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Ms Marvel cover

YA Books with Muslim Main Characters

#WeNeedDiverseBooks in YA, right? What about books starring Muslim teens? Every one of these teens have their own unique story to tell - whether it's suddenly getting superpowers, finding faith or losing it, or just learning to survive. But one thing they have in common is that they all come from a Muslim background. The following novels and graphic novels come highly recommended.

The Arrival

Books Without Words? Can Such Things Be?

A list for adults and kids alike

When you think about books, you generally imagine words on a page. Pictures may or may not be included. But this isn't always the case. Stories without words are more common for children, but there are some really excellent ones for adults as well. Here are some good stories without words for both young and old. Adults

The Sandman Volume 1: Preludes and Nocturnes

Graphic Novels for Urban Fantasy Readers

It’s Not All Superheroes and Saving the World

I'm pretty new to the world of adult graphic novels. In all honesty,until late 2015 I hadn't read a graphic novel since I was a kid reading Archie. But a couple of fellow DC Public Library staff members turned me on to some really great series that appeal to the urban fantasy reader in me. So if you've shied away from graphic novels because you think they are for kids, these may just be the entry you need into a whole new and exciting area of reading.

Ultimate Spider-Man 1

Superheroes Reimagined

Your favorite characters reinvented!

Graphic novels today are more diverse and have more variety than ever. The following titles and series explore classic characters in new ways, or completely reinvent them for a new generation. While I like the classic Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and Captain Marvel, I love their newest versions!

Bleach

Hot Manga for the Soul

A Brief Guide for all Otaku

For those who enjoy the vast world of anime, you're probably familiar with the source material that is manga also. DC Public Library has a number of series that range in sub-genre spanning across action, suspense, comedy, slice of life, dystopian themes, dark undertones, shōnen, shōjo, and many others. If you consider yourself an avid reader, or a casual fan looking to build a queue, please consider these recommendations for your reading pleasure. 

The Unwritten Volume 1: Tommy Taylor and the Bogus Identity

Not Your Average Character

Graphic Novels for People Who Don’t Like Superheroes

I hear a lot of complaints about graphic novels from adults who don’t understand the genre. They say, “Oh, I don’t like graphic novels, they’re all about superheroes and they always have the same type of villain. It’s all about the comic book artwork and not about the plot. They’re too predictable.” These graphic novels are anything but predictable.

The Unwritten

If You Like This, Read This!

Great titles I have read or re-read in the last year

If you like . . .

Cover for Tokyo on Foot by Florent Chavouet

Graphic Novels About Travel

If you’re looking at the pile of papers on your desk and wishing you were still on vacation, try curling up with a travel themed graphic novel. Ink and pen drawings and snappy dialogue will make you feel you’re on the plane again, instead of in another Monday meeting. Tokyo On Foot: Travels in the City’s Most Colorful Neighborhoods by Florent Chavouet 

Persepolis

Illustrated Stories of Illustrious Ladies

Graphic novel memoirs and biographies

I love graphic novels. The artwork and design can add so much to a reading experience. One of my favorite genres of graphic novels is autobiographies and memoirs. I find something so intriguing about seeing the way artists represent their own selves and lives in their art. This list includes some autobiographical stories and memoirs from amazingly talented female writers and artists.

The Secret History of Wonder Woman

Great Books About Comics

Check out these titles to learn more about the history of comic books!

Summer Reading Club 2015 has begun and this year’s theme is “Every Hero Has a Story!” In honor of this theme the library is having a number of programs about all types of heroes, both real and super. There are many great superhero comics, but there are many great books about comics you should check out. These are some of my favorites:

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