Comics That Show Our Pride

By Jason Larsen

While June is the start of summer, it also is the start of Pride Month! To help celebrate Pride, the IAS library wanted to share some of our favorite comics that highlight works of LGTBQ+ creators and characters. These selections include materials that are in our physical stack collections as well as our digital collection via ComicsPlus. We hope you will find these selections as enjoyable as we do and find a new favorite comic. And if you like any of the selections below, we encourage you to look beyond our recommendations and explore the IAS comic collection for other works you might enjoy!

Comics Available on the Shelf

Be Gay, Do Comics!: Queer History, Memoir, and Satire from The Nib (Various)

Be Gay, Do Comics! is an anthology that contains dozens of stories about LGBTQ+ experiences from over thirty different comic creators. This anthology encompasses the many different experiences of those in the LGBTQ+ community and includes a wide range of topics. The stories cover a lot of content ranging from personal creator stories, to satirical pieces about co-opting pride, to the current pronoun panic, to queer history. And if those do not touch on your interests, then one of the other many genres that are included in this book most certainly will.

On a Sunbeam (Tillie Walden)

Comic creator Tillie Walden always delivers amazing stories that delve into life with multi-faceted characters. This science fiction story continues that tradition and adds to her already impressive body of comic works. Follow two stories where one is about a crew in the deepest reaches of space, and the other is about two girls at school falling in love. As the stories progress it soon becomes clear how these two stories are connected.

Bingo Love (Tee Franklin, Jenn St. Onge, and Joy San)

This comic is a love story for the ages as two women meet at a bingo game and fall in love. However, in 1963 the world was a vastly different place and their families and society force the two women apart. They move on and marry men, have children, and moved on with their lives. Yet when they meet again decades later at another bingo game, they find that their love for one another is still there. What they do next surprises everyone as they show that true love endures all.

Bi-visibility: A Bi-sexual Anthology (Various)

This anthology is part of the library’s crowdfunded comic collection and contains nine different stories that cross various genres. The stories are created by twenty different creators who focus on exploring bisexuality from varying perspectives. The campaign creator wanted to create a book that increased bisexual representation in comics and has since produced a larger second-volume follow-up to this first anthology. Whether you are interested in comics about high fantasy, romance, drama, or many other genres this anthology has something for you.

Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition: An Up and Out Collection (Julia Kaye)

Julia Kaye is a comic creator who used her webcomic Up and Out as a medium to explore her life as she transitioned gender. She created this comic in part to let others who were going through similar experiences know that they are seen and not alone. This collection is the first of two, to date, which collect those comics in a physical form. The comics take an unflinching look at the highs and lows of the transition process as well as the various personal and societal challenges she encounters through it.

Comics Available Through ComicsPlus

Killer Queens (David Booher, Claudia Balboni, and Harry Saxon)

This sci-fi thriller from Dark Horse Comics is about a gay duo who are former assassins. Being on the run, they need cash to survive and find themselves taking a job from one of the pair’s former flames. What should be a simple kidnap ransom gig soon finds the pair going up against a moon dictator and his forces. And if that were not enough to deal with, their former boss is closing in on them for payback. Oh, did we forget to mention their ex-boss is a monkey with a jet pack….

The Banks (Roxane Gay and Ming Doyle)

Roxanne Gay is a multi-New York Times bestselling author whose work has expanded in the last decade to include comics. The Banks is a heist thriller set in Chicago and is centered on a generational family of women thieves. The potential score of a lifetime brings all three generations of the Banks family together. Can the three generations of women, which consist of the matriarch grandmother, her daughter, her daughter’s wife, and her granddaughter work effectively together to pull off not only their biggest job but also get some payback for past wrongs done to the family? Maybe. But to succeed they will have to live up to their family motto: “Never get greedy.”

