Programming Highlights: March 2015

Acreage Branch

Tue, Mar 03, 6:30 pm
Club Pokemon
Bring your DS or Pokemon cards to battle, trade and make new friends! Ages 6-12. (90 min.) Preregister.

Wed, Mar 11, 6:30 pm
Gamerz Nite: App Attack!
Celebrate Teen Tech Week with a night of video games. Play Smash Bros on the library’s Wii or try out funny and free smart phone and tablet games perfect for group play. Snacks provided. Ages 12-17. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Tue, Mar 17, 6:30 pm
Acreage Anime Club Presents Haru Matsuri!
Spring is in the air and Anime Club is celebrating Haru Matsuri, the spring festival. Enjoy refreshing snacks and watch relaxing springtime anime. Wear a kimono or learn to make one with origami. Create a simple painting inspired by the sakura, or cherry tree, and don’t forget to make your own cherry blossom with. Ages 12-17. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Tue, Mar 31, 6:30 pm
Card Gamers Club
Yu-Gi-Oh! Pokemon, Magic and more. If you like collectible card games this is your place to be. Bring your deck, box or binder, and come with a friend or make a new one. All ages. (90 min.) Preregister.

Gardens Branch

Mon, Mar 30, 3:00 pm
Fun Origami Farm
Make Origami farm animals with step-by-step instructions. Ages 7& up. Limit 10. (60 min.) Preregister.

Glades Road Branch

Tue, Mar 24, 6:00 pm
YA Spotlight: Fan Fiction
Take a glimpse into the world of fan fiction. Discover what it is or share ideas about your favorite fandoms. Grades 6 & up. (60 min.) Preregister.

Hagen Ranch Road Branch

Tue, Mar 24, 6:oo pm
Teen Craft: Candy Sushi
Join us as we wrap and roll to make a colorful and edible craft. Ages 12-17. (60 min.) Preregister.

Jupiter Branch

Wed, Mar 18, 3:30 pm
Japanese Movies and Tea Party
Ready to get your otaku on? Spend a spring break afternoon snacking on Japanese treats and tea, trying your hand at origami, and watching an anime movie. Feel free to dress up in your otaku finest, whether that’s a kimono or your favorite cat ears and anime t-shirt. Bring your friends! Ages 13-18. (90 min.) Preregister.

Lantana Road Branch

Sat, Mar 21, 2:30 pm
Anime Club
Join other teens who enjoy anime and manga. Watch anime and create anime-inspired art and crafts. Ages 12-17. (90 min.) Preregister.

Royal Palm Beach Branch

Sat, Mar 28, 3:00 pm
Anime Club
Meet other teens who enjoy watching and talking about anime, eat Pocky and share your knowledge about manga. Snacks provided. Ages 12-17. (60 min.) Preregister.

West Boynton Branch

Thu, Mar 12, 6:30 pm
Do the Write Thing: A Monthly Teen Writing Workshop
Fine-tune your writing skills in fiction, non-fiction, poetry or prose. Share your work in progress and get constructive feedback in a supportive atmosphere led by Caryn DeVincenti from PBC Florida Writers’ Association. Ages 12-17. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Check out March’s Happenings for other exciting programs and branch contact info.

Drawn to Comics February 2015

Age of Ultron
Age of Ultron
Author: Bendis, Brian Michael
Illustrator:Hitch, Bryan
2014-05 – Marvel Comics

Humanity’s time is over. Submit or perish, because the Age of Ultron has arrived The artificial intelligence known as Ultron has fought for years to eradicate mankind…and now, it has all but succeeded. The few remaining heroes are battered, broken, almost beaten and left considering desperate measures – some more desperate than others. But when Wolverine breaks ranks and pursues his own plan to defeat Ultron, will his drastic action cause more problems than it solves? Brian Michael Bendis presents the ultimate triumph of the Avengers’ greatest villain in an epic that will shake worlds. COLLECTING: Avengers 12.1, Age of Ultron 1-10.

