Drawn to Manga February 2017

case study of vanitas

The Case Study of Vanitas, Volume 1
By Mochizuki, Jun
2016-12 – Yen Press

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Rumors revolving around The Book of Vanitas, a clockwork grimoire of dubious reputation, draw Noe, a young vampire in search of a friend’s salvation, to Paris. What awaits him in the City of Flowers, however, is not long hours treading the pavement or rifling through dusty bookshops in search of the tome. Instead, his quarry comes to him…in the arms of a man claiming to be a vampire doctor Thrust into a conflict that threatens the peace between humans and vampires, will Noe cast in his lot with the curious and slightly unbalanced Vanitas and his quest to save vampirekind?”

 

The Demon Prince of Momochi House

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Volume 1
By Shouoto, Aya
2015-07 – Viz Media

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On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role.

 

Hatsune Miku Mikubon

Hatsune Miku: Mikubon
By Ontama
2016-10 – Dark Horse Manga

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Hatsune Miku and her friends Rin, Len, and Luka are not only back in manga…they’re back to school, enrolling at the St. Diva Academy for Vocaloids They’re going to give it their best at St. Diva, as a wonderland of friendship, determination, and even love unfolds But can they stay out of trouble, especially when the mad professor of the Hachune Miku Research Lab is nearby…?

Previously, Dark Horse Comics’ Unofficial Hatsune Mix, landed at #1 on the New York Times Manga Top 10 list and sold out of bookstores across the nation

Hot Facts: Over 170,000 music videos have been uploaded to YouTube using Miku as the singer. This popular Vocaloid (a singing voice synthesizer) has appeared in ads from Toyota USA, Domino’s, the Late Show with David Letterman and even opened for Lady Gaga

 

Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai

Nekogahara: Stray Cat Samurai 1
By Takei, Hiroyuki
2016-10 – Kodansha Comics

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In medieval Japan, it’s a hard life for a stray cat. Every day is filled with struggles and prejudice, from oppression by fellow cats working for cruel masters to extortion by catnip druglords. But being a stray also means incredible pride and independence. The wandering samurai Norachiyo has no master, though he still wears the telltale bell of a cat who has a “person.” This rogue warrior travels across Japan, protecting the weak and cutting down those who have forgotten the virtues of being a stray – all with unrivaled swordsmanship. Although Norachiyo leaves little trace but his fearsome reputation, this enigmatic warrior has made plenty of enemies who are more than willing to get their claws on his head. Will Norachiyo’s past catch up with him, or can he spend his nine lives in freedom?

 

Tohyo Game

Tohyo Game, Volume 1: One Black Ballot to You
By G. O./Chihiro
2016-10 – Yen Press

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The class popularity contest was supposed to be for fun…but now the unpopular ones are dying grisly deaths. The classroom has become a horrific struggle for survival. Someone is keeping the game going, but who? Can anyone survive the game and expose the truth?

 

Guest Reviewer: Stacy A. ; March book 3

MARCH: BOOK THREE by John Lewis
February 2, 2017


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Co-author Andrew Aydin
Illustrator Nate Powell

I don’t read a lot of graphic novels – in fact, it feels like I start every one of my reviews this way!

This book is part of a series of biographical graphic novels written by John Lewis about his life and career. Book Three starts in the early 1960’s.

What brought this book to my attention was the awards. It won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. Then at the American Library Association Midwinter Conference last month, the following awards were announced:

The Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, which recognizes an African American author of a book for kids

The Michael L. Printz Award for excellence in young-adult literature

The Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award

The YALSA Award for excellence in young-adult nonfiction

This was record setting – no other book has ever won 4 awards from ALA. So I wanted to read it. Luckily, my library had a copy on the shelf.

