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We’re Souper, Thanks For Asking!

Looking for something to do next weekend that doesn’t involve pigskin and cleverly-designed attempts to part you from your hard-earned cash? Too depressed by the prospect of a certain sporting event without the hometown heroes in the mix? Interested in supporting your community while enjoying great local music in a warm, comfortable space filled with interesting things to read? You, my literate, music-loving, philanthropic friends, are in luck.

kitty naps while you have fun at the library

Bonus: kitty gets an extra nap while you’re having fun at the library. Image via openphoto.net

On Sunday, February 3rd, Main Library will host the WYEP 13th Annual Alternative Souper Bowl between 12 and 3 p.m. Our friends at the station where the music matters have planned a terrific line-up of performers, including Broken FencesThe Deceptions, and The Billy Price Band. There will even be a special appearance, and performance, by the Pitt Repertory Theatre, and portions of the afternoon will be broadcast live on WYEP.

The really “souper” part about this fun, free event is that you’ll also have the opportunity to make a non-perishable food/sundries donation to HEARTH, a fellow Pittsburgh non-profit that shelters women and children in need.  Suggested donation items include pasta, cereal, juice, personal supplies, and cleaning supplies–click here for a complete list–but why not take a tip from our friends at the Pittsburgh Tote Bag Project and make a donation of items that can be easily combined into a meal?

We hope to see you here, foodstuffs in hand, ready to jam. Not quite the invitation you expected from a library? Maybe you should come see us before the event, just to catch up on all the amazing things we’ve been doing since your last visit. We hope you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

–Leigh Anne


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100 best graphic novels

As part of a project to expand CLP’s graphic novel collections, some other librarians and I were asked to compose lists of the 100 graphic novels we recommend as essential to adult collections.  Turns out, it also makes a great reading list. 

The list includes titles that range from biography to horror; quintissential comics creators like Alan Moore, Lynda Barry to prose crossover writers like Stephen King, Howard Zinn and Michael Chabon.   Titles range in style from superhero Jack Kirby creations to indie masterpieces by Paul Hornschemeier to classsic alternative creators like Kim Deitch.  I could go on…

The selections aren’t just my own two cents, either.  I referred to several books, a blogTime Magazine‘s list,  other articles I found through a magazine database search, the infinite wisdom of my knowledegable colleagues, and the experience I’ve gained from what patrons like about the existing Graphic Novel collection (a sample) here at Main.  Why am I rolling the credits for you?  Because these are all also great resources to go to when you’re looking for a good book to read.

There’s another reason, too.  I’ve published the list as a Google Document, which means that anyone can edit it.  (At the moment, you may actually need a Google account to do so, but I’m working on it.)  This way, the list can exist as an evolving resource accessible to anyone and built from collective knowledge of those enthusiastic enough to participate.  Free to the people, indeed.  Check out the 100 Best Graphic Novels for Adults in the chart below or right………………..here!  Happy reading and happy sharing!


author title publisher
Abel, Jessica La Perdida Pantheon
Azzarello, Brian 100 bullets DC Comics
B., David Epileptic Pantheon
Baker, Kyle Nat Turner Abrams
Barry, Lynda One Hundred Demons Sasquatch Books
Barry, Lynda What It Is Drawn & Quarterly
Barry, Lynda, ed. The Best American Comics 2008 Houghton Mifflin Company
Bechdel, Alison Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic Houghton Mifflin Company
Bendis, Brian Michael Powers Image Comics
Brown, Chester Louis Riel: A Comic-strip Biography Drawn and Quarterly
Brown, Jeffrey Clumsy Top Shelf Productions
Burns, Charles Black Hole Pantheon
Carey, Mike Lucifer DC/Vertigo
Chabon, Michael

