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Why do you come to the library? To get books and to have fun.

What do you geek? Graphic novels.

Lawrence Library geeks graphic novels, too! We have collections of graphic novels for every age group. Juvenile graphic novels (with chapter books) and middle-school (with mid-level books) are both located in the children's room, while the YA and adult graphic novels are shelved upstairs.

When most people think of graphic novels, they think of superheroes and villains, just like in classic comic books. While those remain popular, the medium of graphic storytelling has branched out quite a bit from its comic roots. Fans of the cinema will no doubt recognize Frank Miller's "300" and Alan Moore's "Watchmen," both of which were adapted for the big screen in the last 10 years.

Readers who prefer biographical work may prefer "Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi, which tells the story of growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution. History buffs may also enjoy "Maus" by Art Spiegelman, which won a Pulitzer Prize for its portrayal of the artist's father's life as a Jewish man during the Holocaust. For a lighter read, try the Eisner award-winning "Smile" by Raina Telgemeier, which tells the story of the author's teen years through braces, retainers and headgear.

Teens may prefer one of our many manga series, such as "Maximum Ride," or may enjoy diving into the classics in a new way with the graphic novelizations of Shakespeare's plays or Jane Austen's love stories.


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No matter which genre you prefer, there is sure to be a graphic novel that suits you.

Artists who are interested in writing their own graphic novels or comic books should sign up to join one of the drawing classes that will be held during our very own Geek Con on March 8. These classes are by registration only, so sign up today!

The library can help everyone explore the things they geek. For information, or if you are interested in being the Geek of the Week, stop by the Lawrence Library.