LibraryPass™ curates high-interest, immersive digital content that helps K-12, Public, and Academic libraries expand their reach and engagement—without breaking their materials budget. We help comics, graphic novel, and manga publishers reach new readers through thousands of school and public libraries that recognize the power of comics. We provide readers unlimited access to more than 20,000 digital comics, graphic novels, and manga with their library card—for FREE!
A unique gateway into the diverse and engaging world of digital comic books, graphic novels, and manga—with cost-effective unlimited and simultaneous checkouts.
With Comics Plus®, students and library patrons can read more than 20,000 digital comics, graphic novels, and manga—including popular titles from publishers like Archie Comics, Andrews McMeel, BOOM Studios, Capstone, Dark Horse, Dynamite, Tokyopop, Valiant, and many more.
Every title is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for offline reading, with unlimited, simultaneous checkout to maximize circulation through book clubs, reading programs, makerspace activities, and other engaging initiatives.
Ian Singer, Chief Executive Officer
For over two decades Ian has been committed to innovation in the field of information services and has held leadership positions at some of the library industry’s most well-respected companies. Ian has served as an advisor to Capira Technologies since 2018 and most recently served as Credo Reference’s General Manager, leading the sale of Credo to Infobase Holding in Nov. 2018.
Before joining Credo, he served as Vice President, Group Publishing for Media Source, Inc., where he was responsible for strategic planning and day-to-day operations of such prestigious publications as Library Journal, School Library Journal, and The Horn Book. Prior to Media Source Inc., he held positions at Bowker LLC and Joint Information Inc; in 1996 he co-founded eComp, a web-based executive compensation database covering all US public companies, which was sold to Aon Consulting in 2002. Ian holds a law degree from New York Law School, and a B.A. in History from George Washington University. He joined LibraryPass in March 2020.
Tony Hobdy, Chief Technology Officer
Over the past 20+ years, Tony has focused his time and talents on software development, information architecture, and creative IP development. Using his knowledge and background of digital content delivery, data security, and mass automation, Tony provides technical oversight and infrastructure development as a founder and CTO of LibraryPass. His previous experience includes 3+ years as CTO of Fluent Concepts, a media language translation company, and 8+ years as COO of iVerse Media where he developed the content delivery engine and DRM technology.
Before joining iVerse, Tony ran a comic book company as CEO of Outlaw Ent., worked on creative IP, film, and animation projects for Coca-Cola, NASCAR, Southwest Airlines, Xbox, and Sega. He has a background in electrical engineering from the University of Texas. He’s been with LibraryPass from the beginning.
Guy LeCharles Gonzalez, Chief Content Officer
Guy is a media and marketing veteran with extensive B2B and consumer experience in audience development, content strategy, and event programming. Most recently the project lead for the Panorama Project, he’s also been the publisher & marketing director for Writer’s Digest; director, content strategy & audience development for Library Journal & School Library Journal; and founding director of programming & business development for Digital Book World. Years ago, he was also executive editor for the now-defunct PopCultureShock / Buzzscope—a website serving diverse comics fans before it became a marketing buzzword.
He’s been an avid comics reader from childhood and has “I was made for library, not the classroom” tattooed on his forearm. He joined LibraryPass full-time in October 2020.
Raquel Ryan, MSEd, Chief Experience Officer
Raquel is passionate about working with at-risk students, working for several years as a child advocate for underrepresented and neglected children, volunteering on service and giving committees, and in her community as a Guardian ad Litem. She’s taught 11th grade reluctant readers, advocating for their needs through reading and literacy programs, and led the initiative for retention of high-risk students at Keiser University where she created a resource center and built partnerships with services in the community. She also conducted market research and analyzed market trends for potential and existing programs, while improving processes and procedures for the student experience.
Raquel’s experience in and out of the classroom gives her a unique perspective on the importance of ensuring equitable access to educational materials and curriculum-aligned instruction, and her ultimate goal is to help librarians and educators ignite a newfound love for reading through the use of comic books, graphic novels, and manga. She has her Graduate degree in Education from Nova Southeastern University and her Undergraduate from Florida State University (Go Noles!), and joined LibraryPass in June 2020.
Moni Barrette, MLIS, Director, Collection Development & Publisher Relations
Moni is a Member at Large for American Library Association’s Graphic Novel & Comics Round Table, and co-founder of the nonprofit Creators, Assemble! Inc. which is dedicated to promoting literacy through the use of comics in classrooms and libraries and guiding career pathways for aspiring creators. As a former public library manager, Moni won the California Library Association PRExcellence Award (2018 & 2019) for library events aimed at underserved adult library users, and has proven success using comics to increase library circulation. She is a frequent panelist at San Diego and New York Comic Con, San Diego Comic Fest and Wonder-Con, hosting industry networking events and providing instruction to educators and librarians.
Moni’s expertise in libraries, comics, and relationship building helps classrooms and libraries maximize access to educational comics and graphic novel content, while helping publishers reach and engage new audiences. She joined LibraryPass full-time in October 2020.
Rob Randle, Production Manager
For over two decades Rob has worked in and around the comic book industry in various capacities, including as a book reviewer for the NY Journal of Books, and a judge for various comic book industry awards—the 2006 Eisner Awards, among others. Before joining LibraryPass, he had been the Director of Publishing for iVerse Media LLC since 2010, and prior to that was a purchasing manager for Diamond Comic Distributors where he helped to manage the monthly Previews catalog for close to a decade starting in 2002.
Additionally Rob occasionally does freelance work as a comics creator, and is the author of the critically acclaimed graphic novel Serial Artist. Rob holds a B.A. of Illustration from the Maryland Institute, College of Art (MICA). He’s been with LibraryPass from the beginning.
John Shableski, Chief Ambassador
John is a publishing industry veteran who has worked in library wholesale, book distribution and publishing. He created library grant programs, industry awards, comics conventions, as well as hundreds of hours of professional development programs for national and international trade shows, conferences and conventions. He has served as an advisor for Book Expo America and EveryLibrary.org. He is also a founding member of Reading With Pictures. He has been a jury member for the Eisner Awards and has been selected as a juror for the 2020 Lynd Ward Graphic Novel Prize.
His ultimate objective is to help struggling students discover their joy of reading. He’s been with LibraryPass from the beginning.