AADL Japanese Manga Collection!!!- That's right you can read them in their original language here at AADL!

Have you ever read a manga in English and thought to yourself, I wish I could read this in the original Japanese? Well you can on a large amount of manga through your local AADL branch! You can search the entire Japanese manga collection or if you want here's some of the more popular manga the library has in Japanese (I'm using the English titles when they are listed)

Bleach is a story about Ichigo Kurosaki who obtains the power of the Soul Reapers. Ichigo then is forced to take on the duties of guarding humans from evil spirits.

Attack on Titan follows Eren Yeager, his adopted sister Mikasa Ackerman and their friend Armin Arlert after the wall that has been protecting their city is breached by giant 60ft tall titans who are the enemies of humans. (Note this manga is pretty graphic in its depictions)

Naruto follows young ninja Naruto Uzumaki who yearns to be the Hokage (the ninja who is leader and strongest of all).

Inu Yasha follows Kagome Higurashi a 15 year old girl from Tokyo who gets transported to the Sengoku period after falling down a well. There she meets Inuyasha a half-demon and accidentally shatters a sacred jewel.

One Piece follows the adventures of Monkey D. Luffy, a man whose body has the properties of rubber, and his crew of pirates.

Fullmetal Alchemist follows two brothers Edward and Alphonse Elric who are trying to find a philosopher's stone to restore their bodies after an alchemical accident.

Fruits Basket follows the story of Tohru Honda, a young orphan, who discovers a family who are possesed by the animals of the chinese zodiac when they are weak, stressed, or embraced by someone of the opposite sex.


Super Skull Podcast - Issue #49

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July 22, 2015 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio


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This week on Super Skull we break down Secret Wars, Nick (the Master Tactitian) picks a new book that looks like an old book, and the boys do war in Quartermaster General

Our Big Picks for the week were:

  • Starlord and Kitty Pryde #1
  • Cyborg #1
  • Fante Bukowski

Our Pullbox titles for this week were:

  • Old Man Logan #3
  • Marvel Zombies #2
  • Future Imperfect #3
  • Weirdworld #2
  • E for EXTINCTION #2
  • We Are Robin #2
  • Justice League Gods and Monsters - Batman #1
  • Sons of the Devil #3
  • Power Up #1
  • All New Hawkeye #4
  • Aquaman #42
  • Birthright #9
  • Spiderwoman #9
  • Archie Vs. Sharknado #1
  • Fables #150
  • Wolf #1
  • Prez #1
  • Transformers #1
  • Kanan #4
  • Frankenstein Underground #5
  • Flash #42
  • Teen Titans #10
  • Run Love Kill #4
  • Rick and Morty #4
Contains explicit content.
Length: 00:47:17
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)


Super Skull Podcast - Issue #48

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July 16, 2015 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio


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This week on Super Skull: Eisner Award Winners, we do the Numbers, and it's the biggest normal week in comics EVER.

Our Big Picks for the week were:

  • Mistry P.I.
  • The Island
  • The Divine

Our Pullbox titles for this week were:

  • Guardians of Nowhere #1
  • Korvac Saga #2
  • Seige #1
  • Godzilla in Hell
  • It Will All Hurt #2
  • Hawkeye #22
  • Robin: Son of Batman #2
  • Justice League 41
  • Justice League 42
  • Black Canary #2
  • Martian Man #2
  • The Book of Death
  • Oh Killstrike #3

Contains explicit content.
Length: 00:56:19
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)

Have you wanted to read Proust but were intimidated by Proust? Well here's your chance for a novel introduction to one of his classics.

In Search of Lost Time is arguably one of Proust's greatest novels. Split into 7 volumes it encompasses themes such as memory and the nature of art. The first volume of this great work is Swann's Way and if you want to jump right into the novel go ahead, but if you, like me, have been intimidated by Proust's work then perhaps the new graphic novel of In Search of Lost Time: Swann's Way is the way to go.

The artwork is beautiful and at times breathtaking, especially the artists great grasp of the importance of background in graphic novels. It is not a perfect adaptation but it is one worth your time. If you have ever wanted to tackle a work by Proust then here is a perfect chance. If you've never heard of Proust, here's your chance to get to know his works in a manageable manner.

If after reading this you want to read some of Proust's other work check these out


Super Skull Podcast - Issue #47

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July 8, 2015 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio


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This week on Super Skull, Marcus teaches the guys a card game, Nick gets chills of nostalgia, and Curtis has a problem with 6 armed costumes. 

Our Big Picks for the week were:

  • Archie #1
  • Strange Fruit #1
  • Lando #1

Our Pullbox titles for this week were:

  • Star Trek/Green Lantern: The Spectrum War #1
  • Invader Zim #1
  • Descender #5
  • 1872 #1
  • Saga #30
  • Spider Island #1
  • Secret Wars: Civil War #1
  • Rebels #4
  • Batman #42
  • Bloodstrike #1


Contains explicit content.
Length: 01:03:13
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)

To Kill or Not to Kill, That is the Question!

