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Thor: Ragnarok!

Fri, 11/03/2017 - 2:55pm

Thor: Ragnarok arrives in theaters today, making now the perfect time to revisit your favorite Thor materials! The movie is already generating quite a buzz and has received rave reviews (with a 93% rating, it's currently Rotten Tomatoes' best reviewed comic book film ever!).

A great place to start are the previous Thor movies, including Thor and Thor: The Dark World, as well as his appearances in The Avengers and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. For younger kids who aren't quite ready for the Marvel movies, Thor is featured in The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes (there are multiple volumes of this series, including Vol. 5 and Vol. 6).

For adult readers, some of the original Thor comics are included in the anthology series The Essential Thor Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3 and Vol. 4. Many of these original stories also appear in The Mighty Thor: Omnibus collection. More recent additions to the Thor universe include God of Thunder Vol. 1 (Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 are also available), Lord of Asgard, Bringers of the Storm, Godstorm, and Thor Vol. 1 (Vol. 3 is also available). Currently, a woman has taken on the title of Thor in The Mighty Thor: Thunder in her Veins.

There are awesome Thor graphic novels in the Teen section, including Wolves of the North and The Lost Gods. A mysterious female Thor has also taken the lead in The Goddess of Thunder and Who Holds the Hammer?.

Kids have a variety of Thor books to choose from as well. Younger children will like gentler Readers such as The Trouble with Thor and These are the Avengers. Older kids can enjoy comic books like Thor: The Mighty Avenger Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, and Mini Marvels: The Complete Collection. Books for kids about the Avengers include The Avengers: The Ultimate Guide and The Avengers: The Movie Storybook. We also have several comic books based on Norse mythology, such as Thor and the Giants and Thor and Loki (also available in Spanish).

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It's almost Halloween!

Wed, 10/04/2017 - 12:27pm

It’s that most wonderful time of the year: Halloween! As an avid lover of all things fall and Halloween, this is by far my favorite time of the year. I love costumes and being able to dress up as some of my favorite characters. This year I’m planning to cosplay as Roadhog, from Overwatch. If you’re as into costumes as me, come check out some of our books to help you take your costume to the next level!

New this year, The hero's closet : sewing for cosplay and costuming, is a great intro book to cosplay and costume making. It has a lot of helpful beginner steps if you’ve never tried to make your costume before.

Epic cosplay costumes is another great reference for all of the parts of costume making. With cute advice notes from the author, this book is a great start to becoming your favorite character.

For a more basic guide that you can use with items around your house, check out: Halloween. This book centers more on simple designs and standard Halloween costumes. It also includes some tips for spooky home décor!

Here's a cute costuming book for the younger costumers among us: Creating Halloween crafts. It has fun craft ideas for decoration and costumes that might be fun for the whole family!

These next two books are probably the best for my costume. If you’re into characters with fancy and elaborate weapons, these two will help you learn how to design your own, much lighter, versions.

Make : props and costume armor is written by a master prop maker, and goes into details for both armor and weaponry. It is a very in-depth collection of ideas using everything from simple foam to 3D printing.

In another recent release, The costume making guide : creating armor & props for cosplay, you’ll find all of the steps to take your idea and turn it into a full costume. The author guides you through each part of costume making whether you need armor, weaponry, or other outfit parts.

Looking forward to seeing all of the ideas everyone reading this comes up with! Hopefully I’ve given you a bit of inspiration. Now to get back to making my hook…

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Five Must-Read Graphic Novels for Adults

Thu, 09/07/2017 - 4:10pm

It's hard to deny that adult graphic novels, as a genre, have come into their own. Here are some of my personal favorites. Together, they capture much of the diverse array of creative and narrative possibilities being explored by contemporary artists and authors.

