A cursory look at contemporary sci-fi and fantasy novels shows a surprising lack of cultural diversity among characters. If you look at the big summer blockbuster movies or popular television shows, this feeling is reinforced. A peek below the surface however shows that there are writers from various backgrounds who have produced some fantastic work. If you aren’t a hardcore fan of the genre or unless you accidentally stumble across some of those titles, you won’t know about them.
Each year, the Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards honor the best of the graphic format. In addition to several awards for series and collections, the Eisners recognize outstanding achievements in writing, pencilling, coloring and lettering. Categories range far and wide, covering titles for children, teens and adults and including reality-based works in addition to the expected comics and graphic novels.
Yes, everyone from The New York Times to NPR is coming out with their take on "the best books of 2013" right now.
I won't promise this list is "the best," but they're all books I enjoyed this year for various reasons. Please add your own favorite 2013 reads in the comments!! I hope some of my fabulous DPL colleagues will post their own lists, too--we're a diverse group with varying interests and tastes in books.
Science Fiction & Horror:
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King--Classic King. Well-drawn characters, good vs. evil, creepy villains. And a Colorado conection!
The Boxer Rebellion is something I'd heard of but didn't have a clue what it was (other than a funny term that might refer to underwear). I didn't even know it happened in China. This book not only gave me a basic understanding of the event, but gives a fictional...
Every day is a reason to celebrate reading. And there is no better way to do so, than to read new titles by Latino authors. Normally only read fiction? Switch it up and try a memoir. Eschew fiction because real life is stranger? Go ahead, select a new fiction title and prepare to be surprised. Don't put off reading a good book till tomorrow, when you can read one of these great books today!
Mañana Means Heaven by Tim Z. Hernandez shines the light on "Terry" also referred to as "the Mexican Girl," in Jack Kerouac's On the Road. Researchers have spent nearly 60 years trying to locate the real woman Kerouac had met, Bea Kozera (Franco), until Hernandez succeeded in 2012. Fortunately for all of us, Hernandez prevailed because Bea died this August at 92 years of age.
This book is actually the sequel to another title called Foiled and in this title we again encounter Aliera Carstairs, a fiesty teenager who makes good grades, practices really hard in fencing class and doesn't get into trouble. However she can't seem to do anything right when it...
We hope you've heard by now that DPL staff will be out in force at Denver Comic Con, May 31-June 2 at the Colorado Convention Center.
Library staff will have a table (come see us!) and be participating on a diverse set of panels that are sure to give you some ideas for your summer reading. One of these panels is Out from Behind the Mask: Queer Heroes Among Us, which will focus on comics and graphic novels depicting a wide range of sexualities and gender identities. No longer in the closet as taboo subjects, GLBTQ characters in comics can be heroes or villains, and are giving hope to both adults and teens.
Steampunk is kind of silly. It's hard not to smirk at someone in 19th century garb, complete with top hat and coattails, who also has goggles and a raygun. But the silliness of steampunk is part of the charm. And just because something is silly, doesn't mean it can't be great.
Case in point: Royden Lepp's wonderful graphic novel RUST.
Rust is an imaginative adventure story set in the prairie lands of an unknown time. It has all the hallmarks of steampunk: goggles, jet packs, big clunky robots with lots of gears. It's even colored in shades of sepia (it doesn't get more steampunky than that!). But it's also touching, funny, and intriguing. The graphic novel is drawn in an engaging, playful style that's reminiscent of both Calvin and Hobbs and Manga. The story centers around a mysterious boy with a jet pack who crash lands on a struggling family's farm. Then the big robots show up...
Denver Comic Con is just around the corner and it’s time to get ready! Comfortable shoes? Check. Snacks and bottled water? Check. Boba Fett costume? Check. But are you mentally prepared? There are dozens of artists, writers, and experts scheduled to attend. How will you keep it all straight? We’ve got you covered with all sorts of resources to help you get the most out of your Comic Con experience.
Follow these links to our catalog so you can check out comic books and graphic novels created by many of Denver Comic Con’s guest artists and writers:
Are you ready to geek out with Fresh City Life My Branch this week? Let us count the ways...
Whether you want to share photos and stories about your neighborhood, your high school, or some other group you are or have been involved with, the newest way to do it is with DPL's Creating Your Community Web Site! Learn all about this social archive and how you can use it to explore, connect, and share your pieces of Colorado with others! Tuesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. at the Ross Cherry Creek Branch.