From the publisher:

Welcome to the stunning conclusion of the award-winning and best-selling MARCH trilogy. Congressman John Lewis, an American icon and one ofthe key figures of the civil rights movement, joins co-writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to bring the lessons of history to vivid life for a new generation, urgently relevant for today’s world.
By the fall of 1963, the Civil Rights Movement has penetrated deep into the American consciousness, and as chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, John Lewis is guiding the tip of the spear. Through relentless direct action, SNCC continues to force the nation to confront its own blatant injustice, but for every step forward, the danger grows more intense: Jim Crow strikes back through legal tricks, intimidation, violence, and death. The only hope for lasting change is to give voice to the millions of Americans silenced by voter suppression: “One Man, One Vote.”

To carry out their nonviolent revolution, Lewis and an army of young activists launch a series of innovative campaigns, including the Freedom Vote, Mississippi Freedom Summer, and an all-out battle for the soul of the Democratic Party waged live on national television. With these new struggles come new allies, new opponents, and an unpredictable new president who might be both at once. But fractures within the movement are deepening … even as 25-year-old John Lewis prepares to risk everything in a historic showdown high above the Alabama river, in a town called Selma.

I loved this book. I must admit I pretty much cried my way through it, it is not an easy read. But what a story! Congressman Lewis has has lived an amazing life, and continues his work for civil rights to this day.

The illustrations by Nate Powell are all in black & white, and are viscerally stunning. Bombings, speeches, and arrests are somehow brought to life but the violence is never over the top or gratuitous. Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr. and other leaders of the civil rights movement, not to mention President Johnson and Robert Kennedy, are easily recognized.

This book is a testament to what civil disobedience can accomplish, and feels very timely right now. This is a truly inspirational read, and I highly recommend it.

2/17 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

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MARCH: BOOK THREE by John Lewis. Top Shelf Productions; First Edition edition (August 2, 2016). ISBN 978-1501115677. 320p.

NYT Top 10 Graphic Books Best Sellers 12/18: GN Paperbacks

New York Times paperback graphic novel best sellers from 12/18. O.M.G. It’s a Raina Telgemeier EXTRAVAGANZA! The titles link to books in the PBCLS catalog. Check ’em out!

1 GHOSTS, by Raina Telgemeier. (Scholastic) Two sisters discover that their quiet coastal town is haunted by ghosts, but are they something to fear, or embrace?

2 BABY-SITTERS CLUB GRAPHIX: BOX SET, by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier. (Scholastic) This collection contains the first four volumes of the all–color adaptation of the popular book series.

3 DRAMA, by Raina Telgemeier. (Scholastic) Callie becomes the stage manager for her middle school’s production of “Moon Over Mississippi.”

4 THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM, VOL. 1, by Robert Kirkman and others. (Image Comics) This collected edition reprints the first 48 issues of “The Walking Dead.”

5 THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM, VOL. 3, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. (Image Comics) This large collected edition includes issues 97 through 144, where Rick and his group of survivors make contact with other communities.

6 THE WALKING DEAD COMPENDIUM, VOL. 2, by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard. (Image Comics) In this collected edition, of issues 49-96, Rick and his group of survivors try to stay alive — with zombies, and some humans, against them.

7 SMILE, by Raina Telgemeier. (Scholastic) Raina experiences braces, boy troubles and other plagues of the sixth grade.

8 SISTERS, by Raina Telgemeier. (Scholastic) Raina is stuck in the back seat between her younger brother and sister for a weeklong road trip in this family memoir.

9 MARCH TRILOGY, by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell. (Top Shelf Productions) All three volumes of Representative John Lewis’s memoir of the civil rights movement are collected here.

10 THE BABY-SITTERS CLUB GRAPHIX: KRISTY’S GREAT IDEA, by Ann M. Martin and Raina Telgemeier. (Scholastic) Four friends start a babysitting business in this all-color adaptation of the first book in the series.

Drawn to Manga December 2016

In celebration of “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opening this weekend, we have a special Star Wars edition of Drawn to Manga!