My Favorite Thing is Monsters (book one) -by Emil Ferris-
This title likely requires no introduction. First time writer Emil Ferris made big waves when this book was released earlier this year. With lush, intricate artwork, and with a haunting murder-mystery at its core, 'My Favorite Thing is Monsters' makes for a deeply compelling read. For more, check out this review from NPR's 'Fresh Air'.

California Dreamin': Cass Elliot before the Mamas & the Papas -by Pénélope Bagieu-
Few artists have received as much praise for their talent, or been as much of a target for body-shaming as 'Mama' Cass Elliot. 'California Dreamin'' gets behind the fame and the ugliness of the stories surrounding her death, and shows her as both a talented vocalist and as a human being. Click the link for a review from Paste.

The Torture Report: a graphic adaptation -by Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón-
Drawing from the accounts detailed in the 2014 Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture conducted by agents of the US government, Sid Jacobson and Ernie Colón bring the stark realities documented in the report to life in a way that mere words on a page never could. The brutality of these real-life events make 'The Torture Report' a tough read, but maybe that dose of reality makes it an essential read as well. Here's an exerpt at Slate, and a review from NPR.

The Museum Vaults -by Marc-Antoine Mathieu-
Mixing equal parts of fantasy and satire, 'The Museum Vaults' follows the adventures of an art expert as he delves ever deeper into an endless labyrinth underneath the Louvre in Paris. The illustrations are inventive, beautiful, and often downright eerie. Here's a review from The Guardian.

Lost Property -by Andy Poyiadgi-
While technically a part of our teen graphic novel collection, 'Lost Property' is a slim, stunningly beautiful work that will certainly speak to adults as well as it speaks to teens. When a man walks into a small shop, he is confronted with the realization that it is filled, exclusively, with every item he has ever owned and lost. Questions of why and how this has happened are quickly overridden by a more central one: what will he do with all the lost ephemera of his life, now that he's found it? Follow the link for a review from Broken Frontier.

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Writing & Publishing

Kids Comics Workshop: Write With Images

Saturday December 16, 2017: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Malletts Creek Branch: Program Room
Grade 1-5

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Fifth Avenue Press Book Release Reception: AADL's Local Publishing Imprint

Sunday November 5, 2017: 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Downtown Library: 3rd Floor Open Area
Grade 6 - Adult

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Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

Saturday June 3, 2017: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby
All Ages.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Thu, 05/11/2017 - 4:17pm

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[https://marvel.com/guardians|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2] hit theaters on May 5th and has already taken in more than $500 million dollars in the worldwide box office. The popular film is another in a long list of movies that take place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, inhabited by popular characters such as [s:Thor.|Thor], [s:America, Captain (Fictitious character)|Captain America], [s:Iron Man (Fictitious character)|Iron Man], the [s:Hulk (Fictitious character)|Hulk] and other characters in [s:Avengers (Fictitious characters)|the Avengers], as well as the more recent additions which include [s:Ant-Man (Fictitious character)|Ant-Man] and [s:Strange, Stephen (Fictitious character).|Dr. Strange].

In addition to [b:1461088|the first movie], [b:1464800|the Blu-ray edition of Vol. 1], and [b:1461537|the awesome soundtrack], we have plenty of materials to help satisfy your Guardians of the Galaxy craving.

For kids, we have the picture book [b:1507330|Night Night Groot] as well as the comic book [b:1462224|Guardians of the Galaxy: Beginnings].

For teens, we have many different comic trade paperbacks, including [b:1453409|Guardians of the Galaxy: Prelude] (an official Marvel Cinematic Universe tie-in), [b:1453771| Vol. 3 of the War of Kings] and [b:1472813| Legendary Star-Lord Vol. 1: Face It, I Rule]. We also have [b:1453399|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers], [b:1453400| Vol. 2: Angela] and a cross-over with the All-New X-Men called [b:1453404|The Trial of Jean Grey] from the mind of [a:Bendis, Brian Michael|Brian Michael Bendis].

