A good sketch is better than a long speech

I've been in to picture books, comics, manga, graphic novels or what ever you prefer to call the medium of artistic story telling for a long time. I remember trying to explain my appreciation for graphic novels to my parents. They looked at me with slightly puzzled, slightly worried looks...

"...so are they called graphic novels because they are violent?"

"Some are some aren't, but thats not important"

"... so are they called graphic novels because they have naughty pictures?"

"Some do some don't, but that's not important"

".. so is it the foul language that makes them graphic?"

" NO!, they are called graphic because of the art work."

Robots of every size and shape

For some reason lately I've been on a bit of a "Robot Kick". Maybe its all the run up and hype for the release of the Transformers Movie or maybe I'm just geeked about the Library Lego League. (I can't wait to see how the new program works out ;0)

I remember reading a quote from Joseph Engelberger (early robotic pioneer ) about what makes a robot a robot he is quoted to have said.

"I can't define a robot, but I know one when I see one."

Cardcaptor Sakura

When ten-year-old Sakura Kinomoto opens a mysterious book in her father’s library, she accidentally releases the magical Clow Cards. Now, with the help of Kerberos, the protector of the cards-—he was sleeping when they escaped, and is now currently masquerading as a stuffed animal—-it’s up to her to find them before they can cause more havoc in her hometown. Want to know what happens next? Learn the rest of the story in the Cardcaptor Sakura anime and manga. Already familiar with it? Check out the current reimagining of Sakura’s story in CLAMP’s Tsubasa..

Sticky Burr!!

Read the inspiring story (in graphic storybook form) of an anthropomorphic seed pod who becomes a hero. And there’s even a song to learn at the end!
Sticky Burr and his good friend Draffle the Dragonfly save Princess Oralee (of the lightning bugs) and the entire village of burrs in this exciting adventure for middle-graders. For even more fun visit the Sticky Burr website.

The Rabbi’s Cat

In 1930s Algeria, the Rabbi’s cat has gained the ability to speak (by means of a murderous act) and wishes to have a Bar Mitzvah and study the kabbalah. The cat expresses his impertinent opinions about Judaism until he breaks another commandment and loses the ability to talk to humans. This is a beautiful and sad story wonderfully told through Joann Sfar’s expressive illustrations. Sfar is the French cartoonist behind the Little Vampire series. You can visit his website here (if you can’t read French just click on the pictures to explore). The Rabbi’s Cat won a 2006 Eisner Award for Best U.S. Edition of Foreign Material.

This is l33t

Looking for something l33t to read? Try MegaTokyo Vol. 1, Vol. 2, Vol. 3, and Vol. 4. MegaTokyo is webcomic by Fred Gallapher, who will be judging the upcoming Manga Drawing Contest hosted by the library. The story revolves around two friend Piro and Largo who find themselves stuck in Japan, trying to earn enough money to buy plane tickets back to the USA. Piro manages to get himself a job using his Japanese and fanboy skills. Largo on the otherhand, tries to defend himself from 3vil using his l33t skilz.

Be careful what you wish for

xxxHolic by CLAMP, the all-female manga artist group, is the story of Watanuki Kimihiro, a high school student who has always been able to see spirits. When spirits chase him into the shop of a mysterious witch, Yuuko, she offers to grant his wish to never see spirits again. There's just one catch: Watanuki has to work in Yuuko's shop until he pays off the price of his wish.

CLAMP likes to include many crossovers between its series, and xxxHolic is no exception. The first volume of xxxHolic features a major crossover with Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle, vol. 1; you don't have to read both for the story to make sense, but it's certainly more fun if you do. (Props to the first person who identifies the other crossover in xxxHolic, vol. 1 in the comments!) If you're a fan of either series, or just of anime and manga in general, be sure to come to the June 5 meeting of the teen Animanga Club: we're going to be screening episodes of the brand new Tsubasa anime.

The Truth About Stacey

Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey are back in book number 2 of Raina Telgemeier’s graphic novel adaptation of Ann M. Martin’s series, The Baby-sitters Club. The club is faced with a competing “agency” and Stacey is trying to deal with how her parents are handling her diabetes. As always, Raina’s art is amazing. Fans of Lynn Johnston’s For Better or For Worse will see some similarities in style. Raina is great at showing the characters’ emotion with just a few lines and her interpretation is truly timeless.

Rurouni Kenshin @ Animanga Club, Thursday, May 17th

Join us this Thursday @ the Malletts Creek branch from 7:00 to 8:30 as we travel back to Meiji-era Japan with the Rurouni Kenshin anime and manga. We'll be watching episodes of the anime, courtesy of Media Blasters, and doing a fun trivia quiz (with small prizes for the winners!). Not a fan of Kenshin? Do you think Peacemaker Kurogane or Kaze Hikaru has better swordfighting action? Come anyways! You can talk about ANYTHING relating to anime, manga, Japan--and give us your ideas for summer events. Snacks and drinks will also be served. See you there!

Don’t miss the latest installment!

Volume 16 of Fruits Basket has hit #15 on USA Today Best-Seller List—the best showing ever by a volume of manga. In this volume, we learn more about Tohru’s parents, Kyoko and Katsuya. If you’re following the story of Tohru and the Sohma family, be sure to add yourself to the hold list today!

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