DeweyCon 2019: Palm Beach County Library’s Comic Convention!

Dewey Con

In case you missed it…

During the weekend of Saturday, August 17, 2019, and Sunday, August 18, 2019, the Palm Beach County Library System hosted over 800 members, both young, and young-at-heart, for the library system’s very first comic convention. The aptly titled Dewey Con offered the public a chance to drive Sphero robots around challenging obstacle courses, explore virtual reality via Oculus Rift, and run rousing races of Mario Kart on the Nintendo Switch!

Cosmic Times’ Martin Pierro not only discussed the history of comic books in the United States, but also shared tips on publishing in the comic book world! FlamingoCon members visited to teach con-goers how to play new and exciting board games, Morikami Museum and Japanese Gardens provided crafts workshops on Japanese culture, and Nerds Know hosted many an Anime trivia round! Maltz Jupiter Theatre brought Drama Dragon to town to share a gorgeous bilingual story time all about the acceptance of feelings. Hoopla representatives were on hand to show visitors how to access the magnificent world of comics and graphic novels available to users of Hoopla Digital! Tate’s Comics + Toys + More shared a plethora of Free Comic Day comics with adults and kids alike.

In case that were not enough, special thanks to the Everglades Squadron, Darth Vader, Rey, and a myriad of other Star Wars characters for making appearances during weekend festivities!
Over 1,500 comic books and 900 graphic novels were distributed to PBCLS library members during the event, allowing countless enthusiasts to start home libraries of their very own!

If you missed Dewey Con 2019, stay tuned, because we’ll be hosting another comic con event in 2020!

Written by Christina Stone, PBCLS Librarian

Drawn to Comics July 2017 – Spider-Man!

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is in theaters and PBCLS is here to help satisfy your “spider-senses” with more tales from the Amazing Spider-Man!*

Check out more Spider-Man titles, including the other Spider-Man movies, in our catalog!

Amazing Spider-Man, Volume 1
By Slott, Dan
Illustrator Ramos, Humberto
2016-01 – Marvel Comics

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Peter Parker is back He’s got a second chance at life, and he’s not wasting a moment of it. But his old foes Electro and the Black Cat are back as well, re-energized and madder than ever And a new revelation rocks Spider-Man’s world: The radioactive spider that granted Peter his powers bit someone else, too Who is Silk, and where has she been all these years? Find out as Peter Parker retakes his life, putting the “friendly” back in the neighborhood, the “hero” back in “super hero” – and the “amazing” back in “Spider-Man ” Plus, it’s a new chapter in the story you know by heart He sought revenge, but found responsibility.

 

Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Book 1
By Marvel Comics
2015-08 – Marvel Comics

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Miles Morales takes up the mantle of the Ultimate Spider-Man Before Peter Parker died, young Miles was poised to start the next chapter in his life in a new school. Then, a spider’s bite granted the teenager incredible arachnid-like powers. Now, Miles has been thrust into a world he doesn’t understand, with only gut instinct and a little thing called responsibility as his guides. Can he live up to Peter’s legacy as Spider-Man? As Miles grapples with his new life, Miles’ Uncle Aaron – a.k.a. the Prowler – learns his secret He’s got plans for his nephew, but little does he know that the Scorpion is on his tail Spider-Man story.

 

Spider-Man 2099 Volume 1: Out of Time
By David, Peter
Illustrator Sliney, William
Illustrator Leonardi, Rick
2015-02 – Marvel Comics

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Venture, the Specialist, the Vulture – the future is full of menaces, but none so vile as a corrupt government and the corporations behind it! A scary future needs a hero who’s just as creepy – perhaps a Wall-Crawler of some kind? See the world of tomorrow and the cast who inhabit it as the Spider-Man of 2099 battles evil in both high and low society in the 2099 imprint’s flagship title, written by industry legend Peter David!

 

Amazing Spider-Man: Amazing Grace
By Molina, Jose
Illustrator Bianchi, Simone
2016-09 – Marvel Comics

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When a dead man walks in Harlem, Spider-Man must do something about it – but he’ll have to venture far out of his comfort zone. And in seeking out the answers to this Lazarus story, Spidey bites off a little more than he can chew…when the trail leads straight to the Santerians From television’s Agent Carter writer Jose Molina and superstar artist Simone Bianchi, the team of heroes hidden since Daredevil: Father head back into the spotlight The webslinger rediscovers why graveyards are so frightening as his investigation into these uncanny resurrections leads him into terrifying territory. The Santerians are his guide, but together they will journey far from Harlem before this mystery is solved Peter Parker will be forced into questions of life, death and what lies beyond.

 

Civil War: Peter Parker, Spider-Man
By Aguirre-Sacasa, Roberto
Illustrator Crain, Clayton
2016-04 – Marvel Comics

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Whose side are you on? The war has begun, sides have been chosen, and the die has been cast With the repercussions of recent events in Civil War spreading across the Marvel Universe, see how every action can have enormous consequences – even in Peter Parker’s life. Now, one of Spider-Man’s oldest and most insidious foes – the Chameleon – decides to make his move against the wallcrawler His first step: gathering a new super-team of Spider-Man’s deadliest foes and striking him where he is most vulnerable.

 

*I’m sure there was a missed opportunity for at least one Spidey-pun. Leave your suggestions in the comments as well as your feelings on the film.

Drawn to Comics: Wonder Woman Special

The new Wonder Woman movie came out this weekend and by now you’ve probably seen it at least once (if not, what are you waiting for?! It’s AMAZING!). And yet you are still craving MORE Wonder Woman adventures! That’s totally natural. From classics to origin story shake-ups, PBCLS has tons of Wonder Woman comics just waiting for you to pick up.

Wonder Woman Her Greatest Battles

Wonder Woman: Her Greatest Battles
By Various
2017-02 – DC Comics

With the powers of a god and the fighting spirit of an Amazon, Wonder Woman is Earth’s fiercest defender. On Themyscira, Diana was trained from birth to be a warrior. Her skills in battle are unmatched, as are her bullet-stopping bracelets and Lasso of Truth. Now, relive her greatest triumphs.

 

Wonder Woman Blood

Wonder Woman Volume 1: Blood
By Azzarello, Brian
Illustrator Chiang, Cliff
Illustrator Akins, Tony
2012-06 – DC Comics

Hippolyta, queen of the Amazons, has kept a secret from her daughter all her life-and when Wonder Woman learns who her father is, her life will shatter like brittle clay.

AND MORE!

I absolutely loved the Azzarello run and thoroughly enjoyed his version of Diana’s origin and her connection to Greco-Roman mythos. It is also possibly the closest to the movie version (that’s as “spoilery” as I’ll get, I promise! <3 ).

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™

See more reviews from Stacy at BookBitch.com.

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.