Graphic Novels – Not just for kids anymore


I remember as a kid getting ready to go on a family vacation included a trip to the store to get comic books to keep us entertained on the long drive. Wait – a librarian (and the daughter of a librarian) fondly reminiscing about buying books? My mom’s view was that it was better to buy books and comics for vacation so if we ruined or lost them, then we weren’t responsible for library books. So – back to the comics.

What did we buy? Mad Magazine and Cracked Magazine for my older brother, and Archie Comics and classic stories in comic form for me (my favorite was Black Beauty). I read the comics until they just about fell apart. As I grew up, so did the books. Chapter books turned into teen books which turned into novels.

So what do I read now? The latest bestsellers, debut authors, and recommendations from coworkers are pretty much the standard fare. Some of my favorite authors are James Patterson, J. D. Robb, Kathy Reichs, Linda Fairstein, Laurell K. Hamilton just to name a few. But my guilty pleasure is still comics. Well, maybe the comics’ older sibling the graphic novel. What? Graphic novels? Aren’t they about samurai sword-wielding avengers, average high school kids suddenly falling into another world or developing super powers? Well, yes, those are some of the graphic novels that are out there. But there are others.


For the horror fan there are such titles as Zombie Tales 3: Good Eatin’ and Fall of Cthuluh: Apocalypse.

For the science fiction fan the is Halo: Helljumper and Doctor Who: Fugitive.

Not into zombies and aliens? Are classics more your style? Try Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, the Canterville Ghost,  or The Complete Peanuts 1975-1976.

Popular authors are now being released in graphic form. Books such as Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, Dean Koontz’s Fear Nothing, Stephen King’s Dark Tower series and The Stand, Phillip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Dennis Lehane’s Shutter Island, and Stephanie Meyer’s Twilight have just been released.

So where can you get these great graphic novels to try? Stop by the Fountaindale Public Library, or call us at (630) 759-2102 and we can place holds for you!

– Lynnette

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