Comic Artists Forum with Ryan Estrada

Sunday February 2, 2014: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for adults and teens (grades 6 and up).

Connect with artist/adventurer/editor/cool dude Ryan Estrada on Skype and learn how to be your own editor.

Ryan grew up wanting to work for animation studios and comic book companies, but now—even better—he travels the world creating his own comics and is his own boss! Ryan will talk about how to build your own career and make your own art.

The Forum is for comics enthusiasts AND cartoonists—beginning and professional. Bring your drawing tools and drop in for learning, drawing and sharing.

Today is always the most enjoyable day with Yotsuba&!

We take it for granted that people will know what certain things are, and how they work...A/C, swings, doorbells, manners. You'd think, for instance, that most people would know not to let a cage full of cicadas loose in their neighbor's house. But green-haired little Yotsuba is new in town and new to a whole lot of other things too! In this all-ages comedy series from Azumanga Daioh creator Kiyohiko Azuma, the everyday becomes strange and wonderful, as Yotsuba drags her daddy and new neighbors through wacky hijink after wacky hijink, discovering the world around her with endless enthusiasm. Yotsuba's adventures, 11 volumes worth, will keep you laughing for a long time to come!

EVENT CANCELLED - Comic Artists Forum with Jay Fosgitt

Sunday January 5, 2014: 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room

This event is intended for adults and teens (grade 6 and up).

Due to weather conditions, the Library will be closed on Sunday, January 5 and this event has been postponed.

We are sorry for the inconvenience and will try to reschedule this Comic Artists session at a later date.

Jump into a good book...and then try to survive it!

Spending time inside the worlds of your favorite books sounds like a dream come true, doesn't it? But every good plot has an element of danger, a fact that Namesakes know all too well! Thrown into famous fictional lands, Namesakes are forced to live out the story of the protagonist in order to make it back home - in one piece, if they're lucky. But usually it's an Alice who falls into Wonderland, a Jack who climbs the beanstalk, a Wendy who flies off to Neverland...why, then, is Emma Crewes tossed into the Wizard of Oz, expected to play the roll of Dorothy? Emma doesn't know, but one thing is for certain: with shadowy organizations Calliope and the Rippers vying to add Emma to their ranks, wicked witches and warlocks everywhere she turns, and a sister who is developing strange abilities of her own, the power of the page has shattered the quiet of Emma's settled life.

Join her on her unwitting adventure through literature in Namesake Vol. 1 - and then find out the rest of the story at namesakecomic.com!

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant

Swashbuckling adventure. Loud explosions. Abundant treasure. A woman skilled with forty-seven sword-fighting techniques and a man who brews the best tea in Europe. And a flying boat. Interested yet? How about a daring escape from jail, a foiled beheading, and a raid on a pirate captain's stash of gems and jewels? All jam-packed into a tidy 167 pages!

Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is the story, in graphic novel format, of the indomitable Delilah Dirk, a female adventurer in the early 19th century, and her unexpected traveling companion Lieutenant Erdemoglu Selim. Each chapter can act as a standalone story but you probably won't want to stop once you start!

Beautifully illustrated and richly colored, engagingly paced, and quite funny, Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant is not one to miss. And if you enjoyed this one, author and illustrator Tony Cliff is currently working on the second book, Delilah Dirk and the Blades of England!

Comic Book Creations

Tuesday July 8, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grade 3 - adult.

Use recycled comic books to make a comics pendant necklace and magnet! Bring your comic books, if you’d like to use them.

Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong . . . righhht!

This is one fun read you gotta try - full of humor, angst, friendship, rivalry and action! Nate and Charlie are two guys most people would never imagine being friends. Charlie’s the laid-back captain of the basketball team, and Nate is the neurotic, scheming president of the robotics club. But these guys are friends, however unlikely — until Nate declares war on the cheerleaders, and the cheerleaders retaliate by making Charlie their figurehead in the ugliest class election campaign the school has ever seen. And what’s at stake? Student group funding that will either cover a robotics competition or new cheerleading uniforms — but not both.

In Nothing Can Possibly Go Wrong writer Prudence Shen and artist Faith Erin Hicks create unforgettable characters and so many plot twists and turns you won’t be sure you’ve reached the end until you read the final page.

Ernest & Rebecca: Can a girl and a microbe be best friends?

Prepare to be charmed by an adorable little girl and her germy friend!

Rebecca has a weak immune system and gets sick often, so she has to spend most of her time indoors, or bundled up tightly if she goes outside, or paying visits to her obnoxious doctor. Her big sister is too busy with teenage 'rebellious phase' things, and her parents are constantly yelling at each other and ready to split up. Life is rough and lonely for Rebecca... until she catches the germ Ernest and befriends him! Shapeshifting, fun-loving Ernest is going to teach Rebecca how to be the best microbe ever AND help her get her parents back together.

Don't miss this adorable comic that's both funny and heartwarming!

Volume 1: My Best Friend is a Germ
Volume 2: Sam the Repulsive
Volume 3: Grandpa Bug
Volume 4: The Land of Walking Stones

Graphic Novel Recommendation: Little Fish

Little Fish : A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year begins with Ramsey Beyer’s reflections on growing up in a little farm town, Paw Paw, Michigan. But nothing exciting seemed to be happening there and the culture felt one-dimensional. As a high schooler, the most fun she could extract from between the cornfields was punk music and the internet (Livejournal, to be more specific). Armed with her own intimate records from years worth of personal journals, Beyer crafts her memories into an offbeat coming-of-age story with intricate details and drawings in a zine-like fashion. Eventually, she makes her way off the farm in Paw Paw and into the big city of Baltimore, where she transitions into a whole new life at an art college; the graphic novel continues to blossom from there.

Personally, I can relate immensely to this unique story: I, too, grew up in the little town of Paw Paw, Michigan, pop. 3,534. I also spent my childhood following my mom to “The Shopping Center” and eating ice cream in the summertime at “The Sugar Bear” (see Ramsey’s map of Paw Paw in the book). Although I didn't leave to go to art school, I also flew the coop as soon as I could, and headed due east. I have in turn grown an appreciation for the distinct city life and diverse cultures that fill the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti/Detroit area of Michigan, and have had many new experiences similar to Ramsey’s since leaving our small town.

Don’t get me wrong, though, Paw Paw - with its vineyards and slower ways of life - will always have a place in my heart, and Ramsey’s too, as anyone can tell from this extraordinary graphic novel.

Comic Artists Forum with Ted Woods

Sunday December 1, 2013 | 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm | Downtown Library-4th Floor Meeting Room

We all have our favorite artists and try to emulate them. But how do you develop your own style? Artist Ted Woods, creator of The Book of Love, will focus on the long development of his own artistic style. He'll discuss the various artists that have influenced him over the years, and the different ways he has melded their styles into one of his own.

Get fresh ideas for your next comics or graphic novel creation at the Forum. Drawing supplies are provided, so drop in to draw, learn, and network with other cartoonists.

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