Friday, May 1, 2009

Free comic book day is every day at the library

To celebrate the release of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, USA Today reports that comic book shops around the country are offering free comic books tomorrow, May 2. Free books? Love the idea! There should be a place that you can go to get free books every day. Can you imagine never having to pay to read a new book? Never having to worry about what to do with it or where to put it when you're done? Oh...wait, we do that! Every day is free book - comic or otherwise - day at the library.

While I've never been able to fully immerse myself in a graphic novel the way I do with a traditional novel, I have been surprised in the past few years at what a broad spectrum they cover. From the Iranian revolution (Persepolis) to everyday life of a file clerk in Cleveland (American Splendor: The Life and Times of Harvey Pekar), to disaffected, dysfunctional families (The Bottomless Bellybutton), graphic novels range far beyond the superheroes and villians I always thought they were limited to.

So, whether you're an X-Men fan getting ready for the new movie, love Shonen Jump, want to know the backstory to Watchmen, or have never read a comic book or graphic novel in your life, celebrate Free Comic Book day at the place where they're always free.


Anonymous said...

Library rocks. What better would you like then to use books/Av material for free.
P.S. Hopefully Wolverine the movie will be good.

Linda D. said...

My husband and I were in the bookstore, and he was drooling over the "X-Men" and "New Avengers" graphic novels, but the price was a real turnoff. He was surprised when I told him that the library had an extensive graphic novel collection. We went home and found the titles he had seen at the bookstore on the WCPL website and placed them on hold for him. Now he loves to bring home a big stack of graphic novels and relax on the couch with them in the evenings--and I love the price tag!