For a much-needed distraction from the world outside, teen and adult readers might consider entering the myriad of diverse realms available in graphic novels and comics. While our locations are closed, your access to free sequential art online remains!
As BCLS cardholders, many of you are already making use of the plethora of great digital titles available in our digital collection, and the Libby app. (Case in point, the author of this very blog has been utilizing Libby to catch up on Cullen Bunn's and Tyler Crook's horror masterpiece, Harrow County, the entirety of which is available to borrow!) If you've yet to explore those offerings, try using the search term "graphic novels" when looking for your next download. That said, if you're looking for even more free content, check out some of the online resources highlighted below.
Image Comics, publisher of titles, such as The Walking Dead, Saga and Criminal, makes over 125 first issues available on their website. A handful of artistic highlights include: Moonshine by Brian Azzarello and Eduardo Risso, Casanova by Matt Fraction and Fabio Moon, Little Bird by Darcy Van Poelgeest and Ian Bertram, I Hate Fairyland by Skottie Young and Southern Bastards by Jason Aaron and Jason Latour. With this volume of free content, you're sure to find a few new favorites.
VIZ, a Manga publisher, offers access to more than 120 chapters of their publications, as well as 400+ free previews. These offerings include such fan favorites as My Hero Academia, One Piece, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Naruto and Dragon Ball. The list goes on and on. From adventure to horror to cooking to sports, VIZ's creators have something to pique everyone's interest.
Marvel Comics, in conjunction with Comixology, is making 12 iconic storylines available to download free of cost.
Classic tales like Avengers: Kree/Skrull War and X-Men: The Dark Phoenix Saga are joined by modern narratives such as the first volume of Ta-Nehisi Coates' Black Panther as well as Mark Waid's and Chris Samnee's Black Widow: S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Most Wanted. Catch up on the exploits of your favorite Marvel characters while the Marvel Cinematic Universe is on-hold.
These resources focus on comics created specifically for the internet. Some are completed stories, some are still being serialized and some are updated as frequently as every day. Dive in, there's something for everyone!