Jem and the Holograms! The Comic Book! The Movie!

Jem and the Holograms 2015Glamour and Glitter! Fashion and Fame!

Jem is truly, truly, truly outrageous and the new comic series from IDW (first issue premiered in March) is everything an 80’s girl could hope for. Sophie Campbell’s art style and character concepts really fit with the world of Jem and the Holograms. Campbell pays homage to the wild outfits and hairstyles of my childhood favorite cartoon adding a modern edge to them. Kelly Thompson stays true to the characters’ personalities with young dialog and a pinch of teen drama. I can’t wait to see the rivalry unfold between The Misfits and Jem and the Holograms over the coming months.


AND speaking of Jem and the Holograms… There is a movie coming out this October, too! The film will feature our favorite orphans (step aside, Annie) in a modern-age internet obsessed L.A. trying to make it big in the music industry.  :D  Jerrica/Jem will be played by Aubrey Peebles, Kimber by Stefanie Scott, Aja by Hayley Kiyoko, and Shana by Aurora Perrineau.

JEM Cast and CharactersCharacters/actors pic snagged from PHAT Girl Fresh

I can’t wait to see this film! I hope it’s outrageous, and amazing, and jaw-droppingly gorgeous. My only question, after watching the trailer, is WHERE’S SYNERGY?! She’s kind of the point of “Jem and the Holograms“… I suppose time will tell whether this will be my cotton-candy-pink heart’s desire or another Pitch Perfect (a very good movie, but not the Sci-Fi extravaganza we were hoping for with Jem).

JEM and the Holograms on stage These ladies look AMAZING on stage! Photo from

In the meantime, tell me about your favorite childhood TV shows and which ones you would like to see made into a live-action film. What would you have liked to see done differently with other cartoon-inspired live-action films (like Transformers or G.I. Joe)?

Drawn to Comics May 2015

Check out this month’s new comics.

Age of Ultron

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

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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.


Avengers disassembled

Avengers Disassembled
Bendis, Brian Michael
Illustrator Finch, David
2006-11 – Marvel Comics

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The powerhouse team of Brian Michael Bendis and David Finch take on Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. It begins with the return of a team member thought dead – and by the time it’s over, everything you know about the Avengers will have changed. This is the event that will rock the entirety of the Marvel Universe.


Avengers: Revelations

Avengers: Revelations
Text by (Art/Photo Books) Starlin, Jim
Text by (Art/Photo Books) Remender, Rick
2015-02 – Marvel Comics

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Four oversized tales that will rock the Avengers’ world First, Jim Starlin and Ron Lim return to Thanos Learn how a devastating defeat in Thanos’ past will soon redefine the Marvel Universe, as the Mad Titan faces Mephisto, his future self, the Avengers and more Then, can the Uncanny Avengers survive the wrath of an unleashed Spirit of Vengeance, and the all-new, all-creepy Avengers of the Supernatural? Meanwhile, when Doctor Strange is called upon to fulfill an old debt to an enclave of Himalayan technomonks, even the good doctor may be beyond his limits COLLECTING: Thanos Annual 1, Uncanny Avengers Annual 1, New Avengers Annual 1, Avengers Annual 1.


Avengers: Falcon

Avengers: Falcon
By Owlsey, Jim
Text by (Art/Photo Books) Lee, Stan
Text by (Art/Photo Books) Evanier, Mark
2014-03 – Marvel Comics

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The Falcon is soaring into the animated Avengers Assemble and the new film Captain America: The Winter Soldier – now learn his secret origin in this comprehensive collecti on of his formative adventures Witness all the action as Sam Wilson, along with his trained falcon Redwing, battles to save his fellow Harlem residents from slumlords, evades a malfuncti oning Sentinel, and takes on the megawatt menace Electro COLLECTING: FALCON 1-4; MARVEL PREMIERE 49; CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) 117-119; MATERIAL FROM CAPTAIN AMERICA (1968) 220, 276-278.


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Hinterkind vol. 1: The Waking World

Hinterkind: The Waking World

Vertigo’s Hinterkind volume 1 by Ian Edgington and Francesco Trifogli follows a pair of young adults in post-apocalyptic Manhattan.

