Watchmen Season Two May Not Happen, But…

Watchmen by Alan Moore, 1987.

…your interest in Watchmen does not have to end!

That’s right! The characters Alan Moore debuted in his seminal 1986-87 works, have traveled several different paths since their groundbreaking debut. Leading that charge is Geoff Johns creator of DC Comic’s Doomsday Clock. Having just completed his part at the helm of comic’s greatest achievement, Dr. Manhattan and Ozymandius are back in the news for the foreseeable future.

Lucky for you, the library’s collection has all things Watchmen. Compare the characters’ paths in all phases (Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Zack Snyder’s Watchmen movie, HBO’S Watchmen, Geoff Johns’ Doomsday Clock, and Azzarello & Straczyinkis’ Before Watchmen.

If you’ve never read Alan Moore’s Watchmen, save your money, and check out our hardcover or our online copy. Unfortunately, Moore’s relationship with DC Comics (owners of the Watchmen copyright), ended in 1988 in a bitter dispute that exists to this day. As a result, Moore never entertained a sequel or expand the universe he created. His career-defining work is now in the hands of a new generation of comic artists.

In 2012, DC finally releases the Before Watchmen comic series. Characters like Ozymadias, the Comedian, Silk Spectre, Dr. Manhattan, and others were given richer backstories with titles devoted exclusively to each character. Respected comic authors Brian Azzarello, J. Michael Straczyinkis, and Len Wein would lead these series. Click the links to read the Before Watchmen titles.

Before Watchmen: Minutemen/Silk Spectre

Before Watchmen: Ozymandias/Crimson Corsair

Before Watchmen: Comedian/Rorschach

Before Watchmen: Nite Owl/Dr. Manhattan

As a result of Before Watchmen’s success, DC Comics greenlights and releases Doomsday Clock. Doomsday Clock is a limited comic run written by Geoff Johns from 2017-2019. This series is unlike any other in that it merges the world of DC Comic Superheros with the Watchmen characters. Superman meets Dr. Manhattan in this mashup that recently ended in December of last year. Click the links to read this series in order. (Doomsday Clock Part 2 will be released in the graphic novel format on May 12, 2020).

DC Universe: Rebirth

Batman/Flash: The Button

Doomsday Clock Part 1

18 years ago a cinematic adventure began…

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

Bilbo Baggins, “The Fellowship of the Ring” by J.R.R. Tolkien

On December 10, 2001, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring was released in theaters. It would go on to win Oscars in Best Cinematography, Best Makeup, Best Music, and Best Visual Effects.

During the holiday break if you want to experience a different world for the first time or 100th time pick up The Lord of the Rings movie trilogy or the book trilogy here at the library.

Artist: Zaki Hamdani

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Two Towers

The Return of the King

The Lord of the Rings (book)

The 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz

This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Native American occupation of Alcatraz, an abandoned federal prison located in San Francisco Bay. In 1969, Native Americans, including members of the American Indian Movement, took over the island from November 1969 to June 1971. The Native Americans claimed it as “Indian land under the Treaty of Fort Laramie“.

The occupation lasted 19 months and ended with the occupiers forced off the island. The event became a watershed for the Native American civil rights movement. The incident eventually led to the return of millions of acres of ancestral land and numerous proposals supporting tribal self rule.

Ironically, Alcatraz Island is now one of the top tourist attractions in San Francisco.

If you want more information on Native Americans check out the MVCC catalog for books or dvds. The MVCC databases have periodicals and streaming video if you need additional information.

Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales

Do you love animated films as much as I do? If so, then you probably already know that Disney’s Frozen 2 is being released in theaters this weekend. But did you also know that the original Frozen is based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale called The Snow Queen? Andersen is also responsible for other classics such as The Little Mermaid, The Princess and the Pea, and The Ugly Duckling, to name a few.

If you are interested in reading Andersen’s complete collection of fairy tales and stories, you can check that out here.
If you would like to just read a selection or them, check out this.
You can also check out all that the library has to offer from Andersen here.
Lastly, if you haven’t seen the original Frozen you are in luck because the library has a copy! Fair warning, you will have the song Let It Go stuck in your head for a good three months afterwards.

Paradise Lost

Fire in Paradise, a Netflix Documentary, is a “harrowing, real-life apocalyptic story of a fire that took place in California in 2018.” This film has won several awards and there is talk of a possible Oscar nomination. The film reflects on the impact of climate change in California and how it affects forest fires. The film is riveting and informative. I would highly recommend this documentary.

Check out the MVCC catalog or a news database for more information on this subject.

You Will Not Be Ready to Watch Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker or The Mandalorian Until You Have Seen the Star Wars Holiday Special

I am lying, of course. I am a terrible human being with an even worse sense of humor. The 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special is absolutely awful. This made for TV production is so bad it may ruin the entire Star Wars Universe for you.

If you are looking to purchase a copy online, don’t waste your time. To this day, George Lucas and Disney have never released a copy in any format. Don’t try to find it on TV, either. The special has never aired again on TV since its original air date of November 17, 1978.

So if you want to be a TRUE Star Wars fan and know the complete Star Wars story … you need to go through the punishment of watching this film. Channel your inner Jedi. You can do this. As Yoda said, A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind.

May the Force Be With You, Moraine Valley.

Dead Man Walking

is one of the most acclaimed operas of the 21st Century. Now onstage at Chicago’s Lyric Opera in a new production, the cast includes mezzo-soprano Susan Graham who originated the lead role in the 2000 premiere production.

The library collection contains the source of the story, Sister Helen Prejean’s 1993 memoir of the same title and Tim Robbins’ film adaptation from 1995.

Prejean recently published a new memoir, River of Fire also available in our collection.

Veterans Day

November 11 is the day that America honors its military veterans. MVCC is “committed to being a veteran-friendly campus, and the office of Veterans Services is the go-to resource for veteran students.”

The Moraine Valley Library is another source for veterans to use. Here are some helpful titles.

There are numerous local events that will take place on November 11 to honor our vets. Palos Heights Library, Village of Homer Glen and Brookfield Zoo Veterans Day Celebration will pay homage to the men and women who have served our country.

Prepare Now For Finals- Reserve a Study Room

Looking for places to study in groups or to practice speeches? Our study rooms are the answer! We actively encourage students, who want to study, to reserve one of our 8 study rooms in advance here. Make sure to book at least 24 hours in advance if you would like to reserve a room during daytime hours. It’s easy to do.

  1. Find the Reserve a Study Room or Lab Seat link on the main page of the library website. 

2) Select a Study Room session  of 30 minutes, 1 hour, or 2 hours.

3) Select a specific Study Room (A-J) and pick a date.

 

4) Select a time.

5) Type your First Name, Last Name, Moraine Valley Email, Student ID Number, and click Yes to consent to the study room policies (only 2 hours of reservations per student per day).

 

 

6) Once you received your confirmation page you are all set. (staff members will verify double bookings, student id’s, and will contact you if more information is needed).

If you have any questions, please call us at (708) 974-5235.