DeweyCon 2019: Palm Beach County Library’s Comic Convention!

Dewey Con

In case you missed it…

During the weekend of Saturday, August 17, 2019, and Sunday, August 18, 2019, the Palm Beach County Library System hosted over 800 members, both young, and young-at-heart, for the library system’s very first comic convention. The aptly titled Dewey Con offered the public a chance to drive Sphero robots around challenging obstacle courses, explore virtual reality via Oculus Rift, and run rousing races of Mario Kart on the Nintendo Switch!

Cosmic Times’ Martin Pierro not only discussed the history of comic books in the United States, but also shared tips on publishing in the comic book world! FlamingoCon members visited to teach con-goers how to play new and exciting board games, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens provided crafts workshops on Japanese culture, and Nerds Know hosted many an Anime trivia round! Maltz Jupiter Theatre brought Drama Dragon to town to share a gorgeous bilingual story time all about the acceptance of feelings. Hoopla representatives were on hand to show visitors how to access the magnificent world of comics and graphic novels available to users of Hoopla Digital! Tate’s Comics + Toys + More shared a plethora of Free Comic Day comics with adults and kids alike.

In case that were not enough, special thanks to the Everglades Squadron, Darth Vader, Rey, and a myriad of other Star Wars characters for making appearances during weekend festivities!
Over 1,500 comic books and 900 graphic novels were distributed to PBCLS library members during the event, allowing countless enthusiasts to start home libraries of their very own!

If you missed Dewey Con 2019, stay tuned, because we’ll be hosting another comic con event in 2020!

Written by Christina Stone, PBCLS Librarian

Drawn to Manga August 2017: Sailor Moon Edition!

This weekend kicks off celebrations across the world in honor of International Sailor Moon Day (observed August 5th). If you can’t make it to an event, stop by your local library and enjoy your favorite manga series!

Sailor Moon

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon
By Takeuchi, Naoko
2011-09 – Kodansha Comics

Check Our Catalog for volumes 1-12!

Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil!

This new edition of Sailor Moon will feature:

– An entirely new, incredibly accurate translation!

– Japanese-style, right-to-left reading!

– New cover art never before seen in the U.S.!

– The original Japanese character names!

– Detailed translation notes!

 

sailor moon short stories

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Short Stories
By Takeuchi, Naoko
2013-09 – Kodansha Comics

Check Our Catalog for volumes 1 and 2!

In these collections of short stories, we find our favorite Sailor Guardians and their friends encountering new mysteries, enemies, allies, and once more saving the day. After the daughter of a foreign diplomat transfers to her school, Chibi-Usa’s male classmates suspiciously stop attending classes. Upon investigation, Chibi-Usa discovers the new transfer student is a vampire. Mamoru’s birthday gift to Chibi-Usa turns out to be the brainwashing device of a depressed folk tale heroine come-to-life, seeking sympathy from fellow women and girls Chibi-Usa’s Pink Sugar Heart Attack becomes literal when defeating a local sprite that has possessed the dentist she and Usagi visit to get their cavities treated. Then, other local sprites wreak havoc in the lives of Mako, Ami, and Rei as they and Mina and Usagi study for high school entrance exams. Finally, Chibi-Usa and her newfound BFF’s help out the quirky proprietor of a mysterious pawnshop that is under attack by both human and otherworldly entities. AND MORE!

This new edition of Sailor Moon features:

– An entirely new, incredibly accurate translation

– Japanese-style, right-to-left reading

– New cover art never before seen in the U.S.

– The original Japanese character names

– Detailed translation notes

 

Codename Sailor V

Codename: Sailor V
By Takeuchi, Naoko
2011-09 – Kodansha Comics

Check Our Catalog for volumes 1 and 2!

Like Sailor Moon, Minako Aino is a normal 13-year-old schoolgirl until a fateful day when a white cat introduces himself to her and tells her she has the power to transform into the hero, Sailor V. Using a magic pen to transform, Sailor V fights the evil agents of the Dark Agency as she strives to protect the earth.