Whether you love it or you hate it, everyone knows about William Shakespeare and his plays: Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, the list goes on.

Regardless of your feelings towards the great bard, this comic is definitely worth a look! Kill Shakespeare starts out in the play Hamlet, where the Prince of Denmark has just accidentally killed the nobleman Polonius and is sent away to England. In the original play, we don't really know what happens to Hamlet during this time and he eventually returns to Denmark. Well now is your chance to see what happened in between! At least according to Anthony Del Col and Conor McCreery. Hamlet is lost at sea, and rescued by King Richard III (the name of another Shakespeare play), who tells him of a great destiny in which he is called the Shadow King, a title Hamlet has recently been called in his visions by three crones (from Shakespeare's Macbeth!)

But what is the destiny of the Shadow King? Why, to kill a man who is said to be a god or a wizard. A man who holds a powerful quill and has accumulated a great following of people in King Richard's kingdom. A man named William Shakespeare.


Super Skull Podcast - Issue #46

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July 1, 2015 at Downtown Library Netcasting Studio


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This week on Super Skull: HAPPY BIRTHDAY VAULT OF MIDNIGHT! Vault of Midnight is 19 today! It also turns out that Marcus has a side job as a fur-trapper, and we tell you how we opened two comic shops.

Our Big Picks for the week were:

  • Spirit #1
  • We Stand on Guard #1
  • Spire

Our Pullbox titles for this week were:

  • Secret Wars #4
  • 18 Days #1
  • Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #7
  • Arclight #1
  • Redskull #1
  • Age of Reptiles #2
  • A-Force #2
  • The Humans #6
  • Airboy #2
  • Arcadia #3
  • Groot #2
  • Star Wars Darth Vader #7
  • Star Wars Princess Leia #5


Length: 01:07:29
Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)


Kids Read Comics 2015: KCR! Awards

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June 21, 2015 at Downtown Library Multi-Purpose Room

The awards ceremony for the third annual Kids’ Comics Revolution Awards, held during Kids Read Comics 2015 at the Ann Arbor District Library. Hosted by Dave Roman and Chris Duffy with musical guests, The Shake Ups in Ponyville.

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Copyright: Creative Commons (Attribution, Non-Commercial, Share-alike)
Rights Held by: Ann Arbor District Library
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Comic Convention: Kids Read Comics 2015

Kids Read Comics is This Weekend!

Meet Faith Erin Hicks, Raina Telgemeier, Kean Soo, Tory Woollcott, and over 40 more of your favorite cartoonists at Kids Read Comics this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday!

More than just a convention, Kids Read Comics offers over 50 free workshops and demos where you can learn more about making comics from the pros. The events are happening at the Ann Arbor District Library Downtown Branch, 826 Michigan Robot Supply & Repair Store, The Ann Arbor Art Center, and The Vault of Midnight. You can check out the full schedule of events (and download a printable PDF) here.

Friday, June 19 through Sunday, June 21, 2015 AADL is hosting the seventh annual Kids Read Comics festival, featuring 50 of your favorite cartoonists from across the continent who have come to lead free hands-on workshops and games designed to boost your creativity!

Friday, June 19

The festival starts at the University of Michigan's Duderstadt Center on North Campus with a Pre-Conference for Librarians, Educators, and Cartoonists. Register here to attend a workshop on how to make your own comics workshop, a talk on the history of comics with acclaimed comics scholar Carol Tilley, a panel discussion on comics in the classroom moderated by Colby Sharp, and a tour of the University of Michigan's Video Game Library.

Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:00 pm we'll all converge on The Vault of Midnight at 219 South Main Street for a Comics Jam Party where cartoonists, parents, and kids will be invited to contribute to a giant drawing wall facing Main Street!

Saturday, June 20

The main event kicks off at 11:00 am in the Multi-Purpose Room at AADL's Downtown Branch. Special Guests Kean Soo and Tory Woollcott will lead a presentation on making graphic novels.
Artist Alley opens at noon on the 1st floor of the Downtown Library and runs until 6:00 pm and workshops will be happening throughout the day at the Library, the Ann Arbor Art Center, the Robot Supply & Repair Store, and the Vault of Midnight!

Sunday, June 21

Artist Alley opens at 12:30 pm and runs through 6:00 pm. Get ready for another fun filled day of workshops at the Library, the Ann Arbor Art Center, the Robot Supply & Repair Store, and the Vault of Midnight!

You can check out the full events list here

If you go into the woods today you're in for a big suprise! James Tynion's 'The Woods" is a graphic novel you don't want to walk away from

James Tynion is no novice comic creator his work on Batman has given him some serious comic book cred. Now his first original comic, The Woods, is being serialized in graphic novel form by BOOM Studios.

So what is The Woods about? In October 2013 437 students 52 teachers, and 24 other staff from Bay Point Preparatory High School disappear, the school in its entirety is transported to an alien landscape. These students, teachers and staff must decide how they are going to survive, where they are and if anyone is coming to rescue them.Volume one: The Arrow contains the first 4 issues of the series and Volume Two: The Swarm contains issues 5-8.

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