Posted by: montclairlibrary | July 27, 2014

Comic-Con is On

Lichtenstein cosplayer at Comic-Con - photo by Tony Aceves via Flickr

Comic-Con, the giant entertainment and comic convention held annually in San Diego, wraps up today.

Comic books may not be the first thing you think of when you think of the library, but over the years the genre has gained popularity and branched out to include everything from traditional comics to manga to comic-driven kids’ fiction to modern graphic novels. Today the genre encompasses an eclectic mix of entertainment, memoir and even non-fiction.

There are even graphic novels inspired by and adapted from other books, like Jane Austen’s books and Diana Gabaldon’s trending Outlander series.

The Montclair branch has a pretty sizable collection of comics and graphic novels, mostly in the Young Adult section. Whether you’d like to read graphic novels and comics or learn to make them yourself, you’ll find lots of options in the 741.5 sections for each age group. We’ve highlighted just a few selections from each category below (in addition to the books linked in the text above).

Psst! Your library card can get you a Family Pass (free admission for 2 adults and 3 children) to the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco through the Discover & Go program.

How to books:
Adventures in Cartooning by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost (J 741.5 STURM)

Heroes! Draw Your Own Superheroes, Gadget Geeks & Other Do-gooders by Jay Stephens (J 741.51 STEPHENS)

Making Comics: Storytelling Secrets of Comics, Manga and Graphic Novels by Scott McCloud (YA 741.51 McCLOUD)

Drawing Words & Writing Pictures: Making Comics, Manga, Graphic Novels, and Beyond by Jessica Abel & Matt Madden (oversize 741.5 ABEL)

The Art of Making Comic Books by Michael Morgan Pellowski (J 741.5 PELLOWSKI)

Lila & Ecco’s Do-It-Yourself Comics Club by Willow Dawson (J 741.5 DAWSON)

Graphic Novels & Comics:
Fairy Tale Comics: Classic Tales Told by Extraordinary Cartoonists, edited by Chris Duffy (J 741.5 NURSERY)

American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (J 741.5 YANG)

City of Spies by Susan Kim & Laurence Klavan (J 741.5 KIM)

Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley (YA 741.5 O’MALLEY)

The Sandman: Dream Country by Neil Gaiman (741.5 GAIMAN v.3)

Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir by Roz Chast 741.5 CHAST

Photo: Lichtenstein-style girl at Comic-Con 2011 by Tony Aceves via Flickr


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