Celebrate Diverse Comics at Pocket Con on December 5

Pocket Con 2015 logo- art by Ashley Woods

Geek out at Chicago's comic book convention for teens and kids! This year's Pocket Con is 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, December 5 at the Chicago Art Department gallery, 1932 S. Halsted Street. Pocket Con features the works of artists and writers of color, as well as work by women, LGBTQ and other minorities, plus small press and indie […]

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You Can Draw Superheroes, Too!

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Do you love to read comics and graphic novels? Are your favorite shows about superheroes and supervillains? Have you always wished that you could draw your favorite characters or even your own comic creations? You can! Just check out a couple of books and a little bit of practice and you will be on your […]

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Reception and Film Screening for Artist Heather McAdams at Sulzer Regional

Photo of Heather McAdams

Comic Strips, Movie Clips & Potato Chips, an exhibition of expression by Chicago artist Heather McAdams, is on display from July 1 through July 31 in the north exhibit case on the 1st floor and in the exhibit cases on the 2nd floor of Sulzer Regional Library. The exhibit features her self-portraits, comics and needlepoint designs of country […]

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Eisner Award Nominees: Best Publication for Teens

Black-and-white comic strip panels with cartoon explosion and face

The 2015 Eisner Award nominees have been released, voting has closed and the winners of the "Oscars of comics" will be announced on July 10 at Comic-Con International. Check out the nominees in this year's Best Publication for Teens category and see if you can pick the winner! In The Dumbest Idea Ever!, things aren't looking good for golden boy Jimmy when he gets too […]

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See You at C2E2!

Source: Mangman, CPL

This weekend is C2E2, the Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo, where fans of comics, television and movies gather to celebrate pop culture. Started in 2010, C2E2 hosts a Family Headquarters where even the youngest fans can partake in pop culture-themed activities. You can be ready for C2E2 by checking out some great books from the worlds of science […]

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Artworks by Sun Bros at Harold Washington Library Center

art work by SunBro

Harold Washington Library Center hosts an Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month art exhibit featuring the work of artists and brothers Wesley and Brad Sun. Graphic novels from the Sun Bros collection will be on display from May 1 through July 1 on the 3rd floor of the Harold Washington Library Center. Wesley and […]

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Beyond Superheroes: Comics for the Youngest Readers

One of the great side effects of the growth of the library's comic collection is the availability of titles for even the youngest patron. Beyond the widespread superhero readers, here are some books that can be enjoyed by beginning readers: Dragon Puncher: Don't discount the abilities of the Dragon Puncher simply because he's an adorable kitten; […]

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Top Teen Titles Named at CPL Mock Awards

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Each year, CPL librarians get together for mock book award discussions in anticipation of the ALA Youth Media Awards announcement in February. It's a fun time for staff to share their thoughts and ideas about popular, controversial, engaging and excellent titles for teens. Be sure to read through all our winners for a chance to vote for your […]

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Harvey Pekar at 75

Bronze Harvey Pekar memorial

"Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff." So said American Splendor author Harvey Pekar, who would have turned 75 on October 8.  Known nearly as well for his curmudgeonly attitude and his love of jazz as his writing, the Cleveland native endeared himself to critics and comic aficionados alike with his work likened to that of Chekov. […]

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Annual Teen Conference Registration Now Open

Source: Nalleli, Chicago Public Library

Registration is now open for our teen conference, Bam! The Power of Comics and Graphics, for librarians and educators working with teens happening Tuesday, October 21. Presented by the Chicago Public Library Teen Services Department and Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Literacy: Libraries, this annual professional development conference is a free, all-day event. We have a very […]

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