Drawn to Manga: May 2016

This special edition of Drawn to Manga will focus on a relatively new category of books for our library system: Light Novels.

What is a light novel? They are Japanese novels that may (but not always) include illustrations and tend to be geared toward young adults (but again, not always). Many light novels have been adapted to anime and/or manga like the Sword Art Online series and All You Need Is Kill.

A Certain Magical Index

A Certain Magical Index, Vol. 1
By Kamachi, Kazuma
Illustrator Haimura, Kiyotaka
2014-11 – Yen on

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 Touma Kamijou has the worst luck imaginable… Sure he’s a citizen of Academy City, a scientific marvel of the modern world where superhuman abilities are artificially cultivated and commonplace, but when it comes to paranormal talent, Kamijou’s been classified a Level Zero-a loser, basically. Oh, he does have one trick up his sleeve (literally), but even that’s more trouble than it’s worth.

When Kamijou encounters a delusional young girl convinced she’s a nun and raving about being chased by evil sorcerers, he’s eager to send her on her way and get back to failing his studies. Fate, it would seem though, has other ideas, and he suddenly finds himself caught up in a supernatural intrigue with a girl named “Index” at the center.

Science and magic collide in this first volume of one of the most popular light novel series ever penned.

 

Attack on Titan Before the Fall

Attack on Titan: Before the Fall (Novel)
By Suzukaze, Ryo
Illustrator Shibamoto, Thores
2014-09 – Vertical

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 Before the fall, and before the trials of “the Titan’s son” Kyklo, a young smith by the name of Angel Aaltonen grappled with the giants as only a craftsman could.

The first of the three-part “Before the Fall” light novels, whose second and third installments have been adapted into a manga of the same name, this prequel of prequels details the origins of the devices that humanity developed to take on the mysterious Titans.

 

Battle Royale

Battle Royale: The Novel
By Takami, Koushun
Translator Oniki, Yuji
2009-11 – Viz Media

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 In an alternative future Japan, junior high students are forced to fight to the death L to R (Western Style). Koushun Takami’s notorious high-octane thriller is based on an irresistible premise: a class of junior high school students is taken to a deserted island where, as part of a ruthless authoritarian program, they are provided arms and forced to kill one another until only one survivor is left standing. Criticized as violent exploitation when first published in Japan–where it then proceeded to become a runaway bestseller–“Battle Royale” is a “Lord of the Flies” for the 21st century, a potent allegory of what it means to be young and (barely) alive in a dog-eat-dog world. Made into a controversial hit movie of the same name, “Battle Royale” is already a contemporary Japanese pulp classic, now available for the first time in the English language.

A group of high school students are taken to small isolated island and forced to fight each other until only one remains alive If they break the rules a special collar blows their heads off.

Koushun Takami’s brutal, high-octane thriller is told in breathless. blow-by-blow fashion. “Battle Royale” is a contemporary Japanese pulp classic now available for the first time in English.

 

This may sound familiar! They made it into a movie called Battle Royale.
Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime

Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime, Volume 1
By Nomura, Mizuki
2010-07 – Yen Press

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 For self-styled “book girl,” third-year high school student Tohko Amano, being the head of the literary club is more than just an extracurricular activity with minor perks. It’s her bread and butter… literally! Tohko is actually a literature-gobbling demon, and instead of the less palatable option of water-soaked bread, she opts to munch on torn out pages from all kinds of stories. But for Tohko, the real delicacies are handwritten stories. And to satisfy her gourmet tastes, she’s employed (aka. browbeaten) one Konoha Inoue, an underclassman who has retreated from writing novels after his experiences with getting published at an early age. So day in and day out, Konoha scribbles away to satisfy Tohko’s appetite. But when, one day, another student comes knocking on the literary club door to seek advice on writing love letters, will Tohko discover a new kind of delicacy to whet her voracious appetite?

