By T. Andrew Wahl <p> Comic books arent funny business, theyre big business. <p> From record-breaking summer blockbusters like _The Avengers_ to pop-culture conventions attracting tens of thousands of attendees, a storytelling form once relegated to disposable fare for children has graduated to the entertainment big leagues. <p> Its the Golden Age of Geek. For longtime fans, every week brings some new bit of awesome. From TV shows to t-shirts, its a great time to be a fan. <p> But what of the comic-book neophyte? The newbie who loves the movies but has no clue where to get started with the source material? With 80 years of backstory, the comic-book aisle can be a scary place for the rookie fan. <p> Hopefully, this book list will help. Think of it as a road map: A place to get started, a few starred attractions, a lit path for comic-book lit. The Sno-Isle Libraries have an amazing collection of comic-book material _ and its not just superhero fare. If youve had an inkling to check out some comics, its time to grab your library card and get your geek on! <p><i>T. Andrew Wahl is a comic-book historian for the Humanities Washington Speakers Bureau. His current talk, Superhero America: The Comic-Book Character as Historical Lens visits several Sno-Isle Library locations this summer.</i.
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