A New Hope Manga

Star Wars: A New Hope: Manga Volume 1
[illustrations by] Hisao Tamaki ; [adapted from an original script by George Lucas ; edited by David Land]
1998 – Dark Horse Comics

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The complete screenplay of the original movie adapted as a manga!

 

The Empire Strikes Back

Star wars: the empire strikes back
[illustration by] Toshiki Kudo ; [based on an original story by George Lucas ; adapted from a screenplay by Leigh Brackett and Lawrence Kasdan]
1999 – Dark Horse Comics

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A manga adaptation of the movie “Star Wars Episode 5: The Empire Strikes Back”.

 

Return of the Jedi

Star wars: Return of the Jedi
[based on an original script by George Lucas ; adapted from an original screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas ; illustration by Shin-Ichi Hiromoto.]
1999 – Dark Horse Comics

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A manga adaptation of the movie “Star Wars Episode 6: Return of the Jedi”.

 

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Graphic Novel Best Sellers 12/4/16

These are the New York Times Manga Best Sellers for the week of December 4, 2016. As always, the links will take you to the Palm Beach County Library System web catalog.

1
DANTDM: TRAYAURUS AND THE ENCHANTED CRYSTAL, by Dan Middleton, Doreen Mulryan and Mike Love. (HarperCollins) Dr. Trayaurus and Dan must prevent five powerful crystals from falling into the hands of their arch–nemesis, Denton.

2
BATMAN: THE KILLING JOKE, by Alan Moore and Brian Bolland. (DC Comics) This critically acclaimed story from 1988 offers a possible origin for the Joker.

3
FIGHT CLUB 2, by Chuck Palahniuk and Cameron Stewart. (Dark Horse) In this sequel to Palahniuk’s 1996 novel, Tyler Durden re-emerges to create mayhem once again.

4
THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS 2016, edited by Roz Chast and Bill Kartalopoulos. (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) This collection features contributions from Chris Ware, Cece Bell and others.

5
HILO BOOK 2: SAVING THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, by Judd Winick. (Random House) Bizarre creatures are appearing all over town, and only Hilo, DJ and Gina can send them back to where they came from.

6
ROLLING BLACKOUTS: DISPATCHES FROM TURKEY, SYRIA AND IRAQ, by Sarah Glidden. (Drawn & Quarterly) The author travels with a team of journalists as they interview civilians and refugees from various war zones.

7
NATHAN HALE’S HAZARDOUS TALES: ALAMO ALL–STARS, by Nathan Hale. (Abrams) The Texas Revolution is the latest subject in this nonfiction series.

8
SNOW WHITE, by Matt Phelan. (Candlewick) The story of Snow White is reimagined here as a noir tale set in Manhattan during the Great Depression.

9
MOEBIUS LIBRARY: THE WORLD OF EDENA, by Jean (Moebius) Giraud. (Dark Horse) Two interstellar repairmen investigate a space station where the crew has completely vanished.

10
ANGEL CATBIRD, VOL. 1, by Margaret Atwood and Johnnie Christmas. (Dark Horse) When a scientist holding an experimental serum is hit by a car, his body mutates and takes on the physical characteristics of both a cat and an owl.

Manga Best Sellers 12/4/16

These are the New York Times Manga Best Sellers for the week of December 4, 2016. As always, the links will take you to the Palm Beach County Library System web catalog.

1
THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: LEGENDARY EDITION, VOL. 1, by Akira Himekawa. (VIZ Media) The beginning of the adaptation to Nintendo’s 1998 video game, The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, is collected here.

2
MY HERO ACADEMIA, VOL. 6, by Kohei Horikoshi. (VIZ Media) In the aftermath of the sports festival, the students of Hero Academy begin their internships.

3
ONE–PUNCH MAN, VOL. 9, by ONE and Yusuke Murata. (VIZ Media) The Hero Association is under attack, and Saitama receives an unexpected visitor at his apartment.

