I didn't know my (not so) local library had such a nifty collection of graphic novels and trade paperbacks. There was a shit ton of Marvels and DC's, a megaton of Batmans and Xmens. But I was in a decidedly alternative/independent comic mood. I checked out Creepy Volume 1 by various artists, Conan Volume 2 (by Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith), the Authority Volume 1 (by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch) and Luba by the immortal Jaime Hernandez. Sorry for the shitty photography. The point is, go to your local library and see what they have to offer. Nuff said.