Grab a Graphic Novel: Comical Comics!
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Grab a Graphic Novel: Comical Comics!

We’re highlighting our graphic novel collection by exploring tried-and-true cartoon classics, as well as fresh-off-the-press new releases. Pick up a graphic novel today!

Our Grab a Graphic Novel blog series presents our latest reads from the aforementioned collection. Available at all five libraries, the collection encompasses comics, manga, and of course, graphic novels — anything that uses pictures as an intrinsic part of the storytelling process.

April is national humor month, so to celebrate we’re highlighting a smattering of comical comics, tongue-in-cheek tales and snappy satires. Get a laugh out of these humorous titles and grab a graphic novel at your nearest Plano Public Library:

Junior Graphic Novels

Garfield: His Nine Lives

“Garfield lives his life to the fullest . . . 9 times!
Cave Cat—the first cat crawled out of the sea 10 million years ago. He was happy to be out of the water—until he met Big Bob!
The Vikings—he was big, he was mean, he was a Viking. Garfield the Orange had looted a lot of cities, but none like St. Paul, Minnesota.
Babes and Bullets—Sam Spayed wasn’t the best private investigator in the world, but he did have one terrific thing going for him—a secretary who made a great cup of coffee.
The Exterminators—no mouse was safe from the exterminators. Catching mice was their life. It wasn’t a pretty job—especially the way they did it.
Lab Animal—Specimen 19-GB was not happy at the prospect of being dissected, so he did something about it. What happened set the federal government on its ear.
The Garden—life was a carefree romp among hovering harmonicas for Cloey and the orange kitten . . . until they confronted the crystal box.
Primal Self—he was an ordinary house cat leading an ordinary existence. A shadowy memory from another time changed all that.
Garfield—the marvelous cat we all know and love. This is his life in a nutshell.
Space Cat—he was lost in space with a computer built by the lowest bidder. And, he was not about to let his life slip away that easily.”


Can You Hear a Penguin Fart on Mars? and Other Excellent Questions

“Two curious robots seek the answers to life’s most pressing—and hilarious—questions in this full-color graphic novel series written and illustrated by New York Times bestselling author Jim Benton, the creator of Franny K. Stein and Catwad!”


Lunch Lady 2-for-1 Special: The First Helping, Books 1 & 2

“Hector, Terrence, and Dee have always wondered about their school lunch lady. What does she do when she isn’t dishing out the daily special? Where does she live? Does she have a lot of cats at home? Little do they know, Lunch Lady doesn’t just serve sloppy joes–she serves justice! Whatever danger lies ahead, it’s no match for LUNCH LADY in these two exciting adventures packed into one book! Get ready for the return of this exciting series, by the author of Hey, Kiddo.”


Young Adult Graphic Novels

Simpsons Comics Clubhouse

“Looking to have some fun with the Simpsons? Join the club! Membership comes with these exclusive benefits: Get the low down on Homer as he discovers his new calling as the bearer of bad news; Mr. Burns opens a museum dedicated to his life and his legend; Marge gives up her apron for academia; Bart and Lisa memorize the entire cartoon canon of “Itchy & Scratchy” to save humanity; and Homer goes to freakish lengths to get Marge an anniversary gift. All this and even more rewarding perks and privileges await you in the Simpsons Comics Clubhouse.*

*Dress code and proper attire will be strictly enforced at all times.”


The Adventures of Superhero Girl

“What if you can leap tall buildings and defeat alien monsters with your bare hands, but you buy your capes at secondhand stores and have a weakness for kittens, and a snarky comment from Skeptical Guy can ruin a whole afternoon? Cartoonist Faith Erin Hicks brings her skills in character design and sharp, charming humor to the trials and tribulations of a young, superhero battling monsters both supernatural and mundane in an all-too-ordinary world.”


The Croc Ate My Homework

“Always witty and clever, and sometimes irreverent, Pearls Before Swine‘s sarcastic take on life appeals to fans of all ages. In this second collection of cartoons specially chosen for young readers, the troupe of characters is back to entertain with dark humor and off-the-wall puns. Know-it-all Rat is always at the center of the action, accompanied by slow-witted Pig who is innocently oblivious to most of Rat’s jabs. Rounded out with high-browed Goat, the mild and vulnerable Zebra, and the hilariously inept Crocs, the cast is ready to provide hours of reading fun.”


Adult Graphic Novels

Gudetama: Adulting for the Lazy

“Inspired by the worldwide hit Sanrio character and animated series star!
How do I get a job while still having enough time to party? I’m supposed to pay rent every month?! How am I supposed to live without my mom doing my laundry?
Adulting is tough. Thankfully, Gudetama is here to guide you on your path to growth!”


The Adventure Zone. Here There Be Gerblins

“Join Taako the elf wizard, Merle the dwarf cleric, and Magnus the human warrior for an adventure they are poorly equipped to handle AT BEST, guided (“guided”) by their snarky DM, in a graphic novel that, like the smash-hit podcast it’s based on, will tickle your funny bone, tug your heartstrings, and probably pants you if you give it half a chance.
With endearingly off-kilter storytelling from master goofballs Clint McElroy and the McElroy brothers, and vivid, adorable art by Carey Pietsch, The Adventure Zone: Here There be Gerblins is the comics equivalent of role-playing in your friend’s basement at 2am, eating Cheetos and laughing your ass off as she rolls critical failure after critical failure.”


Night of the Living Deadpool

“Deadpool awakes from a food coma to find…the zombie apocalypse has occurred! Now, can the “Merc with a mouth” avoid becoming the Merc in their mouths?! Thrill to the sight of a hideous, rotting-fleshed monster shambling about the landscape…and don’t forget all the zombies that he’s fighting! (Get it? That first one referred to Deadpool. Who says zombie horror comics can’t have a little humor?) Cullen Bunn, writer of the fan-favorite Deadpool Killogy, brings us one of Deadpool’s darkest tales ever…and we’re not just saying that because it’s in black and white (and red)! So ring the dinner bell and nail shut the door, as Deadpool takes on the undead!”


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