Comic Artists Forum with Brandon Dayton

Sunday May 4, 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.

Want to get better at drawing? Want to take your art to the next level? There is more to getting better than just “talent.” Hard work—combined with the right approach—can help an artist of any skill level advance to the next level.

Whether you are a seasoned artist or a beginner, Brandon will discuss practical strategies for assessing your current abilities and specific exercises and drills to help you make the most of your art study.

Brandon Dayton is a concept artist and comic book creator who has created concept for EA Games and Disney Interactive’s Disney Infinity. His 2009 comic book Green Monk won the 2011 YALSA Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens book award.

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

Go on tour with Marceline and the Scream Queens!

Battling bands and monsterous fears in the world of the hit cartoon Adventure Time! Rock and roll vampire queen Marceline and the responsible, respectable Princess Bubblegum don’t tend to see eye to eye; in fact, Bubblegum thinks that Marceline’s music is just a bunch of discordant noise. Or at least, she does until she hears Marcy and her band play their hearts out in concert. Inspired to learn the true meaning of rock, Bubblegum joins Marceline and the Scream Queens on a tour that takes them from the Candy Kingdom, to the bottom of the ocean, to the depths of the dreaded Nightosphere. But while Bubblegum might be having herself a fun summer vacation, Marceline is plagued with a slowly growing, emotionally-crippling anxiety that might just end her musical stardom for good.

And Marceline and the Scream Queens isn't the only Adventure Time comic we have by any means! Check out the ongoing series by Dinosaur Comics' Ryan North for further adventures of Finn and Jake, Adventure Time with Fionna and Cake by series storyboard artist Natasha Allegri, or the Flame Princess-centric graphic novel, Playing With Fire by Girls With Slingshots creator, Danielle Corsetto!

If you like this book, considering checking out the creator's other work. Marceline and the Scream Queens is for all ages, but writer and artist Meredith Gran is best known for her less kid-friendly webcomic, Octopus Pie. It's another tale of two ladies: one a directionless post-grad creative writing student, the other a successful hippie baker, who begin rooming together in Brooklyn, NY. You can give it a go here at AADL or online at www.octopuspie.com.

Fearless adventurers heed the call - to Spera!

When her tyrannical mother the queen attacks a neighboring kingdom, murdering their king in cold blood during a royal visit, Pira steals away to save her friend, the dead king’s daughter - Princess Lono. Two Princesses on the run don’t seem to have much chance against a powerful sorceress like the queen, even with a shapechanging fire-spirit to guide them. And gentle Lono doesn’t seem very well equipped for a life of adventuring. But Pira was born with a sword - quite literally - and she has big plans to make a career out of questing, once they get to the city of Spera. She’s not about to let a little thing like her evil mother get in her way!

Set up as a series of short stories as opposed to one unbroken narrative, and showcasing a variety of different artists and styles, Spera is a unique fantasy read. Check out both volumes 1 and 2 here at AADL, and head on over to spera-comic.com, where you can find additional short stories set in Spera's world for free!

4th Annual Mini-Comics Day on March 22nd from 10 am to 6 pm!

This Saturday, March 22nd, it's time once more for University of Michigan's Mini-Comics Day at the Duderstadt Center! From 10 am to 6 pm, writers and artists will be gathered together with one goal: make a full mini comic in a single day. If you've ever thought about making your own comic, here's your chance to do it and have company all the while. Not really sure what a mini-comic is? You're welcome to come and find out! In addition to its fantastic collection of standard-sized comics, the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library in the Duderstadt Center ALSO has a circulating collection of mini-comics that you can peruse.

You'll have to register, so head on over to the form if you think you'd like to attend!

KAPOW! Comics - an art display at Eastern Michigan University

When we read comics, we tend to look at the work as a whole; art and story together. The experience may be so engaging that we forget that the art is actually ART. But if you get the chance see the original artwork for the pages in person, the skill and beauty of that art becomes much more apparent. From March 10th to April 16th, Eastern Michigan University is giving you the opportunity to do just that!

EMU art professor Richard Rubenfeld has put together a fabulous collection of original pieces, with artwork from masters of the form. The opening, on March 12th from 4 to 7 pm, will be followed by a panel discussion featuring comic book artists and writers: Dave Coverly, Steve Lieber, Hilary Price, Sara Ryan and Len Wein! If that wasn't enough, the gallery will also have an exclusive free comic available - only 300 available.

You can find the show in the University Gallery in the EMU Student Center - that's at 900 Oakwood St, Ypsilanti, MI 48197 - and more information at EMU Art Department's website, here!

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!

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.

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