Monday, April 27, 2015

Free Comic Book Day in Denton

In the spirit of Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), the TWU Libraries 
are pleased to welcome guest speakers Drs. Shaun Treat and Jonathan 
Evans at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 30, 2015.  165 comic books will be 
given away on a first-come, first-served basis (limit four per person), 
courtesy of Madness Comics & Games in Denton, Texas.  Graphic de-
sign by Sean Spear.
Free comics--every comic fan's dream--are the main event on Free Comic Book Day (FCBD), an annual event which sees participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books to anyone who visits.

In the spirit of FCBD, all are invited to join the TWU Libraries as we give away comic books and welcome two guest speakers on Thursday, April 30th at 3:00 p.m. in room 234 of the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence on the second floor of the Denton campus' Blagg-Huey Library.  165 comic books will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last (limit four per person.) 

Treat's 5 Super Powerful Reasons You Should Be Teaching With Comics will detail the top 5 justifications for bringing comics into your K-12 or college classroom.  Treat is a former Assistant Professor of Communication Studies and an educational tourism consultant with the Denton County Office of History and Culture.  He taught Mythic Rhetoric of the American Superhero at UNT; published prolifically on superheroes as a Fantasy Mythos; and served as a media analyst for the BBC, NPR, USA Today and numerous other media outlets.  

Evans, a recent Ph.D. recipient from the TWU Department of English, Speech, & Foreign Languages, is a returning FCBD presenter and an adjunct faculty member at Collin College teaching Composition II courses.  His dissertation, American Arete: The Man of Steel as a Rhetorical Model, is freely available via the TWU Libraries' Pioneer Open Access Repository (POAR).  His Words, Words, Words [and Images]: Looking at Student Interpretation of Experiences in Traditional and Graphic Literature will be part interactive.

The comics to be given away as part of this FCBD event have been graciously donated by Madness Comics & Games and include the titles Fight Club, The Goon, The StrainAll Ages Avatar, PVZ and Bandette from Dark Horse; Marvel's Secret Wars #1 and Avengers #1DC Comics: Divergence; and Doctor Who SpecialSteampunk GoldilocksKodansha Comics Sampler--Attack on Titan, and Lady Justice.

These and other comic book titles, 50 total, will be given away on FCBD at participating comic book stores (for a full list of titles and additional event information, visit  If you're interested in an issue not given out at the library, visit Madness Comics & Games (2317 W. University Dr., Suite 185, Denton, Texas) on Saturday, May 2, 2015 between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.


Not all graphic novels and comic books are about superheroes.  The medium spans genres--including biography, fantasy, manga, memoir, science fiction, horror, history, science, mystery and adaptations of literature--and is not strictly for recreational reading.  Faculty members and students at universities across the country are turning to graphic novels for research and scholarship in subject areas such as the arts, advertising, sociology, popular culture and history.  The format features popular representations of stereotypes, archetypes, national interests, gender roles and cultures and can be used by elementary school teachers, parents and others to engage reluctant readers and promote literacy.

Find graphic novels at the TWU Libraries by searching for graphic novel (singular) in TWUniversal (accessible from the TWU Libraries homepage); find comic strip books and books about comics by searching for comic book.  Need assistance?  Visit the Information Desk on the Blagg-Huey Library's first floor where a library staff member will be happy to assist you.

~Allison Osborn

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