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 Manga August 2017: Sailor Moon Edition!

This weekend kicks off celebrations across the world in honor of International Sailor Moon Day (observed August 5th). If you can’t make it to an event, stop by your local library and enjoy your favorite manga series!

Sailor Moon

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon
By Takeuchi, Naoko
2011-09 – Kodansha Comics

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Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil!

This new edition of Sailor Moon will feature:

– An entirely new, incredibly accurate translation!

– Japanese-style, right-to-left reading!

– New cover art never before seen in the U.S.!

– The original Japanese character names!

– Detailed translation notes!

 

sailor moon short stories

Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon Short Stories
By Takeuchi, Naoko
2013-09 – Kodansha Comics

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In these collections of short stories, we find our favorite Sailor Guardians and their friends encountering new mysteries, enemies, allies, and once more saving the day. After the daughter of a foreign diplomat transfers to her school, Chibi-Usa’s male classmates suspiciously stop attending classes. Upon investigation, Chibi-Usa discovers the new transfer student is a vampire. Mamoru’s birthday gift to Chibi-Usa turns out to be the brainwashing device of a depressed folk tale heroine come-to-life, seeking sympathy from fellow women and girls Chibi-Usa’s Pink Sugar Heart Attack becomes literal when defeating a local sprite that has possessed the dentist she and Usagi visit to get their cavities treated. Then, other local sprites wreak havoc in the lives of Mako, Ami, and Rei as they and Mina and Usagi study for high school entrance exams. Finally, Chibi-Usa and her newfound BFF’s help out the quirky proprietor of a mysterious pawnshop that is under attack by both human and otherworldly entities. AND MORE!

This new edition of Sailor Moon features:

– An entirely new, incredibly accurate translation

– Japanese-style, right-to-left reading

– New cover art never before seen in the U.S.

– The original Japanese character names

– Detailed translation notes

 

Codename Sailor V

Codename: Sailor V
By Takeuchi, Naoko
2011-09 – Kodansha Comics

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Like Sailor Moon, Minako Aino is a normal 13-year-old schoolgirl until a fateful day when a white cat introduces himself to her and tells her she has the power to transform into the hero, Sailor V. Using a magic pen to transform, Sailor V fights the evil agents of the Dark Agency as she strives to protect the earth.

Codename: Sailor V, created by the author before she created the mega-popular Sailor Moon, has never before been available in the U.S. This books features:

– An incredibly accurate translation!

– Japanese-style, right-to-left reading!

– New cover art never before seen in the U.S.!

– The original Japanese character names!

– Detailed translation notes!

 

We also have the new Sailor Moon Crystal TV show!

sailor moon crystal DVD

2016 – VIZ Media, Warner Home Video (Firm)

Drawn to Comics July 2017 – Valerian!


The highly anticipated, visually stunning SCI-FI movie “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” opens this weekend.

Valerian was created by Jean-Claude Mézières and Pierre Christin and was originally published as French comic series from November 1967 – January 2010. While Valerian is Mézières’ only comic series, he has worked as an illustrator in many other areas, including designs and sets for The Fifth Element, and he was awarded the Grand Prix du festival d’Angoulême in 1984. Christin also works in collaboration with other artists such as Tardi and Bilal and writes novels and film scripts.

From the Publisher: “VALERIAN is a saga that every fan of Star Wars and Star Trek will identify with and love. Valerian and his beautiful, sharp-witten and sharp-tongued partner, Laureline, live adventures set against visually stunning backgrounds: complex architectural inventions, futuristic machines, otherworldly landscapes, and odd-looking aliens that are staples of artist Mezieres’s seemingly boundless visual inventiveness. The stories are gripping and of epic proportion, sweeping along in trilling, hyper-space speed.”

We ordered the first three volumes of the new Complete Collection for our members in anticipation of the film’s release. Check them out in our catalog.

Valerian: The Complete Collection
This first volume of the collection contains books 1 and 2 of the series: The City of Shifting Waters – in its original two parts, 9 pages longer format – and The Empire of a Thousand Planets. It also includes book 0, Bad Dreams, translated into English for the first time: the very first adventures of our two heroes, published after City and retroactively numbered. Finally, linking the volumes of this collection together, a long, exclusive interview with the authors and director Luc Besson is illustrated with new art as well as numerous sketches, studies and photographs from the latter’s upcoming big-screen adaptation.

 

Valerian: The Complete Collection
In this book you will find volumes 3 to 5: The Land Without Stars, Welcome to Alflolol and Birds of the Master three stories that introduce the societal criticism aspect of the series. Battle of the sexes, totalitarianism and extreme productivism are lambasted, but never at the expense of fantasy or of the action. And as they travel from world to distant world, Laureline becomes a truly equal partner, far from the stereotypical female sidekick roles of the time. Finally, the second part of the exclusive interview with the authors and director Luc Besson is followed by an in-depth portrait of Pierre Christin, the writer.

