Mon, 11/30/2015 - 5:44pm
French graphic novels translated into English are beginnning to become more popular with titles such as [:catalog/search/author/Canales%252C%2BJuan%2BDiaz.|Blacksad] taking the comic world by storm. It's not surprising then that [b:1471363|Exquisite Corpse] has found its way across the Atlantic.
The story follows Zoe, a promotional model for motor shows and other such industry events, as she expresses disinterest in her life and the direction that it's going. One day, on her lunch break, she notices a man looking out at the world from his apartment, and needing to use the bathroom, she barges into his life. The man turns out to be a famous author Thomas Rochard who supposedly died several years earlier. Zoe must navigate living with a "dead" man, as well as his former wife and current editor Agathe.
The artwork is exquisite, if you'll excuse my use of the word to describe this book, and lush with meaning. Whilst reading it you can almost forget that this was originally French, the translation is that good, and you might find yourself shocked when a city scene that is so obviously French appears.
This book is a fascinating read, from the subject matter to the almost meta nature of a book about an author, and it's well worth adding to your "to read" list.
Wednesday November 11, 2015: 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room
Fri, 11/13/2015 - 6:00pm
[:catalog/search/author/Dabaie%2C%20Marguerite|Marguerite Debaie] is a Palestinian-American artist who has been writing comics about the Palestinian-American experience and they are great. Her first book, in two volumes, [b:1483839|The Hookah Girl and other Stories] are humorously poignant observations from someone who has grown up as a Christian Palestinian in the US. These two volumes manage to capture what it was like for Marguerite growing up. The art is beautiful and at times it manages to capture in time a moment of great importance for us to share with the artist. So check out [b:1483839|Volume 1] and [b:1483838|Volume 2]
Her second book [b:1483837| A Voyage to Panjikant] is a beautiful piece of historical fiction that follows a family from 7th Century Sogdiana (now known as Uzbekistan) who are in the midst of the silk road. This first volume is short, but you can see the time and care that went into making it. The coloring is by far some of the most beautiful work I’ve seen in some time, Debaie really captures the vibrancy of the culture. If you are interested in historical-fiction comics then you need to read [b:1483837| A Voyage to Panjikant].
Fri, 11/06/2015 - 6:45pm
We've got a whole bunch of great crossover graphic novels for you this month and these ones are amazing!
First up this month we have [b:1483015|Gryphon's Aren't So Great] by [:catalog/search/author/Sturm%2C%20James%2C%201965-|James Sturm] of [b:1333611|Adventures in Cartooning] fame. This story follows The Knight and his best friend Edward (who is his horse). Like all friendships this one is troubled by a gryphon (what your friendships don't have gryphon troubles? Must just be me). The Knight meets the Gryphon and starts riding him instead of Edward, and talking to Edward about how great Gryphon is. So just what will Edward do when Gryphon turns out to be more perilous than a pet? Read [b:1483015|Gryphon's Aren't So Great] and find out.
The second crossover graphic novel this month is [b:1483029|Fable Comics] which has a variety of artists but was edited together by Chris Duffy. These are not your normal every day fables. Nope these ones include ninja grapes (that may or may not be sour), ironic stepping on people, and leopards who really know how to rock! First Second, the published of this collection, really brought their A game to the table. The art is all great and the stories will make you chuckle, if not laugh out so loud that people wonder what's funny.
The third and final crossover is an adaptation of a wildly successful book series [:catalog/search/callnum/"Youth%2BGraphic%2BNovel%2B%252F%2BWarriors"|Warriors]. Follow Ravanpaw, Tigerstar, Sasha, Graystripe, and Scourge amongst others as these graphic novels take you through new stories set in the world of Warriors. The art work in the books captures the feel of the novels, and its interesting to see what someone else imagines your favorite cats to look like! Those of you who are not already fans of the Warriors series (or who think you're too old for them) the stories in the novels are often captivating and any cat lover could enjoy the antics of these wonderful cats!
That's it for this month, but keep your eyes open for other great graphic novels that we blog about in the next month!
Mon, 10/26/2015 - 6:14pm
The British comic 2000 AD has had a huge impact on the world of comics and graphic novels with such great comic book geniuses as [:/catalog/search/author/Moore%2C Alan?search_format=x|Alan Moore], [:/catalog/search/author/Milligan%2C Peter.?search_format=x|Peter Milligan] and [:/catalog/search/author/Neil Gaiman?search_format=x|Neil Gaiman] having worked for the comic, but none of the stories to come out of 2000 AD are quite as well known as [:/catalog/search/keyword/Judge Dredd?search_format=x|Judge Dredd], spawning hundreds of issues of comics and [:/catalog/search/keyword/Judge Dredd?search_format=g|2 major motion pictures] as well as a slew of video games.
Now in almost 400-page volumes, you can read the exploits of [:/catalog/search/keyword/Judge Dredd?search_format=x|Judge Dredd] in Mega-City One for yourself in [:/catalog/search/keyword/Judge Dredd?search_format=x|"The Complete Judge Dredd Case files"]. The comics have a dark and gritty feel that now might be commonplace amongst certain genres of graphic novels, but at the time was truly revolutionary!
