Staff Recommendation: Doom Patrol

Hello comic book fans! If you’re in the mood for something weird and wonderful, I have the perfect recommendation for you.

Doom Patrol, Vol. 1: Brick By Brick is the flagship comic from DC’s brand new Young Animal imprint. Written by Eisner winner and imprint curator Gerard Way, Brick By Brick is a reboot of the classic Doom Patrol comic from the 1960s. The team was originally created by Arnold Drake, then repopularized for later generations by Grant Morrison in the 1980s. Way’s incarnation is a kaleidescopic fever dream of singing telegrams, sentient robots, a space ambulance that leaves a rainbow jetstream in its wake, time travel, and a missing cat. The main protagonist is Casey Brinke, one of a handful of new characters written for the reboot, who meets up with the scattered members of the original team one by one as their enemies chase them across time, space, and reality.

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2017 FantaSci

Every year wizards, space pirates, the Doctor, and a menagerie of other fantastical creatures come together for one important event: FantaSci. Fantasci, CPL’s annual fantasy and Sci-fi convention, features a fantastic array of vendors, panels, and activities for kids from 1-99. Bring the family and feel free to dress to impress!

What is there to do at FantaSci? I’m glad you asked! Check out these epic adventures:

  • Guest author panel: O Gothic Novel. Leanna Renee Hieber, an actress, playwright and award-winning author of Gothic, Gaslamp Fantasy will give a spirited, passionately entertaining discussion of the history of the Gothic novel, it’s beleaguered place in literary criticism, why we love and hate it, and why it’s a canary in the coal mine of society’s greatest fears. Come on, you know you want to go running away from an eerie mansion out into a thunderstorm in your nightgown. Let’s talk about it.
  • Activities: Doctor Who scavenger hunt, Dragon snot and Unicorn Drool, Bubbling potions, Gumdrop Dragon Building Contest, Fantasy games and more!
  • Vendors, vendors, vendors galore!
  • Various panels from Ghost Hunting 101 to the Jedi Lightsaber Academy.
  • Costume contest- that’s right; it’s time for some cosplay!

Whether you like to fight Daleks or perform magic spells, we’re here to celebrate your favorite fandom with you. Check us out on July 22 from 10AM-4PM.

Dungeon Master, Demon Caster, BS Blaster


Recently, during some downtime at the desk, a coworker and I found ourselves in a discussion about reader’s advisory in general, and of certain genres of books in particular. I flat out dismissed the romance genre as being too formulaic and of also perpetuating and idolizing scenarios that just don’t gel with reality, possibly creating false hopes and longings in some of its readers in the process.  My co-worker, however, felt that romance has its place. (Cue The Price is Right losing horn here.)  I also expressed a similar attitude about fantasy and science fiction, although she more vigorously disagreed with me on those.  My problem with said genres, I explained, is that what you’re reading is someone else’s fantasy, and many of these fantasies are very much alike.  I don’t personally dream about wars in outer space or going around slaying dragons, so I really can’t relate.

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Staff Review: The SPI Files

If you enjoy reading humorous urban fantasy books, you will like Lisa Shearin’s SPI Files novels. SPI stands for Supernatural Protection & Investigations, which is the covert agency that makes sure that all the supernatural beings who live among us play nicely. That isn’t as easy as it sounds, at least, that’s what Makenna Fraser discovers when she leaves her tabloid writing days behind her and joins the New York SPI office. Mac is a seer, someone who can look through any disguise, shield or spell and see the real being behind the façade. Since she’s a non-combatant, she’s been assigned to a human partner, Ian Byrne, who acts as her trainer/ baby-sitter. And that’s when the fun begins!

The Grendel Affair (#1)

When Mac decides to help a friend get rid of a Bavarian nachtgnome, she doesn’t know that she’ll soon be in danger up to her eyeballs after she discovers a room full of body parts. That and a series of violent murders are just the beginning as she and her colleagues are soon on the trail of a pair of Grendels who are poised to expose the supernatural world to the mundane world at the New Year’s Eve ball drop. To add to the difficultly of hunting these beasts, the Grendels have been given cloaking devices, so Mac is the only person who can see them. How can she assist the Grendel hunters and avoid being eaten? Read to find out.

The Dragon Conspiracy (#2)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is holding a gala event featuring mythical creatures. Mac and other agents from the New York SPI office are on hand to watch over the collection when the statue of harpies comes to life and steals the seven cursed Dragon Eggs. Each jewel is magically powerful on its own, but together, they can “cure” every supernatural being in New York City – if by curing you mean turning them back into humans. That’s not a good idea for long-lived beings like vampires or werewolves. Will Mac be able to find and disarm the Dragon Eggs before her friends and colleagues turn into dust? Read to find out.

These books and other urban fantasies can be found on the shelves at the Chesapeake Public Library. Also, take a peek at our e-book collection for your favorite authors.  Something new is being added all the time!