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Akissi

My Introduction to Graphic Novels

Shamefully, I have to admit that I read my first graphic novel two months ago. I wrote them off as childish and because of my ignorance I have missed out on great books over the years. As with most of the books I read, I look for characters that I see myself in: characters that are beautiful, smart, responsible and passionate about the world around them. What makes it extra special for me is finding these qualities in Black people across the African diaspora. Surprisingly, finding graphic novels with such specific criteria was not hard to find in our catalog.  

New Kid book cover

When You've Read All the Raina Telgemeier... (Part 2)

...try some of these.

I didn't want to overwhelm you with too many titles in my first Raina readalikes post, but boy do I have more. If you love Raina Telgemeier's books so much that the only ones you haven't read are the ones she hasn't published yet, there are so many other books you can enjoy in the meantime!

Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys by Viv Albertine

Girls to the Front: Women, Punk, and Memoir

It's time to read n' rock.

Come into the studio, on tour, and to the afterparty with some of the most intriguing and commanding women of punk. Historically, music biographies place men center stage while women have been relegated to the margins.

hunter x hunter

Graphic Novel Corner

Classic Manga for the new reader

For classic anime fans around the world, reading the manga source material can provide a slightly different view of the overall story. Here at DC Public Library, we offer a number of classic titles that span the genres of action, suspense, comedy, slice of life, dystopian, dark undertones and many more. If you are familiar with classic anime and would like to delve into classic manga, consider the following titles below. 

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Nurture Your Creepy Inner Child

Dark fairy tales & magical stories written for grown-ups.

You: ✔ Fairy tale fan ✔ Believe magic might exist ✔ Enchanted by magical wizards and worlds that grant wishes Also you:  ✔ Attracted to descriptors like bleak, dark and disturbing ✔ Have a penchant for the macabre ✔ Delight in the shadowy, unsettling parts of your favorite fantasy worlds 

Revenge of the Analog

The Retro-Tech Revival

Visions of a Less Digital, More Fulfilling Future

A prevalent mythology of the future, pushed by the digital tech industry, assumes it will be increasingly digital. This trajectory is often thought to be inevitable and that therefore individuals and institutions have no choice but to embrace it. I find the books below stimulating because they reject this inevitability and imagine a future less dominated by digital media than it is now.

Kushiel's Dart

Fantasy PRIDE

Fantasy Novels Featuring LGBTQ+ Characters

Nerd culture is all the rage these days, and it’s never been cooler to be into science fiction, horror, and fantasy than it is right now. Fans are diving deep into mythologies and histories of invented worlds, finding themselves in the sword-fighting, spell-casting, dragon-riding, and laser-shooting heroes that dominate our media. But what if you’re a queer lover of space opera and epic fantasy and superhero smackdowns?

Being the Change: Live Well and Spark a Climate Revolution

Post-Carbon Living

Individual, Family & Community Adaptation to Life after Fossil Fuels

The lifestyles of most of us in the industrialized world depend heavily on fossil fuels. Despite its normalcy for many of us, the era of fossil-fueled extravagant living will look like a fleeting moment within a larger view of human history. Formed over half a billion years, fossil fuels are non-renewable, depleting, declining in quality and net energy, and their contribution to climate change, pollution, and other forms of ecological degradation make perpetuity of this way of life impossible. Either we change voluntarily, or let crises increasingly force us to change.

The Brief History of the Dead

So, You’ve Died. Now What?

Recently I was watching Beetlejuice, and I found the way death was handled to be a fascinating idea. Initially the Maitland family are unaware that they’re even dead. Nobody tells them. They’re just given a handbook, and limited number of visits with a caseworker to get things figured out as they hang out in their home.

healthy living

Living Your Best Life

How to be well: the six keys to a happy and healthy life is a guide to living up to our full potential. The book encourages us to take a look at how modern life effects us, and shows us how we can better handle those internal and external stressors. There are six pillars that we are asked to look at to improve our health: eat, sleep, move, protect, unwind and connect. Each section delves deep to help us improve our mental and physical selves. 

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