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12 June 2013
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I love comics, and am always on the troll for good ones. Yesterday I asked Twitter “Comics peeps – do you have any recommendations of comic/graphic novel memoirs or biogs? Or something sciencey?” and got some great ideas for comics reading – most of which are at the library (phew):
- Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-essays
- Persepolis 1 and 2 and Embroideries Marianne Satrapi (2 mentions)
- Joe Sacco on Palestine and Bosnia (2 mentions for Joe)
- Guy Delisle on Burma and North Korea
- Yoshihiro Tatsumi on post-war Japan
- Children of the sea Daisuke Igarashi
- The Photographer Emmanuel Guibert
- Blankets Craig Thompson
- Alison Bechdel
- Secret Identities: The Asian American Superhero Anthology
- Calling Dr Laura Nicole Georges
Thanks to @feddabonn @patrickoduffy @megingle and @rekuhs. You rock.
Check out more of our comics posts and do you have any 0ther ace comics you’d like to share?
11 February 2013
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Dust off your Daleks and polish up your Pokemon – Armageddon is early this year (9 and 10 March 2013). Our household is full of very earnest discussions about what shade of grey is acceptable for which character, and whether international shipping can be relied upon to deliver the necessary in time for the big weekend. The girl-child is attempting two different cosplay costumes, one from the insanely popular Homestuck online comic series, and the other from something that I am not even beginning to understand. There’s body-paint involved, and horns made out of papier-mache, and that’s all I care to know, frankly.
If you or your dear ones want to join the madness this year, fear not – the library has a range of resources to help sort out those pesky costume issues, study up on pop culture and comics, or just embrace your inner fanboy/girl.
- Search the catalogue for books about making your own costume.
- Check out our huge range of graphic novels and comics, if you’re looking for inspiration.
- Read about other people’s interesting obsessions – collecting, gaming, cosplay …
- See how other people did it – there’s heaps of photos on our Flickr pages.
- Explore the Armageddon website, and see who this year’s guest stars are, plan your pillow-fighting and pizza-eating schedule, and start saving your pennies for those collectible figurines.
And if all else fails, and inspiration is still lacking, travel back in time and read our reports from previous years’ Armageddon visits.
23 January 2013
It’s no secret that comic memoirs are one of my favest thing: See Draw your life – graphic novel memoirs and this one on Tangles. Fabby Flavorwire has just made my morning by coming up with a tasty list for us graphic novel memoir lovers: 8 Worthy Successors to Alison Bechdel. I’ve read Unterzakhn and Tangles already, and have Dotter of her father’s eyes at home on my to-read pile.
I’m happy to report we have them right here at Christchurch City Libraries for your delectation:
- Unterzakhn Leela Corman
- Dotter of her father’s eyes Mary Talbot
- Tangles Sarah Leavitt
- The Impostor’s daughter Laurie Sandell
- The Voyeurs Gabrielle Bell
- Calling Dr Laura Nicole Georges
- Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michelangelo, and Me: A Graphic Memoir Ellen Forney
18 September 2012
I found this graphic novel yesterday at Shirley Library quite by accident. It’s called Aotearoa Whispers, The Awakening. I think it’s awesome, so decided to blog it as maybe other people might enjoy it too. The story is set in Christchurch. Be warned there were a couple of illustrations of the Cathedral, the Chalice and the chess set from the square – this gave me a bit of an unexpected whiplash of nostalgia ( a reaction I wasn’t expecting from a graphic novel) and the author Gonzalo Navarro wrote his foreword in the city in February 2011, in the aftermath of the earthquakes.
The Awakening tells the story of of Kahi Moana, a young teenager who has a potentially life-changing exchange with his grandmother after tripping over his own shoelace.
The conversation that ensues with his kuia introduces the reader to Te Rauparaha, touches on aspects of local history (it mentions the naming and history of Cathedral Square), the battles at Kaiapoi Pa, Ōnawe and Akaroa before moving on to share a retelling of the traditional kōrero of Māui and Mahuika from the perspective of the author. Ultimately the conversation with his Nan impacts on his perspective of how he sees the world and views his own identity.
I loved the style of the art work and the fact that I could read the story in Te Reo (the translation has been provided by Charisma Rangipunga) or English. The fact that the story was set locally and that the storyline included events and happenings that occurred in our area. It made me feel like I had an instant connection with the story and the characters. I also liked the fact that it was sharing story in a graphic novel type format, I haven’t come across many New Zealand stories told in this way.
If you try this one and like it, you might also like to have a look at Ngārimu Te Tohu Toa (Te Reo) which tells the story of Te Moana nui a Kiwa Ngarimu VC or Victory at Point 209 if you want to read the English version. Both of these were written by Andrew Burdan who has also written Hautipua rererangi (Te Reo) or Born to Fly (English version) which tells the story of NZRAF Flying Officer Porokoru Patapu (John) Pohe of Ngati Rangi,who served 22 missions in his first tour of duty during the Second World War. I have added both of these to my for later shelf.
As an aside, If you do read Aotearoa Whispers and it whets your appetite in terms of learning a little more about local history then you might like to check out our website Tī Kōuka Whenua. This resource is a great source of local history and Ngāi Tahu information- and if you’re interested you can read more about the battles mentioned in Aotearoa Whispers, the history of Kaiapoi and the battle at Ōnawe Pa as well.
26 August 2009
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Just wanted to plug one of my favourite comics – Calvin and Hobbes.
I’ve always enjoyed the world from both Calvin and Hobbes’ viewpoints. It makes me realise that as a six year old, Calvin certainly has a unique, but entirely cool, perspective on the world.
There’s plenty of copies of the various collections throughout the library network, so go on, borrow one and get your daily dose of laughter. You can also get Calvin & Hobbes cartoons for your Facebook page.
Most importantly you could even try your own version of Calvinball – the only over-arching rule is that you can’t play with the same rules. Essentially you just make it up as you go, which could be a great mantra on how to be happy at work, play, love and life in general.