Codename: Sailor V, created by the author before she created the mega-popular Sailor Moon, has never before been available in the U.S. This books features:

– An incredibly accurate translation!

– Japanese-style, right-to-left reading!

– New cover art never before seen in the U.S.!

– The original Japanese character names!

– Detailed translation notes!

 

We also have the new Sailor Moon Crystal TV show!

sailor moon crystal DVD

2016 – VIZ Media, Warner Home Video (Firm)

Drawn to Comics July 2017 – Valerian!


The highly anticipated, visually stunning SCI-FI movie “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” opens this weekend.

Valerian was created by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin and was originally published as French comic series from November 1967 – January 2010. While Valerian is Mézières’ only comic series, he has worked as an illustrator in many other areas, including designs and sets for The Fifth Element, and he was awarded the Grand Prix du festival d’Angoulême in 1984. Christin also works in collaboration with other artists such as Tardi and Bilal and writes novels and film scripts.

From the Publisher: “VALERIAN is a saga that every fan of Star Wars and Star Trek will identify with and love. Valerian and his beautiful, sharp-witten and sharp-tongued partner, Laureline, live adventures set against visually stunning backgrounds: complex architectural inventions, futuristic machines, otherworldly landscapes, and odd-looking aliens that are staples of artist Mezieres’s seemingly boundless visual inventiveness. The stories are gripping and of epic proportion, sweeping along in trilling, hyper-space speed.”

We ordered the first three volumes of the new Complete Collection for our members in anticipation of the film’s release. Check them out in our catalog.

Valerian: The Complete Collection
This first volume of the collection contains books 1 and 2 of the series: The City of Shifting Waters – in its original two parts, 9 pages longer format – and The Empire of a Thousand Planets. It also includes book 0, Bad Dreams, translated into English for the first time: the very first adventures of our two heroes, published after City and retroactively numbered. Finally, linking the volumes of this collection together, a long, exclusive interview with the authors and director Luc Besson is illustrated with new art as well as numerous sketches, studies and photographs from the latter’s upcoming big-screen adaptation.

 

Valerian: The Complete Collection
In this book you will find volumes 3 to 5: The Land Without Stars, Welcome to Alflolol and Birds of the Master three stories that introduce the societal criticism aspect of the series. Battle of the sexes, totalitarianism and extreme productivism are lambasted, but never at the expense of fantasy or of the action. And as they travel from world to distant world, Laureline becomes a truly equal partner, far from the stereotypical female sidekick roles of the time. Finally, the second part of the exclusive interview with the authors and director Luc Besson is followed by an in-depth portrait of Pierre Christin, the writer.

 

Valerian: The Complete Collection
This third book of the collected edition contains volumes 6 to 8: Ambassador of the Shadows the story that directly inspired Luc Besson’s film On the False Earths and Heroes of the Equinox. Over the course of these titles, among the finest in the series, Laureline takes her rightful place as the brains of the outfit, while Valerian fully embraces his role as anti-hero: always brave, but often a bit out of his depth. You will also find the end of the interview with Luc Besson and the authors, and an in-depth portrait of Jean-Claude Mezieres, the artist.

 

Drawn to Comics July 2017 – Spider-Man!

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is in theaters and PBCLS is here to help satisfy your “spider-senses” with more tales from the Amazing Spider-Man!*

Check out more Spider-Man titles, including the other Spider-Man movies, in our catalog!

Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 1
By Slott, Dan
Illustrator Ramos, Humberto
2016-01 – Marvel Comics

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Peter Parker is back He’s got a second chance at life, and he’s not wasting a moment of it. But his old foes Electro and the Black Cat are back as well, re-energized and madder than ever And a new revelation rocks Spider-Man’s world: The radioactive spider that granted Peter his powers bit someone else, too Who is Silk, and where has she been all these years? Find out as Peter Parker retakes his life, putting the “friendly” back in the neighborhood, the “hero” back in “super hero” – and the “amazing” back in “Spider-Man ” Plus, it’s a new chapter in the story you know by heart He sought revenge, but found responsibility.