Wynd (James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas)

The GLAAD-winning team of James Tynion IV and Michael Dialynas reunite to take you on a trip to a world filled with magic and adventure. After being hidden away from the world at an early age at the castle’s local bar, Wynd sets out on a quest to explore the magical world around him. Joined on his journey by his best friend and the castle groundkeeper’s son, Wynd will not only find out about the magic that surrounds him but also the magic within himself.

I Want to Be a Wall, Vol. 1 (Honami Shirono)

This manga series explores a married couple’s relationships through a unique perspective. Yuriko and Gakurouta have recently married but each harbor a secret from the other. Yuriko is asexual while Gakurouta is gay. These newlyweds may not have the traditional storybook romance but together they will find that the connection between them is becoming something more as they navigate life together. Their relationship will be like nothing either of them could have imagined.

Luisa – Now and Then (Carole Maurel and Mariko Tamaki)

What if you had a chance to speak to the younger version of yourself? Would you try and steer yourself away from your worst experiences? Impart some future information for your own benefit? Luisa finds herself confronted with this most unlikely of circumstances. Her teenage self has arrived in the present and while at first the Luisa of the present thinks she is helping her younger self, in truth both versions are helping the other by leading them to discover who they are and the courage to live that life authentically.


The above selections are some of our current LGBTQ+ favorite comics but there are many more to choose from in the library catalog and ComicsPlus application, so we encourage you to seek those that match your interests.

If you are unfamiliar with the ComicsPlus application, check out the video links below as they provide additional details on the application.

Welcome to ComicsPlus

How to Locate and Access ComicsPlus

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Comics for the Changing Seasons of Life

By Jason Larsen

With graduation just around the corner, many students are just days away from a big move into a new phase of life. The IAS Library wanted to share some of our favorite comics that center around the themes of the life changes we all experience to celebrate not just our graduates but also our students, faculty, and staff. These selections include materials that are in our physical stack collections as well as our digital collection via ComicsPlus. We hope that all of you have a great summer break and that you enjoy these selections and even find a new favorite comic. If you like any of the selections below, we encourage you to look beyond our recommendations and explore the comic collection for other works you might enjoy! 

Comics Available on the Shelf 

Giant Days, Volume One (John Allison and Lissa Treiman) 

For those who are graduating (or have already), you may find yourself recalling your early university years and for those just beginning, you may feel seen in this series. This first volume follows the story of three young women who meet during their first year of university. Follow Susan, Esther, and Daisy as they start university and learn about the challenges of making new friends, romance, personal experimentation, nu-chauvinism, and more all while balancing their academic lives. They can absolutely make it to the end of their spring semester, right? 

Tomboy (Liz Prince) 

Growing up can be challenging for all of us. It can be especially challenging when you don’t seem to conform to expected gender norms. This autobiographical memoir follows the creator Liz from her early childhood years through adulthood. You get to experience Liz’s life as she was pushing back against the stereotypical girly girl image, but also still experiencing misogyny as she was not a boy/man. Liz’s work is relatable to anyone who has ever felt like they do not fit in and/or feel trapped between the different lenses society puts on us. 

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up With Me (Mariko Tamaki and Rosemary Valero-O’Connell) 

Learning how to navigate relationships is a key part of growing up, especially as we enter adulthood. What might be equally important is learning how to have healthy relationships. The graphic novel focuses on Freddy Riley, whose relationship with Laura Dean is a classic on-and-off again relationship. Freddy is finding her life in constant chaos as she loses friends and her self-respect because of Laura– yet she cannot seem to end things with her. With some new friends and new advice, Freddy may yet learn the importance of moving past toxic relationships and seeking the healthy ones that sustain us. 

Paying the Land (Joe Sacco) 

Follow a trio of young women who are navigating the looming leap of their senior year of high school to university. They find themselves with differing schedules, ever-increasing responsibilities, and extracurricular activities. To keep their lives and friendships together they form a supper club where they can have quiet time together outside their changing lives while making and sharing a meal together. Are comfort food and companionship enough to help their friendships endure as life’s challenges begin to pile up near the end of school? 

