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  • Comics, Events, Facebook, Graphic Novels, Happenings, Isn't that cool?, Library, Manga, Nicola, Pencil it in your diaries, Wellington

    Comics Fest 2014

    24.04.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Comics Fest 2014

    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.


  • Happenings, Rachel

    Choco-weekend

    22.04.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on Choco-weekend

    Here at the Teen Blog we hope you all had a great Easter and gorged yourselves silly on chocolate, if that’s your kind of thing.

    We’ve got another short week this week, because Friday is the 25th of April, ANZAC Day. This is the day of remembrance we use to commemorate all Australians and New Zealanders who served and died in wars and peacekeeping operations, and to acknowledge the contribution and suffering of all involved. We’ve got quite a few novels about Anzac Day and Anzac soldiers, and these can help give some context to a situation we haven’t experienced personally. Here are some novels from our YA fiction section about the Anzacs:

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsA Rose for the Anzac Boys, Jackie French

    It’s 1915 and the horrific war being fought seems a world away to Midge, a 16-year-old New Zealander studying in England, yet Midge feels closer and closer to it with her brothers in the army, one of them listed ‘missing’ after Gallipoli. Desperate to help (and to avoid the boredom of school) Midge and two of her friends start a canteen in France for the endless flow of wounded soldiers returning from the frontline. Midge is recruited into the over-stretched ambulance service, forced to face carnage and find courage she could never have imagined.

    Book cover courtesy of SyndeticsD-Day: Lieutenant Andy Pope, Normandy 1944, Bryan Perrett

    “It’s 1944 when Lieutenant Andy Pope takes part in the D-Day landings, crossing the English Channel to the beaches of Normandy. Ordered to cut off the Germans’ line of retreat, Andy’s company comes under sustained attack until, as the only unwounded officer left, Andy finds himself in command and fighting for survival.” – Goodreads


  • anime, Happenings, Movies, Not Library Related, Pencil it in your diaries, Rachel, Wellington

    The Wind Rises this weekend

    11.04.14 | Permalink | Comments Off on The Wind Rises this weekend

    Weekend newsflash: The latest film from Studio Ghibli (and the last film directed by Hayao Miyazaki before his retirement!) is showing this Sunday at the Embassy cinema! It’s called The Wind Rises and it tells the story of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. Check out the trailer below and book your tickets over at the Embassy website.


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    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, August 10-11

    08.08.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, August 10-11

    There’s no shortage of shindigs to get you out of the house and into the streets of Wellington this weekend. Here’s a quick run-down of what we’ve circled with our highlighter.

    The New Zealand International Film Festival continues and included is the world premiere of Fantail. Rachel and Rebecca made some picks in last week’s Trailer Tuesday. Also in film this weekend is the fundraising screening of documentary Maidentrip about kiwi-born Laura Dekker’s solo adventure around the world aboard yacht Guppy. Proceeds to Wellington Ocean Sports.

    One of Wellington’s best and formerly hidden treasure troves of Zines and art, Matchbox Studios has a grand opening at its new street front location.

    The next round of New Zealand’s Got Talent auditions stop into the St James.

    Museum of Wellington City & Sea continue with their L!VE Music sessions on Sunday.

    Wellington’s gonna get a pop-up chocolate factory on Queens Wharf this weekend – YUM! If you need more convincing their website has a puppy picture.

    Newtown’s National Hockey Stadium will host matches between Capital & Southern.

    The always thought-provoking World Press Photos exhibition is in town and hanging out on Willis Street.

    If you haven’t had a chance to yet Young & Hungry is in its last weekend at Bats. It’s well worth the outing.

    In new music for the playlist this week Indie band Typhoon, from Portland Oregon, have released a sneak peak of their new album White Lighter. They’re a bit of a well kept secret and it’s not really a sneak-peak it’s a peak in entirety. If you’re a fan of indie bands like the Fleet Foxes, Beirut, Boy & Bear, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Band of Horses etc we reckon you’ll dig these guys.

    Have a good one!


  • Happenings, Music, Wellington

    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, July 27-28

    25.07.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, July 27-28

    Another weekend in Wellington is lurking just ahead of us. Here’s some heads-ups for ways to spend it.

    Rūamoko has been a busy lad this week. If you’re keen on a sweet geology-heavy hangtime then you can checkout his antics here.

    Soldout Splendour In The Grass has lured a whole bunch of epic bands down under this weekend but, and it’s a really big but, they’re all the way over in Australia’s New South Wales. If you want to get a sneak peak at some of the big acts (and there are plenty of them) you can do that right here at the “Best-Of-The-Fest” stream.

    There’s no shortage of musical fairy dust in our own town this weekend though with acts like the Veils, Shapeshifter, The Phoenix Foundation playing 18+ shows (links to our CD collection included).

    The Naked And Famous have dropped a new single from their upcoming second album In Rolling Waves.

