It Rhymes With Lust

And it's not a euphemism. It's Rust Masson. This voluptuous vixen has a lust for power that will destroy anyone who gets in her way. In 1950, Arnold Drake and Leslie Waller collaborated under the pen name Drake Waller to write what many consider to be the first graphic novel: It Rhymes With Lust. Their aim was to create a sophisticated, novel-length comic tailored to their peers. The result was pulpy noir masterfully done and advertised as Picture Novels . Matt Baker's illustrations are simply beautiful. Ray Osrin did some wonderful things with half-tones to show atmospheric perspective and to draw your attention to the main focus of the scene. Lucky for us that Dark Horse released this replica edition.

Shojo Beat and Shonen Jump Magazines

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Do you hate waiting for the next volume of your favorite manga? You can get an early look at new chapters of some of Viz’s manga series in the magazines Shojo Beat and Shonen Jump. Available at all library locations, these magazines serialize select manga series and also feature articles on anime, Japanese pop culture, and videogaming. Both have shuffled their lineups lately; click the “read more” link to get a look at what’s currently available in them.

Ouran High School Host Club

Ouran High School Host Club is a manga and anime series that pokes fun at many of the shojo conventions that we’ve come to know and love. Haruhi, our protagonist, is a poor but brilliant scholarship student at Ouran Academy, a high school for the ultra-wealthy. When Haruhi accidentally breaks a costly vase belonging to the popular--but peculiar--host club, the club’s members decide that Haruhi will have to work off the debt by serving as their gopher.

Her Majesty’s Dog

Transfer students Amane and Hyoue are mystifying their new classmates with their odd-couple romance. She’s a social misfit; he’s the hottest guy in school. But the truth is that Amane’s a powerful medium, and Hyoue isn’t human at all: he’s her guardian spirit, a demon-dog, whose powers are literally fueled by her kiss. Read Her Majesty’s Dog, the manga series by Mick Takeuchi, to follow their adventures in subduing vengeful spirits, bringing peace to the dead, and surviving high school. After all, as Amane’s finding out, all the magical power in the world can’t help her navigate the ins and outs of high school social life!

Two Watase

Ahh, Joy beat me to posting about Yu Watase! She's quick! Still, I can not resist chiming in to talk about Fushigi yûgi: The Mysterious Play anyway. This is one of my favorite fantasy anime/manga series. The reason I think I like it so much is because of how well rounded it feels to me. It has a little bit of everything all balanced to happen at just the right moments: Heart wrenching romantic plots, seriously cool fighting scenes, plenty of interspersed humor, and, well, intense drama. Yu Watase is one of those authors who is not afraid to kill off a character or two you really end up caring about if the storyline calls for it, which, as horrible as that might sound, really ends up making this series very intense. Throw in the fact that the artwork is beautiful and you have what makes a very good series in my opinion. Check out the manga or the anime...Or, check out the 2nd Fushigi Yugi series set in the same universe for those craving more: Fushigi yûgi: Genbu Kaiden.

Ceres Celestial Legend

On their sixteenth birthday, twins Aki and Aya receive a most unusual gift from their grandfather: a mummified hand! The hand causes painful wounds to appear on Aki’s body—and awakens a mysterious power that’s been sleeping in Aya. Can Aya control her new power, even while her grandfather is plotting to eliminate her? Read the original manga or watch the anime tv adaptation to get the answer.

Carnet De Voyage

Craig Thompson, Michigan born creator of Good-bye Chunky Rice and Blankets, has created a beautiful (but self-indulgent) account of his 2004 European publicity tour and side trip to Morocco. His drawings of trees are amazing! His opinion of his country of origin? Not so great. At one point while abroad he poses as a Canadian.

Why not create your own Carnet De Voyage? AADL has some great books to provide inspiration. Try Journeys and Journals: Five Centuries of Travel Writing and Claudia Nice's How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal.

The Professor's Daughter

Logistical complications aside, what if the mummy of Imhotep IV came to life and resided in 19th-century London? He would have a charming romance with the daughter of a renowned Egyptologist professor, of course.
Joann Sfar (Little Vampire Goes to School, Little Vampire Does Kung Fu!, and The Rabbis Cat) has taken a break from illustrating to write this exciting adventure. As always, he does a wonderful job. Emmanuel Guibert's watercolor sketches brilliantly bring this lighthearted tale to life.

Boys over Flowers

The manga Boys over Flowers (also known as Hana Yori Dango) is the story of Makino Tsukushi, who transfers into an elite high school and promptly gets on the wrong side of the F4, the most popular group of boys. But when the F4 try to make her life miserable, she decides that she won’t take their bullying lying down. Fans of the manga also won’t want to miss the anime adaptation in the library’s DVD collection. Wondering what to read next? Try Kare Kano.

Courtney Crumrin

Not sure what to read now that you've finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (or while you wait for your copy)? Still haven't had your fill of magical creatures and spells? Then Courtney Crumrin might be for you. Courtney's family moves to Hillsborough to care for her eccentric Great Uncle Aloysius and she soon finds that things are not what they seem. Uncle Aloysius is far from decrepit and mysterious creatures are lurking in the nearby forest. Courtney learns that knowledge of witchcraft runs in her family and Uncle Aloysius has plans for her education. Courtney is a bit more pessimistic than Harry, but Ted Naifeh has done a wonderful job of taking the edge off of darker moments by mixing stylized characters (such as cute and noseless Courtney) with some more realistically rendered designs--reminiscent of Arthur Rackham.

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