 

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Book 1
By Marvel Comics
2015-08 – Marvel Comics

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Miles Morales takes up the mantle of the Ultimate Spider-Man Before Peter Parker died, young Miles was poised to start the next chapter in his life in a new school. Then, a spider’s bite granted the teenager incredible arachnid-like powers. Now, Miles has been thrust into a world he doesn’t understand, with only gut instinct and a little thing called responsibility as his guides. Can he live up to Peter’s legacy as Spider-Man? As Miles grapples with his new life, Miles’ Uncle Aaron – a.k.a. the Prowler – learns his secret He’s got plans for his nephew, but little does he know that the Scorpion is on his tail Spider-Man story.

 

Spider-Man 2099 Volume 1: Out of Time
By David, Peter
Illustrator Sliney, William
Illustrator Leonardi, Rick
2015-02 – Marvel Comics

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Venture, the Specialist, the Vulture – the future is full of menaces, but none so vile as a corrupt government and the corporations behind it! A scary future needs a hero who’s just as creepy – perhaps a Wall-Crawler of some kind? See the world of tomorrow and the cast who inhabit it as the Spider-Man of 2099 battles evil in both high and low society in the 2099 imprint’s flagship title, written by industry legend Peter David!

 

Amazing Spider-Man: Amazing Grace
By Molina, Jose
Illustrator Bianchi, Simone
2016-09 – Marvel Comics

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When a dead man walks in Harlem, Spider-Man must do something about it – but he’ll have to venture far out of his comfort zone. And in seeking out the answers to this Lazarus story, Spidey bites off a little more than he can chew…when the trail leads straight to the Santerians From television’s Agent Carter writer Jose Molina and superstar artist Simone Bianchi, the team of heroes hidden since Daredevil: Father head back into the spotlight The webslinger rediscovers why graveyards are so frightening as his investigation into these uncanny resurrections leads him into terrifying territory. The Santerians are his guide, but together they will journey far from Harlem before this mystery is solved Peter Parker will be forced into questions of life, death and what lies beyond.

 

Civil War: Peter Parker, Spider-Man
By Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto
Illustrator Crain, Clayton
2016-04 – Marvel Comics

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Whose side are you on? The war has begun, sides have been chosen, and the die has been cast With the repercussions of recent events in Civil War spreading across the Marvel Universe, see how every action can have enormous consequences – even in Peter Parker’s life. Now, one of Spider-Man’s oldest and most insidious foes – the Chameleon – decides to make his move against the wallcrawler His first step: gathering a new super-team of Spider-Man’s deadliest foes and striking him where he is most vulnerable.

 

*I’m sure there was a missed opportunity for at least one Spidey-pun. Leave your suggestions in the comments as well as your feelings on the film.

Drawn to Comics: Wonder Woman Special

The new Wonder Woman movie came out this weekend and by now you’ve probably seen it at least once (if not, what are you waiting for?! It’s AMAZING!). And yet you are still craving MORE Wonder Woman adventures! That’s totally natural. From classics to origin story shake-ups, PBCLS has tons of Wonder Woman comics just waiting for you to pick up.

Wonder Woman Her Greatest Battles

Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles
By Various
2017-02 – DC Comics

With the powers of a god and the fighting spirit of an Amazon, Wonder Woman is Earth’s fiercest defender. On Themyscira, Diana was trained from birth to be a warrior. Her skills in battle are unmatched, as are her bullet-stopping bracelets and Lasso of Truth. Now, relive her greatest triumphs.

 

Wonder Woman Blood

Wonder Woman Volume 1: Blood
By Azzarello, Brian
Illustrator Chiang, Cliff
Illustrator Akins, Tony
2012-06 – DC Comics

Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, has kept a secret from her daughter all her life-and when Wonder Woman learns who her father is, her life will shatter like brittle clay.

AND MORE!

I absolutely loved the Azzarello run and thoroughly enjoyed his version of Diana’s origin and her connection to Greco-Roman mythos. It is also possibly the closest to the movie version (that’s as “spoilery” as I’ll get, I promise! <3 ).