Next week is Virtual International Comic-Con, which is normally held in person in San Diego. It started in 1970 and as of 2010 the San Diego Convention Center was filled to capacity with approximately 130,000 people in attendance. It was canceled last year but it is coming back this year but will be virtual. You can find more information here: https://www.comic-con.org/. If you can’t attend, you can visit your local library to whet your appetite for all things comedy.
We have a great selection of graphic novels and comic book collections available in print and electronic version through Hoopla. It should be noted that most of the titles in print are in the field of young adults.
Some fairly recent graphic novels include “Frozen” volumes 1-4 which are adapted by Joe Caramagna from the popular Disney film, “Ricky and Morty vs. Dungeons and Dragons” by Patrick Rothfuss, and the Japanese anime is well represented by “Fruit “by Natsuki Takaya Cart: Volume 1”. Some are inspired or based on historical events or figures. Available via Hoopla is “Paulisdead: When the Beatles Lost Paul McCartney” by Paolo Baron. This is a game by simulation during the writing sessions of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely-Hearts Band” in 1966. The classic “Maus: A Survivor’s Tale” by Art Spiegelman weaves the story of Vladek and his difficult relationship with his elderly father. is closely linked to his father’s struggle for survival in a concentration camp during World War II. Spiegelman uses animals to tell the story: Jews are portrayed as mice, Germans as cats, and Poles as co chons. The book was written and designed in two sections, “My Father Bleeds History” and “And Here My Troubles Begin”. It is the only graphic novel to have won a Pulitzer Prize to date.
Comics can also be topical. “Fever Year: The Killer Flu of 1918: A Tragedy in Three Acts” by Don Brown is a vivid account of the 1918 flu epidemic, with excellent writing and illustrations.
If you want to know the history of comics, we’ve got you covered. “Comics: Investigate the History and Technology of American Cartooning” by Samuel Carbaugh is a good, concise story that includes short biographies of famous cartoonists and an exploration of various styles of comics. If you love Marvel Comics, look no further than “Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” by Sean Howe. The book details all of the superheroes that have emanated from the company and its impact on pop culture. This book can be found through Hoopla, an electronic library database.
If you are interested in how to draw a comic, try “Draw a Comic!” By JP Coovert, in which the author shows you how to draw in a few simple steps and tips on what art supplies to buy. We also have a few books on how to make a costume for Comic-Con: “Create a Costume!” by author and illustrator Sarah Myer. explains how you can create that perfect costume easily and without breaking the bank. These can be found in areas for children and adults. Ask the friendly staff at your library for more information.
Your library is online: www.mymanatee.org/library. Free face masks are available at all libraries. Manatee libraries are absolutely free! Please note that loss / damage charges still apply.