If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out Barnes & Nobles’ Get Pop-Cultured events yet, consider heading out to one this week! Select stores will be hosting a special birthday celebration for Harry Potter and offering comics-related giveaways!
Further details for this month-long event series are available at barnesandnoble.com
On July 15th from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, the Central Library’s Teen Manga Club invites teens aged 13 to 17 to play Japanese board games with us!
Registration is not required. For more information, please call (716) 858-8900.
by Laura Scott
From June 12th to August 25th, the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library will be conducting our 2017 Online Summer Reading Contest! This year’s theme is “Build a Better World!”
The contest will be broken down into three age categories and is open to all Erie County residents. For those interested in competing, here are a few recommended graphic novel reads:
Kids’ Graphic Novels:
1. The Complete Chi’s Sweet Home (Grade 3+) by Konami Kanata
Pet-loving readers will enjoy the lighthearted adventures of Chi the kitten, her human family, and their animal friends in this all-ages comics collection.
2. The Drawing Lesson (Grade 5+) by Mark Crilley
The Drawing Lesson is perfect for middle schoolers looking to improve their artistic skills. This Eisner-nominated instructional comic tells the story of David, a boy who learns about drawing techniques from an artist named Becky.
3. The Nameless City, & The Stone Heart (Grade 4+) by Faith Erin Hicks
The first two parts of this planned trilogy transports its readers to an Asia-inspired fantasy world, where a pair of young heroes struggle to overcome class divisions and social upheaval.
Teen Graphic Novels:
1. Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
Teenage misfit Anya Borzakovskaya finds a new friend from beyond the grave in this Eisner Award-winning graphic novel.
2. March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin
March is a multiple award-winning trilogy based on Congressman John Lewis’s young life as a member of African-American Civil Rights Movement.
3. Your Lie in April by Naoshi Arakawa
This poignant manga series deals with themes of abuse, recovery, love and loss as seen though the eyes of two teenage musicians.
Adult Graphic Novels:
1. Astro City by Kurt Busiek
In Astro City, Eisner and Harvey award-winning author Kurt Busiek pays homage to the Silver Age of Comic Books. This series is great for those who want a more literary take on “old-school” superheroics.
2. A Contract with God and Other Tenement Stories by Will Eisner
Will Eisner rawly depicts the lives of Jewish tenement dwellers in this classic four-story collection.
3. Monster by Naoki Urasawa
In this dark psychological thriller from master storyteller Naoki Urasawa, Dr. Kenzo Temna must clear his own name by pursuing a serial killer across post-reunification Germany.
Laura Scott is an adult and teen Outreach Librarian at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.
On June 3rd from 3:00 to 4:30 PM, the Central Library’s Teen Manga Club will be making bottle cap charms and watching club-chosen anime.
This free public event is open to anyone from the ages of 13 to 17. To register ahead of time, please text @teenmanga to 8101 (registration is not required).
On May 19th through the 21st, Buffalo’s premier comic and pop culture convention, Nickel City Con, will take place at the Buffalo Convention Center.
The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library will be there on Saturday and Sunday to host fun family activities such as Jedi Camp, Superhero Training, and Mad Science. Admission to the convention is free for children 10 and under. For more information, please visit www.nickelcitycon.com