Brad B.'s Blog
Wednesday, January 13, 6:30-8:45PM Join us for our monthly meeting of the Animanga Club! We've got all sorts of zaniness in store, from a raffle to karaoke to a mystery anime to top it all off. What is it this month? Sorry, no hints. Come hang out and let your inner otaku run free.
After a 3 year hiatus, Yukiru Sugisaki has decided to revive her fan favorite manga D.N.Angel! Volume 12 and 13 have just come out. If you haven't read this, now's the perfect time. The story revolves around a middle school student who magically transforms into another person, the thief Dark, whenever he spots the girl he loves. If only she could love him back it would break the curse. Well, things are a lot more complicated than they seem...
In October the UK's Guardian hosted a contest for young readers to turn Terry Pratchett's Nation into a dramatization. The winners have just been announced. I couldn't help thinking that more books should be made into movies by fans... especially because these homemade films are amazing. Take a look at the winners and get the low down on this unusual contest.
Here it is, what you've been waiting for, the new Batman revealed. If you don't know what I'm talking about I'm about to spoil something for you so you might want to stop reading right now. Still there? Batman died. Yeah. Sorry, it's old news now. What you might not know is that everyone who's anyone has come crawling out of the woodwork to take his place. Batman: Battle for The Cowl is the no holds barred fight to see who will become the new caped crusader with pointy ears. Curious? Take a peek.
You need to check out the Amulet series by Kazu Kibuishi, the legendary creator of the Flight Anthologies, if you haven't yet. The 2nd book just came out. It's amazing how Kibuishi can convey so much action with just a few scenes. And, the storytelling is top notch. I get the same chills of excitement reading this as when I, say, first started reading Bone. It's that good, and I can't wait for the next one. Take a peek at this all-ages fantasy romp about a girl with a magical amulet and a very unique destiny and you won't be disappointed.
This book may be one of the craziest, most inventive things I've seen lately. Chris Wooding, author of Storm Thief, breaks some new gound with his book Malice. Half of the story is fiction and half is graphic novel, and the main characters travel between the two in a weird, fascinating mix. A few have tried this risky move and failed, but Wooding pulls it off with a story revolving around a comic book that you can go inside if you know the right ritual. Menacing things happen there, of course, once you do... This book is unique, and even has an eye-popping, raised cover image. Just, cool.
O.K. so Halloween is long over and done with, but I couldn't resist. This is just too awesome. Anime News Network, one of the better places to get your anime news, holds an annual contest for pumpkin carving. I just stumbled across these, and they are fantastic. Take a look.
Love the x-men? Love shojo manga? Well, look no further: X-men: Misfits is a wild reimagining of the x-men drawn manga style with a heavy focus on romance. It follows Kitty Pryde at Xavier's school for the 'gifted', an all boys school. I know, your first thought might be "no, no this is blasphemy," but this is meant to be different with familiar characters turned on their heads. If you can accept that, this is actually a fairly entertaining story, and it's interesting how well these two styles mix!
I had pushed into my hands recently the book War for the Oaks, and I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was. It's about a human rocker girl caught in a faerie war because her presence on the battlefield will turn faeries mortal long enough for them to kill each other...yeah, she's thrilled. She's got a handsome but troublesome faerie bodyguard, and a rockband she's trying ot get off the ground. This book is very, very much dated in the 80's, with lots of 80's music references, so I'll warn you of that, but overall it's a great bit of fairy-fantasy-romance for those people who liked stuff like Wicked Lovely or the Holly Black books.
The 'Ultimatum' event in Marvel's alternate timeline series 'Ultimate' has disappointed a lot of fans (a lot of heroes die, sometimes for inexplicable reasons...). However, there is one part of this series that somehow managed to escape a lot of the strange plot and is actually some top notch storytelling: Ultimatum Spider-man. It's tense and gripping, and handles the doom and gloom perhaps a little better than the rest. So, check it out.
Out of boredom I picked up I Am the Cheese, by Robert Cormier, again, and, man, I have to say it's just as good as I remember it. A slightly disturbed kid starts on a perplexing bicycle trip across country all the while flashing back to strange question and answer sessions with a mysterious doctor. There's lots of emotional depth as well as some nice twists in this little story. There is a good reason Robert Cormier is considered by many to be a master of his craft.
I don't know if you've heard, but Robert Kirkman's survival horror comic book series The Walking Dead is soon going to be a TV series on AMC! Really. I'm not joking. I decided to pick this up recently, and man is it entertaining. I recommend checking it out before the series airs. I'm hooked enough that I'm now digging into book two. Kirkman basically explores what might happen if a zombie movie kept the camera rolling. After the initial survival frenzy, what would it be like trying to live your life in a Zombie apocalypse? What would that do to people? It makes for interesting reading, let me say. Can't wait to finish book two and get into book three...
You may not know that the epic, fantasy anime Moribito: guardian of the spirit (shown occasionally late night on Cartoon Network) was originally a kids book by Nahoko Uehashi, and that there is now a sequel, Morbito II : guardian of the darkness! This series follows a wondering female bodyguard Balsa, and is set in a world similar to ancient Japan. If you dig a little historical fiction with sword fighting, or if you just want see the original inspiration for the anime, you might want to take a look.