The Fire Never Goes Out: A Memoir in Pictures (ND Stevenson) 

Nate Stevenson is an Eisner, Daytime Emmy, and GLAAD Media award-winning creator with notable works such as his webcomic Nimona, Lumberjanes, Marvel’s Runaways, and the creator and executive producer of the Netflix show She-Ra and the Princesses of Power. To capture the experience of the highs and lows of his life as a creator, Nate made a series of essays and comics to put down his thoughts on these life events. The book translates things we all feel into experiences we can relate to as we navigate the various phases and events in life. 

Comics Available Through ComicsPlus 

I Moved to Los Angeles to Work in Animation (Natalie Nourigat)  

As we head off from school to pursue our careers, we think we know what the road ahead will be like. You can do all the research about a profession you are seeking to enter but may still find yourself completely unready for what you experience. In this autobiographical work, Natalie takes us as readers along with her as she discovers that what she thought she knew and studied about a career in animation did not align with the reality of what she finds. Exploring the good and bad moments of her career turns this book into a reference guide with advice for those who may choose to follow her into the field. 

Always Never (Jordi Lafebre)  

Young love is something many of us experience, but what about the phase of life you enter when your hair is greying yet you are still seeking love and companionship? This comic is a unique work in that it follows a couple whose deep connecting relationship is finally beginning but in their later years. The end is the beginning as each chapter goes back through their lives to view all the moments that were, the moments that almost were, and those moments that kept their relationship going by what could yet be. A moving book that shows how love can survive over time despite all the complexity of life with family, responsibilities, career, and persistence.  

Life Between Panels (Ethan Young) 

This comic is a semi-autobiographical work from creator Ethan Young. Like many his age, Ethan is living with his parents and working a day job while also creating comics in his free time. Blending his job, his creative works, and his family and friends into a fantasy world he soon finds the lines between reality and his fantasy are beginning to blur. He eventually finds he cannot discern the difference between the two settings. Can he find his way back? 

Any Empire (Nate Powell) 

Creator Nate Powell has created (or been part of creative teams) for notable and award-winning works such as March and Save it for Later. This comic focuses on how war and violence influence life in small-town America. A trio of childhood friends is forced to examine how they view their fantasies around the concept of violence when mutilated turtles begin to show up around town. Moving ahead to their adult years they are again forced to examine their lives through their various positions of privilege, what duty means, and how they view the differences of what is betrayal and what is courage.  

It’s Not What You Thought It Would Be (Lizzy Stewart) 

We all have expectations of what the future holds for us. Yet sometimes when we meet the reality of what our future is against what the ideal was, it can be jarring. Lizzy Stewart has created a series of interconnected vignettes that focus on relationships at various stages. Some of these focus on what our childhood friendships become as we age, while others are more introspective of career or education choices and how our feelings about those decisions change. 


Whether about graduation and moving on or simply moving into a new life phase, these comics are some of our favorite selections. There are many more comics to choose from in the catalog and ComicsPlus application, so we encourage you to seek those that match your interests.  

If you are unfamiliar with the ComicsPlus application, check out the video links below as they provide additional details on the application.  

Welcome to ComicsPlus 

How to Locate and Access ComicsPlus 

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Women Creators in Comics

By Jason Larsen

Ducks: Two Years in the Oil Sands by Kate Beaton

March is Woman’s History Month, and the library wants to celebrate by sharing some of our favorite women comic creators with you! Our selections provide options in both our physical collection, as well as our digital collection via ComicsPlus. We hope these comics provide you with some new favorites to read and encourage you to explore our collection for other women creators whose works you might enjoy!

