I love the public library. At any one point in time, I usually have a dozen things checked out. Libraries have more than just books too. They have DVDs, CDs, CD-ROMs, audio books, and comic books. Yes, comic books.
I enjoy comic books but it can be an expensive hobby. When I was a teenager, I used to buy a few different titles every month. In my twenties, I was forced to stop collecting the books I enjoyed because my money found other places it needed to go.
I still enjoy comics but I don’t buy the monthly issues anymore. I like to buy the collections that they bind together nowadays. These are called Graphic Novels or Trade Paperbacks. Some collections are even put out in large oversized hardcover editions. These are the ones I like to collect these days.
For the other books that I can’t afford but would like to read, there is the library. I have read so many great books that I probably wouldn’t have even had a chance to read otherwise.
Comics have grown incredibly as a medium. They have come a long way from the funny pages and campy superheroes. Today the stories are incredibly written and superbly drawn. Some of the best new literature these days come out in comic form first. It’s something to think about.
So go to the library and scan the comic book selection. You might just be surprised at what you find.