Sorry about my extended absence

•December 7, 2007 • Leave a Comment

I’ve been reading tons, but I’ve found that I want to write a really well thought out review, and that often takes time that I don’t have. Then I found out about Good Reads. I can keep track of and rate all the books that I read, and I don’t have to post a real review unless I have the time. Therefor, I’m only going to post reviews of books that REALLY get my blood pumping over here or book reviews made by kids and teens.

You can catch me at good reads here.

Graphic Novel Presentation

•October 23, 2007 • Leave a Comment

I gave a GN presentation to a local school system in January and I thought I should share it with you! Enjoy! It is in Powerpoint, so if you have trouble viewing it, let me know. Manga Presentation

Ack! How many months has it been?

•August 21, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Summer is a terrible time to try and do anything… even to write short paragraphs about about great comic books. This is especially true for a youth services librarian with a two year old. Not that I should try and make excuses for myself. That’s unacceptable.

This does not mean that I haven’t been reading. I haven’t read tons, but I’ve been keeping up. Here are some of the books that I’ve read:

Girl Stories by Lauren R. Weinstein
Full Moon by Arina Tanemura
Alice 19th by Yuu Watase
Castle Waiting by Linda Medley
Black Hole by Charles Burns
to dance by Siena Cherson Siegel
My Dead Girlfriend by Eric Wright
Someday’s Dreamers by Norie Yamada
Sorkora Refugees by Segamu and Melissa DeJesus
Agnes Quill: an Anthology of Mystery

I’ve also just purchased some new anime:

Beck
Cardcaptor Sakura
DN Angel
Dragon Drive
Eureka Seven
Full Moon o Sagashite
My Neighbor Totoro
Scrapped Princess

Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya

•April 7, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Reviewed by Michele

Fruits Basket is another one of favorite mangas. It’s definetely the cutest one. I’m not sure how many guys are into it, but I’d be surprised if there was any girl who didn’t like it.

Tohru Honda is a sweet, friendly high school girl. Her father died when she was very young,  and her mother died a year before the series takes place. Tohru is supposed to be living with her grandfather, but his house is having renovations done on it so he asked her to live somewhere else for a while. She doesn’t have many friends, and she didn’t want to trouble the ones she has, so she lives out in a tent in the woods (I know, she’s crazy right?)

One day on her way to school, Tohru discovers a house with little zodiac ornaments outside. While she is looking at them a man named Shigure Sohma sees her and then her classmate Yuki Sohma, who also lives there, walks with her to school and on their way home. Tohru unknowingly is living on the Sohma property, and eventually the Sohmas find her living in her tent. They insist that it’s too dangerous for her to be living there, and insist she stay with them until she can go back her Grandfather’s (they need a maid anyways…). In just the first day of living there, they’re paid an unexpected visit by Yuki’s rival, Kyo Sohma. He insists on fighting Yuki, but Tohru grabs him in attempt to stop him. Then the unexpected happens…Kyo turns into a cat. Tohru learns that the Sohma family is under a curse, each of them turns into an animal of the Chinese zodiac when hugged by the opposite sex or when they’re weak. This is a secret that hardly anyone outside of the family knows,  and throughout the series Tohru tries to be accepted by the family. IN almost every book you meet a new member of the zodiac.

This series is very popular, and was made into an anime as well. I highly recommend it, the story is very original. I just can’t put it down!

Vampire Game by Judal

•April 7, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Vampire Game
by Judal
Tokyopop
Volume 1: 1591823692
Volume 2: 1591823706
Volume 3: 1591823714
Volume 4: 1591825563
Volume 5: 1591825571
Volume 6: 159182558x
Volume 7: 1591825598
Volume 8: 1591825601
Volume 9: 159182561x
Volume 10: 1595324402
Volume 11: 1595324410
Volume 12: 1595324429
Volume 13: 1595324437
Volume 14: 1595324445
Volume 15: 1598162128

Reviewed by Michele
**librarian edit – This is the uber cool new page we recently hired! Look forward to more reviews from her!

Vampire Game has got to be my favorite manga series. It has romance (many love triangles…), fighting, magic, humor and suspense.

First you find out that 100 years ago, there was a Vampire King named Duzell. Since he is already immortal and in control of all of the vampires, he decides he wants to rule the humans, too. So he battles against the King of Pheliosta, Phelios. The only thing is, since Duzell is immortal, there is no way Phelios can kill him except with a spell that kills them both. Before Duzell dies he places a curse that 100 years later both Phelios and him will be reincarnated, and he will get his revenge.

So, 100 years later, Duzell is reincarnated into a cat. He happens upon the new leader of Pheloista, Princess Ishtar (because she likes to sneak out a lot…). She “adopts” him, so to speak, and Duzell begins on his journey to finding Phelios’s reincarnation.

As the story progresses, Duzell can test people’s blood and both tell if they are Phelios’s reincarnation or not and transform into them (so he’s not in kitty form the whole time). So after testing the Princess, he takes her form and after a bit of chaos, she figures out who he is. To Duzell’s surprise, she is actually determined to help him get his revenge. Then they begin to try to reach each of Ishtar’s relatives throughout the series.

Vampire Game is a really fun manga, but if you like serious stuff this one really isn’t for you. I definetely recommend it, especially if you like vampires.

Graphic Novels for Younger Teens

•March 23, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Thanks to the librarians from PUBYAC for providing this list.

PUBYAC is an Internet discussion list concerned with the practical aspects of Children and Young Adult Services in Public Libraries, focusing on programming ideas, outreach and literacy programs for children and caregivers, censorship and policy issues, collection development, administrative considerations, puppetry, job openings, professional development and other pertinent services and issues.

The name PUBYAC amalgamates the most important aspects of the discussion: PUBlic libraries, Young Adults, and Children.

