Read manga and other comics online!

16 07 2009

Calling all comic fans… We know you’re always looking for new stuff to get your hands on, and the publishers know it too. So why not check out some of what they’re putting on their websites.

Tokyopop offers a lot of old AND new material – including at least one chapter of every series online.

For those of you who are into the superheros, Marvel is offering over 100 free comics on their site.

And don’t forget the old standby… the Library has your back when it comes to books. Don’t forget to stop in or check out the catalog to see what we offer.



Looking for something fun to do this summer?

11 06 2009

hennaCheck out the free events happening at all the libraries in Prince George’s County this summer as part of the Summer Reading Program…

You’ll find:

  • Gaming
  • Mehndi and Body Art
  • Manga and Comic Drawing
  • Jewelry Making
  • and more!!

CupcakeDecoratingSo don’t forget — if you’re registered for the Teen Summer Reading Program, every time you attend a library event, you get entered into a drawing for a prize! It doesn’t get any easier than that.

Great Graphic Novels

15 02 2008

I don’t always mention graphic novels on TeenSpace, and I’m not exactly sure why. I read them. I love them. I think they’re awesome. And so, apparently, do a lot of other people. The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) compiles a list every year of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Here are some of the titles that we own from the 2008 list:Laika

  • Laika by Nick Abadzis
    How a small dog became the first cosmonaut.
  • Re-Gifters by Mike CareyPlain Janes
    Win the championship or get the guy?
  • The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
    Forced to move to the burbs, Jane starts a renegade art club.
  • The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam by Ann Marie Fleming
    Ann Marie traces the path of her great-grandfather’s life, uncovering her roots and the magic behind them.
  • The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain by Peter SisStuck in the Middle
    When your hairstyle, music and art are regulated, how do you find your voice?
  • Stuck in the Middle: 17 Comics from an Unpleasant Age
    Painfully true stories about middle school.
  • The Arrival by Shaun TanThe Arrival
    How do you build a new life when everything around you is so strange?

Interested? Check our catalog.

Beowulf, adaptation by Gareth Hinds

6 11 2007

BeowulfOkay, so you’ve been assigned to read Beowulf for English class. Or maybe you’ve seen the previews for the movie and think, hmmmmm….. that looks pretty good. Oh my gosh! It’s based on a poem! I might want to actually read that.

Well, Gareth Hinds has taken the epic poem Beowulf and put it into graphic novel format (for those of us who like to look at pictures).  Having never actually read the original work, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But I have to say, the artwork is pretty amazing.  The reader is immediately swept into Viking lore and legend and the fighting scenes definitely leave you sitting (or reading) on the edge of your seat.

If you have been afraid to tackle Beowulf before, I would not hesitate to read it in this format. The story is easy to follow and accompanied by powerful illustrations. Hooray for comics! Um… I mean, graphic novels!

Come see “Amelia Rules!” cartoonist Jimmy Gownley

8 10 2007

Amelia RulesAmelia Rules! cartoonist and author Jimmy Gownley will be at the Hyattsville Branch on Sunday, October 14 at 1:30 pm. In celebration of Teen Read Week, Mr. Gownley will be presenting a workshop on turning your real-life experiences into a comic book.

For those of you who are interested in or like to draw, this is a great program for you! It’s not always easy coming up with ideas for what to draw, but having someone show you that your own life can actually be interesting and funny, is a good place to start 🙂