Westworld: Robots, Entertainment, Power & Desire

Faculty members from different areas of study will discuss HBO’s hit show Westworld. They will consider this show as a commentary on our relationship with technology, the ways we engage in entertainment, and the power dynamics underlying modern life. This event is part of our One Book program on I, Robot by Isaac Asimov and a part of the Library’s Graphic Novel Symposium.

Manga!

Just in time for the Graphic Novel Symposium, the library has added several new manga titles to the collection. All these manga are available currently in the Library Lounge under New Arrivals.

Manga is typically read backwards from what Western audiences are used to. Here are some helpful sites to start learning how to read manga. Most published books have the same information in the back.

How to read manga (image) and longer explanation on reading manga

Legend says if you find all the dragon balls a dragon will grant you any wish. Join Goku on his exploits to find the dragon balls and to be the best. Dragon Ball is one of the most well known titles in manga and inspired many current manga authors.

Collect the dragon balls here

If you like superheros you should check out My Hero Academia. A world where everyone has a superpower called a “quirk.”

Click here to learn how to be a hero!

Science! One day everyone in the world was turned to stone. 3700 years later Senku emerges and starts to rebuild the world he remembered. Dr. Stone has realistic science (to a point) and no matter your love for science you will 10 billion percent enjoy Dr. Stone.

Start rebuilding the world here

Do you enjoy the Chinese Zodiac? Stumble into people who can turn into members of the Zodiac with Fruits Basket. Discover the mystery behind the Sohma clan and learn how Tohru changes everything.

Being the journey here

Brilliant surgeon, Tenma, saves twins from a violent event. Soon after the twins disappear. Years later, a serial killer is on the loose and Tenma knows who it is. He searches to understand the reasoning behind the killings. Monster is a critically acclaimed manga.

Discover the monster here

Also known as Detective Conan, Case Closed is about a high school detective solving mysteries. Case Closed began publication in 1994 and is the 4th best-selling manga.

Start solving mysteries here

So We’re Playing Video Games Today: The Importance of Teaching With All Literacies

Please join this panel of educators and school administrators from the Lit-X collective as they discuss the importance of teaching with all literacies including video games, comics, music, and film. And while this session will focus primarily on use in the middle school and secondary classroom, lesson planning ideas will span all grades. This event is part of the Library’s Graphic Novel Symposium.

After Watchmen: Interpreting and Misinterpreting a Superhero Comic

Allen Moore’s epic graphic novel, The Watchmen, is often credited for transforming how we see superhero stories. The heroes we see at the movies, on Netflix, or in modern comics can be traced back to the Watchmen in the 1980s. In this talk, fine arts faculty member, Erik LaGattuta, explores the significance as well as the artistic storytelling behind The Watchmen. This event is part of the Library’s Graphic Novel Symposium.

Watchmen

Coming to “After Watchmen: Interpreting and Misinterpreting a Superhero Comic” with fine arts faculty member, Erik LaGattuta on Wednesday, September 25? Click here to search for the graphic novel in our library catalog. We have a collection of the original and annotated editions of Watchmen and Before Watchmen eBooks accessible through Hoopla. We also own: the graphic novel in print, an animated motion comic on DVD, and Considering Watchmen: Poetics, Property, Politics by Andrew Hoberek about the influences of Watchmen on the graphic novel industry. LaGattuta’s talk and other events from the Graphic Novel Symposium will be available for viewing online afterwards.

New to Collection: The Life of Frederick Douglass Graphic Novel

New to the collection is a graphic novel biography, The Life of Frederick Douglass, written by David F. Walker with art by Damon Smyth. It tells the story of Douglass’s life through beautiful illustrations. He lived during the 19th century, was born into slavery in Maryland, learned to read even though it was forbidden to slaves, and ended up becoming one of America’s greatest writers. He worked to abolish slavery and believed in the equality of all. He also was one of the most photographed Americans of the 19th century, even more so than Abraham Lincoln! “Frederick Douglass was acutely aware of the fact that photographs could be used to help define his image in the public eye and, as a result, also influence how white people viewed blacks. In many pictures, his eyes are cast directly at the camera, an uncommon practice at the time, which resulted in a seemingly defiant expression” (Walker, p. 99). His photos were taken without him smiling because he didn’t want to portray “the racist caricature of a ‘happy slave’” (Wikipedia).

If you are not a fan of the graphic novel medium, a biography is a good way to try it out because the illustrations really bring the person’s story to life, which is helpful when learning about historical subjects. It’s not unlike how “Hamilton the Musical” resonated with people and presented a different way of re-telling history, so, too can a graphic novel achieve the same.

Frederick Douglass in MVCC’s collection:

Ms. Marvel author G. Willow Wilson Lecture Videos

We were very excited to welcome G. Willow Wilson to campus last week. Wilson, who is the author of our One Book text Ms. Marvel, gave two lectures on campus. She had much to say about heroes, identity, pop culture, and much more. She is currently the writer for Wonder Women, one of DC Comic’s premier titles. She has a new comic series out called Invisible Kingdom, and a new novel called The Bird King.
Additionally, Wilson explores the background and development of the character Ms. Marvel. She talks about the difference in writing a new character and writing a legacy character (such as Wonder Women). She offers advice to writers and talks about her writing process.

These events were made possible by a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals; Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.

Ms. Marvel author G. Willow Wilson (first lecture), One Book, One College, April 10, 2019

G. Willow Wilson author of Ms. Marvel (second lecture), One Book, One College, April 11, 2019

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Ms. Marvel, Meaning & Modern Storytelling : A Faculty Panel (video)

In preparation visit of author G. Willow Wilson, faculty and students will the significance of the award winning comic Ms. Marvel, which is the 2018-2019 One Book selection. This event is part of the One Book, One College program on Ms. Marvel and the Graphic Novel Symposium.

Ms. Marvel, Meaning & Modern Storytelling: A Faculty Panel

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Iva-Marie Palmer & Marta Kissi: Their Partnership as Writer and Illustrator (video)

Iva-Marie Palmer, author of the Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook series, will talk about writing middle-grade novels with a graphic component. Attendees will hear about how this process differs from the typical novel, as well as the nuts and bolts of working with an illustrator. The illustrator of Gabby Garcia’s Ultimate Playbook, Marta Kissi, will join via Skype to talk about her side of the story. This event is part of the One Book, One College program on Ms. Marvel and the Graphic Novel Symposium.

Iva-Marie Palmer & Marta Kissi: Their Partnership as Writer and Illustrator

The audio of this discussion is available below:

The Magnificent: The Creative Journey of Comics with Carmelo Chimera (video)

Writer for the graphic novel The Magnificent share their collaborative process and talk about their production process. This event is part of our Graphic Novel Symposium.

The Magnificent: The Creative Journey of Comics with Carmello Chimera

The audio of this discussion is available below: