Vampire Bloodlust in Alaska

30 Days of Night easily has one of the most disturbing book covers I have ever seen, yet I was equally repelled and drawn to the image for months before I was pulled into the "light." And, well, for reasons that are still a little unclear I'm just one of many drawn to this dark and disturbing vampire saga by Niles, Steve. A cult following developed for the entire series - which has now been turned into a movie. The movie stars Josh Hartnett and is set to hit a theater near you on Oct. 19. - check out the books from us while you wait.

Get in the game!

If you’ve been following the ups and downs of the Seishun tennis team in The Prince of Tennis manga series, you won’t want to miss the anime—newly arrived on DVD at a library near you! For those of you unfamiliar with the series, it’s the story of Ryoma Echizen, a tennis prodigy who has just returned to Japan after growing up in the states. Watch for the humor, action, and drama as Seishun pursues its goal of winning the middle school national championships. As for the tennis—well, let’s just say the characters have some interesting moves you definitely won’t see on the ATP tour! For those of you who have read the series, comment and let us know which school is your favorite.

The Living and the Dead

Beautiful zombie love. When a meteorite strikes a nearby graveyard and awakens the dead, the life of a lonely dishwasher will never be the same. Our hero never loses his cool and comes up with some innovative solutions to his problems. Norwegian cartoonist Jason tells his tales with anthropomorphic dogs, cats, and birds dressed in timeless fashions. The Living and the Dead is told simply in black and white pictures with onomatopoeia (there are only 5 dialogue panels). Mature themes with some zombie gore.

Here comes Youmacon!

Youmacon, “Metro Detroit's first and only anime con,” is being held November 2-4, 2007 at the Hilton Detroit/Troy. Featured guests include Stephanie Sheh (voice actor for Orihime in Bleach and Hinata in Naruto and ADR director for Paradise Kiss) and Johnny Yong Bosch (voice actor for Ichigo in Bleach and the Black Ranger in Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers). There will be panels, cosplay, gaming, AMVs, and more. Pre-register by September 30 and save, but don’t worry too much if you miss the date! On-site registration will be available as well.

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.

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