 

All You Need is Kill

All You Need Is Kill
By Sakurazaka, Hiroshi
Translator Smith, Alexander O.
2009-07 – Viz Media

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 When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his 158th iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally–the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji’s escape or his final death?

 

This may sound familiar! They made it into a movie called The Edge of Tomorrow.
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Drawn to Comics May 2016

Civil War Movie

Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War opens this weekend! Some of us may be lucky enough to see it tonight but, for those of us who have to wait, we can prep and catch up on the history of Civil War via the comics.

 

Marvel Civil WarCivil War
By Millar, Mark
Illustrator McNiven, Steve
2008-11 – Marvel Comics Group

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A conflict has been brewing from more than a year, threatening to pit friend against friend, brother against brother – and all it will take is a single misstep to cost thousands their lives and ignite the fuse As the war claims its first victims, no one is safe as teams, friendships and families begin to fall apart. Contains materials originally published in magazine form as Civil War #1-7, Marvel Spotlight: Civil war, and Civil War script book.

 

Marvel Road to Civil War

The Road to Civil War
By Bendis, Brian Michael
Author Straczynski, J. Michael
Illustrator Maleev, Alex
2007-03 – Marvel Comics Group

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Ripped from the pages of New Avengers, the Eisner Award-winning team of Brian Bendis and Alex Maleev present an explosive hidden story of Marvel’s secret past, the secret history of Marvel’s most secret team – how they came together and how they are ripped apart. Plus: Spidey’s got a new lease on life, new powers and a new costume, courtesy of his new best friend Tony Stark. So what could possibly go wrong? With clouds quickly building on the horizon, the bonds that Spider-Man now forges may very well determine his capacity to withstand a coming storm. The Marvel Universe is about to split down the middle, and the line is drawn here! You will be asked: whose side are you on? Collects New Avengers: Illuminati; Amazing Spider-Man #529-531; Fantastic Four #536 & 537.

 

Marvel Civil War Captain America Iron Man

Civil War: Captain America/Iron Man
By Brubaker, Ed
Author Knauf, Charles
Author Knauf, Daniel
2016-03 – Marvel Comics

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Captain America has fallen into a clash with his government and his friends, and the people close to him are paying the price. Sharon Carter’s life is torn apart as her superiors use her divided loyalties against her. The Winter Soldier comes face-to-face with Cap, but which side will he choose? Then, get inside Tony Stark’s mind, and learn why he feels that only he can lead the charge for superhuman registration In the midst of the war, Captain America and Iron Man meet secretly. COLLECTING: CAPTAIN AMERICA 22-24, WINTER SOLDIER: WINTER KILLS, IRON MAN 13-14, IRON MAN/CAPTAIN AMERICA: CASUALTIES OF WAR, CIVIL WAR: THE CONFESSION.

 

Marvel Civil War Black Panther

Civil War: Black Panther
By Hudlin, Reginald
Illustrator Eaton, Scot
2016-03 – Marvel Comics

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The Royal Couple, King T’Challa and Queen Ororo, embark on a diplomatic tour that will have them spanning the globe – and beyond! Stops include Latveria (Dr. Doom), the Moon (Black Bolt and the Inhumans), Atlantis (Namor the Sub-Mariner) and the Civil War-ravaged United States, for a meeting with none other than the point man for the U.S. government’s implementation of the Superhuman Registration Act: Tony Stark, T’Challa’s former Avengers teammate. Will the Black Panther and Storm decide to get off the sidelines of the Civil War and get involved? Collects Black Panther #19-25.

 

Marvel Civil War Punisher War Journal

Civil War: Punisher War Journal
By Fraction, Matt
Illustrator Olivetti, Ariel
2016-04 – Marvel Comics

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The Punisher is back – with a vengeance. And he’s taking no prisoners…literally With Civil War in full-throttle mode, Frank Castle is feeling the heat. His safe houses have been raided and his munitions seized, and he’s square in the crosshairs of a Marvel Universe big gun who always gets his man. Until now, this wasn’t Frank’s war. But when spandex-clad baddies start carrying badges – well, let’s just say that’s something the Punisher can’t abide. Frank Castle doesn’t play well with super heroes, and they don’t play well with him.

