Monday, May 2, 2016

It's a Bird! It's a Plane! It's a Free Comic Book Day Event on Thursday, 5/5!

It's all about comics and graphic novels at the Free Comic Book 
Day event in the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence at noon on 
Thursday, May 5, 2016. Engaging Guest Speaker Jonathan Evans and 
free comic books for attendees will be featured. Poster design, featuring 
a representation of Evans from his blog, by Sean Spears. 
If the words free and comics make your heart skip a beat, then put a big red circle around Thursday, May 5, 2016.

In the spirit of Free Comic Book  Day (FCBD), now in its 15th year, all members of the TWU community are invited to an FCBD event at noon on Thursday, May 5, 2016 in room 234 of the Pioneer Center for Student Excellence (on the Denton library's second floor). Free comics will be distributed courtesy of Denton's own Madness Comics and Games, and Guest Speaker Jonathan Evans, Professor of English at Collin College, will share his experiences with graphic novels, the works of Scott McCloud, and using avatars in the teaching process. For more information please contact event coordinators Woody Evans ( and Jason Mims (

Contrary to popular belief, not all graphic novels and comic books are about superheroes. The medium spans genres--from biography, fantasy, manga, memoir, and science fiction to horror, history, science, mystery, and adaptations of literature--and is no longer 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 including advertising, sociology, popular culture, history, and the arts (the format features popular representations of stereotypes, archetypes, national interests, gender roles, and cultures). Comics are also used by elementary school teachers and parents to engage reluctant readers and promote literacy.

Find graphic novels at the TWU Libraries by searching for graphic novel using TWUniversal. We also carry comic strip books and books about comics (search for comic books). Graphic novels and books on superheroes are also currently available on two displays on the Denton library's first floor, and many are located in the Children’s Collection--but don't let that fool you. Comics aren't just for children any more. Questions? Contact us at or 940-898-3702.

We hope to see you on Thursday, May 5, 2016 for this fun and informative event. 

~Sandy Cochran with Woody Evans and Allison Osborn

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