Title Author

Age of Reptiles
Delgado, Ricardo
Amelia Rules! The Whole World’s Crazy Gownley, Jimmy
Angelic Layer Clamp
Aria Amano, Kozue
Astro Boy Tezuka Osamu
Astro City: Life in the Big City Busiek, Kurt
Avatar Various
Baby & Me Ragawa, Mirimo
Babymouse Holm, Jennifer
Babysitter’s Club Martin, Ann M.
Beet the Vandel Buster Inada, Koji
Beyblade Aoki, Takao
Bone Smith, Jeff
Brain Powered Various
Cardcaptor Sakura Clamp
Chobits Clamp
City of Light, City of Dark Avi
Clan Apis Hosler, Jay
CowBoy BeBop Nanten, Yutaka
D.N. Angel Sugisaki, Yukiru
Days Like This Torres, J. and Chantler, Scott
Di Gi Charat Koge-Donbo
Dragon Ball Toriyama, Akira
Dragon Ball Z Various
Dropsie Avenue: The Neighborhood Eisner, Will
Electric Girl Brennan, Michael
Et Cetera Nakazaki, Tow
Fashion Kitty Harper, Cherise Mericle
Fruits Basket Takaya, Natsuki
Fullmetal Alchemist Arakawa, Hiromu
GoGirl! Robbins, Trina
Hardy Boys Lobdell, Scott
Herobear and the Kid Kunkel, Mike
Hikaru No Go Obata, Takeshi
Instant Teen Fukushima, Haruka
Inuyasha Takahashi, Rumiko
Invincible: Family Matters Kirkman, Robert
Jing, King of Bandits Kumakura, Yuichi
Kingdom Hearts Amano, Shiro
Kamichama Karin Koge-Donbo
Kodocha Sana’s Stage Obana, Miho
Leave it to Chance: Trick or Threat & Other Stories Robinson and Smith
Lenore Dirge, Ramon
Little Lit Spiegelman, Art
Magic Knight Rayearth Clamp
Magic Knight Rayearth II Clamp
Magic Pickle Morse, Scott
Marmalade Boy Yoshizumi, Wataru
Megamen NT warrior Takamisaki, Ryo
Meridian Kesel
MeruPuri: Marchen Prince Hino, Matsuri
Nancy Drew Petrucha and Murase
Naruto Kishimoto, Masashi
Neon Genesis Evangelion Sadamoto, Yoshiyuki
Ouran High School Host Club Hatori, Bisco
Owly Runton, Andy
Peach Girl Ueda, Miwa
Pita-Ten Koge-Donbo
Prince of Tennis Konomi, Takeshi.
Saint Tail Tachikawa, Megumi.
Sardine in Outer Space Guibert, Emmanuel
Scary Godmother Thompson, Jill
Shaman King Takei, Hiroyuki
Shock Rockets Busiek, Kurt
Sidekicks Danko, Dan
Spyboy David, Peter
Superman for All Seasons Loeb, Jeph
Tellos: Kindred Spirits Dezago, Todd
Tellos: Reluctant Heroes Dezago, Todd
The Books of Magic Gaiman, Neil
The Clouds Above Crane, Jordan
The Land of Sokmunster Kunkel and Heuser
The Last Knight Eisner, Will
The Princess and the Frog Eisner, Will
The Wolves in the Walls Gaiman, Neil
Tin Tin Herge
To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel Siegel
Ultimate Spider-Man Various
Ultra Maniac Yoshizumi, Wataru
Whistle Higuchi, Daisuke
Wish Clamp
WJHC: On the Air! Fisher, Jane Smith
X-Men: Evolution Grayson, Devin
Yotsuba! Azumo, Kiyohiko
Yu-Gi-Oh! Takahashi, Kazuki
Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist Takahashi, Kazuki
Yu-Gi-Oh! Millennium World Takahashi, Kazuki
Zodiac, P.I. Natsumi, Ando

Dramacon by Svetlana Chmakova

•February 6, 2007 • Leave a Comment

Dramacon
by Svetlana Chmakova
Tokyopop
Volume 1: 1598161296
Volume 2: 159816130x

This is a great series written by Svetlana Chmakova who will be at the Teen Book Festival in Fairport NY on March 31.

Quick Description: Dramacon is a romantic dramedy about a romance that blooms over the course of several years at an anime convention.

Christie is a budding writer who is attending an anime convention for the first time in her life. She and her artist boyfriend, Derek, get a table in the artist alley to promote a self-published ashcan comic that she wrote and he drew.

Derek is a little too taken with the attention all the female cosplayers are paying him, which upsets Christie and forces her to deal with the player side of Derek that she had ignored up until now. Things quickly become more complicated, especially after she bumps into Matt, a handsome — but shy — cosplayer.

I have some comics that I really like, but I LOVED this one. I read them and then I read them three more times, all in the same sitting. Now I understand why some teens really dig manga. Fruits Basket, Kare Kano and From Far Away are some of my favorites, but this one blows them all away. And guess what? You’re not going to believe this, but she’s not even Japanese! Svetlana was born and raised in Russia, and came to Canada at 16. Its neat that she actually brings this up through one of characters who is a non-Japanese writer.

In the comic some people complain that if the artist isn’t Japanese, it can’t be real manga. But she insists that manga isn’t based on a person’s ancestory, but on the style of the art as well as the style of the writing. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to change people’s minds.

However, that’s not really all that the comic is about. What its REALLY about is Christie. Christie writes stories for manga artists…. well one artist really. Her boyfriend. Her boyfriend who is a little mean. Well really he’s a lot mean. They go to the Comicon to show off their comic book and while there Christie learns a little more about herself and her boyfriend. While there, she meets Matt, who teachs her even more about herself.