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Manga Club: Japanese Bookbinding

Friday, December 9th, 2016

 

On Saturday, December 17th, the Central Library’s Manga Club invites all teens aged 13 to 17 to come learn about Japanese bookbinding and create their very own hand bound journal! To register for this event ahead of time, please text @teenmanga to 8101 (registration is not required).

10 Great Superhero Stories for Teenage Girls

Saturday, December 3rd, 2016

by Laura Scott 

In an age when comic book movies dominate the Hollywood box office, the number of super-powered heroines one finds on the big screen remains startlingly low.  Fortunately, there are many graphic novels and comics that feature female heroes with which young women can easily identify. Here are 10 great superhero stories for teenage girls:

1. The Adventures of Superhero Girl by Faith Erin Hicks

This slice-of-life story with a plucky young heroine began as a web comic before being published in full color by Dark Horse Books. It differs from most other stories in its genre by focusing on the silly and sometimes embarrassing aspects of having superpowers. The black-and-white version of this comic can still be read for free at www.adventuresofsuperherogirl.com.

2. Batgirl Volume 1: Batgirl of Burnside by Cameron Stewart

Stepping out of the shadow of her famous mentor, Barbara Gordon, A.K.A. Batgirl, fights crime in a new neighborhood while simultaneously navigating the worlds of college and social media.

3. Captain Marvel Volume 1: Higher, Further, Faster, More by Kelly Sue DeConnick

Fans of the hit TV show Supergirl or Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy may enjoy this tale of outer space action told from the perspective of a high-powered superheroine. In this volume, Carol Danvers (Captain Marvel) meets up with the Guardians of the Galaxy as she carries out an escort mission to a distant planet.

4. Faith by Jody Houser

This series takes the classic superhero formula and updates it with the inclusion of a protagonist who defies mainstream beauty norms. By day, Faith Herbert works as an online journalist charged with writing clickbait articles for her difficult boss. But when trouble arises, she transforms into her heroic alter ego, Zephyr.

5. Gotham Academy by Mary Cloonan, Brendan Fletcher, et al.

Equal parts Batman and Harry Potter, this story takes place at an elite boarding school in Gotham City, home of the Caped Crusader. Olive Silverlock and best friend Maps work to unlock numerous mysteries surrounding their school and Olive’s mysterious past.

6. Ms. Marvel Volume 1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson

This series follows the adventures of Kamala Khan, a Muslim American teenager who suddenly develops super powers and takes up the mantle of “Ms. Marvel,” a title once held by the current Captain Marvel, Carol Danvers.

7. Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi

Starring a clumsy yet endearing protagonist, Sailor Moon is a classic in the Japanese “magical girl” genre. 14-year-old Usagi Tsukino works tirelessly to defend the earth with the help of her many friends. In the process, she learns more about herself and her own destiny.

8. Runaways by Brian K. Vaughan, Joss Whedon, et al.

Written by some of the biggest names in contemporary comics, Runaways features a diverse group of teenage characters and includes a particularly strong female cast. It follows Nico Minoru and her friends as they struggle to escape the influence of their supervillain parents.

9. Spider-Gwen by Jason Latour

This what-if story takes place in an alternate universe where Peter Parker never became Spider-Man. Instead, Peter’s friend Gwen Stacy confronts a radioactive spider that transforms her into Spider-Woman.

10. The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Ryan North

For those who prefer a hero that doesn’t take herself too seriously, The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl provides plenty of laughs along with its action. Doreen Green (Squirrel Girl) fights evil with a combination of optimism and self-awareness that one rarely sees among her Avenger colleagues.

Laura Scott is an adult and teen Outreach Librarian at the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library.

Manga Club: How to Draw Manga

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

Join the Manga Club this Saturday, November 19th, at the Central Library for a special presentation on how to draw manga. This presentation will start at 2:00 PM on the second floor of the library and will include a live drawing presentation. Snacks and a do-it-yourself craft will also be provided to all attendees. To register, text @teenmanga to 8101. However, registration is not required and all teens aged 13 to 17 are welcome!

Clarence Library Comics Fest

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

 

This Saturday, November 5th, the Clarence Public Library is hosting its second annual Comics Fest, a family event centering on comics and superheroes. Activities are scheduled from 11 am to 3 pm. For more information, please call 716-741-2640.

Teen Manga Club is back!

Friday, October 14th, 2016

Calling all manga fans! The Central Library’s Teen Manga Club is meeting again next Saturday, October 22nd, at 2:00 pm in the West Room. This meeting, we will be making Cubeecraft paper figures. We’ll also have Japanese snacks, new manga titles, and an assortment of anime clips and promos for club members to enjoy!

If you want to register ahead of time, text @teenmanga to 8101. However, registration is not required and all teens aged 13 to 17 are welcome!