Graphic Novels and Comics

Posted on April 27, 2015. Filed under: Fiction, Nonfiction | Tags: , , , , , |

Every year comic book stores nationwide host Free Comic Book Day. This year, Free Comic Book Day is on May 2. This event not only promotes the Comic Book industry, but it also promotes literacy. This year, Free Comic Book Day is the same weekend as a big movie premier: Avengers, Age of Ultron. Why not check out one of the graphic novels available at Oakton Community College Library to celebrate!

book cover for The OdysseyThe Odyssey: A Graphic Novel
written by Homer
adapted and illustrated by Gary Hinds

“Fresh from his triumphs in the Trojan War, Odysseus, King of Ithaca, wants nothing more than to return home to his family. Instead, he offends the sea god, Poseidon, who dooms him to years of shipwreck and wandering. Battling man-eating monsters, violent storms, and the supernatural seductions of sirens and sorceresses, Odysseus will need all his strength and cunning—and a little help from Mount Olympus—to make his way home and seize his kingdom from the schemers who seek to wed his queen and usurp his throne. Award-winning graphic artist Gareth Hinds masterfully reinterprets a story of heroism, adventure, and high action that has been told and retold for more than 2,500 years—though never quite like this” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

book cover for Arab in AmericaArab in America
by Toufic El Rassi

“Through his own life story, from childhood through his life as an adult, El Rassi illustrates the prejudices and discrimination Arabs and Muslims experience daily in American society. He contends with ignorant teachers, racist neighbours, bullying classmates and a growing sense of alienation.

He also examines the roles that media and popular culture play, and with examples from film and news media, he shows how difficult it is to have an Arab identity in a society saturated with anti-Arab messages” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Batman: Hushbook cover for Batman: Hush
by Jeph Loeb and Jim Lee

Batman: Hush is a thrilling mystery of action, intrigue, and deception penned by Jeph Loeb (Batman: The Long Halloween) and illustrated by comics superstar Jim Lee (All Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder) in which Batman sets out to discover the identity of a mysterious mastermind using the Joker, Riddler, Ra’s al Ghul and the Dark Knight’s other enemies—and allies—as pawns in a plan to wreak havoc” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

Maus: A Survivor’s Talebook cover for Maus
by Art Spiegelman

“Told with chilling realism in an unusual comic-book format, this is more than a tale of surviving the Holocaust. Spiegelman relates the effect of those events on the survivors’ later years and upon the lives of the following generation.

Each scene opens at the elder Spiegelman’s home in Rego Park, N.Y. Art, who was born after the war, is visiting his father, Vladek, to record his experiences in Nazi-occupied Poland. The Nazis, portrayed as cats, gradually introduce increasingly repressive measures, until the Jews, drawn as mice, are systematically hunted and herded toward the Final Solution. Vladek saves himself and his wife by a combination of luck and wits, all the time enduring the torment of hunted outcast.

The other theme of this book is Art’s troubled adjustment to life as he, too, bears the burden of his parents’ experiences” (Barnes and Noble).

The Manga Guide to Calculus book cover for The Manga Guide to Calculus
by Hiroyuki Kojima, [illustrator] Shin Togami, Becom Co., Ltd.

“In The Manga Guide to Calculus, you’ll follow along with Noriko as she learns that calculus is more than just a class designed to weed out would-be science majors. You’ll see that calculus is a useful way to understand the patterns in physics, economics, and the world around us, with help from real-world examples like probability, supply and demand curves, the economics of pollution, and the density of Shochu (a Japanese liquor).

Mr. Seki teaches Noriko how to:

  • Use differentiation to understand a function’s rate of change
  • Apply the fundamental theorem of calculus, and grasp the relationship between a function’s derivative and its integral
  • Integrate and differentiate trigonometric and other complicated functions
  • Use multivariate calculus and partial differentiation to deal with tricky functions
  • Use Taylor Expansions to accurately imitate difficult functions with polynomials

Whether you’re struggling through a calculus course for the first time or you just need a painless refresher, you’ll find what you’re looking for in The Manga Guide to Calculus” (Descriptive content provided by Syndetics).

-written by Kevin Purtell


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