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir
Can’t We Talk about Something
More Pleasant?: A Memoir
Author: Chast, Roz
2014-05 – Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

In her first memoir, Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears, Chast’s memoir is both comfort and comic relief for anyone experiencing the life-altering loss of elderly parents.

Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers
Guardians of the Galaxy
Volume 1: Cosmic Avengers
Author: Bendis, Brian Michael
Illustrators: McNiven, Steve;
Pichelli, Sara,
2014-04 – Marvel Comics

There’s a new rule in the galaxy. No one touches Earth No one But why has Earth suddenly become the most important planet in the galaxy? That’s what the Guardians of the Galaxy are going to find out Join Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and the invincible Iron Man as they embark on an explosive and eye-opening adventure.

Batman/Superman Vol. 1: Cross World (the New 52)
Batman/Superman Vol. 1: Cross World
Author: Pak, Greg
Illustrators: Lee, Jae; Oliver, Ben
2014-05 – DC Comics

The Dark Knight and the Man of Steel are close friends in the modern day–but the two weren’t always such close allies. Discover how two of the World’s Finest Super Heroes met for the first time.

Batman, Volume 4: Zero Year - Secret City
Batman, Volume 4: Zero Year – Secret City
Author: Snyder, Scott
Illustrators: Capullo, Greg; Miki, Danny
2014-05 – DC Comics

Still dealing with the death of his son and the aftermath of Death of the Family, Batman must stop a robbery by Bruce Wayne? Twists and turns are around every corner as Bruce must clear his name and stop this mysterious perpetrator, all leading to the epic “Zero Year.”

Requiem for Damian

Requiem for Damian
Author: Tomasi, Peter J.
Illustrators: Gleason, Patrick; Gray, Mick
2014-06 – DC Comics

The Dark Knight attempts to cope with the death of not only his partner, Robin, the Boy Wonder, but also his son. Will he be able to deal with his grief on his own, or will he turn to his allies to try and help him through the pain?

Trinity War

Trinity War
Author: Johns, Geoff
Illustrators: various
2014-03 – DC Comics

Geoff Johns brings together almost two years of plot threads here in Justice League: Trinity War. When the three Justice Leagues go to war with one another, who’s side will everyone be on? Allies will be born, friends will become enemies, and the DC Universe will never be the same.

Deadpool: The Complete Collection, Volume 3

Deadpool: The Complete Collection
Volume 3
Author: Way, Daniel
Illustrators: Vella, Sheldon; Barberi, Carlos
2014-05 – Marvel Comics Group

Deadpool heads into space to increase his intergalactic cred. Will taking on galactic assassin Macho Gomez and the immense Id the Selfish Moon cement Deadpool as the solar system’s best, most ruthless mercenary? Not as far as his “old friends” back on Earth are concerned…Hydra Bob, Big Bertha, Taskmaster and Blind Al all want to claim a piece of his hide Deadpool flirts with both mortality and sanity as he takes on the incredible Hulk (hoping to die) and is locked up in an asylum (that could actually help him) COLLECTING: Deadpool (2008) 32-49, 33.1, 49.1

Marvel NOW Thor: God of Thunder

Thor God Butcher

The Marvel NOW relaunch of Thor: God of Thunder debuted in October of 2012. Issues 1-5 are collected in volume 1 The God Butcher. The Asgardian god Thor fully embraces his godliness, reveling and battling alongside the peoples of Earth, until he is confronted with a rare and dangerous concern – someone is killing gods.

The God Butcher cuts back and forth between the three ages of Thor (Past, Present, and Future) to tell the complete story of his connection to the God Butcher. For the most part, I can follow the timey-wimeyness of this story very well. There is one section where Past Thor is fighting the God Butcher and Present Day Thor is confronting his God Butcher and every other panel is the next part of the each story. Other than that little headache, the story flowed very well. It’s amusing to see how Thor eventually grows up and basically becomes his father. You see more of this in volume 2, when all three Thors come together to fight against the God Butcher’s reign of terror. The art is incredible (in the same style as the cover) and the story is well worth the read. It also delves into the variety of gods in the universe and even introduces some future gods of Asgard.

