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Batman: Under the Hood

It's hard to talk about Batman: under the red hood without giving anything away, but suffice it to say this comic forever changed the Batman mythos. "The Red Hood", a moniker once used by the Joker before he became "The Joker", is now being used by a new, mysterious figure in Gotham City who's killing off drug lords, and Batman has to stop him. DC has now brought this classic comic to life as the next in their series of animated, comic movies! Check it out!

Euchre Tournament Sunday, 2:00-5:00PM

Do you rule the Euchre table? Join us for a day of socializing and showmanship on Sunday, November 21 2:00-5:00PM for our Euchre Tournament. You can sign up with a partner if you've got one in mind (just put their name in the notes when you register), or by yourself and we'll team you up. Adults and teens welcome!

New Fantasy Epic

So, you've read Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind and you're looking for that next fantasy epic… well, try Patrick Rothfuss. The 1st book of his Kingkiller Chronicles, The Name of the Wind, revolves around the legendary Kvothe recounting his life story, and what a life it is. Musician. Actor. Magician. University prodigy. Assassin. Thief. Expelled student. Innkepper… All these contradictory rumors can't be true, can they? With some very original mythology and a fiendishly clever hero, this book is all entertainment. Check it out.

Comic Collage Remix Contest

Saturday, November 13, 1:00-4:00PM
We've got horrible comics from the '80s; mix, match and add your own art to make something fantastic and Comic City will display your creation at their store. Plus, get expert advice from comic writer Rob Worley and Comic City staff.

[photo courtesy of jillallyn]


The legendary team that brought you the best-selling, suspense-horror manga Death Note is back! There's more of that singature, jaw dropping art, but this time it's used to tell a much different story: Bakuman is about two artists trying to get their first manga published! Yes, seriously. Self-referential, and totally different, this manga is definitely worth checking out.

Fantastic Fairy Tales

Do you enjoy curses, trapped princesses, and impossible tasks? If you enjoyed books like Ella Ehcanted, here's some more for you:

Ever by Gail Carson Levine

The fairy-tale detectives by Michael Buckley ; pictures by Peter Ferguson

Into the Wild : a novel by Sarah Beth Durst

Princess Academy by Shannon Hale

The frog princess by E.D. Baker

Fantasy for Fiends

Can't get enough fast paced magic, sorcery, and adventure? Check out this list:

The Amulet of Samarkand by Jonathan Stroud

Firelight by Sophie Jordan

The alchemyst by Michael Scott


Chasing Lincoln's Killer

Tense, gripping, and even at times gruesome, this mystery has an extra punch from the fact that it's true. If you are looking for a great bit of historical non-fiction that reads as well as any fictional thriller then check this out. Chasing Lincoln's Killer chronicles the manhunt for John Wilkes Booth in all its harrowing detail. It's excellent as an audio book too with voice work by Will Paton.

2010 Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition!

Fancy yourself a writer? Enter the 2010 Virginia B. Ball Creative Writing Competition and you could win a $30,000 scholarship to the creative writing program at Interlochen Arts Academy. For those currently in grades 8-11. Deadline Dec. 15, 2010.

Breaking News: Girl Fiction Invades Manga Book Shelves

O.k., so, fans of both teen girl fiction and manga can stop holding their breath. Yes, we've got the first Gossip Girl Manga: for Your eyes only and the first Clique Manga both now in! Go crazy. Go ahead. Just don't let anyone get caught in the wake of your reading frenzy. Ah, it's always slightly dangerous when two popular worlds collide...

Create Your Own Instant Comic!

If you're looking to pass the time, lets you create an instant comic strip! It's got lots of little extras to add to the scene, like viking hats and fake noses. Some quick fun for the comic lover! Check it out.

Soul Eater

How can I describe this series? Slightly twisted… alright, very twisted. In a school run by the grim reaper kids are trained to collect the souls of evil-doers by fighting with special weapons that 'eat souls'. The strange twist is that these deadly weapons are actually characters in their own right and can transform into people at will. You with me? The pairs get sent off on missions to stop the bad of the bad. Soul Eater is definitely for mature teens with all the demented action you might expect of a horror/combat series run wild. But, for those looking for something with as much attitude as action, soul eater is a series that's hard to ignore. Check out the anime or the manga.

Teen Books for Chewing

Do you like your teen books challenging and dense — I mean that modern epic packed with so much intellectualism and sprawling storyline that you don't just read it, you chew on it and digest it, and you slowly let the epiphany set in? Well, here's some books you might like:

City of thieves : a novel by David Benioff

Going bovine by Libba Bray

The book thief by Markus Zusak

Short, Interesting Teen Classics

Looking for some classics that are relatively short and aren't, well, boring. Most of these are around 200 pages or less and packed with adventure, humor, and drama. Check them out:

The glass menagerie by Tennessee Williams; introduction by Robert Bray

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson; supplementary material written by Anna Maria Hong; series edited by Cynthia Brantley Johnson

The importance of being Earnest: a trivial comedy for serious people by Oscar Wilde; edited by Samuel Lyndon Gladden

2010 Manga Drawing Contest Winners!

We had over 50 people enter our 2010 contest with some of the most amazing art we've ever seen! This year, for our 'Making Waves' theme, bonus points were awarded to those who incorporated something 'water related'. Kudos to all the creative ways you guys did this, including those who used water colors! So many people deserved recognition, but we had to limit ourselves to 3 winners and 4 honorable mentions for each age group. Take a look at all of 2010's manga entries to see the honorable mentions and all the other fantastic artwork! Here are the winners: