SCPL Teen Blog

August 30, 2011

Hello! + Comics Workshop

Filed under: art, awesomeness, diy, fanfiction, graphic novels, manga, Uncategorized — ccchauffe @ 6:49 pm

Hello! My name is Chase Chauffe, and I’m the new Teen programming person at the Paradis Library. I’ve got plans and ideas for programs that will hopefully BLOW YOUR MIND, and keep you coming back for more. A little bit about myself:

~ I’m from Bayou Gauche, and went to Hahnville (Class of 2005), but I am originally from southeastern Colorado. My family moved a lot when I was young, so I’ve lived in a couple different places, but my family settled down in St. Charles Parish when I was going into 6th grade.

~ I am a huge NERD when it comes to music, movies, comics and videogames. I love talking about this stuff so please, talk to me about the media you enjoy or geek-out over.

~ I am such a nerd, that I went to college to get a degree in Sequential Art, which is a fancy way to say “comics.” Speaking of which…

The first big program I have planned is a Comics Workshop. It’ll start tomorrow, August 31st, and continue for every Wednesday in September. I’ll teach you guys how to draw anything you want: characters, backgrounds, props, panels, sound effects, etc. Everyone will learn how to draw their own comic book: ideally, you can show up each Wednesday to work on your book, then at the end of the month, no matter how much progress you’ve made, I’ll teach you how to assemble your pages into a book using the photocopier.

I thought I would share some comic pages I did a long time ago with you guys, just to show you how I draw and to hopefully get you excited about making your own comics!


Hope you guys like my comics, and I hope you’re excited about drawing your own! I hope to see you at Paradis on Wednesdays, starting at 3 PM!


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!


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


*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.


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

December 15, 2010

Books + internet = even more awesome than books OR internet!

Filed under: awesomeness, books, fanfiction, new books, writing — SCPL Teens @ 4:02 pm

Heard of fan fiction? Ever wish fan fiction could be published as a real book?

Listening to NPR this morning I heard about a new mystery series  called The Amanda Project.  New student Amanda Valentino has brought together three strangers, Callie, Nia and Hal, as her guides when she arrives as at their school. Soon, Amanda has  graffitied the principal’s car, left cryptic notes in her friends’ lockers and disappeared. Why did she lie about her past and why did she vanish? Callie narrates this tale of secrets and confusing clues. And there is a TWIST.

What makes this series unique is that readers create the stories through interacting on a companion website.  You create a character whose collaboration with others on the Amanda Project website help form the story lines for the books.  As you delve deeper into sub plots and intrigue while solving weekly mysteries, the books’ creators reap your material for the books. Here’s a question. Do you get credit?

Book one, Invisible I, will be available in our library sometime in January. Look for the second book, Revealed, this spring!

October 14, 2010

Scott Westerfeld @ Octavia Books in New Orleans

Filed under: authors, awesomeness — SCPL Teens @ 7:46 pm

Scott Westerfeld will be at Octavia Books in New Orleans next Monday.

Westerfeld wrote a whole bunch of popular young adult novels like the Uglies series, the Midnighters series, and lately the steampunk Leviathan and Behemoth (third installment to come.) His tweets are funny and he seems like an all around very likable person.

I’d link to Westerfeld in our online catalog for you, but I’m not sure our new and improved catalog allows that. No static url thingies???

So happy to be of service in directing you to local awesomeness.

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