 

If you’re looking for more Civil War, check our catalog or your local library!

February 2016 Happenings Highlights

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PBCLS celebrates Black History Month

Orisirisi African Folklore shares the beauty of African life and culture through storytelling. With African drumming and dance, spirited call and response songs, and fun-filled audience participation, Moonlight Stories will appeal to the child’s heart in everyone. Orisirisi spins yarns and shares learning experiences that none will soon forget!

Orisirisi is performing at all of our branches during Black History Month. Check their schedule here.

Check our Happenings for more Black History Month programs at your local library.

Every month we like to feature programs we think you’ll enjoy. Here are some February highlights:

Acreage Branch

Club Pokémon

Tue, Feb 16, 6:30 pm
Bring your DS or Pokémon cards to battle, trade and make new friends or try your hand at a Pokécraft. Ages 6-12. (90 min.) Preregister.

Anime Otaku Club

Tue, Feb 23, 6:30 pm
Hang out, watch anime, and eat snacks while you talk with friends and fans about all the coolest stuff from Japan. Ages 12-17. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Card Gamers Club

Wed, Feb 24, 7:00 pm
Yu-Gi-Oh!, Pokémon, 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.

Main Branch

AniMAINia

Thu, Feb 11, 4:00 pm
Tue, Feb 23, 5:00 pm
We will be watching an anime of your choosing to kick us off so keep some in mind that you’d like to watch. Remember, you can bring your own art, manga, video games, or shows to share so don’t be shy! Walk-ins are welcome. . If you like manga, anime, K-Drama, K-Pop, J-Pop, or cosplaying, then this is your chance to meet others just like you. Ages 11-17. (60 min.) Preregister.

Comic Book Craft

Tue, Feb 16, 4:00 pm
Do you like to read comics, but keep losing your place? Well, here is our solution: comic book bookmarks! You may draw, color or cut out comics or superheroes to make your very own bookmark. Be sure to bring your creative side! Ages 7-11. (30 min.) Preregister.

Walking Dead Trivia

Sat, Feb 20, 2:00 pm
Test your knowledge of “The Walking Dead” during our trivia event. Form a team, or compete alone, in a ghoulish game of trivia about the hit television and comic book series. Bragging rights and prizes will be awarded to the winners. (90 min.) Preregister.

Royal Palm Beach Branch

Anime Club

Sat, Feb 13, 3:00 pm
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.

Wellington Branch

Anime Nation

Tue, Feb 16, 6:00 pm
View new anime titles. Snacks provided. Ages 12-17. Limit 25. (90 min.)

West Boca Branch

Superhero Mini Camp

Tue, Feb 16, 3:30 pm
Create a superhero identity, craft, and tackle a few superhero activities as you discover your inner superhero. Costumes welcome. Grades K-5. (60 min.) Preregister.

Drawn to Comics: Star Wars

In celebration of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”, coming to theaters December 18th, we are featuring PBCLS’ collection of Star Wars comics. Check out our catalog for more titles from our collection.

Star wars. Episode IV, A new hope

Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope
By Thomas, Roy
Illustrator Chaykin, Howard
2015-05 – Marvel Comics

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The original comic adaptation of the greatest space-fantasy film of all is remastered for the modern age Weeks before George Lucas’ first “Star Wars “film hit theatres, Marvel gave fans their first look at Luke Skywalker, boldly asking: “Will he save the galaxy, or destroy it?” You may know the answer, but that doesn’t spoil the fun of seeing “Star Wars: “Episode IV – “A New Hope “like never before…including scenes that never made the silver screen When Princess Leia is taken prisoner, Luke, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Chewbacca, C-3PO and R2-D2 ride to the rescue and take on Darth Vader in his awesome Death Star.

