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There are so many awesome graphic novels and comics to read now, but it is difficult to know where to start if you have never read one. I read graphic novels almost religiously and there are graphic novels for everyone. Interested in samurai, ninjas and Japanese legends? If so “Usagi Yojimbo” is the perfect fit for you.  If sci-fi and the paranormal are more your speed, check out “Paper Girls.” No matter what you choose, it’ll be a fun adventure.

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Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic

In this graphic memoir, Bechdel delves deeply into the mystery of her father’s life. A closeted bisexual, obsessed with the historic restoration of the family mansion, Bechdel’s father was often icily distant. The relationship between father and daughter was further complicated by their shared questioning of the rigid gender roles assigned them. Bechdel re-examines key moments from her childhood in the light of her own coming out, and her father’s death – likely a suicide – shortly afterwards. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.

Giant Days Vol. 1

Susan, Esther, and Daisy started at university three weeks ago and became fast friends. Now, away from home for the first time, all three want to reinvent themselves. But in the face of hand-wringing boys, “personal experimentation,” influenza, mystery-mold, nu-chauvinism, and the willful, unwanted intrusion of “academia,” they may be lucky just to make it to spring alive. Going off to university is always a time of change and growth, but for Esther, Susan, and Daisy, things are about to get a little weird. You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Hoopla.

Lumberjanes: Beware the Kitten Holy

Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together at Lumberjane scouts camp, and they aren’t going to let an insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! You can also check out this title as eBook on Overdrive/Libby or as eBook on Hoopla.

Paper Girls - Volume 1

Four newspaper delivery girls stumble upon inter-dimensional travel, winged dinosaur attackers, and a nefarious plot to subjugate the youth of the world – all while trying to finish their paper routes in the early morning hours after Halloween 1988. You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla or as eBook on Libby/Overdrive.

The Usagi Yojimbo Saga. Book 1

Usagi Yojimbo is one of the longest running and best-loved comic adventures of all time. Running from 1984 to the present day, and showing no sign of diminishing in popularity, the rabbit ronin is now seen as a figurehead of the comic book scene, and crucial to bringing the ideas of feudal Japan to a wider western audience. This series received an Eisner Award for “Best Lettering.” You can also check out this title as eBook on Hoopla.

You can check out other titles in this series as eBook on Hoopla.