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July is Graphic Novels in Libraries Month


July is Graphic Novels in Libraries Month, and while popular favorites like Batman, Superman, and other Marvel and DC comics come to mind, the library offers even more to explore. Search thousands of titles in our catalog or in our Hoopla collection. Whether you’re a visual person, want to broaden your reading horizons, or just need a break from pages and pages of type, we recommend giving a graphic novel a try.  Many reluctant readers have found their love of books through graphic novels.   You may be surprised by what you discover!

Graphic illustrators have a long history of enhancing book pages and covers. Notable artists include Jack Kirby, Will Eisner, Neal Adams, and Carl Barks, just to name a few. Their work helps bring stories to life, and encourages readers to interpret stories through visual language (like a movie with subtitles!) It’s no wonder, then, that many graphic novels have been adapted into movies and vice versa. And while often thought to be humorous, graphic novels can also address topical issues like feminism, civil rights, health, history, religion, and more, and can even serve as great discussion starters for books groups! Below are just a handful of the popular graphic novels available in our collection:

  • Preacher series by Garth Ennis
    • A small-town pastor in Texas becomes possessed, resulting in the death of his entire congregation. The reader is brought along on the pastor’s journey as he discovers his newfound gifts.
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore
    • This story follows the fall of superheroes after too many failed attempts at saving the world.


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