This book is a cool step-by-step guide to creating, publishing and marketing comic books. This is not a how to draw book. So, You Want to Be A Comic Book Artist? guides readers through the entire comic creation process . It gives great tips on developing awesome characters, how to adapt story lines for video games or movies, and ends with how to submit your comic to a publisher. The last two chapters are filled with recommended books, magazines, lists of art schools, and great comic related websites that make this book a must for comic creators. Whether you are a beginner, an advanced comic artist or somewhere in between, you will find something worthwhile in this book.
By Barbara, Teen Outreach Librarian on January 24, 2013 Categories: Art, Nonfiction
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Revolution 19 by Gregg Rosenblum. This novel was created already knowing that it would be made into a movie. So, you know it will be action packed and exciting! It is set in a dystopian future where robots are in control after a successful uprising. Humans still exist, but are under robot control. Three siblings, living in a free settlement, barely escape with their lives when robots find their home and destroy it. Together they vow to find their family and friends and fight for their freedom. Click here to find Revolution 19 in the Library!
Check out all the most recent news about teen books that are being made into movies:
Unwind, a compelling and issue heavy novel by Neal Shusterman, has been optioned by Constantin Films to be adapted into a movie, according to the “Hollywood Crush” blog on MTV.com. Unwind is a dystopian, sci-fi novel set in a future where teens can be unwound, or be taken apart and have their organs harvested, if they don’t fit into society’s norms.
Over a year ago, Universal announced that it was going to make Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone into a movie. Last month, the studio announced that they were going to push forward and now have a producer for the movie, according to Deadline.com. Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a fantasy novel that centers on Karou, a seemingly normal teen except that she was raised by a family of Chimaera. With questions about how she came to be a human raised by demons, Karou gets swept up in a world where a dangerous war is being waged between angels and demons.
If you are a huge fan of Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy, then you should be happy with the news that writer Daniel Water’s has finished the script for the movie! (according to Hollywood Crush) I am definitely looking forward to seeing who is cast in the movie, as I am a huge fan of the book series. The first book in the series, Vampire Academy, introduces us to Rose and Lissa. Lissa is a vampire of royal blood and Rose is the dhampir (part human, part vampire) who is bonded to protect her. Together they attend St. Vladimir’s Academy, where they have recently returned after running away, and where they will both be trained for life outside the school’s walls.
This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Tragedy Paper by Elizabeth Laban. If you liked the book 13 Reasons Why, then you’ll also like The Tragedy Paper. It is set in an elite boarding school where current senior Duncan moves into former senior Tim’s old room. As is tradition, Duncan inherits “a treasure” from the previous senior who occupied the room. What has Tim left for Duncan? A set of CD’s recordings that Tim has created telling his story. Told in alternating chapters, you learn both senior’s stories of the drama of senior year. Click here to find The Tragedy Paper in the Library!
Violet is just like every other girl about to turn seventeen years old. At least she thought she was. As her birthday approaches, Violet starts having some pretty disturbing dreams. Then her dad gives her a gift that was promised to her on her seventeenth birthday by her mother that has passed away. This gift is the start of Violet uncovering her true nature and why her mother died. Violet is a Grigori: a protector of humanity who is half human and half angel. However, Violet can give up her Grigori nature and go on being a normal teen. She has to choose whether or not she wants to embrace her powers. If she embraces her Grigori power, she becomes a warrior in an epic battle between the protectors of humanity (the Grigori) and the angels who have been exiled from heaven and who want to overtake the human race (the Exiles). Making her choice a difficult one is her good friend, crush, and training partner Lincoln. Violet discovers that he is also a Grigori and would be her Grigori partner if she chooses to embrace. What will Violet choose? And does she really even have a choice?
Embrace is a fast past and exciting read for anyone who likes epic supernatural books. And don’t be turned off by the whole angel story line–the angels in Embrace range to truly evil to truly kick-butt. What I really liked about this book, though, was the character of Violet. It is hard to believe that a character who has to choose between being normal and being a powerful angel of protection would be easy to relate to, but Violet is! The supporting characters are all pretty interesting too. As Violet learns more and more about the Grigori world, she meets a whole range of Grigori, some who have been living for hundreds of years. Also, to add another level of interesting to this book–it was originally published in Australia and while it doesn’t necessarily take place in a specific area of Australia, there is that feel of the Australian way of life throughout the novel.
This week’s book trailer of the week is for The Diviners by Libba Bray. The Diviners is set in Manhattan during the 1920′s. Evie has the unique ability to uncover details about someone by holding any object that belongs to them. When she uses her power to embarrass an important man in her Ohio hometown, she is exiled to her uncle’s car in Manhattan. Her uncle is a curator for the museum of the occult, so when a demon spirit is on a killing spree, Evie’s uncle taps her special skills to solve the mystery. Click here to find The Diviners in the Library!
We’re rolling out the duct tape! Unleash your artistic talents and create clever duct tape inventions. Bags, wallets, flowers…you are only limited by your imagination. Bring your friends and your creativity; we’ll provide the tools, nearly limitless rolls of colorful duct tape, and instructions. Snacks will be provided. Please click here to register in advance–space is limited!
For teens in grades 6 – 12.
By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 4, 2013 Categories: Crafts, Events
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry. Echo cannot remember the night that has left her scarred, but she wants to. Now in counseling, Echo is asked to to tutor one of her classmates, a guy with a bad reputation of using girls and being a stoner. Desperate to find answers about what happened to her that forgotten night, Echo teams up with Noah to try and get access to their closed files in the school counselor’s office. Echo knows she needs to be careful around Noah, but as they get closer and closer, she cannot deny the strong feelings she has for him. Click here to find Pushing the Limits in the Library today!
Are you an expert with knitting or crochet needles, just learning, or want to learn? Then join us on Friday, December 28, from 4 – 6 p.m. for the monthly Teen Knitting/Crocheting Club meeting at the Library. We have yarn, needles, and the know-how to teach the basics of knitting and crocheting. You can also bring your own supplies – and your friends – for an afternoon of sharing ideas and conversation. Refreshments will be served.
This week’s book trailer of the week is for Adaptation by Malinda Lo. In Adaptation, birds are suddenly falling dead from the sky causing airplanes to crash. During the mayhem that has grounded all airplanes, two teens are forced to drive home after a national debate championship. However, the rental car crashes near Area 51, and the teens awake a month later to find that they are being treated in a secret medical facility in Nevada. After they return home, the two teens struggle with strange memories and soon discover that they may have new “abilities”. Click here to find Adaptation in the Library!