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

Program Highlights: April 2015

Acreage Branch
Winter is Coming: A “Game of Thrones” Crafting Adventure
Thu, Apr 02, 6:00 pm
Get ready for the next season of “Game of Thrones” by crafting a personalized character Cubeecraft™ and house sigil popcorn container. Ages 12 & up. (90 min.) Preregister.

Anime Otaku Club
Tue, Apr 14, 7:00 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. (90 min.) Preregister.

Club Pokémon
Wed, Apr 22, 7:00 pm
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Original Sailor Moon Anime to Rerun on Japanese TV

Sailor Moon Crystal

This article from the Anime News Network got me thinking about the new Sailor Moon Crystal anime.

I love that Sailor Moon has come back in BIG WAY this past year. Sailor Moon Crystal debuted in Japan last July – and was available in the U.S. via Hulu, released Continue reading

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Movie

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy has been in theaters for two weeks and has already grossed $181,859,666 domestically. This surprise hit is definitely worth catching in theaters and, if you can, in IMAX 3-D.

Marvel has really hit it out of the ballpark with GotG. The whole team is featured: Star Lord (Peter Quill), Gamora (a great warrior), Drax (The Destroyer), Rocket (a genetically engineered walking, talking raccoon), and Groot (a giant, talking tree creature). The creative team and cast have done a remarkable job depicting the characters almost exactly how they are in the comics. So far, I haven’t heard any negative reviews (or even nit-picking on the net) for this action-packed adventure.

GotG Trailer

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The Wolverine is in Theaters this Weekend!!

So, it’s time to go back and rewatch all of the X-men Films.

In the meantime, I thought I’d recommend a few of my favorite Wolverine stories.


First up is The original Wolverine four issue mini series. From what I understand, this mini was supposed to be one of the main influences of the new film. And, at least on the surface, it seems to be. Wolverine versus a bunch of ninjas for the woman he loves.

Wolverine was a character created with little more than a cool looking costume and a mysterious background. This was one of the first stories to really try and fill in that background and make him more than just a bad attitude and claws.

  One of my favorite Wolverine stories is Old Man Logan. In a post-apocalyptic, dystopic future United States, Wolverine must drive cross country in the Spider-buggy with a blind Hawkeye for a sidekick.

A truly over the top action story, Logan has to deal with the Inbred Hulk family, Venom as a t-rex and a truly evil President Captain America.

There’s simply no other comic like it.

Finally, Wolverine and the X-men. This brings Wolverine up to how he is now in the comic books. This is a bit mired in continuity so allow me to get you up to speed.

Prior to this book, Cyclops has pretty much given up on Professor X’s ideal of mutants and humans coexisting. Instead of he just wants mutants to be able to live in peace. So he takes all of the mutants to a flying island and trains them to be soldiers and ready for war.

Wolverine disagrees with teaching the kids to be soldiers, instead wanting them to retain some of their innocents. So, he and a few other X-men go back to New York and start a new school: The Jean Grey School for Higher Learning. Wolverine and the X-men is the story of that school and those students.

This is an excellent collection with great artwork; interesting, unique characters; and a truly fun story.  This is a Wolverine that has grown far from the berserker he was in that first four issue mini and shows how much he has evolved as a character.

So after the theater, stop by your local library and check out some of the history, and future, of Wolverine.

Then come back and let me know what you thought of it. And if you’ve already read these, what’s your favorite Wolverine story? I’m sure I’ve missed a couple good ones.