Free Comic Book Day Spotlight- Manga

Manga is a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels. Like our American comic books, manga encompasses a wide range of genres and demographics. Two of the most popular are shonen and shojo. Shonen manga is aimed at teenage boys and is generally characterized by action with a male protagonist. Shojo manga is aimed at teenage girls and generally has a focus on romantic relationships and emotions. As with any story, the complexity is determined by the author.

In recent years, manga’s popularity in the United States has exploded. Check out some of the more popular series below.

          

Attack on Titan                           Black Clover                               Bleach

          

Dragon Ball                                Fullmetal Alchemist                    InuYasha

          

Magi                                         My Hero Academia                       Naruto

One Piece

          

Fruits Basket                              Fushigi Yugi                                  Horimiya

          

Kamisama Kiss                Kimi Ni Todoke (From Me to You)       My Little Monster

         

Nisekoi = False Love             Ouran High School Host Club           Sailor Moon

         

Akira                                       Assassination Classroom                   Erased

         

Ghost in the Shell                    Princess Jellyfish                            Tokyo Ghoul

Is your favorite manga not listed? Let us know about it in the comments!

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Indian River Library from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Join us for free comic books, panels, activities, and more!

FantaSci 2018 – Vendor Application Now Live

Get ready! FantaSci 2018 is almost here! And this year, we’re making it bigger and better than ever. Chesapeake Public Library’s annual con which celebrates everything fantasy and science fiction related is now two days:

  • Saturday, July 28th 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sunday, July 29th 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm

We’re also pleased to announce that this year we are partnering up with Tidewater Alliance to bring you a GalacticCon track!

Want to get in on the fun? Sign up to be a vendor! Our application is now live:

http://bit.ly/fantasci2018

Space is limited so sign up today.

National Poetry Month

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Here at the Chesapeake Public Library, we’re ready to put our poet hats on. Want to join in on the fun? There are a couple ways you can do so.

Poetry Contest

Are you a budding poet? Working on your latest masterpiece? Submit to our poetry contest!

The contest is open to grades K through adult. Works can be submitted between now and April 15th at any Chesapeake branch (sorry, no online submissions will be accepted). The winners will be announced on April 30th.

The winners will have their poem published in the library’s Fall publication The Loop.

Rules and submission form can be found here.

Magnetic Poetry Challenge

Want to test your poetry skills on the fly? Stop by any Chesapeake branch, find the magnetic poetry board, and create your poem based on the week’s theme.

April 2nd-8th: Haiku

(A haiku is a poem of 17 syllables: one line of five; one of seven; and one of five)

April 9th-15th: Acrostic

(Acrostic is a type of poem in which certain letters in each line form a word or words; for this challenge we’ll have a specific word ready and you make the poem from its letters)

April 16th-22nd: Free Style

(Free style is just as it implies- a poem not restricted to normal rules of meter and rhyme)

April 23rd-30th: Shakespearean Insult-a-Thon

(Come up with creative insults using our Shakespearean magnetic poetry)

Let staff know when you’ve created your poem and we’ll take a picture to post on our social media.

Get involved this National Poetry Month with the Chesapeake Public Library!

Free Comic Book Day Spotlight: Women in Comics

March is Women’s History Month. All month long, we celebrate our heroines and the amazing women in our lives. Traditionally, comics has been seen as the purview of men, but women have always contributed in a variety of ways from creating to writing to editing to drawing to inking to everything in-between. The women of comics should not be underestimated. Enjoy the creators and characters with these titles:

Creators:

       

Becky Cloonan                    Kelly Sue DeConnick                 Gail Simone

  

Noelle Stevenson                     Jill Thompson

Series:

     

Batgirl                                      Batwoman                             Harley Quinn

     

Ironheart                                     Jessica Jones                     Mockingbird

     

Ms. Marvel                                   Paper Girls                       Persepolis

     

Princess Jellyfish                              Silk                              Wonder Woman

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Indian River Library from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Join us for free comic books, panels, activities, and more!

Free Comic Book Day Spotlight: Black Panther

Diverse characters are important in comics, especially as it allows people from all walks of life to see themselves as superheroes. February is Black History Month, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by talking about the Black Panther. He was one of the first African American superheroes, and his importance cannot be understated. Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1966, T’Challa leads the fictional city of Wakanda as king and protector. Over the course of his comic book career, Black Panther has teamed up with the Avengers, formed his own team, and been involved in the more crazy Marvel Universe adventures.

Check out Black Panther’s adventures with these collections:

Black Panther: The Complete Collection– “T’Challa is the man with the plan when Christopher Priest puts the emphasis on the Wakandan king’s reputation as the ultimate statesman, as seen through the eyes of the U.S. government’s Everett K. Ross. As the Panther investigates a murder in New York, Ross plays devil’s advocate in an encounter with Mephisto, and a new regime seizes control of Wakanda. When the truth behind the coup becomes clear, T’Challa finds himself an enemy of the state–and a major revelation threatens to destroy his relationship with the Avengers.”


Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet– “When a superhuman terrorist group that calls itself The People sparks a violent uprising, the land famed for its incredible technology and proud warrior traditions will be thrown into turmoil. If Wakanda is to survive, it must adapt–but can its monarch, one in a long line of Black Panthers, survive the necessary change? Heavy lies the head that wears the cowl!”

Black Panther: Avengers of the New World– “Where next for the Black Panther? Long ago – before Black Panthers, before Wakanda, before time itself – there were only the Orishas! The pantheon of gods and goddesses from which the world as we know it was manifested: Thoth. Ptah. Mujaji. Kokou. And Bast, the Panther Goddess. But now, when Wakanda faces turmoil they are silent. Where have all the gods of Wakanda gone? T’Challa means to find out…”

Black Panther & The Crew– “The death of a Harlem activist kicks off a mystery that will reveal surprising new secrets about the Marvel Universe’s past – and set the stage for a huge story in the near future! Fear, hate and violence loom, but don’t worry, The Crew’s got this: They are the streets.”

Celebrate Black History Month with these other graphic novels:

March                   Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur        Black History in Its Own Words

Invincible Ironman: Ironheart         Black Vol. 1                    Kindred

Free Comic Book Day is Saturday, May 5, 2018 at the Indian River Library from 10:30 am to 4:00 pm. Join us for free comic books, panels, activities, and more!