If you've ever seen the movies or played the games and wanted to know more about Judge Dredd and the world that he lives in, then now is the perfect chance to check out the many volumes that the library offers.
Tue, 10/06/2015 - 11:30am
[img_assist|nid=265522|title=|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=100|height=88]Join us Downtown in the new Secret Lab for a great event for teens and adults! Tonight, Tuesday, October 6, from 7:00-8:00pm, we'll use lots of awesome old comic books to create our own magnets!
Cut out pictures from the comic books, then glue flat glass marbles on them to magnify the image. Attach a magnet to the back and you have cool, useful decorations for metal surfaces in households, dorm rooms, and offices! You can even make a series of magnets based on your favorite comic book character.
All materials will be provided.
Sun, 10/04/2015 - 5:55pm
In this year's comic awards season, [b:1476754|Blacksad: Amarillo] has taken home two major awards this year!
So, what's all the fuss about?
Blacksad is a anthropomorphic noir detective comic about a cat named John Blacksad. This book was wildly popular in France when it was first published, and it's popularity has led to translation into more than 20 different languages. Amarillo is the 5th installment in the series. The book starts with a fight over poetry and literary merit and just gets better from there.
The artwork is beautiful and captivating; it's easy to get caught up in the imagery as you read. If you love mysteries, graphic novels, and amazing artwork, Blacksad is a must-read.
Sun, 10/04/2015 - 1:48pm
There is something to be said about [:catalog/search/author/shakespeare|Shakespeare], and that something might possibly be that it is not possible to get an understanding of the plot of a Shakespearean play in fewer than 10 seconds. Well, now it is, thanks to [b:1475096|Brevity is the Soul of Wit]!
Want to know what happens to Henry VI in [b:1224823|Henry VI part 2]? This book breaks it down!
Need to know what Hamlet does in [b:1133341|Hamlet]? This book gets you the answer you are seeking!
Want to know what happens [b:1224817|Cymbeline]? Wait...Shakespeare wrote a play called Cymbeline...? Well, not only do know now know the Bard's lesser-known titles, you can also know the overall arc of the main plot!
The art isn't breath-taking, and the prose isn't overwrought, and short and sweet is a whole new way to appreciate Shakespeare's work! If you are a fan of Shakespeare, you'll laugh at the extremely summarized style. The artist clearly loves the work of Shakespeare and it shines throughout the book. This is a great, and quick read and very much worth the time!
Sun, 09/27/2015 - 2:20pm
Another year, another group of great comics and graphic novels were celebrated at yesterday's Harvey Awards at the Baltimore Comic Convention. Without further ado, here are the Harvey Award winners for 2015:
[:/catalog/search/callnum/%22Adult%2BGraphic%2BNovel%2B%252F%2BSaga%22|Saga] really cleaned house winning 3 out of the 4 awards that they were nominated for (Best Cover Artist: [:catalog/search/author/%2522Staples%252C%2BFiona%252C%2522|Fiona Staples], Best Continuing or Limited Series, and Best Artist: [:catalog/search/author/%2522Staples%252C%2BFiona%252C%2522|Fiona Staples])
[b:1476748|Afterlife with Archie] won Best Letterer award for [:catalog/search/author/%2522Morelli%252C%2BJack.%2522| Jack Morelli’s] work
[b:1453467|Teenage mutant ninja turtles : the ultimate visual history] won Best Biographical. Historical or Journalistic Presentation.
[b:1476754|Blacksad: Amarillo] won Best American Edition of Foreign Material
[:catalog/search/author/%2522Miki%252C%2BDanny.%2522|Danny Miki] won Best Inker for his work on Batman.
Best New Series went to [b:1471339|Southern Bastards]
[b:1465205|Jim Henson’s Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow] won Best Graphic Album Original
Best Writer went to [:/catalog/search/author/"Waid%2C Mark%2C 1962-"|Mark Waid] for his work on [:catalog/search/callnum/"Teen Graphic Novel / Daredevil"?sort=newest|Daredevil]
[b:1469356|Lumberjanes] took home Best Original Graphic Publication for Younger Readers
[:catalog/search/callnum/%22Adult%2BGraphic%2BNovel%2B%252F%2BSex%2BCriminals%22|Sex Criminals] won the Special Award for Humor in Comics
Tue, 09/22/2015 - 10:07am
There is nothing normal about the beginnings of [:catalog/search/callnum/"Teen%20Graphic%20Novel%20/%20Bunny%20Drop"?sort=oldest|Bunny Drop], it starts with a death, Daikichi's grandfather dies and leaves behind a surprise for everyone in the family. He has an illegitimate daughter named Rin, who is only 6 years old. Follow the unlikely family as Daikichi and Rin learn how to live together and create a life together.
This manga is seriously cute, but it's not the cute that makes this manga worth reading (though cute is never a bad thing in a josei manga) it deals with the struggles of raising a child, especially one that is not biologically yours. It also deals with issues such as, abandonment, death, unexpected pregnancy, fame and friendship.
The library has all 9 volumes and so you can read the entire story from start to finish! So check out [:catalog/search/callnum/"Teen%20Graphic%20Novel%20/%20Bunny%20Drop"?sort=oldest|Bunny Drop]!