4
ONE PIECE, VOL. 80, by Eiichiro Oda. (VIZ Media) Now that the people of Dressrosa have been freed from Doflamingo’s tyrannical grip, the Straw Hats must find a way off the Island.

5
TOKYO GHOUL, VOL. 1, by Sui Ishida. (VIZ Media) Ken Kaneki is attacked by a monster, but survives the encounter and becomes the first half-human, half-ghoul hybrid.

6
TOKYO GHOUL, VOL. 9, by Sui Ishida. (VIZ Media) The search by Kaneki and his colleagues for Rize’s true identity brings them face to face with the mysterious Madame A.

7
ONE-PUNCH MAN, VOL. 1, by ONE and Yusuke Murata. (VIZ Media) This series, originally a web comic, features a hero named Saitama, who can defeat any monster or villain with just one punch.

8
ATTACK ON TITAN, VOL. 1, by Hajime Isayama. (Kodansha Comics) A group of survivors must go into hiding to escape the giant humanoids known as the Titans.

9
ONE-PUNCH MAN, VOL. 8, by ONE and Yusuke Murata. (VIZ Media) The truth about King, the strongest hero on Earth, is revealed.

10
TOKYO GHOUL, VOL. 8, by Sui Ishida. (VIZ Media) Kaneki unleashes his ghoulish self in order to save his friend Touka.

Drawn to Comics October 2016

Drawn to Comics presents October’s Horror List:

Eerie

Eerie, Volume 1
David Lapham
2016-04 – Dark Horse Books

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Uncle Creepy’s been hogging all the glory in Dark Horse’s revival of Warren’s classic magazines, but here comes Cousin Eerie to nudge him out of the spotlight The terrifying treasury of sinister sci-fi and fearsome fantasy is finally collected in this handsome paperback volume, amassing the inimitable talents of David Lapham, Mike Allred, Jonathan Case, Kelley Jones, and many more.

 

Nameless

Nameless
Grant Morrison
2016-03 – Image Comics

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NAMELESS tells the story of a down-at-heel occult hustler known only as “Nameless” who is recruited by a consortium of billionaire futurists as part of a desperate mission to save the world. A massive asteroid named Xibalba – the “Place of Fear” in Mayan mythology – is on collision course with the planet Earth and if that wasn’t trouble enough, the asteroid has an enormous magical symbol carved into its side and is revealed to be a fragment of our solar system’s lost fifth planet, Marduk, destroyed 65 million years ago at the end of an epic cosmic war between the inhabitants of Marduk and immensely-powerful, life-hating, extra-dimensional “gods.” One of those beings is still alive, imprisoned on Xibalba, dreaming of its ultimate revenge on all that exists. When Nameless and his team-mates inadvertently unleash this malignant soul-destroying intelligence, the stage is set for a nightmarish, nihilistic journey to the outer reaches of human terror.

 

Outcast

Outcast
Robert Kirkman
2015-02 – Image Comics

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Kyle Barnes has been plagued by demonic possession all his lifeand now he needs answers. Unfortunately, what he uncovers along the way couldbring about the end of life on Earth as we know it!

 

Wytches

Wytches, Volume 1
Scott Snyder
2015-07 – Image Comics

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Everything you thought you knew about witches is wrong. They are much darker, and they are much more horrifying. Wytches takes the mythology of witches to a far creepier, bone-chilling place than readers have dared venture before.

When the Rooks family moves to the remote town of Litchfield, NH to escape a haunting trauma, they’re hopeful about starting over. But something evil is waiting for them in the woods just beyond town. Watching from the trees. Ancient…and hungry.

 

Southern Cross

Southern Cross, Volume 1
Becky Cloonan
2016-01 – Image Comics

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Now boarding: Southern Cross, tanker flight 73 to Titan. Alex Braith is tracing her sister’s steps to the refinery moon, hoping to collect her remains and find some answers. The questions keep coming though and they lead her down a path of intrigue, betrayal, and galactic horror.

 

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