Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Anime Addicts @ Indian River Library November Meeting

Calling all Otaku!  Join us at the Indian River Library tomorrow (Thursday) for Anime Addicts. 

Be thankful for CLAMP! This month we will be watching episodes of xxxHOLiC and X. The popcorn’s on us.

Join fellow Otaku to watch anime, discuss manga, and help add content to the A Graphic Invasion blog. No registration necessary.

Ages: Teens, 12-18
Location: Indian River Meeting Room

Anime Addicts is sponsored by FUNimation's Operation Anime.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Manga Web Portal Coming Soon

In an effort to combat online piracy of their content, 37 Japanese manga publishers are set to launch a manga web portal sometime before the new year.  The portal is tentatively being called, "J Manga Portal Site" and will distribute manga digitally from participating publishers.  In addition to the digital manga, the portal will also include news and information about other titles from the publishers.  Some of the 37 publishers are large publishing firms of Hakusensha, Kadakawa, Kodansha, Ohzora, Shogakukan, and Shueisha.

The initial web portal will be in beta form and purported to be available by the years end.  The publishers are planning on having the public site available by March of next year.  For further details see the ICv2 and Anime News Network articles.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Get the Latest Graphic Novels and Manga with Wowbrary

Want to stay up to date on the latest graphic novels and manga at the Chesapeake Public Library?  We now have a great service called Wowbrary, which is a newsletter that is delivered right to your inbox.  This newsletter showcases the week's top choices at the Chesapeake Public Library.  In order to see the latest and greatest graphic novels and manga, just click on the Comics & Graphic Novels link located on the left-hand side of screen (under the Young People category).

Your browswer will then open up a new window and you can see all of the new graphic novels and manga and request them at your local library branch.  Like what you see?  Sign up today!

Friday, November 5, 2010

New York Times Best Selling Graphic Novels List, October 24-30

This WeekWeeks on List
1THE EXILE: AN OUTLANDER GRAPHIC NOVEL, by Diana Gabaldon and Hoang Nguyen. (Random House, $25.) The story of Jamie Fraser, a kilt-wearing 18th-century Scotsman, and Claire Randall, a World War II-era nurse who has been transported back back in time, is retold in the graphic novel format.3
2THE ADVENTURES OF OOK AND GLUK, by George Beard and Harold Hutchins. (Scholastic, $9.99.) Ook and Gluk, two cave boys, must learn kung-fu to save their prehistoric home from a menace from the future.9
3AMERICAN VAMPIRE, VOL. 1, by Scott Snyder, Stephen King and Rafael Albuquereque. (DC Comics, $24.99.) What do the roaring 20’s and the wild west have in common? Vampires.1
4THE OUTFIT, by Darwyn Cooke. (IDW, $24.99.) A second adventure of Parker, the antihero created by Richard Stark, is turned into a graphic novel. In his installment, Parker gets a new face... and revenge.1
5BLACKEST NIGHT, by Geoff Johns and Ivan Reis. (DC Comics, $29.99.) This collected edition of the event mini-series features some surprising deaths and even more surprising rebirths. Green Lantern and the recently resurrected Flash are at the forefront.13
6X-MEN: SECOND COMING, by various. (Marvel Entertainment, $39.99.) Will the mutant named Hope be the rescue or damnation of mutant kind? There may not be time to learn the answer as the X-Men try to save her from eradication.2
7DARK TOWER: THE BATTLE OF JERICHO HILL, by Peter David, Robin Furth and Jae Lee. (Marvel Entertainment, $24.99.) This comic series explores the world set forth by Stephen King’s “Dark Tower” novels. Will the evil plans of the Crimson King come to fruition?8
8KICK-ASS, by Mark Millar and John Romita Jr.. (Marvel Entertainment, $14.99.) A "realistic" look at what would happen if a teenage boy put on a costume to fight crime. Not for the weak of heart.31
9THE MARVELOUS LAND OF OZ, by Eric Shanower and Skottie Young. (Marvel Entertainment, $29.99.) Dorothy is back in Kansas but the adventures in Oz continue with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and newcomers Tip and Jack Pumpkinhead.2
10TWILIGHT: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL, VOL. 1, by Stephenie Meyer and Young C. Kim. (Yen Press, $19.99.) The comic adaptation of the ever-popular vampire series.29

