Found a graphic novel you're interested in and want to place a hold on it? Click on the title you'd like in this guide and it will take you to it's record in HMCPL's catalog. From there you should see a "Place Hold" option on the right hand side of the screen, click on that and you will be prompted to log in to your account if you aren't already. Once logged in you'll be able to review the book you're about to place on hold and choose a branch destination for you to pick it up at. Click the Place Hold button and you're done!
Keep in mind if you're looking for a specific volume in a series (Like Walking Dead, Saga, Fables, ect.) that the volume you're looking for may be in a record with multiple volumes. If you do not specific which one you'd like to put on hold, the system will pull the next available copy regardless of which one it might be. To place a spefic volume on hold, click on the title you'd like in this guide and it will take you to it's record in HMCPL's catalog where you should see a "Place Hold"option on the right hand side of the screen. From this screen click the "Show more options" box and click the "A specific item" box where you'll be able to select the specific volume you need!
Adult Graphics Guide
This guide showcases the titles available at the Downtown Branch some graphic novels listed are available at several of our other locations and each branch does have their own unqiue collection with titles we do not, check out the catalog to browse! Each branch orders based on the needs of their individual communties.
This guide hightlights the Young Adult Graphic Novel collection, although a large variety of the titles present are acceptible for adults as well, each book summary will have an age range recommendation. You can view our overview to the adult graphic novel collection here.
This guide is broken up into several genres and then into subsections, with the fiction titles broken down into graphics novels comic books, light novels, as well as Shōujo and Shōnen manga. Fiction titles are arranged alphabetically by title and non-fiction titles numerically and alphabetically as they appear on the shelf. Many titles fall under multple genres so they are listed in more than one section to be easliy found and each title links to our catalogue to check availablity and the ability to place holds.
Our Young Adult (YA) Graphics collection is located on the first floor of the Downtown Branch in the Youth Services area after Juvenile Biographies and before Young Adult Fiction in the back right corner of the department. Books shelved here are filed by title with are reflected in the call number in the catalog. We are always expanding our collection and add new books monthly! We gladly accept patron suggetions, if you see a title or series that we don't have please don't hesitate to put in a parton request. We also readily accept donations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interest in contributing.
A Brief Overview
Comic books refer to single issue periodicals (typcially monthly) while graphic novels generally refer to orignal material that has never before been serialized in comic book form. TPBs or trade paperbacks tend to refer to a collected storyarc of a comic book series. much like books these usually are released in hardcover form first and then softcover. Light Novels are short novellas that are commonly collections of serialized work or campanion pieces to popular manga and anime. Manga referes to Japanese comics that are serialized in magazines, successful ones being printed in paperback which are commonly refered to as 'manga,' typically in black and white and read the reverse of Western comic, right to left. Shōujo manga refers to titles targeted towards girls with focus on relationships and romantic from the female perspective while Shōnen refers to titles targeted towards boys which typically have high action and are centered around male leads. Although any age and gender can find either type appealing!
Boom Studios- Responsible for such titles as Lumberjanes, The Midas Flesh, Munchkin and others.
Kaboom- Boom's all ages line of books with titles which have included Pixas and Disney proporties in the past.
Bongo - Typically all ages friendly, responsible for such titles as The Simpsons, Futurama and Spongebob Squarepants among others.
Dark Horse- Typically for teens and up, responsible for such titles as Conan the Barbarian, Hellboy, Goon and 1990's-200's Star Wars books among others.
DC- Responsible for such titles as Batman, Superman, Green Lantern, Wonder Woman and others.
Dynamite- Responsible for such titles as Red Sonja, Game of Thrones, Lone Ranger and others.
IDW- Responsible for such titles as Transformers, Ghostbusters, G.I. Joe and more mature titles like 30 Days of Night among others.
Image- Typically for teens and up, responsible for such titles as Walking Dead, Invincible, Fatale and others.
Marvel- Responsible for such titles as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy and others.
Ultimate- Marvel's imprint for an updated universe with more diverse characters and more relatable stories for new generations of readers.
Toykopop- Responsible for manga titles such as Kingdom Hearts.
Viz Media- Responsible for manga titles as well as popular magazines like Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat.
Rocket City NerdCon is Huntsville Madison County Public Library's annual convention in celebration of everything nerdy! We not only have great programs that highlight various fandoms but have several vendors that sell all manner of great items. Proceeds from this event go towards helping the library's materials budget (including getting more graphic novels!). Follow us out on facebook.