For an adult audience, we have titles such as [b:1462223|Guardians of the Galaxy: The Complete Collection Vol. 1] and [b:1453403|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 4: Realm of Kings], as well as a cross-over with the Avengers called [b:1472796|Avengers: the Korvac Saga].

[https://marvel.com/guardians|Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2] is estimated to be released on DVD and Blu-ray in September 2017, so look for it in our collection then!

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Logan

Mon, 03/13/2017 - 4:30pm

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[http://www.foxmovies.com/movies/logan|Logan] opened in theaters on March 3rd to rave reviews and is looking to reshape the superhero movie as we currently know it. Hugh Jackman returns as Wolverine/Logan in his 9th appearance in the role spanning 12 years-- this marks his last appearance as Logan. The film takes inspiration from both the revisited [b:1506535|Old Man Logan] and the original [http://search.mel.org/iii/encore/record/C__Rb21211006__Sold%20man%20logan__Orightresult__U__X6;jsessionid=563975871FD3054AC86ECB9DDB3B4A35?lang=eng&suite=gold|Old Man Logan] (available through MelCat), as well as [b:1469334|Death of Wolverine]. Whether you've seen it yet or not, the library has plenty of materials to quench your thirst for Wolverine.

Revisit Jackman's previous work as Wolverine with the first and second movies in the Wolverine trilogy: [b:1345790|X-Men Origins: Wolverine] and [b:1441721|The Wolverine]. You can also revisit Wolverine as part of the X-Men, in movies such a[img_assist|nid=357148|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=150]s [b:1297278|X-Men], [b:1297248|X-Men United: X2], [b:1275312|X3:The Last Stand], [b:1391049|X-Men First Class], [b:1461133|X-Men Days of Future Past] and [b:1497993|X-Men Apocalypse]. It's not an X-Men movie, but also take a look at [b:1193914|Shane], which features heavily in Logan and shares similar thematic elements.

Looking for more comic book fun? Give [b:1429401|Wolverine], [b:1273423|Wolverine: Origins & Endings], or [b:1342904|Weapon X] a try. Review Wolverine's past with [b:1333659|Wolverine Omnibus Vol 1], or watch him face off with his former friends in [b:1392210|Wolverine vs. the X-Men].

Kids can also get in on the fun with Readers such as [b:1439573|This is Wolverine], [b:1435234|Marvel Superhero Squad: Adventure Collection]. They can look up key facts about their favorite heroes with [b:1430917| Meet the Marvel Super Heroes], and read comics like [b:1472815|Mini Marvels]. Wolverine even features as one of the superheroes in the [b:1442891|The Super Hero Squad Show series].

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Fabulous Fiction Firsts #612

Fri, 08/26/2016 - 5:12pm

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[b:1492296|A Hundred Thousand Worlds *] by [a:Proehl, Bob|Bob Proehl] is a mother-son cross-country road trip through the world of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comic_book_convention|comic-cons],

New York actress Valerie Torrey, who has a successful run playing Bethany Fraser in a syndicated X-Files-ish TV show called Anomaly is taking her 9 year-old son Alex on a road trip to LA where his father Andrew lives.

Along the way, Val agrees to make appearances at comic book conventions. From Pittsburgh to Cleveland, from Chicago to Las Vegas they are increasingly being drawn into the lives and drama of the other regulars - artists, writers, agents, publishers and a strange world of [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosplay|"cosplay"] (costume play), mostly young women who dress up as comic book characters.

For Alex, this world is a magical place where fiction becomes reality, but as they get closer to their destination, he begins to realize that the story his mother is telling him about their journey might have a very different ending than he imagined.

Debut novelist "Proehl has done an excellent job of integrating all of the story lines and creating memorable characters to populate them. Though not without its melancholy moments, the story is deeply satisfying and will delight both comics fans and general readers." (Booklist)

* = starred review

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Ann Arbor Mini Maker Faire

Saturday June 4, 2016: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Downtown Library: 1st Floor Lobby
All Ages.