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Great Graphic Novels

Comics aren't just for kids! These graphic novels tell great stories (with and without superheroes) fit for adults.  Some stand alone, some are part of a series.  They all feature excellent characters and beautiful images. 

Fables. Vol. 1. Legends in exile by Bill Willingham, writer ; Lan Medina, penciler ; Steve Leialoha, Craig Hamilton, inkers ; Sherilyn van Valkenburgh, colorist ; Todd Klein, letterer ; Fables created by Bill Willingham

Blacksad by written by Juan Diaz Canales ; illustrated by Juanjo Guarnido ; lettering by Studio Cutie

Y: the last man. Vol. 1. Unmanned by Brian K. Vaughan, writer ; Pia Guerra, penciller ; Jose Marzan, inker ; Pamela Rambo, colorist ; Clem Robins, letterer ; J.G. Jones, original series covers ; Y: the last man created by Brian K. Vaughan and Pia Guerra

Great Video Games for Grown-Ups

Video games have come a long way since pong! Rich, emotional stories and innovative game-play accompany beautiful graphics in many recent video game releases. Here are a few critically acclaimed video games that have come out in recent years. 

Futuristic Fiction...or, If You Liked The Hunger Games

So you've finished the Hunger Games, and you're looking for more tales of grim future days? Look no further...

Brave new world by Aldous Huxley

The stand by Stephen King

A canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

The handmaid's tale by Margaret Atwood

The maze runner by James Dashner

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Video Games Unplugged

From Pac-Man to the Xbox One, video games have kept our minds entertained and our thumbs (if not the rest of our body) moving. Check out these great reads on the history of digital gaming.

Fiction about Technology

Obsessed with your smartphone? In love with your tablet? These novels explore the dark side of placing too much trust in technology.

Extinction by Mark Alpert

Ready player one by Ernest Cline

Super sad true love story: a novel by Gary Shteyngart

C by Tom McCarthy

For the win by Cory Doctorow

The chemistry of tears by Peter Carey

Utopia: a novel by Lincoln Child

Kids Read Comics - Comics Event in Ann Arbor

Do you love comics? Saturday, June 21st and Sunday, June 22nd the Ann Arbor District Library invites you to a totally free event: Kids Read Comics! Learn, draw, meet cartoonists! Can't make it to KRC? Check out these great graphic works by some of KRC's featured artists:

Cool Cult Classics for Hot Summer Nights

Cult classics: the good, the so-bad-they're-good, and the ugly-but-still-pretty-good. They are the films that inspire a dedicated following, line-quoting, group viewings and many a Halloween costume. They may not have done that well at the box office, but they're survived the ages with their special cult status.

Have you seen these cult classics? If not, beat the heat with a viewing of some of these unconventionally cool movies.

The princess bride [videodisc] by [presented by] Act III Communications [Buttercup Films Ltd., The Princess Bride Ltd.]

Office space [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents a Mike Judge film

The Rocky Horror picture show [videodisc] by Twentieth Century Fox presents a Michael White-Lou Adler production

Labyrinth [videodisc] by the Jim Henson Company and Lucasfilm Ltd. presents a Jim Henson film

Raising Arizona [videodisc] by 20th Century Fox ; Circle Films presents a Ted and Jim Pedasa/Ben Barenholtz production

Superheroes Hit the Big Screen

Comic Book Superheroes have hit Hollywood in a big way! Check out these action-packed films full of our favorite heroes.

Marvel's the Avengers [videodisc] by Marvel Studios presents in association with Paramount Pictures, a Marvel Studios production ; written and directed by Joss Whedon

Superman returns [videodisc] by Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Legendary Pictures in association with Bad Hat Harry

Thor [videodisc)] by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present ; a Marvel Studios production

The amazing Spider-Man [videodisc] by produced by Avi Arad, Laura Ziskin, Matt Tolmach ; screenplay by James Vanderbilt, Alvin Sargent, Steve Kloves ; directed by Marc Webb

Captain America. The first avenger [videodisc] by Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment present ; a Marvel Studios production

From Book to Graphic Novel

Are you looking to re-read some of the classics, or want some more time with your favorite characters? Try out a book that started as a novel and was adapted in graphic novel form!

Fahrenheit 451: the authorized adaptation by Tim Hamilton ; introduction by Ray Bradbury

A game of thrones: the graphic novel, volume 1 by George R.R. Martin ; adapted by Daniel Abraham ; art by Tommy Patterson ; colors by Ivan Nunes ; lettering by Marshall Dillon

Pride and prejudice and zombies: the graphic novel by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith ; adapted by Tony Lee ; illustrated by Cliff Richards

The Dresden files: storm front. Vol. 1. The gathering storm by based on the novel Storm Front by Jim Butcher ; adaptation, Mark Powers ; penciler, Ardian Syaf ; inker, Rick Ketcham ; colorist, Mohan ; letterer, Bill Tortolini

Meta-Geek: Fiction Soaked in Geek Culture

Do you geek out about technology, fantasy and science fiction? Each of these books features a healthy dose of nerd-culture reference and hidden humor for readers in-the-know.

Ready player one by Ernest Cline

Geektastic: stories from the nerd herd by edited by Holly Black and Cecil Castellucci

The magicians: a novel by Lev Grossman (If you like this, be sure to catch the sequel - The Magician King)

Soon I will be invincible by Austin Grossman

The brief wondrous life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

JPod: a novel by Douglas Coupland

Suggestions for Traveling "Around the World" with CYS

If exotic locales do not fit your summer travel plans, here are some suggestions for reading and listening. Remember "travel" can be in your own backyard as well as "around the world."

Broaden children's listening horizons with:

The rough guide to world playtime [sound recording]

Mariachi fiesta! [sound recording]: sing-along

The rough guide to African music for children [sound recording]

Putumayo kids presents Asian dreamland [sound recording]

Sing-along travel songs [sound recording]

The rough guide to African lullabies [sound recording]

Swing around the world [sound recording]

Beyond our comprehensive selection in travel guides, these choices might catch adult interests:

Be Well with Zinio Digital Magazines

Looking for new ways to Be Well? From cooking to exercise to spiritual health, our Zinio online magazine database gives you access to over 200 current magazines in their full color and glory! You can read them on your computer or tablet.

Here are a few titles to get you started!

Puzzle Video Games

Get creative and test your wits in these challenging puzzle games!

Scribblenauts: Unmasked. a DC comics adventure — Available on Nintendo 3DS and Wii U. Also check out other Scribblenauts games

Brain Age: Concentration Training — Available on 3DS

You Don't Know Jack by Thq Inc

Toon-doku: sudoku with pictures — Available on DS

Portal 2 — Available on XBox 360 and PlayStation3

Professor Layton and the Azran Legacy — Also check out other Professor Layton games

Get Outdoors with eMagazines

Gardening, hiking, and nature! Our Zinio online magazine database gives you access to over 200 current magazines in their full color and glory! You can read them on your computer or tablet.

Here are a few titles to get you started!