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Don't miss Comic Book Day

SUBMITTED POSTER - Attend Free Comic Book Day at the West Linn Library May 1.

Free Comic Book Day is coming up on Saturday, May 7, and the selection this year is fantastic.

For the uninitiated, Free Comic Book Day occurs on the first Saturday in May. Comic book shops, bookstores, and libraries across the country are participating by offering special edition free comic books to their customers. The West Linn Public Library has participated in FCBD for several years now, and we are excited to offer a day of fun for families beginning at noon.

DC and Marvel fans will be satisfied this year by their offerings. Suicide Squad, Avengers and Captain America all get a showcase. If you are a fan of the show “Firefly,” you will be excited to see a new story in that universe, as well as a quick Hellboy story. Whovians will be rewarded with a story featuring Doctors 9 through 12, and even Grumpy Cat gets a comic. There are comic books for the whole family, but supplies are limited, so make sure to stop by before it’s too late.

Along with the comic books, the library will be hosting a number of activities for all ages. We’ll be showing a LEGO DC Superheroes movie in the community room and have a Become Your Own Superhero station in the teen room, where you can discover your superhero name and create a mask to go with it. Check out the library’s website (westlinnlibrary.org) for times and locations of all our activities.

You can also compete in our first annual all-ages costume contest. We will have five categories for judging: Little Ones (birth-preschool), kids (kindergarten-third grade), tweens (fourth-eighth grade), teens+ (ninth grade-adult) and family (group costumes). Participants can register the day of the event.

We are anticipating some pretty great costumes, so even if you are not participating, stop by to watch the fun.

So why read comic books and graphic novels? Because graphic novels tell stories. Just like traditional novels, graphic novels cover all genres and topics. You can read of grand adventures, true horror, hilarious characters, heartrending memoirs and historical events. The superhero genre alone can cover all of these concepts, and that’s just the tip of the graphic novel iceberg.

This format gives its readers a blend of the literary and the cinematic, and the best of illustrators know how to create images that support the story, not replace it. The library has thousands of graphic novels to satisfy every need. Interested in U.S. history? Nathan Hale’s thought-provoking and hilarious series “Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales” will pull you in with shocking and fascinating moments in our country’s history. Want to read a story that blends horror and mythology, all while discussing the concept of metaphysics and the acceptance of change? Then you must pick up Neil Gaiman’s classic dark fantasy series, “The Sandman.”

There is a wealth of opportunities that await in the graphic novel collections of West Linn Library. Join us on May 7 at noon and find out what stories are waiting for you.

The library is located at 1595 Burns St. in West Linn.