Hoopla is one of the most convenient services available for digital library users. Lending is based on titles per month instead of available copies, so you will never have to wait in line.
Already a robust collection of music, videos, and audiobooks, Hoopla recently expanded its offerings to include comics. Here are recommendations for popular graphic novels that you can now read on your computer or mobile device.
Saga is a tale of star-crossed lovers full of humor, action and gore. Although Alana and Marko are on different sides of a bloody interplanetary conflict involving aliens, robots and ghosts, this is primarily a story about parents who will do anything to keep their family safe and together. Now on its sixth volume, Brian K. Vaughan's fast-paced, self-aware writing and Fiona Staples' expressive artwork make the series a central title of today's comics landscape.
The first volume of Marjorie Liu's Monstress collects six issues, but feels as loaded and intricate as a chunky fantasy novel. Lush visuals of witches and talking animals by Japanese game artist Sana Takeda will attract manga readers, but still be accessible for those more comfortable with American comics. Monstress feels at home next to Image's other popular titles thanks to Liu's social commentary and gritty world.
If you like comics and you haven't read the classic The Sandman series, now is your chance to fix that. Our hero, Morpheus, is the lord of dreams. After being imprisoned for 70 years, he embarks on a quest to restore his domain and reclaim his place among a pantheon of his siblings. Neil Gaiman's sprawling epic is a meditation on fiction and the necessity of changing with the times. And be sure to check out the recent prequel, The Sandman: Overture.