SCPL Teen Blog

August 13, 2011

Mechacon VII 2011!

Filed under: Uncategorized — violettayls @ 3:54 pm

For all those anime fans out there, don’t miss out on this year’s Mechacon! It’s the 7th annual anime con that will be held in New Orleans! It starts on friday, August 26th and ends Sunday, August 28th.  Pre-registration is closed, but you can still buy day and weekend passes at the door. Dress in your best cosplay and enjoy the cool panels and programs scheduled! I hope to see you there!   ~Tayls

 For more information such as where it is located, special guests, and events check out this website: http://www.mechacon.com/news.html

Mechacon Mascots Jett and Zee

 

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July 8, 2011

Totemo Kuru!!! (So Cool!)

Filed under: art, award winners, awesomeness, graphic novels, manga, movies — violettayls @ 4:45 am

Hey it’s Tayls again! =D

For those who don’t know, I am a HUGE, extra-gooberific fan of *Hayao Miyazaki’s art, films, words, you name it! I have been aware for a while that He–and I must capitalize His pronouns because He is so godlike–has been working on a *Studio Ghibli remake of  The Borrowers. Now, for those of you who remember The Borrowers, you may be skeptical of a remake. But I assure you that your doubts are unneeded because He will do the story great justice. With His flawless animation, beautifully complex artwork, and AMAZING directing, this movie is one to look out for. The US is due for an English dubb release some time soon and a new UK trailer has already been released!

 Arrietty

Also! Hayao Miyazaki and his son, Goro are collaborating on yet ANOTHER new film for Studio Ghibli that has, until now, been virtually unheard of. (And I am an avid follower of all his work.) It’s a film adaption of a 1980 2-volume manga by Tetsuro Sayama, and the official English title is From Up on Poppy Hill. I am SUPER excited as it will be following the format of one of my personal faves by Miyazaki, Whisper of the Heart. (It’s sort of a realistic drama, with a sprinkle of hinted-at romance and a heaping pile of well-paced mystery.)

 From Up on Poppy Hill

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*Hayao Miyazaki is one of Japan’s greatest animation directors. Co-founded Studio Ghibli in 1985 with Isao Takahata. Now Walt Disney Company has international rights for all films produced and released by Studio Ghibli. Spirited Away, Howl’s Moving Castle, and Ponyo are the newest movies released in the US.

Sources:

http://geek-news.mtv.com/2011/07/05/studio-ghiblis-latest-from-up-on-poppy-hill-gets-a-trailer/

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/anime/studio-ghiblis-arrietty-trailer-in-english.html

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0594503/bio

July 6, 2011

It’s so Moo-ving!

Filed under: authors, awesomeness, books, East Regional Library — violettayls @ 8:54 pm

                                                               Book Review: Going Bovine by Libba Bray

       Going Bovine is an intricately woven novel exploring the meaning of life. Now that may sound boring, but with Libba Bray the questions of ‘why are we here?’ and ‘what is our purpose?’ become a well-paced race to find a cure.                                                                 The main character is relateable in an unrelateable way. Cameron is the typical, apathetic teenager just trying to scrap by without putting in too much effort, when BAM!, he is suddenly forced to ask the near impossible questions of the universe. From there on the reader follows him on his journey of discovery that could also be seen as an escape from his reality (right into another.) He is diagnosed with a terminal illness, but given a reason to hope in the form of a possibly-medically-induced-hallucination, punker-chick angel who insists there is a cure and that it’s up to him to find it. Along Cameron’s journey of self-discovery he runs into situations that are all very possible but depicted in such over-dramatized fashion that they are mostly unbelievable and even fantastical. Libba Bray satirizes everything from covertly religious cults to Reality TV and in such a hilarious, thought-provoking way that, as the reader, you are never bored. She also does a wonderful job of incorporating the different perspectives of a wide range of personality types. The plot is unpredictable and surprisingly organized. For those of you looking for a could-be-sci-fi-but-is-ultimately-a-novel-about-self-discovery that is jam-packed with funnies, but also a quite serious attempt to make you think, this is the book for you. Libba Bray is an incredible author and one to watch. This everything-n-one story is the ultimate representation of what a YA* novel should be. I give this a PG-13 rating. There is drug-usage and suggestive adult themes. A little heavy for tweens, but a definite recommendation to the 14+ audience! Check it out at the East or West Regional branch today!!

*young adult

Going Bovine by Libba Bray

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