Summary after the jump. :::SPOILERS AHEAD::: Continue reading

Top Ten Graphic Novels of January 2015

According to Diamond Comic Distributors, the top ten best-selling graphic novels of January 2015 were:

  1. Death of Wolverine HC (Marvel)
  2. Outcast by Kirkman & Azaceta Vol. 1 TPB (Image)
  3. Saga Vol. 4 TPB (Image)
  4. Black Science Vol. 2: Welcome to Nowhere TPB (Image)
  5. Saga Vol. 1 TPB (Image)
  6. Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2: Spider-Verse Prelude TPB (Marvel)
  7. Saga Vol. 3 TPB (Image)
  8. Saga Vol. 2 TPB (Image)
  9. The Walking Dead Vol. 1: Days Gone Bye TPB (Image)
  10. Deadpool: The One With Deadpool TPB (Marvel)

Notice how four of those are Saga volumes 1-4… It’s not a coincidence. Saga is a fabulous, fast-paced sci-fi adventure series. PBCLS has volume 1-3 available at your local library branches.

Data for Diamond’s sales charts — which includes the monthly market shares and all top product charts — are compiled by Diamond Comic Distributors from sales made to thousands of comic book specialty shops located in North America and around the world. Additional sales made to online merchants and other specialty stores may be included as well.

Information was retrieved from Diamond Comics Distributors, Inc. website Top 100 Graphic Novels: January 2015 and IGN WHAT WERE THE BEST-SELLING COMICS OF JANUARY 2015?

Drawn to Manga February 2015

PBCLS has ordered volume 1 of some amazing manga!

Soul Eater Not!, Vol. 1
Soul Eater Not!, Vol. 1
Author Ohkubo, Atsushi
Created by Ohkubo, Atsushi
2012-07 – Yen Press

Class is about to start, and you don’t want to be late on your first day of school. Join Tsugumi Harudori in the ‘not’ class at Death Weapon Meister Academy, a school dedicated to training transforming Weapons like Tsugumi and the Meisters who will wield them.

Haganai: I Don't Have Many Friends, Volume 1
I Don’t Have Many Friends, Volume 1
By Hirasaka, Yomi
Illustrator Itachi
2012-11 – Seven Seas Entertainment

Recent high school transfer student Hasegawa Kodaka is pathetically inept at making friends. When he comes across the brash loner Mikazuki Yozora, who typically chats with her imaginary friend, the two outsiders become the unlikeliest of allies. Realizing that they have no hope of a normal social life, the two outcasts decide to form a group called “The Neighbor’s Club” in order to make friends and maybe even learn a thing or two about social Continue reading

The Avengers vol. 1: Avengers World

Avengers World volume 1

Jonathan Hickman – known for epic storylines, as in, he doesn’t write his stories for the trade book, he writes for the omnibus collection – has created a mind-blowing story line in Marvel NOW Avengers: Avengers World.

As someone who doesn’t read a lot of Marvel stories, it’s nice to begin with a fresh look at the universe. This book does not require you to have read the last 50 years of Marvel. The main crew is not introduced in detail (by now we’re all pretty familiar with the iconic characters: Cap, Stark, Thor, and The Hulk) because the story is really much bigger than these characters. It’s about the whole universe. Continue reading

Magic City Comic Con 2015

An affiliate to Florida Supercon, Magic City Comic Con kicked off its inaugural events January 16th, 2015 at the Miami Airport Convention Center. Featured guest appearances included Karen Gillan (Dr. Who and Guardians of the Galaxy), Kevin Conroy (the voice of Batman in the Batman animated series), and the voice talents from the popular anime Attack on Titan, among many other wonderful celebrity guests. You can check out the full roster at the Magic City Comic Con site.

My boyfriend Nick and I attended the con on Friday especially to speak to some artists and writers but we also enjoyed seeing some other celebs and celebrity cosplayers (Colt Cabana, anyone?). Unfortunately, we didn’t take a lot of pictures. Continue reading