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Goosey Goodness

I finally got around to reading The Goose Girl -it came out way back in 2003- and I just have to say, 'Man, why did I wait so long?' If you haven't taken the plunge yet, Shannon Hale reworks an old, gruesome Grimm's fairy tale into a beautiful bit of adventure storytelling. I think the thing that sold it for me though is that she does such a good job of creating very original rules for her 'girl talks with animals' schtick that it makes all the fantasy somehow feel very realistic. I'm definitely picking up the next book in this series, and you should too...

Movies in Michigan

Did you hear that the movie of the book Flipped is being filmed here in Michigan? It's true. They are doing some shooting next to Thurston Elementary School in Ann Arbor! Take a look at this article if you haven't seen it.

Marvel Anime Series

Did you know Marvel is teaming up with japanese animators to create 'anime' versions of marvel storylines? Check out the video teasers for the Wolverine and Iron Man anime here. It's a strange mix to say the least -a very, very different take- but interesting none the less. Check it out.

Blackest Night

Green Lantern has gotten a huge revitalization from Geoff Johns as it takes on an epic, action charged quality where heroes clash and sometimes die on a grand scale. Take a look at the Sinestro Corps Wars books and the newly recieved Rage of the Red Lanterns. It's all building up to the mega event Blackest Night, and it's got the DC fan base in a frenzy of anticipation. Check it out.

Heroscape Tournament July 25

Come join us anytime between 1-4pm this Sat. for this miniature battle strategy game. Never played before? No problem! Heroscape has easy to learn, simple rules while still retaining great, complex game play. All miniatures will be provided. Just come and play. Open to teens and tweens. No registration required.

Chalice

Lush, descriptive language and wildly creative (a girl who gets her magic from drinking cups -she mixes in honey for her own special kick), Robin Mckinley's characteristic style is all over this book. The best thing about Chalice, however, is that Mckinley knows how to bring out the complexities of the human heart in a way that puts other fantasy authors to shame. This is very sophisticated fantasy.

Animanga Club July 15

Animanga Club July 15 6:30-8:45 
Join us for more D.Gray-man, followed, as always, by our 'mystery' anime. What is it this month? Sorry, no hints! Come hang out, eat pocky, and let your inner otaku run free...

New Shojo Anime!

The high energy magic and mischief of Gakuen Alice is now here in anime form! Also, check out Hayate the Combat Bulter for an over the top, slapstick, fourth-wall breaking, romantic comedy...on its way for the end of July.

Books to Movies

Some new photos from Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland have just been released. Are you as geeked about this movie as I am? Check out this shot of Johhny Depp as the Mad Hatter. That's not the only book to movie on the horizon: The Princess and the Frog based off E. D. Baker's Frog Princess, and, of course, Percy Jackson and the Olympians both hit early 2010. Next year is going to be a good year....

Into Board Games? This Sat. Jun 27

Teen / Adult Open Board Gaming This Saturday, June 27, 1:00-4:00pm
We’ve got the hottest games like Carcassonne, Settlers, Ticket to Ride…plus a ton more you probably haven’t heard of but should. Teens and adults can stop in for some intense gaming action with a few new folks. No registration required.

Animanga Club June 24

Animanga Club June 24 6:30-8:45 
This month we watch more D.Gray-man, followed, as always, by our 'mystery' anime. What is it this month? Sorry, no hints! Come hang out, eat pocky, and let your inner otaku run free...

PX!

Just your ordinary story about a girl and her nuclear powered robot panda. PX! has enough attitude, witty one-liners, and, well, samurais on roller skates to keep you entertained for hours... Take a peek at the webcomic, or check out the collected books.

Final Crisis Is Here!

Final Crisis is here! You've heard the rumors: Batman dies?! Heroes are reborn?! Complex? Yes.  Confusing even? At times, yeah. But, you have to give Grant Morrison credit, this series is epic! The DC universe will never be the same.  See Morrison's interviews on the topic here.

Sword of the Stranger

You want beautiful animation? Check. You want something you can watch in 2 hours, not 8 seasons of TV? Check. You want awesome sword fighting action that makes your draw drop? Double check. Check out Sword of the Stranger for some good old martial arts fun.

Flygirl

It's a little known fact that during World War II the government recruited women to fly 'non-combat' missions. 'Tis true. In Flygirl, Ida Mae, an African American so light skinned she can pass for 'white', manages to enlist and does dangerous flying missions in a world set against her being black and being a woman.