We’ve been reporting for some while on the saga of the Northlake Public Library in Illinois and its quest to attain a 9-foot-tall statue of the Hulk. At first it was just a crowdsourced pipedream of one man, librarian Tom Mukite. But then it turned out a guy in California happened to have a statue of the Hulk sitting around and he was willing to donate it to the library if a way could be found to ship it. Apparently shipping a 9-foot-tall Hulk statue is not that easy, but finally a way has been found, and Mukite has shared the following photos of the Hulk on his journey to his resting place in Northlake.
Mukite also shared some wonderful news about his library and its graphic novel collection:
A couple really cool things have happened since we started the campaign that we only now know about. We had over 1100 new people sign up for library cards in May when the campaign was up. Our normal rate is 300 max a month. Also, our graphic novel collection has become even more popular then ever before. Books that normally would be considered a success after being checked out 3 times are being checked out 12-20 times. (like Shinku, Lil Depressed boy, Hoax Hunters and Revival etc.)
This is all before the Hulk has even gotten here.
With the Hulk—and the Zod mask which Mukite won in an unrelated Beat contest—ready to be displayed we think a new comics landmark is in the making here.
Congrats to Mukite for throwing the spotlight on graphic novels and libraries.
Tom wanted us to pass along a big shoutout to Fastmore Shipping for donating the shipping costs. It’s a win all around.