Comics Available on the Shelf

Ducks : Two Years in the Oil Sands (Kate Beaton)

Kate Beaton pivots from her satirical comedy work of Hark! A Vagrant to tell her personal story of working in the Canadian Oil Sands. This autobiographical work covers her life from 2005 to 2008 and explores what life was like living on-site for one of the extraction companies. From constant sexual harassment to dangerous working conditions, she takes an unflinching look at what happens when society’s capitalistic, consumption-driven nature drives people to extremes in order to survive– even people just like you. We would like to warn readers that this comic could be triggering for some as it deals with sexual harassment and other forms of intimidation, and depicts some bodily injuries.

Flung Out of Space : Inspired by the Indecent Adventures of Patricia Highsmith (Grace Ellis and Hannah Templer)

Many consider Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt to be an essential piece of lesbian literature. This graphic novel examines and reimagines the life of Patricia during the 1940s when she was working as a writer for various Golden Age comics. These events were set before she would write her first novel and included moments that would be the foundation for her future groundbreaking lesbian romance novel. The creators of this graphic novel not only explore the foundations for Salt but also the life and times of its highly flawed (and at times controversial) LGBTQ + author.

Mamo (Sas Milledge)

Orla is a young woman who finds she must return home after the passing of her grandmother. Her grandmother wasn’t just anyone though– she was in fact the town’s witch. When the land turns toxic and the town becomes haunted, can Orla rise to the occasion and take on a responsibility she never wanted? The only solution seems to be becoming the new hedge witch, but will that be enough to everything right again?

Hot Comb by Ebony Flowers

Hot Comb (Ebony Flowers)

Hot Comb is an autobiographical comic that offers the opportunity to glimpse the relationship black women have with their hair. Through a series of short stories, creator Ebony Flowers shows the dynamic experiences black women encounter in their daily lives when it comes to their hair. Stories include getting her first perm, her sister’s experiences with microaggressions as the only Black athlete on a sports team, and several others.

The Night Eaters (Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda)

The Night Eaters is a new fantasy horror series from the creators of Monstress. When their restaurant is in trouble, Chinese American twins hope to find help from their parents. The parents are concerned they have raised them not to be self-sufficient enough and come up with a plan to teach them a lesson. They are to help their mother clean up the old run-down house next door where a murder happened years ago. Working through the night the family encounters supernatural horrors and things that make those bumps in the night. Could their children be more than what they appear to be?

Sunrise Blossom (Nina Aberlein)

Sunrise Blosson is a coming-of-age LGBTQ+ fantasy selection from our crowdfunded comics collection. The story follows Ivy who is a young falcon harpy on a journey to explore human society. She eventually finds herself traveling with a human who helps her learn about herself and the world. As these travel companions go on their various adventures, Ivy starts to realize that she may have romantic feelings for her human companion.

Comics Available Through ComicsPlus

Air by G. Willow Wilson and M.K. Perker

Air (G. Willow Wilson and M.K. Perker)

Air is a comic series about a flight attendant with both a fear of heights and the ability to control flight and bend reality. As she pursues a traveler who may actually be a terrorist, she soon finds herself in a world of dark conspiracies, secret societies, and sinister political agendas. The world she knows becomes more mysterious as she discovers the advanced technology behind it. How far is she willing to go using her reality-warping powers to find the answers she seeks?

Goldie Vance (Hope Larson)

This comic tells the story of a young woman whose life of mystery and intrigue is about to begin. Goldie lives with her father who runs a resort and she dreams of becoming a detective. Her chance to enter the world of mystery solving begins when the current resort detective agrees to mentor her in exchange for her help in solving his latest case. Without proper training, does Goldie have what it takes to solve the mystery?

Man-Eaters by Chelsea Caine and Kate Niemczyk

Man-Eaters (Chelsea Cain and Kate Niemczyk)

The toxoplasmosis virus has mutated and is infecting young girls. If they are infected and hit puberty, it transforms them into flesh-eating wild cats once a month. The world creates response teams and policies to contain the threat of young women entering adulthood. This is the story of Maude as she turns twelve and starts to worry if she is a man-eater, and her father the detective responsible for investigating recent cat attacks. Author Chelsea Cain’s series is heavy on satire and 100% about taking on the patriarchy.

