Free Comic Book Day Spotlight: Women in Comics

March is Women’s History Month. All month long, we celebrate our heroines and the amazing women in our lives. Traditionally, comics has been seen as the purview of men, but women have always contributed in a variety of ways from creating to writing to editing to drawing to inking to everything in-between. The women of comics should not be underestimated. Enjoy the creators and characters with these titles:



Becky Cloonan                    Kelly Sue DeConnick                 Gail Simone


Noelle Stevenson                     Jill Thompson



Batgirl                                      Batwoman                             Harley Quinn


Ironheart                                     Jessica Jones                     Mockingbird


Ms. Marvel                                   Paper Girls                       Persepolis


Princess Jellyfish                              Silk                              Wonder Woman

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Indian River Library from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Join us for free comic books, panels, activities, and more!

DC Icons Series

2016 brought the announcement of the DC Icons series, a new young adult series focusing on famed DC comic characters, penned by best-selling YA authors. The topic alone was not enough to enthuse me–I don’t read many comics, nor novels based on comics–but the authors starting out the series did.

The authors include Leigh Bardugo (Grishaverse) on a Wonder Woman title, Marie Lu (Legend, Young Elites) on a Batman title, Sarah J. Maas (Throne of Glass, A Court of Thorns and Roses) on Catwoman and Matt de la Peña (Last Stop on Market Street) on Superman. Continue reading “DC Icons Series”

Free Comic Book Day Spotlight: Black Panther

Diverse characters are important in comics, especially as it allows people from all walks of life to see themselves as superheroes. February is Black History Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by talking about the Black Panther. He was one of the first African American superheroes, and his importance cannot be understated. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, T’Challa leads the fictional city of Wakanda as king and protector. Over the course of his comic book career, Black Panther has teamed up with the Avengers, formed his own team, and been involved in the more crazy Marvel Universe adventures.

Check out Black Panther’s adventures with these collections:

Black Panther: The Complete Collection– “T’Challa is the man with the plan when Christopher Priest puts the emphasis on the Wakandan king’s reputation as the ultimate statesman, as seen through the eyes of the U.S. government’s Everett K. Ross. As the Panther investigates a murder in New York, Ross plays devil’s advocate in an encounter with Mephisto, and a new regime seizes control of Wakanda. When the truth behind the coup becomes clear, T’Challa finds himself an enemy of the state–and a major revelation threatens to destroy his relationship with the Avengers.”

Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet– “When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt–but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy lies the head that wears the cowl!”

Black Panther: Avengers of the New World– “Where next for the Black Panther? Long ago – before Black Panthers, before Wakanda, before time itself – there were only the Orishas! The pantheon of gods and goddesses from which the world as we know it was manifested: Thoth. Ptah. Mujaji. Kokou. And Bast, the Panther Goddess. But now, when Wakanda faces turmoil they are silent. Where have all the gods of Wakanda gone? T’Challa means to find out…”

Black Panther & The Crew– “The death of a Harlem activist kicks off a mystery that will reveal surprising new secrets about the Marvel Universe’s past – and set the stage for a huge story in the near future! Fear, hate and violence loom, but don’t worry, The Crew’s got this: They are the streets.”

Celebrate Black History Month with these other graphic novels:

March                   Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur        Black History in Its Own Words

Invincible Ironman: Ironheart         Black Vol. 1                    Kindred

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Indian River Library from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Join us for free comic books, panels, activities, and more!