 

Valerian: The Complete Collection
This third book of the collected edition contains volumes 6 to 8: Ambassador of the Shadows the story that directly inspired Luc Besson’s film On the False Earths and Heroes of the Equinox. Over the course of these titles, among the finest in the series, Laureline takes her rightful place as the brains of the outfit, while Valerian fully embraces his role as anti-hero: always brave, but often a bit out of his depth. You will also find the end of the interview with Luc Besson and the authors, and an in-depth portrait of Jean-Claude Mezieres, the artist.

 

Guest Reviewer: Stacy A. ; Cook Korean!

COOK KOREAN! by Robin Ha
January 28, 2017

A Comic Book with Recipes
I loved Relish: My Life in the Kitchen by Lucy Knisley, which came out a few years ago, but never really expected to find another graphic novel with recipes. I was wrong. Apparently graphic novel cookbooks are now a thing.

There was a really interesting article on eater.com about it, Why Cookbooks are Looking More Like Comicbooks. They point out:

But comic cookbooks can do something for home cooks, too — make recipes less daunting and easier to follow. Cookbooks are still in demand, but many — with their overly aspirational food photography — wind up as coffee-table books for the kitchen.

An interesting point, for sure. And click through to an older article, The Golden Era of Food Comics is Happening Right Now. Also interesting.

When I heard about Cook Korean!, I knew I had to take a look at it. I don’t know a lot about Korean food. Korean BBQ restaurants are around, and kimchi is hugely popular pretty much everywhere now, so it seemed like a good time to learn. And learn I did.

Table of Contents:

Introduction
Kimchi and Pickles
Vegetable Side Dishes
Meat and Poultry
Seafood
Soups and Stews
Porridges
Noodles and Rice Cakes
Snacks and Street Foods
Cocktails and Anju
Korean Fusion

I included the introduction because it’s not your typical “here’s why I wrote this cookbook page.” Instead, it’s 20 pages or so of ingredients used in Korean cooking, the Korean refrigerator, the Korean pantry, Korean meal guide, Bap: Cooked Rice, Rice and its delicious by-products, Korea’s regions and foods and finally Dengki’s dress. In other words, lots of super useful information. With illustrations.

All the chapters are heavily illustrated, thus the graphic novel genre. I mean if you just picked it up without knowing it was a cookbook, it probably wouldn’t occur to you as you glanced through it. No, it’s not a novel, it’s cookbook/memoir and nonfiction while we usually call fiction books novels. But what I called comic books as a kid are now called graphic novels, regardless of whether or not the books contain fiction or nonfiction. My library shelves them in the nonfiction. I have noticed that some graphic novel memoirs are shelved in biographies, and I’m not sure who is making that distinction (Library of Congress? The Online Computer Library Center, better known as OCLC?) or why that distinction is being made. Congressman John Lewis just won a bunch of awards for the third book of his graphic novel trilogy memoir, March: Book Three (congrats!) which is shelved in biography. But I digress.

Other things I noticed when looking at the table of contents. I admitted up front I am pretty ignorant about Korean food. I didn’t know there were stews or porridges, for instance. Now I do. Kimchi Stew, for starters. And a Spicy Fish Stew. I learned that pine nuts are not just for pesto and are used in Pine Nut Porridge.

So kimchi. There is a little gastro pub near my house that makes killer kimchi. And by killer I mean they warn you if you try and order it that it is very hot, so I haven’t tried it. A kimchi loving friend (hi Dave!) has had it and really enjoys it. So everything I know about kimchi is that historically, it was made from cabbage in clay jars and buried in the dirt. The smell was supposedly horrific. And is very, very spicy. But after reading this book, I learned that my suppositions were correct, but there are ways to make it much more palatable for my delicate American taste. Use less Korean chili, for starters. I also learned that kimchi can be made from a variety of vegetables, not just cabbage – radish, cucumber and green onion, just to name a few. I feel kimchi educated now.

Noodles are big in Asian cooking and Korean food is no exception. The recipe for Handmade Knife Noodles is about as close to pasta as you can get. Rice cakes are called Tteok and there are dozens of different kinds, mostly eaten as snacks or dessert.

The cocktails chapter includes a lesson in Korean Drinking Culture, including the admonishment to “always pour your elder’s drink with both your hands,” to never refuse a drink from your elders and “always refill drinks for others and never refill your own drink. You must wait for others to fill it up for you.”

The recipes are all explained and illustrated so that even someone as ignorant of Korean food and customs as I am, could successfully prepare anything in this book. I loved the watercolor type paintings that illustrate each chapter title page, and the drawings throughout the book really added to my understanding of technique. It’s funny, I never really cared for illustrations in cookbooks, for instance the beloved Silver Palate Cookbook, as I much prefer photographs. But for some reason, I love the illustrations here and didn’t miss the photos at all.

Finally, I was trying to figure out how many recipes there are but it was difficult as so many have variations included. The author does mention in her acknowledgements that her mother helped with 64 of the recipes though. Always nice to acknowledge your mom!

If you are curious about Korean cuisine and culture or you love Korean food and want to try making some yourself, this is the book for you.

1/17 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™

See more reviews from Stacy at BookBitch.com.

COOK KOREAN! by Robin Ha. Ten Speed Press (July 5, 2016). ISBN 978-1607748878. 176p.

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?