If you’ve met me in the library and asked me for recommendations, you’ve probably heard me sing the praises of Hoopla. I get a little over-excited talking about it because Hoopla offers SO. MANY. COMICS. Everything from big name series like Spider-Man & Saga to more obscure titles, Hoopla probably has something you’ll love. The best part -- there’s never a holds list! Each month you can check out four items, and read to your heart's content on your phone, tablet, or computer.
I started reading comics on Hoopla a few years ago because I was deep in withdrawal...for Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I had just finished my bi-annual rewatch of the show, watched our Lord & Savior Buffy Summers kick-butt in Sunnydale with tears streaming down my face. I knew that there was more to Buffy’s story in comic form, but I hadn’t been able to bring myself to try a new form of storytelling. What if I couldn’t get into the story? What if it made me dislike Buffy? What if I was too old even to learn how to appreciate comics?
But at the end of the day, a fangirl’s gotta do what a fangirl’s gotta do. So I checked out Season 8 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a comic book on Hoopla. I had tried to check out a physical copy, but it happened to be checked out at the time and I am a very impatient person, so Hoopla it was!
As you may have guessed, I fell in love. I devoured everything Buffy-related on Hoopla in a matter of weeks. Once Buffy had given me a starting point, I decided to try out some other comics...and I just haven’t stopped trying! I feel like I’ve learned so much more about storytelling, worldbuilding, and character development from reading comics. It’s truly opened up a whole new world of wonder for me, and got me out of my reading slump.
Long story short, if you’re scared, or even just disinterested, in trying to read comics: give it a chance. I promise you that there is a comic out there that was created just to pull at your heartstrings. If you need help finding the right one for you, you might try out this list of comics that hooked me in or you can ask your friendly neighborhood librarian. Don't forget to also check out our Comic Book Club on the second Saturday of every month!
Get ready for lots of fantasy/sci-fi and queer romance!
Into every generation, a slayer is born...
Curse your sudden but inevitable...need to binge all Whedon content on Hoopla!
Queer ladies + basketball!
Two souls reincarnated with the sole (pun-intended) purpose of destroying each other. Can they break the cycle? (Bonus points for Kansas City setting as a cameo! See if you can spot the Nelson Atkins.)
The perfect slice of life friendship comic.
Chet is the best centaur barista you'll ever meet.
One awesome thing about Hoopla is that you can borrow deluxe editions like this one which compiles issues #1-10.
Another classic Image comics series in a deluxe edition.
Saga rounded up into a compiled edition!
Gardening + ghosts + love story.
Motorcycle babes in love + sci-fi drama + awesome colors.
Fashion influencer drama meets murder mystery.
A memoir full of one-page comics about transitioning.
We don't have the original Runaways in physical editions at the library, but you can read them digitally on Hoopla!
Girl-power version of Goonies!
Roller derby + friendship + finding yourself.
90s Fight Club vibes + music nerds + queer girl crushes.
Sci-fi horror (a little bit gory, but so worth it).
Calling all feminist non-conformists!
Historical fantasy + drool-worthy dresses + swoon-worthy romance.
My first true non-Buffy comic love! Weird old west vibes + mythology + the most gorgeous comic art you'll ever see from Emma Ríos.
Tech theatre geeks breaking the fourth wall (and into other dimensions)! Diverse characters + laugh out loud funny.
Retro-style teenage detective! (Bonus points for queer romance and general adorableness).
Classic noir with an occult twist.
Check out this French fantasy take on the Persephone mythos!
Hoopla has plenty of all your favorite superheroes, but Squirrel Girl will always be my favorite kick-butt girl!
Squirrel Girl is followed very closely by Ms. Marvel!
An award-winning graphic memoir about a family's immigration from Vietnam.