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Hot Summer Read: Friends with Boys

August 24, 2012 | Thanusa | Comments (0)

 Friends with Boy Friends with boyss
by: Faith Erin Hicks

  Maggie has always been homeschooled.  She’s been happily comfortable in her relationship with her mother and three adored older brothers.  Now she’s enrolled in a public high school and she is terrified.  Her brothers leave her to fend for herself but she manages to make some friends.  But, of course, life is never that simple – complications arise and as Maggie navigates the complex paths of high school relationships another factor player enters the scene – a ghost!

 

 

Watch the conversation with author Faith Erin Hicks as she speaks about this book.

 

 

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Kung Fu Comic Madness Kagan this Wednesday

August 19, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (1)

Infinite kung fuDon't forget!

This Wednesday is your chance to comic it up with super-artist Kagan McLeod at the Parkdale Library. So bring your pencils and stop on by!

Parkdale Branch (1303 Queen Street W.)
Wednesday, August 22
4:00-5:30 pm

Hot Summer Read: Zahra's Paradise

August 16, 2012 | Alice | Comments (0)

Zahra's paradiseZahra's Paradise

by Amir & Khalil

This contemporary story, set in Ahmadinejad's Iran in 2009, tells the story of one missing nineteen year old boy and the search for him undertaken with great persistence and at the risk of great harm by his mother and brother. There is no rule of law and official actions are random and corrupt, creating a whole atmosphere of despair and hopelessness. We meet characters from all walks of Iranian life in a world where nothing is as it seems. The graphic format only adds to the horror of the story. There are references to the Iranian Candaian journalist, Zahra Kazemi, who was murdered by the regime and whose story was told in the Canadian news. Read it and weep.

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Come to a Comics Jam With Kagan McLeod!

August 8, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (0)

Infinite kung fu Kagan

Meet Kagan McLeod, the author of this massive graphic mashup of kung fu, zombie, and blaxploitation film styles will be coming to Parkdale to talk about his inspirations, his process for creating his artwork and storylines, and how Infinite Kung Fu came to print.

 

Parkdale Branch (1303 Queen Street W.)
Wednesday, August 22
4-5:30 pm

Barry Lyga Speaks! Meet the author of Mangaman

August 8, 2012 | Lamb | Comments (0)

Barry Lyga is the authorBarrylyga of a number of Young Adult and teen novels (The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl, Boy Toy, & Goth Girl Rising to name a few). Manga Man is his debut graphic novel. His books are exciting, fun and creative and we thank him for taking the time to answer a few questions for Word Out!

Was there any part of Mangaman that got edited out that you will like to share with us? 

I Manga Man wish there were! I wish I could tell you that there was something so awesomely cool and/or disturbingly depraved that we just couldn't let it go into print… But, alas, there's nothing. In retrospect, there are things I wish I'd ADDED to the book, but nothing was cut.

 

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Hot Summer Read: Mangaman

August 7, 2012 | Lamb | Comments (2)

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Mangaman, by Barry Lyga

What would happen if a manga character found himself in the world of Western-style comics? 

In Mangaman,  Ryoko Kiyama, a manga character with big eyes and an amazingly small waistline, falls through a mysterious rift into a North American comic-book drama. Ryoko seems like a freak to the more “realistic” characters, who wonder at first if he’s even alive. But if he can’t get home, he needs to find a way to fit in to this new world—whether it is “real” or not. 

 Check out Barry Lyga's website here

 

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Hot Summer Read: Gate 7

August 1, 2012 | James M. | Comments (0)

  Gate 7 Volume 1Gate 7, Volume 1 

by Steve Dutro, William Flanagan and Philip Simon 

Chikahito Takamoto's visit to Kyoto leads to a mystical adventure. While visiting the shrine of Kita no Tenmangu, he finds himself in the mystical world of Hana and her team - who are strangely dressed and have supernatural powers. The team is not too worried that Chikahito has seen them as they have the power to erase his memory - except Chikahito is immune to their powers. This leads them to believe he is no ordinary teenager. Chikahito is swept into their world - protecting the world from evil beasts. 

 

 

Trailer with a little français

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Hot Summer Read: Chopsticks

July 23, 2012 | Tara | Comments (0)

Chopsticks Book CoverChopsticks: A Novel  

by   Jessica Anthony and  Rodrigo Corral

 

A truly unique reading experience, Chopsticks is written mainly in a scrapbook format with minimal text.  When Gloria Fleming’s mother died in a motorcycle accident, Glory found solace in her music.  She was raised as a child prodigy by her piano teacher father who now has her on a strict schedule performing sold out shows around the world.  Exhausted, Glory breaks down during one of her performances, and is recuperating at Golden Hands, a rest facility for musical prodigies.  Now Glory has disappeared.  What led up to her dramatic departure?  This is a stunning portrait of a young woman on the edge; a lonely, brilliant genius falling for the boy next door.  Can Glory ever be saved? 

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Webcomics = The Best.

July 21, 2012 | Thomas | Comments (5)

Bad MachineryOK, so as I already stated, I Thombrarian am a huge comix nerd. I just can't get enough of those multi-panelled narratives.

Up until recently, I read my comics pretty strictly on paper. Recently though, I've discovered a whole pile of really amazing comics on the web that I just can't get enough of.

KATEBEATONOne of the first that I totally fell in love with is Kate Beaton's Hark a Vagrant. Beaton's an ex-history student who manages to make Canadian history one of the funniest things I've ever read about. Since her site came out, she's published two anthologies on actual mashed-up tree product (1, 2), but I still love checking out her site for new content all the time.

Kate's really great at giving shout outs to other fantastic webcomic artists, and so another that I've recently discovered through her site (and have been reading voraciously) is John Allison's Bad Machinery. BM is about Songsmiths heartlandhigh school, dating, sea monsters, yetis, ghosts, parents, football, and about a million other things, all awesome.

Finally, I recently stumbled upon this truly strange but pretty wonderful webcomic, The Songsmith's Heartland by Nick Thornbarrow. Based on an album by one of my favourite musicians, Owen Pallett (did I mention I'm a huge music nerd too?), The Songsmith's Heartland turns the songs of Pallet's record Heartland into a moving fantasy adventure, in which the protagonist Lewis becomes the hero in the strange world of Spectrum.

Do you have any webcomics that you can't get enough of? Share some below, and maybe we'll even profile them on the site!

Hot Summer Read: Freshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations and Other Nonsense

July 16, 2012 | Cameron | Comments (0)

FreshmanFreshman: Tales of 9th Grade Obsessions, Revelations and Other Nonsense

Corinne Mucha

Annie has only just begun her freshmen year and already she is dreading the rest of her high school career. She thinks she has fallen in lover with her older brothers best friend, she is terrible at sports (athleticism equals popular in her school) she is envious of all around her and unable to see her own inner beauty and worth. To top it all off she goes out for the lead in the school play and ends up cast as the hunched back evil old lady. Annie is no longer thinking of how she will survive life, but can she survive high school?

 

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