Comic Book Craze

While comic books aren’t quite as popular as they were in the 40s, they are still loved by an ever loyal fan-base. With Marvel making movies based on their superheroes every year and DC following behind, comic books are slowly making a more popular comeback. The evolution of comic book illustrations and characters have grown to be more gender inclusive and LGBT aware. Just like everything in our world, comic books are evolving to fit our ever-changing world. The Aurora Public Library District has a section called “graphic novels” which includes many popular comic books and heroes. We have some comic books about the most popular heroes and some who may be new to you!

Stop by and check out the comics in our teen ‘graphic novel’ area!

Want to read one that we don’t have? You have two options: if the comic is older than 6 months, you can inter-library loan it (borrow it from another library in Indiana for free) or if the title is new than 6 months you can ask to place it as a collection request (a database of titles that we consider to buy for patrons).

Valérian and Laureline: Digital Comic Books

A popular French comic book series is now available from the Indiana Digital Download Center: Valérian and Laureline.

Valérian and Laureline are space/time traveling agents who work for Galaxity, the Capital of Earth and the center of the Terran Galactic Empire in the 28th century. Valérian is everything you would expect from a typical hero: he’s handsome, strong-jawed, and is always in action. Laureline is the independent, intelligent, and sensual partner from 11th century France who accidentally discovers Valérian time traveling. Together throughout the series, they encounter beings from all different planets and time periods, face challenges, and explore.

The first installment of the series was published in France in 1967 by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières. Valérian and Laureline was groundbreaking because, unlike Western comics at the time, the series was more about celebrating diversity and portraying social issues as a universal truth, rather than vanquishing bad guys and fighting crime.

The series has also been greatly influential on several sci-fi movies, like Independence Day and the Star Wars franchise. A new movie, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, was just released on July 21, 2017. The movie was written by Christin and Mézières and is directly based on the comic book series. You can check out a novelization of the movie here.

The Indiana Digital Download Center has acquired thirteen of the twenty-one volumes in the series, starting with The City of Shifting Waters. You can check out or place a hold on the series today with your library card and pin numbers.

Happy Reading!