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Daredevil

Daredevil by Mark Waid. Vol. 1 is, in a word, fun. It's everything old school comics used to be: An underdog hero (come on, he's blind) who cleverly outwits his opponents, impossible situations to overcome, and funny one-liners. Plus, bright, inventive art. Try reading this book without grinning. There's a reason why it was named by Comic Book Resources as the #1 comic of 2011.

Adopt a Glurb! by Elise Gravel

Adopt a glurb! by Elise Gravel — is a quick, fun read. It outlines the basics for feeding, loving, and playing with your pet Glurb. Be careful though, they can be quite naughty! Be sure to ask your folks if it is okay for you to adopt one. Have fun!

Korgi, a Delightful Epic for All Ages

Korgi. Book 1, [Sprouting wings!] by Christian Slade — a beautifully illustrated woodland fantasy about a young girl, Ivy, her Korgi cub, Sprout, and their amazing adventures in Korgi Hallow. This wordless series is the masterful artistic creation of Christian Slade who was a Disney animator for many years. Gaze upon illustrations that are so full of life that the pages radiate the emotions of the characters. No written dialogue is necessary to know exactly what is happening and what is being felt. Join Ivy and Sprout on their perilous encounters with trolls, dinosaurs, and other exotic creatures when they wonder too far from the safety of their village.

Super Villain, Secret Agent

Venom by Rick Remender takes the classic spider-man villain and turns him into a secret agent for the side of good. Really; I'm not kidding. Flash Thompson is the new guy in the (evil?) alien suit, and he's doing military missions for the government. There's just one catch: they've got a "bomb" strapped to him in case the "living" suit gets out of his control. It's a great new twist to this old character, and if you love bad guys turned good, give this one a read.

National Book Festival

If you weren't able to attend the National Book Festival in Washington D.C. on September 24-25, videos of the event including authors' talks are now available. Historian and author David McCullough appeared at the 2011 National Book Festival, as did Sylvia Nasar, Cassandra Clare, Wally Amos, Sara Paretsky, and more.

Lunch Lady and the League of Librarians

Lunch Lady and the league of librarians by Jarrett J. Krosoczka — Do you ever wonder what your school lunch lady does when she isn't serving you food? Is it possible she has a secret identity? Check out this book for a hilarious look at the secret crime fighting deeds of Lunch Lady and her trusty side-kick, Betty. Enjoy!

Batman: Year One

Batman: Year One, Frank Miller's classic, gets the animated DVD treatment. Dark, gritty, game-changing, this story helped redefine the origin for the dark hero we now all know and love. There's lots of extras on this DVD too, including several new animated shorts. If you are in need of a batman fix while waiting for the next Dark Knight movie to come out, then look no further.

Selznick Creates Another Masterpiece

You will enter a world of breath-taking beauty and spellbinding mystery when you open Wonderstruck, a world so rich and captivating that you won't want to leave it even when you come to the last page. Two stories revolving around hearing-impaired characters are artfully intertwined. One is set in 1977, is told in text and follows Ben, who suddenly loses his mother and never knew his father. The second, depicted richly in shaded pencil drawings that act like a camera, opens in 1927 as young Rose plans to run away from her stifling father and find her glamorous mother in Manhattan. Ben soon flees his aunt's house in Gunflint Lake, Minn. in a attempt to find his father in New York City.

Captain America, the Movie

Summer is passing us by ever so quickly! Be sure to spend some time in an air conditioned movie theater watching Captain America: The First Avenger. Get sucked into the mythic world of Captain America and hold on during all the edge-of-your seat action. While you are waiting to see the flick, be sure to check out our graphic novel titles involving Captain America.

Big Nate on a Roll by Lincoln Pierce

Pssst… over here! Are you a Big Nate fan? If so you are in for a treat! Big Nate on a Roll by Lincoln Pierce is on order at Canton Public Library! Be sure to get on the hold list; it's filling up fast. Don't be the last kid on your block to have read the new Big Nate book. Enjoy!

Connect Your Summer Badges for reading Graphic Novels

Below are some ideas from our Adult and Teen Graphic Novel collections that can help you earn Connect Your Summer badges:

The original Johnson. Vol. 1 by Trevor Von Eeden

Laika by Nick Abadzis; color by Hilary Sycamore

The squirrel mother: stories by Megan Kelso

Gabby and Gator by James Burks

Gator is an alligator a little boy flushed down the toilet. Gabby is a little girl who doesn't have any friends and refuses to speak because she is always picked on by the school bullies. Together they form a friendship that helps them both be comfortable with who they are. A quick, light read with many giggles. Enjoy Gabby and Gator by James Burks.

Green Lantern Movie Release Party at Comic City

Friday June 17, 6:30-8:00PM. Join us as we travel to Comic City for Green Lantern trivia, video games, HeroClix battles, animated shorts (watch Emerald Knights), and prizes. Celebrate in style, and go to the movie afterwards as a group!

Get Ready for Thor

Geeked about the new Thor movie? Well, take a look at the art of the movie, or prepare yourself by reading how Asgard dropped down in the middle of Oklahoma by Michael Straczynski, or start with the epic classic by Walter Simonson. Both authors will have a cameo in the movie, so keep an eye out!

Comic Book Fans Unite!

Marvel Universe Fans take note! While waiting for the newest movie to come out, be sure to check out our new Marvel Comics Encyclopedia. If that's checked out, be sure to browse through our awesome graphic novel collection for all your favorite Marvel heroes and heroines! Get your capes and boots on folks — we're going to need them.

Tintin Returns!

The Adventures of Tintin are back in the library! They had been missing for a while, but all 23 adventures are again available for check-out from the Children's Graphic Novel Collection. Many adults fondly remember this series and want to share it with their children, as well as enjoy the adventures again themselves. Kids have always loved Tintin. Steven Speilberg must find Tintin pretty awesome since he is directing a film featuring Tintin (The Secret of the Unicorn) that will be released next year. Visit the official Tintin website and come to the library to check out our great new editions of this classic graphic novel series.

Batman: Under the Hood

It's hard to talk about Batman: under the red hood without giving anything away, but suffice it to say this comic forever changed the Batman mythos. "The Red Hood", a moniker once used by the Joker before he became "The Joker", is now being used by a new, mysterious figure in Gotham City who's killing off drug lords, and Batman has to stop him. DC has now brought this classic comic to life as the next in their series of animated, comic movies! Check it out!

Comic Collage Remix Contest

Saturday, November 13, 1:00-4:00PM
We've got horrible comics from the '80s; mix, match and add your own art to make something fantastic and Comic City will display your creation at their store. Plus, get expert advice from comic writer Rob Worley and Comic City staff.

[photo courtesy of jillallyn]

Bone — Tall Tales

Hey Bone fans! Have you been eagerly waiting for a new graphic novel starring your favorite guys from Jeff Smith's comic, Bone? Well, look no further! Coming soon to our shelves is the newest title in the Bone :--tall tales. Be sure to put it on hold so that you can keep up with this tale about Big Johnson Bone, founder of Boneville. Also, keep your eyes peeled because a new Bone trilogy is due out this fall. Happy reading!