and Will Eisner

The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist Dark Horse Books
Chaykin, Howard V American Flagg! Dynamite Entertainment
Claremont, Chris X-Men. Dark Phoenix Saga Marvel
Clowes, Daniel David Boring Pantheon
Cooke, Darwyn DC : the new frontier. DC Comics
Crumb, Robert The Complete Crumb Fantagraphics
Deitch, Kim The Boulevard of Broken Dreams Pantheon
Delano, Jamie; Ennis, Garth; Carey, Mike; Ellis, Warren; Azzarello, Brian; and others John Constantine, Hellblazer DC/Vertigo
Eisner, Will Contract with God Trilogy W.W. Norton and Company
Eisner, Will Spirit DC Comics
Ellis, Warren Transmetropolitan DC/Vertigo
Ennis, Garth Preacher DC Comics
Gaiman, Neil Sandman DC/Vertigo
Hernandez, Gilbert and Jamie Hernandez Love and Rockets Fantagraphics
Hornschemeier, Paul Mother, Come Home Dark Horse Books
Hornschemeier, Paul Three Paradoxes Fantagraphics
Jacobson, Sidney. The 9/11 report : a graphic adaptation Hill and Wang
Jason multiple titles. “Hey wait” for ex. Fantagraphics
Johns, Geoff and Judd Winick Green Lantern DC Comics
Johns, Geoff and others JSA: Justice Society of America DC Comics
Kane, Bob Greatest Batman stories ever told Warner
King, Stephen The Dark Tower Marvel
Kirby, Jack Fourth World Omnibus DC Comics
Kirkman, Robert Walking Dead Image Comics
Kouno, Fumiyo Town of Evening Calm, Country of Cherry Blossoms Last Gasp
Kubert, Joe SGT. Rock DC Comics
Laird, Roland Owen Still I rise : a cartoon history of African Americans W.W. Norton
Lee, Stan Amazing Spiderman Marvel
Lee, Stan and Jack Kirby Essential Avengers Marvel
Lee, Stan and Jack Kirby Essential Fantastic Four Marvel
Lee, Stan and Jack Kirby Essential Hulk Marvel
Lee, Stan and Steve Ditko Essential Spider Man Marvel
Lethem, Jonathan Omega: The Unknown Marvel
Lutes, Jason Berlin. City of stones Drawn and Quarterly
Lutes, Jason Jar of Fools Black Eye Productions
Martin, Alan Tank Girl Titan Books
McCloud, Scott Understanding Comics Harper Perennial
Michelinie, David and Bob Layton Iron Man. Demon in a Bottle Marvel
Mignola, Mike Hellboy Dark Horse Books
Mignola, Mike B.P.R.D. Dark Horse Books
Millar, Mark Wanted Top Cow Productions
Miller, Frank Daredevil Marvel
Miller, Frank The Dark Knight Returns DC Comics
Miller, Frank Sin City Dark Horse Books
Miyazaki, Hayao Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind VIZ
Modan, Rutu Exit Wounds Drawn and Quarterly
Moore, Alan Watchmen DC Comics
Moore, Alan League of Extraordinary Gentlemen America’s Best Comics
Moore, Alan Promethea America’s Best Comics
Moore, Alan Batman. The Killing Joke DC Comics
Moore, Terry Strangers in Paradise Abstract Studio
Morrison, Grant Invisibles DC Comics
Morrison, Grant JLA: Justice League of America DC Comics
Morrison, Grant Animal Man DC/Vertigo
Morrison, Grant Batman: Arkham Asylum DC Comics
Niles, Steve 30 Days of Night IDW Publishing
Niles, Steve Richard Matheson’s I am legend IDW Publishing
Nilsen, Anders Dogs and water Drawn and Quarterly
Pekar, Harvey American Splendor various
Pekar, Harvey, ed. The Best American Comics 2006 Houghton Mifflin Co
Pini, Wendy Masque of the Red Death Go Comi
Rabagliati, Michel Paul Has a Summer Job Drawn and Quarterly
Sacco, Joe Palestine Fantagraphics
Satrapi, Marjane Persepolis Pantheon
Seth It’s a good life, if you don’t weaken Drawn and Quarterly
Simmonds, Posy Gemma Bovery Pantheon
Spiegelman, Art Maus: A Survivor’s Tale Pantheon
Takaki, Saiko Hideyuki Kikuchi’s Vampire Hunter D Digital Manga Pub
Taniguchi, Jirō The Walking Man FanFare
Tezuka, Osamu Buddha Vertical
Thompson, Craig Blankets: An Illustrated Novel Top Shelf Productions
Tomine, Adrian Sleepwalk: And Other Stories Drawn and Quarterly
various Buffy the Vampire Slayer Dark Horse Books
various Swamp Thing DC Comics
various X-Men. Age of Apocalypse, the Complete Epic Marvel
various The Chronicles of Conan Dark Horse Books
various Showcase Presents: Justice League of America DC Comics
various Showcase Presents: Batman DC Comics


various Showcase Presents: Superman DC Comics


various Showcase Presents: The Flash DC Comics


Vaughan, Brian K. Ex Machina Wildstorm Productions


Vaughan, Brian K. Y: The Last Man DC/Vertigo


Ware, Chris Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Pantheon


Ware, Chris, ed. Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid on Earth Houghton Mifflin Co


Willingham, Bill Fables DC/Vertigo
Willingham, Bill Jack of Fables DC/Vertigo


Winick, Judd and others Green Arrow DC Comics


Wolfman, Marv Crisis on Infinite Earths DC Comics
Zinn, Howard A People’s History of American Empire: A Graphic Adaptation Metropolitan Books


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