Drawn to Manga October 2016

Drawn to Manga presents October’s Horror List:

Dragon Head

Dragon Head. Vol. 1
Minetaro Mochizuki
2006-01 – TokyoPop

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Imagine waking up in a pitch-black train wreck filled with broken glass and bodies. No one answers when you call for help-and as you begin to orient yourself, you realize that this might be because everyone around you is dead. Mochizuki opens this story with the wide, terror-struck eyes of schoolboy Aoki Teru as he wakes up into just such a nightmare, and from there, the suspense never lets up. Not that this is a particularly fast-paced book-instead of frenzied action, we get fine gradations of panic and exhaustion. Each new piece of information deepens a growing sense of dread: not only has the train crashed, it’s also been sealed in by falling rocks. Aoki is not entirely alone, but of the two other companions he finds, one is unconscious and the other is going crazy. And then there’s the strange, stifling heat. Mochizuki’s narrative pacing is so deft, and his drawings so effective at communicating nuances of emotion that the story unfolds for us with the same urgency and immediacy as it does for Aoki and his companions. The result is an emotionally and psychologically compelling drama that promises to be an unforgettable journey into darkness with future volumes. (Publisher’s Weekly)


Goth Light Novel

Goth (Light Novel)
2015-08 – Haikasoru

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Morino is the strangest girl in school how could she not be, given her obsession with brutal murders? And there are plenty of murders to grow obsessed with, as the town in which she lives is a magnet for serial killers. She and her schoolmate will go to any length to investigate the murders, even putting their own bodies on the line. And they don’t want to stop the killers Morino and her friend simply want to understand them.



Uzumaki: Volume 1
Junji Ito
2007-10 – Viz Media

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Kurozu-cho, a small fogbound town on the coast of Japan, is cursed. According to Shuichi Saito, the withdrawn boyfriend of teenager Kirie Goshima, their town is haunted not by a person or being but by a pattern: “uzumaki,” the spiral, the hypnotic secret shape of the world. It manifests itself in small ways: seashells, ferns, whirlpools in water, whirlwinds in air. And in large ways: the spiral marks on people’s bodies, the insane obsessions of Shuichi’s father, the voice from the cochlea in your inner ear. As the madness spreads, the inhabitants of Kurozu-cho are pulled ever deeper, as if into a whirlpool from which there is no return.


Battle Royale Angels Border

Battle Royale: Angel’s Border
Koshun Takami
2014-06 – Viz Media

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The Program is a brutal military experiment that pits junior high students against each other every year in a brutal battle to the death. Most of the students from Shiroiwa Junior High scatter as soon as they reach the remote island where they must participate in the latest round of the Program. But Yukie Utsumi and five of her friends lock themselves in the lighthouse, clinging to a desperate hope of survival. They all trust each other, but they also know that only one can survive the Battle Royale A graphic novel side story of the bestselling novel Battle Royale.


Tokyo Pet Shop of Horrors

Tokyo Pet Shop of Horrors vol. 1
Matsuri Akino
2008 – Tokyopop

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It’s been several years since the bizarre Chinese count known only as D left L.A’s Chinatown. In that time, life has returned to normal in the world, and the nightmares associated with Count D’s pet shop of horrors have ceased. But across the Pacific, amidst the bright lights of Tokyo, a mysterious Chinese man has been spotted, and he seems to be opening a new shop.


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Top 10 Graphic Novels August 2016

The top ten best-selling graphic novels of August 2016 were:
As always, linked titles are available from PBCLS.

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NYT Top 10 Graphic Books Best Sellers 05/29: GN Hardcovers

New York Times hardcover graphic novel best sellers from 05/29/16. The titles link to books in the PBCLS catalog. Check ’em out!

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.

2 THE COMPLETE PEANUTS: 1999–2000,by Charles M. Schulz. (Fantagraphics.) This volume includes the final year of the newspaper comic strip with a foreword written by President Obama. Check out other Peanuts comics in the PBCLS catalog.

3 WALT DISNEY’S DONALD DUCK: TERROR OF THE BEAGLE BOYS, by Carl Barks. (Fantagraphics.) The adventures of Donald, Uncle Scrooge, Huey, Dewey, and Louie continue here.

4 DC COMICS: SECRET HERO SOCIETY, VOL. 1, by Derek Fridolfs and Dustin Nguyen. (Scholastic.) Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman are reimagined here as middle-school students who attend an academy and investigate its suspicious faculty members.

5 PATIENCE, by Daniel Clowes. (Fantagraphics.) A man steals a time machine to prevent the unsolved murder of his wife.

6 EVERYTHING IS TEETH, by Evie Wyld and Joe Sumner. (Pantheon.) In this memoir, the author details her childhood fascination with sharks, sparked by family trips to Australia.

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

8 THE WHITE DONKEY: TERMINAL LANCE, by Maximilian Uriarte. (Little, Brown.) This book follows a Marine recruit as he searches for meaning during his military service in Iraq.

9 MARY WEPT OVER THE FEET OF JESUS, by Chester Brown. (Drawn & Quarterly.) Nine stories from the Bible are retold to examine its representations of prostitution.

10 THE RUSSIAN AND UKRAINIAN NOTEBOOKS, by Igort. (Simon & Schuster.) Survival stories from the Ukraine famine in 1932 and an investigative account of the murder of a Russian journalist are told here.

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.


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February 2016 Happenings Highlights


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


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.