Drawing Lines: An Anthology of Women Cartoonists (Various)

This anthology collects works of more than twelve stories from over twenty different women comic creators. The stories they tell will cover the gambit of experiences women face. Some of them are humorous, and others are jarring real-life experiences. No matter type of story you read, it is certainly guaranteed to be representative of some of the best work from women comic creators in the industry.

While the above comics are some of our favorites, there are many more to choose from in our catalog and the ComicsPlus application.

If you are unfamiliar with the ComicsPlus application, check out the video links below as they provide additional details on the application.

Welcome to ComicsPlus

How to Locate and Access ComicsPlus

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Comics to Thrill, Chill, and Scare You!

By Jason Larsen

Covers of comics mentioned in this blog post

The University Library comic collection offers an impressive array of comics between the holdings in the Main Stacks as well as those available in the ComicsPlus application! To celebrate the arrival of Fall, and the creeping approach of Halloween, we wanted to share some comic recommendations that we thought might offer up skin-crawling goose bumps, bone-chilling thrills, or dare we say… mind-numbing fear?!

6 Comics Available on the Shelf

BTTM FDRS (Ezra Clayton Daniels and Ben Passmore)

An aspiring fashion designer and her vain friend move to a warehouse in a blighted Chicago neighborhood because the rent is so cheap. They soon find there is something dark and dangerous in the walls of their new home. Using the backdrops of gentrification and urban blight this book is an Afrofuturist-centered tale of horror and cultural appropriation.

The Crossroads at Midnight (Abby Howard)

 An anthology of five stories that each explore what happens when the lonely are willing (or desperate) enough to seek out connections with the things that go bump in the night. Will these creatures be the comfort or true friends they are seeking? Or are they pretending to be a friend to those lonely souls while waiting for the perfect moment to reveal their true natures?

Friend of the Devil: A Reckless Book (Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips)

In the mid-1980s a former 60s radical, who happened to be a federal agent, has a career as a privately contracted problem solver. When a friend asks him to help find her missing sister, he finds himself thrown deep into the dark underbelly of Hollywood’s 70s occult movement. Will he find the truth behind the missing women or are some things best left buried?

Cover of Friend of the Devil comic

I Breathed a Body (Zac Thompson and Andy MacDonald)

A book that takes social media and influencer culture and mashes it up with body and science fiction horror! The story centers on the world’s largest influencer committing a horrific act online and follows what his social media manager is willing to do to make it a viral sensation… what could possibly go wrong?

Something is Killing the Children (James Tynion IV and Werther Dell’Edera)

In a small middle American town, local children are going missing in a disturbing number yet the town seems largely unmoved by these events. The children who do make it home tell tales of monstrous creatures in the shadows around the town. All hope seems lost until a mysterious woman arrives whose mission is simple, kill all the monsters no matter what the cost.

Stray Dogs (Tony Fleecs and Trish Forstner)

Find out what happens when Silence of the Lambs meets the artistic style of All Dogs Go to Heaven. Sophie awakens to find herself in a strange place with fragmented memories of something horrific. As she starts to figure out where she is and what happened, she also realizes she must find a way to survive. Oh, did we forget to mention that Sophie is a dog?

6 Comics Available in ComicsPlus

Abbott (Saladin Ahmed and Sami Kivelä)

Meet Elena Abbott. She is the toughest tabloid reporter in the city and is recovering from a deep loss. She is on a mission to investigate a series of gruesome crimes the police are ignoring. Not only does she plan to expose the crimes, but also to destroy the dark forces behind them in search for the truth.

Ghost Tree (Bobby Curnow and Simon Gane)

The story of a man seeking shelter from the storms of life in his ancestral home. He discovers a tree on the property that seems to draw in the souls of the dead. Can he find some solace for his troubles by helping the souls of the tree resolve their own traumatic pasts? Or will he find that the unliving can be just as cold as those who remain behind?

