!  Thursday,  4:00-4:45 PM.  Recommended for ages 6-12.  Call 215-686-5369 for more information.

Summer Sketch Club

Learn to sketch with Ms.Melissa!  Thursday,  4:00-4:45 PM.  Recommended for ages 6-12.  Call 215-686-5369 for more information.

Summer Sketch Club

Learn to sketch with Ms.Melissa!  Thursday,  4:00-4:45 PM.  Recommended for ages 6-12.  Call 215-686-5369 for more information.

Summer Sketch Club

Learn to sketch with Ms.Melissa!  Thursday,  4:00-4:45 PM.  Recommended for ages 6-12.  Call 215-686-5369 for more information.

Free Library of Comic Con

Parkway Central Library is hosting its fourth annual FREE comics and gaming convention for Philadelphia! It is a day of art displays and workshops, discussion panels, gaming, cosplay, and community-building at the Parkway Central…

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…