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The Baby-Sitters are Back

Wed, 09/27/2006 - 6:29pm by anned


Any child of the eighties will remember the adventures of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey. Now you can revisit Ann M. Martin’s [t:The Baby-Sitters Club] series thanks to comics artist, [|Raina Telgemeier] (known for her webcomic [|Smile]). She has updated our old friends for a new generation in her graphic novel adaptation of Martin’s series, recently published by Scholastic/Graphix. Telgemeier’s clean and expressive black and white artwork enhance the story by adding comedy, action, and emotion.

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What's Michael? Planet of the Cats

Tue, 09/26/2006 - 4:39pm by erin


Volume 11 in the spot-on tails of cats, Japan and absurdity by [a:Kobayashi, Makoto|Makoto Kobayashi] is just as fab as the previous 10 volumes. No one draws cats with as much humor and accuracy as Kobayashi. The stories show how people interact (and often make idiots of themselves) with cats - while letting us look into the lives of cats and the people who love (and hate) them! Whether you are a cat-lady-in-training or an official cat-hater you *will* find something to love in these great stories.

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Comics Art Digital Coloring 101, Sunday, November 12

Thu, 09/21/2006 - 6:17pm by K.C.

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Comics art in your blood? [|Jerzy Drozd] will teach you how to use Adobe Photoshop Element to clean up your art, fill in line work with colors and halftones, create cool lettering, prep the finished page for printing, and more.

Choose the session you'd like to attend [12:30-2:30 p.m. OR 3-5 p.m.]. Register by calling 327-8301 or stop by any information desk.

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What's so great about Comics?

Mon, 09/18/2006 - 10:19pm by anned


We all love [t:Peanuts] and [t:Calvin and Hobbes], but do we know why? What is it about the comics art form that draws us in so effortlessly? [a:McCloud, Scott|Scott McCloud] answers this in his 215 page graphic essay [t:Understanding Comics]. Whether you are a parent who wonders why your teen is fascinated with [t:Naruto], or an aspiring comics professional, this work is an invaluable read.

Also follow the McCloud family (Scott, wife Ivy, and daughters Sky and Winter) as they make their way across the country with the [|Making Comics 50 State Tour]. They will be in the Midwest in Spring of 2007.

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X-Men Extravaganza

Sat, 05/27/2006 - 10:57am by carbonear


Loved the new movie and want more? Didn't care for it and want something different? [|Somewhere in the middle]? Wherever you fall, the AADL is here to help.

[k:x men dark phoenix|Ultimate X-Men], a guide to the universe, covers the original [w:Dark Phoenix Saga|Dark Phoenix saga]. [k:astonishing x men vol 1|Astonishing X-Men Volume 1: Gifted] contains the story of the "cure" for mutancy, as written by [a:whedon, joss|Joss Whedon] of [t:buffy the vampire slayer|Buffy] and [k:firefly whedon|Firefly] fame.

One thing is certain: for better or for worse, none of the books feature [a:grammer, kelsey|Kelsey Grammer] in a [k:cookie monster sesame|Cookie Monster] suit.

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What, Me Worry?

Wed, 05/17/2006 - 2:40pm by tkj


If upon reading above caption, you immediately grin, smirk, chuckle, snort, or downright guffaw, then you're one of the millions who've enjoyed [|MAD] since its inception in 1952.

So go ahead, check out what AADL has in its collection - from the [k:Mad. Periodical|magazine] (yes, there's even a kids' version) to several books put out by the "Usual Gang of Idiots."

And for those of you who have never read the magazine, but watch [|MADTV], just where did you think [t:Spy vs. spy the complete casebook|Spy vs. Spy] came from?

Enjoy, kids!

- [w:Alfred E. Neuman|Alfred E. Neuman]