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!

The Power of Manga

Before I get to the power of Manga, let me give a little backstory on it.

Manga are comics created in Japan or by creators in the Japanese language. The writing and drawings are conformed to a style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. They have a long and complex pre-history in earlier Japanese Art.

They’re called manga because the term in Japan is a word used to refer to both comics and cartooning. It’s a term used outside Japan and refers to comics originally published in Japan.

Here in the United States they haven’t really been picked up on like comics, but in Japan they’re for people of all ages and is in a broad range of genres such as action and adventure to suspense and fantasy. Many of these are translated into other languages. In the 1950s, manga has steadily become a major part of the Japanese publishing industry bringing in approximately 3.6 million dollars in 2007 and 5.5 million in 2009.

Though they are typically printed in black and white, some full color manga exist. In Japan, manga are usually serialized in large manga magazines, often containing many stories, each presented in a single episode if the series is successful collected chapters may be republished in volumes, most of the time in paperback books but not exclusively.

Now, to the power of Manga.

Okay, the first manga that really made me understand the power of manga was BLACK BIRD. I was curious and decided to give it a try, I like comics so I have to like their cousins. So as I began reading, I thoroughly not having to fully imagine the characters because they were drawn right on the pages. It left little to the imagination and though readers do like imagining their characters, my brain was happy to have had a short break.

First off, they’re short and easy to read. Instead of reading six books in a series in like two months, you can read ten manga in a set in maybe 3 days if you’re committed and if not a week. It’s a sit down and finish type of deal.

Secondly, they’re not only creative and interesting but some can be knowledgeable for those of us who enjoy learning more about other cultures and their history. Not only do you learn their history but some words as well.

Thirdly, a lot of manga are dubbed into English and made into animes. Some aren’t, which of course breaks hearts, but some are and it makes us happy. Some popular examples: Pokemon, Dragonball Z and

One of my personal favorites that we have:


Yuki Cross, along with her best friend Zero, attempts to keep the peace between humans and vampires at Cross Academy, but personal issues soon threaten the situation.

We have most of the manga collection.

To place VAMPIRE KNIGHT on hold, just click the picture!


Follows the struggles of three young ninjas -Naruto Uzumaki, Sasuke Uchiha and Sakura Haruno – as they go through their training.


To place NARUTO on hold, just click the picture!

On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as a guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role!

This is our newest manga.


To place DEMON PRINCE OF MOMOCHI HOUSE on hold, just click on the picture!


The Elric brothers’ deciding to perform a forbidden human transmutation to bring their dead mother back, they end up losing their bodies. Now Edward must find the chemical privileges to restore their body back.

This is one of our most popular manga.

To place a hold on FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST, just click the picture.



A young boy sells his soul to a demon in order to avenge his family’s death and successfully lead their influential toy manufacturing company. The demon takes the form of a loyal butler who’s always dressed in black and is required to protect, serve and arrive whenever summoned by his young master Ciel.


To place a hold on BLACK BUTLER, just click the picture!

Black Butler is a popular anime.




The library has a small but great collection and in the years to come, we hope to build the collection. These are just a few of the many manga we currently house. Come in and check one out today!