The catch? The fae of lore have returned to take back the earth that was once theirs, millennia ago. Now, Prosper and Angus must save their makeshift town from being overrun by trolls, ogres, and various other monsters who want to gather all of humanity for a reckoning among the Sidhe, who we know as elves (think Lord of the Rings, not Harry Potter). If they don’t eat them first.

Volume 1 gives a good overview of the U.S. as it stands after a plague wipes out the majority of the world’s human population. It’s been “decades” since the settlers of Manhattan have left the island, but a lack of radio contact from a settlement in Albany (presumably the nearest group of survivors) and increasing radio silence from other major cities across the U.S. inspires a scout group to seek answers. Signals have dropped, coincidentally, from the west coast to the east coast. We learn that this is caused by the fae wrangling up humans and bringing them back to their city in California to stand trial for the crimes of humanity against the fae.

Hinterkind brings action and fantasy together with a unique dystopian twist. A lot of freaky things have been happening in the “outside world” since our settlers settled down (spoiler free zone) and you’ll get to see a bunch of it in volume 1, The Waking World. Pick up a copy at your local library!

Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron opens this weekend and I’m so excited! I’ve been preparing by having a Phase 2 film marathon: Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Guardians of the Galaxy.

Check out the original story by Brian Michael Bendis and catch up with your favorite Avengers’ movies.

How do you guys get psyched up for superhero events? What’s your favorite Marvel Avengers character or movie? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Program Highlights: May 2015

Check out the May Happenings online or at your local branch for Mother’s Day and other exciting programs.

Acreage Branch

Club Pokémon
Thu, May 07, 6:30 pm
Bring your DS or Pokémon cards to battle, trade and make new friends! Ages 6-12.(90 min.) Preregister.

Board Game Day
Sat, May 09, 2:00 pm
Enjoy a relaxing afternoon playing a variety of classic and contemporary board games. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library. All ages. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Gamerz Nite
Wed, May 13, 6:30 pm
Play Smash Bros. or Mario Kart on the library’s Wii or try out some of our other games with old friends and new. Snacks provided by the Friends of the Library. Ages 12-17. (2 hr.) Preregister.

Random Fandom Nite
Wed, May 20, 7:00 pm
Mix it up and do a bit of everything tonight! Build with LEGO® bricks. Play Yu-Gi-Oh! or Pokémon. Try some Wii games or board games with friends, or make a Continue reading

Drawn to Comics April 2015

Check out the graphic novels that inspired your favorite movies! April’s Drawn to Comics features gritty, brutal graphic novels that inspired award-winning feature films.

V for Vendeta

V for Vendetta
By Moore, Alan
Illustrator Lloyd, David
2008-10 – Vertigo
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A powerful story about loss of freedom and individuality, V FOR VENDETTA takes place in a totalitarian England following a devastating war that changed the face of the planet.
In a world without political freedom, personal freedom and precious little faith in anything comes a mysterious man in a white porcelain mask who fights political oppressors through terrorism and seemingly absurd acts. It’s a gripping tale of the blurred lines between ideological good and evil. This new trade paperback edition features the improved production values and coloring from the 2005 hardcover.

Check out the movie inspired by the graphic novel!


Ghost World

Ghost World
By Clowes, Dan
Designed by Grano, Adam
2008-10 – Fantagraphics Books
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Ghost World is the story of Becky and Enid, two teenaged girls and best friends facing the prospect of not only growing up, but growing apart from each other. Clowes paints a tender picture of this intellectually precocious, sexually adventurous (despite a mutual lack of experience), and formative period in their lives, filtered through a blue hue echoing a world lit by the cathode rays of a television a perfect metaphor for their post-nuclear existence. Both naturalistic and nostalgic, Ghost World carves a layered narrative out of the daily existence of these fully-realized young women. Ghost World: The Special Edition included the original, 80-page graphic novel; the out-of-print, Oscar-nominated 106-page screenplay; the little-seen comic strip created for the Ghost World soundtrack; and over Continue reading

Top Ten Graphic Novels of March 2015

The top ten best-selling graphic novels of March 2015 were:


*published by Diamond Comic Distributors, Inc. Top 100 Graphic Novels: March 2015

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 retailers may be included as well.