Here’s our staff highlights for this week — all the titles, creators, programs, conferences, and library shenanigans that made our week, comics-wise!
Benedict Cumberbatch as Spike Spiegel
Benedict Cumberbatch as Spike Speigel.
Editor's note: Yes, we know it's photo shopped and it's not new. It's still awesome.
I finished Fate/Zero at midnight last night/this morning. I've been internally crying for the entire day, that was a wonderful series. -Emily
Great Graphic Novels for Teens 2014
I'm happy the GGNT list is final. See the full list here! -Tessa
Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two
I just picked up "Judge Dredd: Mega-City Two" title this week. The basic plot: surly Mega-City One Dredd gets traded through an officer exchange program with laid-back Mega-City Two, which is, shall we say, more laid back. He's issued rubber bullets, an excessively friendly car, a no-kill order, and a directive to have a nice day. But the "bulletproof" MC-2 police chief might be just a little too good to be true. Dredd's job: out the corrupt cop and deliver justice with extreme prejudice!
I freaking love "Judge Dredd." I found the movie disappointing, so seeing this comic was a real breath of fresh air. The visuals are hectic and hilarious, but the vertical sprawl effect is stronger than ever. There are lots of references to old Dredd comics and Hollywood in general. Despite its old-school leanings, there's a pretty good intro and a lot of the more over-the-top traditional violence and sarcasm is absent, which makes me think that this might appeal to hardy old fans and new readers both. I grabbed it only last week, so it's not too late to snag a copy for yourself if you're into it! -Anna C.
Takuya Sako of Steins;Gate, and Mari Okada of "Anohana" will be working on an anime called, "WIXOSS". I don't even have to read a plot treatment to know that I will have to watch it. -Jessikah
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Discovering that Amazon now carries for the Kindle, some of the original b/w comics of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Ever since I read that they were darker than the cartoon I watched growing up, I've wanted to give them a read, just to see what happened. -Andrew S.
Here's my happy for the week: I tried a new craft project with my tweens in anime club. We cut up a Shonen Jump and used them to decoupage wooden boxes. They had a blast! While we were crafting, some of the tweens and I had a nice, long conversation about Dragonball and Dragonball Z. DBZ, as my first anime, will always have a special place in my heart, and I love talking about it with my kids/tweens/teens. -Marissa