10 Terrific Digital Comics and Graphic Novels
Did you know that you can access thousands of digital comics and graphic novels through Overdrive and Hoopla with your library card? Well, now you do!
This post features ten digital titles that I think all you adults out there will especially enjoy. Some are fun and escapist, while others tell powerful personal stories. If you find yourself struggling to get through your current book, give one of these immersive reads a try.
I Will Judge You By Your Bookshelf by Snider Grant (Overdrive)
These days, bookshelves are a hot background for video calls, with everyone from Amy Poehler to Prince Charles showing off their reading habits. Snider's standout collection captures this bookish moment perfectly. Keep an eye out for the hilarious, "Portrait of a Parent Reading" and "Haruki Murakami Bingo". Book lovers, prepare to feel seen.
Talking to Strangers: A Memoir of My Escape from a Cult by Marianne Boucher (Overdrive)
I first heard about this riveting graphic memoir through an interview on CBC's The Last Chapter. The premise is quite something. Boucher, aged 18, leaves her small-town Ontario home for the Ice Capades in Los Angeles, but along the way becomes indoctrinated into a cult. This intense read features beautiful, emotional illustrations.
On a Sunbeam by Tillie Walden (Overdrive)
How about an absolutely gorgeous, queer love story set in deep space? Yes, please! Initially published as a webcomic in 2016, On a Sunbeam is a thoughtful, tender and totally transporting read. Highly recommended.
Anna reviewed On a Sunbeam for The List: Great Reads for Youth 2019.
Descender by Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen (Hoopla and Overdrive)
This heartfelt space odyssey written by Canadian comics superstar Jeff Lemire features visually stunning watercolour worlds from Dustin Nguyen. Don't despair once you get through all 32 issues. This super saga continues in Ascender.
This Place: 150 Years Retold by Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Sonny Assu, et al. (Hoopla and Overdrive)
I've recommended this stellar comics anthology before, and I will do it again. These ten gripping stories by Indigenous creators feature dynamic, varied styles of illustration. This Place: 150 Years Retold has been nominated for Best Book at the 2020 Doug Wright Awards. I will be rooting for it!
Lucas did this great video review of This Place: 150 Years Retold for The List: Great Reads for Youth.
Bingo Love by Tee Franklin, Genevieve Ft, et al. (Hoopla and Overdrive)
If you're looking for something uplifting, you'll hit the jackpot with Bingo Love. This second-chance love story is a quick, feel-good read. Bingo Love's vibrant colour palette is just as fabulous as its message: it is never too late to be who you are!
Going Into Town: A Love Letter to New York by Roz Chast (Overdrive)
New York has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19, so why not show the city a little reading love right now? Let Roz Chast, legendary New Yorker cartoonist and author of the funny and frank Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, be your guide.
Library Wars: Love & War by Kiiro Yumi (Overdrive)
As a librarian and a manga fan, I of course fell in love with this series. When "unsuitable" books are confiscated by the government, a group of militant librarians join forces to protect their collections and restore the freedom to read. There's a lot of action in Library Wars, plus some romance and humour. Enjoy 15 volumes through Overdrive.
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson, Shannon Watters, et al. (Hoopla and Overdrive)
Many of us are sharing our comics love with our loved ones these days. My daughter and I have been reading the Lumberjanes together and it has given us both a good, summertime feeling. Featuring a sweet, supportive cast of pals who solve supernatural mysteries, this is series is a total delight. Be sure to also check out the Lumberjane novels by Mariko Tamaki and Brooklyn Allen.
Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man by Brian Michael Bendis, Sara Pichelli, et al. (Hoopla and Overdrive)
My son is a huge Miles Morales fan and we've had a lot of fun working our way through the comics Spider-verse. If you're a super fan, the library has plenty of Miles and many more digital Marvel titles to explore.
What comics and graphic novels are you enjoying right now? Let us know in the comments!