OverDrive Comics and ‘The Best We Could Do’

The Seattle Public Library has physical comics for children, teens, and adults available for checkout in all of our 27 locations, as well as through our mobile services. We also have comics available through our Hoopla Digital service. But did you know, amongst all of the mysteries, memoirs, and literary fiction e-books, that we also have approximately 1,700 “comic and graphic works” in our OverDrive collection?! This collection includes popular kids comics like the Narwhal and Jelly series, relatable webcomics such as “Sarah’s Scribbles,” award winners like Kindred… and even the 2019 Seattle Reads selection The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui!

Narwhal’s Otter Friend: Narwhal and Jelly Series, Book 4 by Ben Clanton
This is the fourth book of the Narwhal and Jelly aquatic graphic novel adventure series for early readers! While Narwhal enthusiastically accepts newcomer Otter into the friend-pod, Jelly reacts somewhat jelly-ously… (Clanton, a local author, won the Washington State Book Award for the first book in this series.)

Herding Cats: A “Sarah’s Scribbles” Collection by Sarah Andersen
Do cats keep you grounded in reality? Do you experience anxiety? Do you like to dress up and dance in the mirror? Do you struggle with keeping the promises you make yourself about waking up early? Like the two that came before it, this 3rd collection of the webcomic “Sarah’s Scribbles” conveys the sad, hilarious, relatable, and incredibly human experiences and observations that result from adulting in these uncertain times.

Kindred by Octavia Butler and John Jennings
This Eisner Award-winning graphic novel, adapted by comics creators & academics Damian Duffy and John Jennings, powerfully depicts Octavia Butler’s story of Dana, a young African American woman who is suddenly transported from her home in 1970s California to the Antebellum American South.

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
The Best We Could Do is a haunting memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for a simpler past. Thi Bui documents her family’s daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves in America. As the child of a country and a war she can’t remember, Bui’s dreamlike artwork brings to life her journey to understanding her own identity in a way that only comics can. Our 2019 Seattle Reads selection and a Peak Pick!

~ posted by Mychal L. 

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