 

Star Wars, Dawn of the Jedi.

Star Wars: Dawn of the Jedi Volume 1 Force Storm
By Ostrander, John
Author Parsons, Dan
Author Duursema, Jan
2012-12 – Dark Horse Books

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Here begins the tale of the dawn of the Jedi, the “Star Wars” of 25,000 years ago–before lightsabers, before hyperspace travel, before the Jedi spread throughout the galaxy, when connections to the Force were new.

On the planet Tython, a group of beings–scientists, philosophers, and warriors–strive to maintain peace and to balance the mystifying power known as the Force. But a stranger is coming, one who will disrupt the balance with his arrival and his own connection to the Force. Everything in their system is about to change… The doors to the galaxy have been opened.

 

Star Wars Darth Vader

Star Wars: Darth Vader, Volume 1: Vader
By Gillen, Kieron
Illustrator Larocca, Salvador
2015-10 – Marvel Comics

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The original Dark Lord of the Sith stars in his first ongoing series Ever since Darth Vader’s first on-screen appearance, he has become one of pop culture’s most popular villains. Now, follow Vader straight from the ending of A NEW HOPE into his own solo adventures – showing the Empire’s war with the Rebel Alliance from the other side But when a Dark Lord needs help, who can he turn to? As Vader pursues a very personal vengeance against the Rebels and investigates the Emperor’s secret machinations, he clashes with weapons scavenger Aphra and deadly Battle Droids, and returns to Geonosis to build an army. But some very powerful people don’t want him to learn the truths he seeks.

 

Star Wars Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison

Star Wars: Darth Vader and the Ghost Prison
By Blackman, Haden
Illustrator Alessio, Agustin
Illustrator Wilkins, Dave
2013-04 – Dark Horse Comics

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A traitorous uprising against the fledgling Galactic Empire leaves Emperor Palpatine close to death. Saving the Emperor–and the Empire–appears to be a lost cause… unless Vader can uncover the secrets of the Jedi Council and locate the mysterious “Ghost Prison.”

 

Boba Fett death, lies, & treachery

Star Wars: Boba Fett: Death, Lies, & Treachery
By Wagner, John
Illustrator Kennedy, Cam
1998-01 – Dark Horse Comics

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Throughout the vast reaches of the galaxy one name is always uttered in hushed tones, a name guaranteed to strike fear into the stoutest heart: Boba Fett. His prices are exorbitant, but if you’re looking for revenge, or if you’re looking for protection, he’ll get the job done.

 

Dark Metro

dark metroWhat is Dark Metro? Dark Metro by Tokyo Calen is a two part manga series that consists of short stories regarding the paranormal.  The title (and cover image) gives away where most of these stories are set. Each story is separate and brings their own spine tingling elements.

When I was reading the series for the first time, I could not get the feeling of being terrified. Reading it in the dark is the best way to feel the aura of what the author is trying to convey. If you are interested in this type of genre, I recommend this title and I guarantee that you cannot pass this manga up. What are you waiting for? Check out your local library or click here to grab a copy.

Thanksgiving Hoopla!

The Palm Beach County Library System will be closing early November 25 (all branches will be closed by 5 p.m.) and will be closed November 26 and 27 in celebration of Thanksgiving. No materials are due on those days, so don’t sweat over the books you already have checked out.

If you’re looking for something to pass the time between parades and football games, you can always log onto the PBCLS homepage to access some of our streaming e-materials.

Hoopla provides access to ebooks (including comics!), audiobooks, streaming movies, and music!

Overdrive has thousands of options for ebooks and audiobooks. See what’s available today!

If you just need some tunes to get you through dinner with the family, try Freegal. You can download up to 5 songs a week for FREE!

We also have a new service called Flipster which provides access to magazines!

Whatever your plans for Thanksgiving weekend, I hope you enjoy yourself.

Happy Thanksgiving