It’s no secret that I love graphic novels, which is why I’m so excited about ComicFest, an event that the library is running from the 2nd-3rd of May. We’ve got some great events lined up: a panel on Friday night with some of the best cartoonists in New Zealand, plus more events on the Saturday. You can find out more on the event page, but here are just some of the events running:
A panel on Friday Night featuring Ant Sang, who wrote and drew the awesome comic Shaolin Burning and worked on Bro’ Town. There’s also Robyn Kenealy who’s a brilliant webcomic artist and creator of Steve Rogers’ American Captain, which chronicles Steve Rogers’ attempts to work out his place in the twenty-first century. Grant Buist, another one of our awesome panelists, has been working in comics for almost twenty years. He’s currently working on a graphic novel and draws Jitterati for Fishhead Magazine. His website is well worth a look, since he’s done a heap of great reviews of our graphic novel collection. This is definitely the panel you want to attend if you want to know what it’s like working in comics today.
There are also some wicked workshops: Ant Sang is running “Comics 101” from 4:30-6:30 for those aspiring artists among you, and then there’s another workshop run on the Saturday by Gavin Mouldey, a Wellington-based animator and illustrator. He’s done all the gorgeous promotional art for all our advertising, and owns the dittybox shop and gallery in Island Bay.
There’s a costume competition all day Saturday with a special category for teens and great prizes for you to win, generously provided by Unity Books and and White Cloud Worlds. A fair few of the library staff will be in costume too, so try and work out who we’re being!
Finally, last but certainly not least, we are giving away FREE, yes, FREE comics from when we open. We have limited stock, so get in early! This is because the library is participating in Free Comic Book Day, a day where all over the world stores and librariess give away a selection of comics and graphic novels. We decided to use this as an opportunity to promote a great (and steadily growing) part of our collection and bring together some of the best comic artists working in New Zealand today. You can find the main Facebook event here, and interviews with our featured panelists and artists on our main blog.
I LOVE Shailene Woodley. I think she’s a fantastic actress and has a great career ahead of her! She was great in The Descendants alongside legendary George Clooney, and she did a fantastic job in The Spectacular Now which screened at the Wellington leg of the NZ International Film Festival in August last year. We have the book of The Spectacular Now if you’re interested, and here is the trailer for the film:
No word on the DVD release date, but late February to March is rumoured. Stay tuned!
Shailene is a popular leading lady, playing Tris and Hazel in the upcoming Divergent and The Fault In Our Stars movies. Phew! Here are the latest trailers for each of those – first, Divergent (which we are super excited about!)
And The Fault In Our Stars – this one will definitely be a tear jerker. You may have seen we already posted this to our Facebook page, but if you didn’t know that – we have a Facebook page! Check it out for library updates and other cool book- and movie-related links.
What are you looking forward to most?
Would you like a copy of Insurgent by Veronica Roth? How about a copy that you can wipe clean even after you spill a drink on it, because it comes wrapped in the classic library protective plastic? Of course you do. Go to the Teen Blog Facebook page, be one of the first three YA cardholders to answer a very easy question and you can (w)insurgent. Cool? Cool.
Quick, you guys! You only have until 5:30pm today to enter the Hunger Games quiz on our Facebook page! Someone will win the $100 iTunes voucher today – if you click some buttons and type in your name and library card number it could easily, easily be you.
Follow this link, then follow the instructions on the page to be in with a chance to win.
While you’re on our Facebook page, don’t forget to “like” it, there’ll be more quizzes coming soon and this is the best way to hear about them.
Have you entered the Hunger Games quiz over on our Facebook page yet? There are ten multi-choice questions to answer, get them correct and you’ll be entered into the draw to win a $100 iTunes voucher. You can enter as many times as you like to shoot for 100% (only one correct entry per person though) and all YA cardholders are eligible. Entries close at 5:30pm on Monday June 18, so there is still plenty of time left.
The quiz can be found along the top of the page, just underneath the cover photo. Here is a picture that shows you exactly where:
Here is a sample question to try:
Good luck, you guys!
We’re very excited to bring you a Hunger Games quiz via our Facebook page and even more excited to give away a $100 iTunes voucher for the winner!
Correctly answer the questions carefully compiled by the Teen Blog Quiz Committee, supply your name, YA library card number and email address and you go into the draw. Tell your friends to enter too. Tell them to like the page as well, ok?
You’ve got until 5:30 pm on Monday June 18 to submit your answers. The draw will take place on Tuesday June 19 and we’ll let you know as soon as we can after that who the winner is!
… or something. The Facebook Data Team recently compiled a bunch of data from Facebook (what else would they do?) that eventually spat out Memology 2011. Points of interest include the top ten ranking topics of the year, the top ten status trends of the year and the fact that somehow Rebecca Black managed to stay off all of the lists. Pop over and have a look to see if anything you “like” or talked about charted this year. While you’re on Facebook, make sure you “like” us on our official Teen Blog page and maybe we’ll be a noteworthy meme in 2012.
Hey, you know what you should do? “Like” us on facebook. It’s a really great time over there, you can waste time on the time wasting tab write stuff on our wall, get our new blog posts in your news feed and all sorts of other neat stuff.
Further to this post we did earlier about Facebook and privacy, if you’re wanting to keep your Facebook page between yourself and your friends here’s a helpful tutorial on changing your settings so that the whole world and its dog can’t see who you’re playing Scrabble with:
(Thanks to Magalie for putting this together!)
Due either to popular demand, or just the fact that I like playing with iMovie, here is the second ad for The Almost Amazing Race. This one gives away a few more details (possibly about locations) and once again stars Adrienne who is such a good sport for running everywhere I told her to on a very hot day.
Registrations will be opening very soon. We’ll let you know when on this blog and if you become our fan on facebook, we’ll let you know even sooner.