Cover of Ghost Tree Comic

Murder Book: A Graphic Memoir of a True Crime Obsession (Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell)

New Yorker cartoonist Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell explores why as a society we are so into enjoying true crime stories. In this memoir, she explores several facets of the genre like armchair sleuthing and high-profile murders cases. And while she does focus on the thrilling aspects, she also takes time to examine the cultural criticism of the genre and the most often forgotten part of these stories, the victims and their families.

The Neil Gaiman Library Volume 1 (Neil Gaiman and Various)

While many readers may be familiar with Neil Gaiman’s seminal comic work The Sandman, many may not know of his other horror/thriller works that he has created outside of his prose novels. This library edition collects four of these smaller graphic novel works into one collection. This volume contains stories ranging from Sherlock Holmes imagined in Lovecraftian terms to an unheard-of murder in heaven and the consequences it brings.

Trese Vol #1: Murder on Balete Drive (Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo)

The debut series from Filipino comic creators Budjette Tan and Kajo Baldisimo focuses on the creatures in the dark and other things that go bump in the night in Manila’s streets. When crimes involving these occur, the police turn to Alexandra Trese for help. Follow Alexandra as she battles these and other terrors of the night in the quest for justice.

Your Turn to Die: Majority Vote Death Game, Vol. 1 (Nankidai and Tatsuya Ikegami)

Life ling friends Sara and Joe are kidnapped and awaken locked to strange tables. As this nightmare world unfolds it becomes clear death is coming. Sara has always known Joe to be selfless and would be willing to take a bullet for her. However, as the disturbing game unfolds, it becomes clear that Joe has the means to save only one of them. Is their wit, trust, and friendship strong enough to save them both?

Cover of Your Turn to Die

6 Comics of Honorable Mention

The below comics, while amazing, just didn’t quite make the…cut. Check them out if you dare!

While the above are our favorite picks, there are many more to choose from between both the catalog and the ComicsPlus application. Some wonderful features about the ComicsPlus Application are it can be viewed on any computer or mobile device and the content is free to all university faculty, staff, and students. We encourage you to not only try out our picks but to explore and find your next new favorite comic.

If you are unfamiliar with the ComicsPlus application, the service provides our students, staff, and patrons with access to over 20,000 comics from 86 different publishers in a digital format. Check out the video links below as they provide additional details on the application.

Welcome to ComicsPlus

How to Locate and Access ComicsPlus

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Ten Great Comics to Celebrate Black History Month

By Jason Larsen 

A screen capture of the Comics Plus app featuring their Black History Month selections.

The Comics Plus app is a great way to read comics online. This month they are also featuring comics by Black creators in honor of Black History month.

The University of Illinois Library maintains a diverse offering of comics not only in our main stacks but also through our Comics Plus application. A couple of the wonderful features about the Comics Plus Application is that you can view it on any computer or mobile device and the content is free to all university faculty, staff, and students.

In celebration of Black History Month, we wanted to share some of our comic recommendations that we feel highlight Black creators or history in comics. We encourage you to check on the works below in the application and/or explore to find your own new favorites.

Anthology – Black Comix Returns (Damien Duffy, John Jennings, Various)

This offering is the second in the series and not only highlights work from various independent Black creators in different genres but also has a direct connection to the University of Illinois. The series is in part compiled by our own alumnus, Dr. Damien Duffy. If you are looking to get a sampling of the types of comic materials out there then look no further than this series.

Biography – Fame: Lil Nas X (Darren G. Davis and Victor Moura)

Lil Nas X is an award-winning rapper whose rise to fame in the last several years has earned the notice of national magazines like Time and Forbes who note he has become an influential force in today’s music scene. This recent release is the story of Lil Nas X’s early years in Atlanta to his breakout hit “Old Town Road”.

