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Like the New Show? Check out these Graphic Novel Inspirations: Stumptown, The Boys, and Watchmen

27 Nov

Several new TV and Streaming shows this year are based on graphic novels.  If you are enjoying the TV shows then check out the graphic novels that inspired them.  All three are intended for adult audiences.

Stumptown


I’m really enjoying Stumptown, a TV series which centers on, Dex, an Army Veteran that decides to become a PI.  I checked it out since I was a fan of Cobie Smulders on How I Met Your Mother, but was hooked by the likeable, but flawed characters.  She lives with her brother with Down syndrome (excellently acted by Cole Sibus) and her best friend is an ex-con.  Fans of the graphic novel seem happy with the adaptation, especially that the series kept Dex’s bisexuality, which was explored in a recent episode.  The first volume of the graphic novel deals with the kidnapping of Sue-Lynne’s granddaughter, which also begins the TV series.  The second volume deals with a case of a missing guitar.  They are written by Greg Rucka and illustrated by Matthew Southworth.

The Boys
Boys

What if we lived in a world of super humans; who would police the vigilantes?  Garth Ennis’s The Boys answers that question.  A secret group makes sure that super heroes don’t cross the line with their behavior.  Although the violence level is a bit high for me, my husband is a fan of the new streaming series and I’ve watched a few episodes with him.  You can check out the first Ominbus edition from Hoboken Public Library or Hoboken residents can check out digital issues from Hoopla.  You can also read a previous review of the series on our blog.

Watchmen
Watchmen

If you like The Boys than you should also check out the graphic novel series The Watchmen by Alan Moore, considered a groundbreaking classic, the series looks at how the presence of superheroes would change history.  Like The Boys, the superheroes even when using their powers for good, often have many flaws.  The series was first adapted as a movie which has now been followed up by a TV series set after the event in the film and graphic novels; I found the first TV episode a bit slow paced, but I’m curious to check out more.  It is available in several digital editions from Hoopla.

If you are a huge Comics fan then you should come to our second annual HPL Mini Comic Convention on Saturday, December 14 starting at 12 PM at the Hoboken Public Library.  You can learn to dance like a superhero, play Super Smash Bros, and learn some new cosplay techniques!  There will be crafting with our new Cricut machine, a photo booth and more.

Meet me at the Renaissance Faire: Books and More for Ren Faire Fans of all Ages!

25 Sep

Now that summer has come to an end, I am looking forward to the cooler autumn day and one of my favorite outings to do with family and friends-heading to the Renaissance Faire, where jousts are recreated, giant turkey legs are devoured, and many attendees enjoy participating in period garb.  For my fellow faire fans, I hope you enjoy your visits and check out some of the items available to our Hoboken patrons.

For Kids and Teens

All’s Faire in Middle School
by Victoria Jamieson
All's Faire in Middle School
Imogene is a homeschooled eleven year old whose parents work at a Renaissance Faire, who must now make the transition to a public middle school.  This graphic novel of a would-be knight-in-training battling the “dragons” of middle school is a good read for tweens looking to fight for their place in a frequently less than chivalrous world.

Great Medieval Projects You Can Build Yourself
by Kris Bordessa and Shawn Braley

Great Medieval Projects

Image from Hoopladigital.com

My son loves stories of knights and wizards. If your child too is enamored with fantasy or tales from the middle ages than they may enjoy Great Medieval Projects You Can Build Yourself which includes activities geared towards kids ages 9 to 12. Besides the fun hands on activities children are also provided with historically accurate information that will give them an understanding of the period that laid the foundation for the renaissance.

My Faire Lady
by Laura Wettersten
My Faire Lady
In My Faire Lady, Rowena gets a surprising summer job after her boyfriend cheats on her and she wants an excuse to get out of town.  New experiences and new romance blossom for her at the Ren Faire.

For Adults

American Princess

American Princess

Image from Hoopladigital.com

In American Princess, an Upper East Side “Princess” dream wedding is derailed when she catches her husband cheating on her.  In her escape from her wedding venue, she stumbles on a Renaissance Festival whose staff take her in and provide her with a job and a family while her ego and psyche heal.   I missed the show when it premiered at the beginning of the summer so was happy when I saw it available from Hoopla.  I found it delightfully funny.  The creator based it on her own experience working at a Renaissance Faire.  It is rated MA and has bawdy humor on occasion so is recommended only for adult viewers.

Hard Day’s Knight
by Katie MacAlister
Hard Day's Knight
Another fun romance choice available from Hoopla is the audiobook of Katie MacAlister’s Hard Day’s Knight read by Karen White, where Pepper Marsh is looking for her prince at Ontario’s Renaissance Faire.  Walker McPahil rescues her from being trampled, but can she break through the armor around his heart?  This title is also available in print and large print from BCCLS libraries.

Ren Faire Romance Series
by A.J. Marcus
Jouster's Lance
In Ren Faire Romance, a series from Dreamspinner Press (who specializes in LGBTQ fiction),  A.J. Marcus’s characters find the men of their dreams amongst the jousters, falconers, and archers at Renaissance Festivals.  Part one begins with the Jouster’s Lance.

Looking for great music to listen to on your way to a Renaissance Faire?  Check out my previous blog post.

Written by:
Aimee Harris
Head of Reference

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