Celebrate Read Comics In Public Day

Mark your calendars! Sunday, August 28 is Read Comics in Public Day! Last year’s event was celebrated all over the world, on five continents. The Bentley Library is here to help you honor this occasion with our graphic novel collection! Highlights include 2011 Eisner Award winners American Vampire (by Scott Snyder and Stephen King), Wilson (by Daniel Clowes), and Jacques Tardi’s It Was the War of the Trenches. We also have classic graphic novels such as Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series, Alan Moore’s Watchmen and Art Spiegelman’s Maus.

Read Comics in Public Day

This nerd holiday was created in 2010 as an “attempt to legitimize the popular oft culturally marginalized world of sequential art.”  To participate in this holy geek holiday, all you have to do is read a comic book or graphic novel in public on August 28. This date also happens to be the birthday of American comic book artist and writer, Jack Kirby.

Make sure you share what you read on August 28! The Twitter hashtag for the event is #readcomicsinpublic. You can also “like” Read Comics in Public Day on Facebook.

Click on the book covers to see if they are available to checkout from the library.

Hold that DVD!

Have you been anxiously checking our shelves for the latest season of Dexter or Mad Men every time you visit the library? Current Bentley University students, faculty and staff may now place holds on DVDs from both our Popular Video (popular/award-winning films and TV shows) and Faculty Video (non-feature films/course material) collections!

You may place holds on DVDs yourself, using our online catalog. When you find a DVD that you want to borrow, click on the “Requests” button and follow the prompts to log-in to “My Library Account.” You will receive an email notification from the Library Services desk when the DVD is ready to check out.

Some guidelines on our new service:

  • Popular DVD requests must be picked up within three days.
  • Faculty DVD requests must be picked up within one week.
  • DVDs cannot be renewed.
  • The loan period for Popular DVDs is one week.
  • The loan period for Faculty DVDs is three days.
  • Holds cannot be places on Course Reserve materials.

Have any questions? Feel free to contact the Library Services staff! Looking for a new movie or television series to check out? Browse our list of recent DVD acquisitions.

And the Geek Shall Inherit the Earth

Would you believe that the latest Janet Evanovich tale is … a comic book? It’s true! A lifelong comic book fan, Evanovich co-wrote  Troublemaker. Book 1: A Barnaby and Hooker Graphic Novel with her daughter, Alex. Troublemaker is just one of the many graphic novels available to borrow from our library.

Janet Evanovich Signing at San Diego Comic Con International

We have the books that inspired movies, such as Alan Moore’s V for Vendetta, From Hell, and Watchmen. And, we have the movies inspired by the comics including American Splendor, Sin City, and many more!

No longer the sole domain of men in tights, comic books and graphic novels have evolved into moving works of non-fiction. Ari Folman and David Polonsky bring to life Folman’s experience as an Israeli soldier during a 1982 conflict in Waltz with Bashir. Marjane Satrapi gives the reader a glimpse into her life in 1970s Iran in Persepolis.

In October, you can get totally geeked out at Wizard World New England Comic Con at Boston’s Hynes Convention Center. Local comic book scribe Christopher Golden will be a featured guest, along with six cast members of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. You can prepare by reading Prince of Stories: The Many World of Neil Gaiman, which Golden co-wrote with Hank Wagner and Stephen R. Bissette.

Don’t worry, you don’t really need to be a geek to appreciate our picks.  Stop by and take a look or browse the display online.

‘Tis the Season for Blood, Guts & Ghouls

Is that a chill in the air? Or is it a chill running down your spine from thoughts of Blood, Guts, and Ghouls?!?  The Bentley Library staff has put together a display of books and DVDs that are sure to thrill and spook you this Halloween season.

You can revisit classic gothic works Dracula and Frankenstein. Discover new bloodsucking tomes such as Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series or the Charlaine Harris books that inspired the HBO TV series True Blood. Delve deep into the gothic/horror genre with various literary criticisms and histories on our fascination with what goes bump in the dark.

In the mood for a scary movie? Pick your poison! Our DVD selection ranges from Hitchcock flicks to Halloween. Frights abound with foreign films The Host, The Orphanage and many more.  We also have family favorites including Bedknobs and Broomsticks and It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.

We hope you’re bewitched by our picks! On display now in the lobby of the library.

And the Emmy Award Goes to…

Getting geared up for the Emmy Awards ceremony being held on Sunday, September 20? The Bentley Library has a large selection of Emmy-nominated TV series on DVD!

Get your fill of “V juice” (that’s vampire juice, for the uninitiated) with season one of True Blood. Find out if the survivors of the colonial fleet finally locate Earth in the final season of Battlestar Galactica. Discover Joss Whedon’s Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog, starring Emmy awards host, Neil Patrick Harris. You can even take a walk down memory lane and revisit past Emmy winners including All in the Family, M*A*S*H, and The Cosby Show.

Excited about Family Guy’s Emmy nomination for best comedy series? We’ve got you covered with DVDs of the series and the book, Family Guy and Philosophy! Want to geek out even more? Check out volume one and two of the Heroes graphic novels from our Popular Reading section. We also have several script books in our collection including episodes of ER, Frasier, and Seinfeld.

We hope you enjoy this display, which highlights many of our summer acquisitions – Weeds, How I Met Your Mother, The Tudors, X-Files, Entourage, Mad Men, The Muppet Show and more!

On display now in the lobby of the library.