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: 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 ).

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 IMDB.com

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)?

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