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Deep Cuts: Horrifying Hoopla Comics

  • Posted on: 30 October 2022
  • By: Jon Schafle

Greetings again boils and ghouls! Looking for something new to read digitally? I've scrounged the shadowy depths of the horror section of Hoopla to dredge up 13 of my favorite lesser known adult horror comics that we don't have available in our physical collection for your reading pleasure. So, settle in if you dare and take a look at some hair-raising Hoopla horror!


Fun Halloween Favorites

  • Posted on: 25 October 2022
  • By: Jon Schafle

It's the most wonderful time of the year...Halloween season! I've picked out ten of my current favorite books for younger readers to share this time around, both classics and a few new titles as well to share with your little monsters this October!  Clicking the book covers or titles below will bring you to our catalog where you can check availability and place them on hold:

Different Flavors of Horror Comics

  • Posted on: 17 October 2022
  • By: Jon Schafle

It's October and you have a craving for some horror to send a chill up your spine to offset the muggy Alabama weather, but you don't feel like reading the same out terrifying tales...maybe you have a sweet tooth for something different? Then empty out your Halloween pail and let's take a look at this year's haul and all the exciting new flavors you could sink your teeth into...


Horror Comedies

2022 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards

  • Posted on: 4 August 2022
  • By: Jon Schafle

As summer rolls around once more it's time again to look at that Oscars of comics, the Will Eisner Awards which are presented each year at San Diego Comic Con. You can view a full listing of past winners available for borrowing on our graphic novel libguide. Take a look at the nominees and winners available in our collection and online through Hoopla:

Creator Spotlight: Mike Mignola

  • Posted on: 8 November 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Creator Spotlight: Mike Mignola

Mike Mignola is an American artist and writer most famously known for his work at Dark Horse Publishing where we created the character Hellboy and it's various spin-offs and sister series. Before that he worked for both Marvel and DC as both a penciler and inker on a number of series as well as a cover artist for several Batman issues. Famed comic book creator Alan Moore has described Mignola's style as that of "German expressionism meets Jack Kirby." Below are some of the comics and novels featuring his work both in our catalog and on Hoopla. 

Creepy Series for Kids!

  • Posted on: 5 October 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

As we slowly creep into fall and the weather gradually gets cooler and the leaves change, it's the perfect time to dig into some spooky series. Looking for an engaging book for your little ghoul? Look no further than some of these creepy cute series for younger readers! These are perfect series for reluctant or struggling readers as well as those just getting into chapter books. You'll notice that serval of these books feature covers with Scholastic's "Branches" dog-ear that signify it as a beginner chapter book.

Graphic Novels for Hispanic Heritage Month

  • Posted on: 29 September 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Hispanic Heritage Month takes place between September 15th and October 15th every year in the United States and it's a great time to showcase new books featuring Latinx creators and subjects, I've chosen some of my favorites from our graphics collection below, including some new releases!


America Vol. 1: The Life & Times of America Chavez by Gabby Rivera & Joe Quiñones

Batman Day 2021

  • Posted on: 16 September 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

Art by Marshall Rogers, Script by Steve Englehart from Batman: Dark Detective, DC Comics, 2005

Batman Day is typically celebrated on the third Saturday in September, which falls on the September 18 this year. The worldwide celebration dates back to 2014 for the 75th anniversary of the character where the first Batman Day was held on July 23rd to coincide with San Diego Comic Con. In honor of the occasion I have complied ten of my favorite stories of the Caped Crusader we currently have available- below you'll find some great stories available in print in our catalog as well as digitally on Hoopla:

2021 Will Eisner Awards

  • Posted on: 28 July 2021
  • By: Jon Schafle

It's that time of year again - the biggest award for the comics and graphic novel community is here! Every year in June the nominees are announced with the winners presented at San Diego Comic Con, the largest and most well known comic book convention in North America. Below I've listed the titles we currently have available for checkout currently in our collection along with the categories they were nominated for with the winners highlighted, and you can check out the complete list of nominees on the official website.