Comic Strips – The Boondocks: Because I Know You Don’t Read the Newspaper (Aaron McGruder)

This groundbreaking strip took newspapers by storm with its unique art style and no holds barred take on social topics we are still struggling with today. It also spawned a successful, if not equally controversial, animated cartoon that ran for four seasons on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. While there has been no new Boondocks material for some time, you can still enjoy it from the beginning with this first collected volume of the newspaper strips.

Comic Studies – Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books (Ken Quattro, Alvin Hollingsworth, E.C. Stoner, and Matt Baker)

The tapestry of American comic books is composed of stories created by a multitude of creators. However, much like other fields, the early contributions of Black creators were omitted from the narrative in favor of names we are all familiar with today. This book is the culmination of 20 years of research that explores the Black pioneers of early American comics that should not be missed.

The cover of "Invisible Men: The Trailblazing Black Artists of Comic Books" by Ken Quattro, Alvin Hollingsworth, E.C. Stoner, and Matt Baker

Fantasy – Djeliya (Juni Ba)

A fantasy graphic novel set in a world inspired by West African folklore and cultural stories going back centuries. Creator Juni Ba takes us on a wild and winding quest that not only touches on trying to save a dying world but also learning the deeper secrets to myths and traditions that make up a culture along the way.

Historical Fiction/Mystery – Incognegro: A Graphic Mystery (Mat Johnson)

A unique and chilling suspense mystery set in the early 20th Century American South era of public lynching. African American men who could “pass” as white and attempt to expose these atrocities were known as going “incognegro”. A New York reporter goes to the South to investigate the arrest of a black man for the murder of white woman before they become the next victim of a lynch mob. Can this reporter successfully expose the truth about the murder and the secrets he uncovers while “incognegro” when the accused is his own brother?

History/Biography – Billie Holliday (Carlos Sampayo and Jose Muñoz)

Billie Holliday’s song “Strange Fruit” brought the lynchings in the South to the forefront of US culture in 1939. Yet despite her career being tied to this powerful protest song, her life was marred by controversy and addiction. This biography explores her life and seeks the truth in an attempt to correct the record about the singer’s life and legacy.

LGBTQ +/Romance – The Sacrifice of Darkness (Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, James Fenner, and Rebecca Kirby)

Bestselling author Roxane Gay takes her short story and expands it into a full-length graphic novel. Set in a dystopian world forever covered by darkness there is little light to be found. Follow one woman’s journey that explores the boundaries of family, identity, love, and survival while discovering if light can exist when the world is nothing but darkness.

Cover of "The Sacrifice of Darkness" by Roxane Gay, Tracy Lynne Oliver, James Fenner, and Rebecca Kirby.

Nonfiction/Comic Reference – The Access Guide to the Black Comic Book Community (2020-2021) (Dimitrios Fragiskatos, George Carmona 3rd, Joseph Illidge, and Various)

A guide that will serve all readers and fans who are new to comics, those who are experienced comic readers, and everyone in between. The guide is a collection of publishers, stores, and other similar resources that provide the reader with a plethora of information to help them navigate and further explore of the Black comic book community.

Cover of "The Access Guide to the Black Comic Book Community (2020-2021)" by Dimitrios Fragiskatos, George Carmona 3rd, Joseph Illidge, and Various.

Science Fiction – LaGuardia (Nnedi Okorafor and Tana Ford)

Set on an Earth that has become a destination hub for aliens this story explores themes of immigration, refugees, and equal rights through the lens of science fiction. Follow Nigerian-American doctor Future Nwafor Chukwuebuka and her illegal plant alien as they flee to New York. They will not only find themselves navigating the worlds of activism but also of impending parenthood in a country that is historically anything but welcoming to those who are different.

While the above are our favorite picks, there are many more to choose from on the Comics Plus application. We encourage you to not only try out our selections but also to explore the application and find your next new favorite comic. If you are unfamiliar with the Comics Plus application, the service provides our patrons with access to over 20,000 comics from 86 different publishers in a digital format. Check out the video links below as they provide additional details on the application.

Welcome to Comics Plus

How to Locate and Access Comics Plus

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