Best 13 of ’13

As the year draws to a close, even as it gets abysmally cold and the sun seems to disappear from our lives, it seems appropriate to reflect upon what amazing comics were created in the past year. As long as your bunkered down for the next several weeks, you might as well have something good to read. Here’s 13 of the best graphic novels or trade paperbacks from 2013.

Boxers & Saints by Gene Luen Yang

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Hawkeye Vol. 1 written by Matt Fraction, illustrated by David Aja and Javier Pulido

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The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks

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Relish by Lucy Kinsley

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The Mind MGMT by Matt Kindt

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Saga Volume 2 written by Brian K. Vaughan and illustrated by Fiona Staples

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Bad Houses written by Sara Ryan and illustrated by Carla Speed McNeill

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The Property written by Rutu Modan, translated by Jess Cohen

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Battling Boy by Paul Pope

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March Book 1 written by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell

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Calling Doctor Laura by Nicole J Georges

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Today Is the Last Day of the Rest of Your Life by Ulli Lust

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RASL (the complete series) by Jeff Smith

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Monster Used Book Sale & Utah Book Festival

National Book Month

October is National Book Month!

In keeping, we have two events you’ll not want to miss: the Friend’s of the Library Monster Used Book Sale happening at the Main Branch (210 East 400 South) from October 10th-15th and the Utah Humanities Book Festival with events happening throughout the state throughout the month of October (several of which are happening at City Library Locations).

More information about the book sale can be found here:

And information about the Utah Book Festival, including a schedule of events can be located here:

Greetings from Japan!

I Really ZIne-k So

If you’re following us on Facebook (and you really, really should be–just search for “Alt Press”), then you’ve glimpsed the inter-cultural amazingness currently displayed on Level 2 at the Main Library.

We’re talking about zines from Japan!

In a first-ever international outreach experiment, we shipped off some of our precious zine collection (via good old snail mail) to Kanda University of International Studies, about an hour east of Tokyo, Japan.

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Banned (Comic) Book Week

In honor of Banned Book Week (Sep 22-28), I thought it might be interesting to see how far comics have come from the wild west of first half the 20th century to the the terror of the Comic Code Authority in the 50’s which took another 50 years to be abandoned. Shortly thereafter, a non-profit organization was set up by professionals from the comics industry to protect creators’ First Amendment rights, the aptly-named, Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. While great strides have been made in comics, as in book publishing, one must be ever-vigilant to protect art from people or vice-versa. Here’s a link to a list from the CBLDF’s website for Banned Book Week last year:

Rather discouraging is the inclusion of Maus being banned from a Pasadena public library and Bone from a school district in Minnesota.