Your local library is about to get an injection of Image Comics thanks to a new deal with Hoopla digital. Available through more than 4000 libraries in the United States and Canada, Hoopla offers a digital collection of movies, books, audio books, music and comics that bolsters your public library without the worry of being out of stock and the burden of late fees.
We spent some time with the app this past week in advance of the new deal with Image Comics, and spoke with founder and owner of Hoopla digital, Jeff Jankowski, about the service and it's future as a place to find comics with ease.
Censorship is a serious issue. It's one of the reasons that we here at ComicsAlliance always show our support to organizations like the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund and rally behind creators who have been subjected to governmental restrictions on their work.
Occasionally, though, there are incidents of people pushing to get books banned that slide right past concerning and directly into the world of hilarious ineptitude.
Such is the case with Reverend Phillip Missick of Texas's amazingly named King of Saints Tabernacle Church, who pushed for the Cleveland, TX public library to remove manga like Matsuri Hino's Vampire Knight from its library, owing, of course, to it being a demonic product of Satan that would drag otherwise saintly children directly into the gaping maw of Hell itself. That, of course, is nothing new. What makes it amazing is that he didn't stop there, going so far as to declare pretty much everything around the manga to be the product of Satan, including a few Harry Potter toys, a bouquet of dried roses, and the actual room itself to be "occultic and demonic."
If you missed it, the day of the Dark Knight was July 26, and libraries all over the country commemorated the occasions with some creative, literacy-encouraging activities for kids -- and apparently at one, a bear. Random House's library marketing wing partnered with DC Comics to send event kits to libraries, and also set up a Pinterest board for photos of libraries' various celebrations. Check out some of our favorite photos.
If you're still on the fence about paying for digital comics instead of their print counterparts, your local library could soon offer a very free workaround for reading single issue comics and graphic novels. Come
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The reach of digital comics continues to expand, Publisher's Weekly reports, to younger readers via their traditional libraries through a service called OverDrive. Based in Cleveland, OH, OverDrive supplies 11,000 libraries across the world with eBooks, audiobooks, music and films.
Marvel Comics and Tokyopop have already made some of their material available through OverDrive, with Moonstone Books and IDW Publishing to follow suit
Acting on the urging of a coalition of comic book publishers, the FBI has shut down pirate comic book site Htmlcomics.com. Among internet pirate fans, Htmlcomics was especially notorious; the site offered 6,630,021 pages of more than 5,700 scanned comics, which were available for unrestricted reading. The quality of some of the older books such as "Act
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