It's no secret America loves comics, from the Sunday "funnies" to the superhero franchises inspired by the film industry.

This love has spawned popular and critically acclaimed graphic novels like "Maus," "Persepolis" and "Fun Home." If you've ever wondered what is involved in taking your own graphic novel from ideas and sketches to a published book, join us for the Worthington Libraries' next "Mark My Words" quarterly workshop and find out.

The Saturday, April 6, session, "Your Guide to Graphic Novels," features author Travis Horseman, who will share the lessons he learned from the development of his own graphic novel series, "Amiculus: A Secret History." He'll discuss everything from general storytelling tips to working with illustrators and getting published.

Horseman is working on his second graphic novel, "Sugar Creek," about the Ohio village of Sugar Creek and its dark history.

"Your Guide to Graphic Novels" will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at Old Worthington Library, 820 High St.. Although free, registration is required; you may do so at, or by calling 614-807-2626.

The workshop promises to be informative and constructive if you're a writer looking to improve your craft for the graphic-novel industry and add your voice to an art form flourishing now more than ever.

"Your Guide to Graphic Novels" is planned in conjunction with the library's "Marvel Day" event on April 13. An afternoon dedicated to all things Marvel, comics and superheroes starts at 1 p.m. at Old Worthington Library.

Those attending can enter a costume contest and train like an Avenger.

The event also will have crafts, video games, visits from the Ohio State University Department of Entomology Bug Zoo and the Heroes Alliance.

Coleman Mahler is an adult-services librarian for Worthington Libraries.