This WeekWeeks on List
1ODD IS ON OUR SIDE, by Fred Van Lente, Dean Koontz and Queenie Chan. (Del Rey, $10.99.) Odd Thomas can communicate with the dead. In this Halloween adventure, he has his work cut out for him.1
2SCOTT PILGRIM: PRECIOUS LITTLE LIFE, by Bryan O''Malley. (Oni Press, $11.95.) Meet Scott Pilgrim, twentysomething slacker, member of the band Sex Bob-Omb and would-be suitor of Ramona Flowers.31
3SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD, by Bryan Lee O'Malley. (Oni Press, $11.95.) Scott Pilgrim faces off against the second of Ramona’s evil ex-boyfriends. What will Knives Chau think? Aren’t THEY dating?27
4SCOTT PILGRIM: GETS IT TOGETHER, by Bryan Lee O'Malley. (Oni Press, $11.95.) In this fourth volume of the series, Scott gets a job (Best. Dishwasher. Ever) and battles Roxie the ninja, another of Ramona’s evil exes.23
5SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE UNIVERSE, by Bryan Lee O’Malley. (Oni Press, $11.95.) Can Ramona’s twin ex-boyfriends be defeated? Sounds like a job for… Scott Pilgrim.25
6SCOTT PILGRIM'S FINEST HOUR, by Bryan Lee O'Malley. (Oni Press, $11.99.) Will Scott survive his final challenge? Can he defeat Gideon Graves, the last of Ramona’s evil exes?12
7SCOTT PILGRIM AND THE INFINITE SADNESS, by Bryan Lee O'Malley. (Oni Press, $11.95.) Scott must face not only Ramona''s third evil ex, but also his own! Oh, and the two exes just happen to be dating each other and in a band. Which can mean only one thing: Bass Battle!19
8THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 1, by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore. (Image Comics, $14.99.) The gripping story of the human survivors in a world overrun by zombies begins.47
9THE SAVAGE SWORD OF CONAN, VOL. 8, by various. (Dark Horse Comics, $19.99.) This volume contains another 500 pages of Conan stories, including “Daughter of the God King," in which our hero must rescue a princess from a man who aspires to godhood.1
10STITCHES, by David Small. (W.W. Norton & Company, $15.95.) The author recalls his life, including an operation at age 14 that leaves his voice barely above a whisper, in this graphic memoir.1

New York Times Best Selling Manga List, October 24-30

This Week Weeks on List
1 NEGIMA! 28, by Ken Akamatsu. (Del Rey, $10.99.) The young wizard Negi Springfield meets a sinister fellow who claims he can solve some mysteries, but at what price? 1
2 NARUTO, VOL. 49, by Masashi Kishimoto. (VIZ Media, $9.99.) Poor Naruto: he must cope with a ninja summit and a target on the back of his good friend, Sasuke. 4
3 BLACK BUTLER, VOL. 3, by Yana Toboso. (Yen Press, $10.99.) Sebastian is a loyal butler who moves easily from dinner parties to the underworld. Is he too good to be true? Is he even human? 1
4 SOUL EATER, VOL. 4, by Atsushi Ohkubo. (Yen Press, $10.99.) Maka, an arms expert, wants to turn the Soul Eater, her living scythe, into the ultimate weapon for Death. 1
5 XXXHOLIC, VOL. 16, by Clamp. (Del Rey, $10.99.) Troubled by spirits that only he can see, Watanuki Kimiharo strikes a Faustian bargain with an alluring witch to get rid of them. 1
6 PANDORA HEARTS, VOL. 3, by Jun Mochizuki. (Yen Press, $10.99.) Oz has finally escaped the prison known as the Abyss, but his life does not seem much better. 1
7 HETALIA AXIS POWERS, VOL. 1, by Hidekaz Himaruya. (TOKYOPOP, $10.99.) From the publisher: "Get ready to brush up on world history with these handsome and hysterical personifications of the Axis Powers as they meet, become friends and form one of the most powerful alliances the world has ever seen." 6
8 NIGHTSCHOOL, VOL. 4, by Svetlana Chmakova. (Yen Press, $12.99.) This is not your typical night school. The student body at this one includes werewolves, vampires and witches. The curriculum? Spelling and spell-casting. 1
9 BLACK BIRD, VOL. 6, by Kanoko Sakurakoji. (VIZ Media, $9.99.) Misao Harada can see into a magical realm where she is the bride demon of prophecy. How will she survive the pursuit of demons who want the power in her blood? 4
10 THE MELANCHOLY OF HARUHI SUZUMIYA, VOL. 7, by Nagaru Tanigawa and Gaku Tsugano. (Yen Press, $10.99.) The SOS Brigade, a school club dedicated to meeting time travelers or aliens or anyone fantastic, faces off against the Computer Research Society. At stake: the fate of the city! 1

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Anime Addicts @ Indian River Library: Meeting In Review

October Meeting
October 21, 2010

Ghost Hunt  Copyright: 2008 FUNimation
Title:  Ghost Hunt
Audience:  Young Adult (Rated TV-14)

Telling ghost stories is a favorite past time of Mai Taniyama and her friends--that is, until she meets 17 year-old Kazuya Shibuya, the man sent by Shibuya Psychic Research Center to investigate paranormal activity at a supposedly haunted school. When Mai gets caught in a dangerous situation, she is rescued by Kazuya's assistant. Saving her lands the assistant incapacitated, and Kazuya demands that Mai become his assistant instead.

While there are main plot points to this series, it is very much a collection of short stories.  With Ghost Hunt you enter a world full of paranormal activiy, ghost stories, and folklore.  Once you start watching, you will not want to stop!

If you enjoyed the anime, check out the manga available at the Chesapeake Public Library.

Our members have chosen a manga and anime series that they think you should check out.  Come back to the A Graphic Invasion Blog to see the choices.

The Anime Addicts anime club is sponsored by FUNimation's Operation Anime.  If you were at the program, please take the following survey to allow us to keep getting the latest and greatest anime from FUNimation.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Tokyopop In Motion

This November, Tokyopop is doing something innovative.  Each Friday they will release a motion comic of one of their titles on the video site Hulu.  This Friday look for the comic GYAKUSHU (rated OT for older teens and adults).

If you are curious as to what a motion comic will look like, check out Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season Eight already on Hulu. 

If you like the Buffy motion comic, why not check out the graphic novels from one of the Chesapeake Public Library branches.