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Bisons Superhero Night

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

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On August 19th, the Buffalo Bisons  will have their 3rd Annual Superhero Night:

“Your favorites will be at Coca-Cola Field to save the day again, with Superhero Characters throughout the ballpark to meet and get your picture taken with, compliments of the Superhero Alliance of Western New York. All the young superhero boys and girls are also being encouraged to join forces and come dressed as their favorite characters! There will be a storyline played out on the BisonsTV HD scoreboard that culminates in an on-field battle between the superheroes and evil villains….And we may just be calling on YOU to help save the ballpark! Proceeds of Superhero Night will benefit the Superhero Race & Wellness Walk, held each year at Delaware Park.” - www.milb.com

Get Pop-Cultured 2017

Sunday, July 30th, 2017

Get Pop-Cultured 2017

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

Superheroes Weekend at the Strong

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

 

On March 25th and 26th, the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester will host an exciting family event featuring Marvel superheroes Spider-Man (on Saturday) and Captain America (on Sunday). Tickets to take a photo with these heroes are free while supplies last. Guests can also look forward to appearances by PBS Kids’ Super Why! and Woofster, an environmental lesson from Larry the H2O Hero, and panels by professional comics creators. For more information, please visit museumofplay.org

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.