     

    The Naked And Famous – Hearts Like Ours by The Naked And Famous

    The Wellington season of Young And Hungry, a festival showcasing young playwriting talent, kicks off at BATS Friday night with three sweet plays. More info here.

    The (actual) New Zealand (full and proper, in its entirety) International Film Festival 2013 is finally upon us. Their website and full schedule is here. Looking forward, very much, to seeing The National’s (who’re playing over at Splendour In The Grass) film Mistaken For Strangers about life on the rock ‘n’ roll road.
    Enjoy your first week back at school!

    There’s a good chance you’re not going to get to get to experience them while they’re here if you’re under 18, so here’s a short film with the Veils playing some of their tunes for you.

    Enjoy your first week back at school!


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    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, July 20-21

    18.07.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, July 20-21

    How’re your holidays going? Great, we hope! Here’s this weeks run down of Wellington’s weekend fun times to help keep them lively.

    Firstly though, did you know we’re having a sweet games fest at Wellington Central Library over the next few Wednesdays? We’ll supply the warmth and games, all you need to do is turn up!

    Ever wondered what goes on behind the doors of the St James at the Royal New Zealand Ballet company? They’re having an open day this Saturday for all you keenly interested ballerdudes and ballerettes.

    There’s a best-of-three trans-Tasman Futsal, a smaller indoor version of soccer, tournament at ASB Stadium.

    Want to spend the weekend watching baby pandas? Well you can! Thanks to Atlanta Zoo’s Lun Lun you can watch TWO baby pandas (twins). Woah!

    There’s a swell looking, all ages, fundraising performance at Paramount Theatre of Echolalia. Here’s a brief description; “Inspired by the humour and directness of autistic children while working on a holiday program, McArthur’s delightful character Echo doesn’t register social niceties. A young woman on the spectrum preparing for a much needed job interview, Echo unwittingly puts our unspoken social rules under the spotlight…and finds a lot of them wanting.”

    If none of that floats your boat, why not spend the weekend making a robot that can do flips like this one?

    Tada!


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    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, June 13-14

    11.07.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, June 13-14

    It’s… holiday time!

    Here’s a slice of what’s on in Welly-hood this weekend to kick your holidays off with some excitement and/or amazement.

    The Company NZ are presenting Block Party up on the hill at Wellington High School – it’s a showcase extravaganza from this super talented dance school. Not to be confused with Bloc Party. Here’s a sweet video of the tutors busting some moves.

    Oceania’s two most Hipster* cities Wellington and Melbourne clash in derby time on the water front. Bust out the Purple and orange.

    Au Contraire, the New Zealand Science Fiction and Fantasy convention, is in town. It comes with cool stuff like a floating market.

    Something a bit different and enriching for the ears? Gale Force Gospel are putting on a concert of African American Song.

    In theatre The Legend Of Hector visits BATS. “Drawing from sources as diverse as the Arthurian Legends, an old friend’s travel blog, and toilet-wall graffiti, The Legend of Hector goes right to the heart of the moments we feel most epic, and the moments we desperately wish for greater adventures.” – That sounds awesome!

    Looking for something to watch? Here’s a list compiled by Rachel & Rebecca to quell your winter blues.

    In playlist news Jay-Z released new album Magna Carta… Holy Grail  this week – you can judge that one for yourself. His wife Beyonce announced a tour to our shores. Australian folksters Boy & Bear are gearing up to release new album Harlequin Dream in August and here’s a track off it to chill to – ‘Southern Sun’.

    *Not an actual fact.


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    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 6-7 July

    04.07.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 6-7 July

    Here is a run down of what’s going down about the town this weekend.

    In sport our Super Rugby home team the Hurricanes play the Highlanders at the cake tin on Saturday Night.

    Any regular reader might be aware of a soft spot for roller skates on this side of the screen so there is great joy in letting y’all know there is a Roller Disco out in Kilbirnie on Friday night.

    Science might or might not be a fun subject at school but there is no denying its awesomeness. The Magnicent Science Variety Show in Newtown this Friday night could very well teach you some handy new ‘on-the-bus chats’ to impress your mates with. Science! Way cool.

    While scientific things are in the foreground let’s talk about space. All ages Fringe Festival(‘s) favourite A Play About Space has a swift season at Bats this weekend. Science(-fiction) at it’s entertaining finest.

    The New Zealand Film Archive and Square Eyes partnership of Around The World Saturday Matinee keeps on rolling with Kirikou And The Sorceress.

    Feel like reading? If you haven’t already then have a gander at the 2013 NZ Post Childrens Book Awards winners and finalists, there are a heap of great reads to keep you cosy. Of course being your local library we’re here to help you find a copy of whatever it is you might fancy. Holler.

    Soulstress Ladi6 is in town for the growed-ups this weekend. But that’s no reason to miss out. For this weekends playlist here’s Ladi6 ‘Shine On’ – the second track off of her latest album.

    Chur!
    Have a good one.


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    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 22-23 June

    20.06.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 22-23 June

    This weekend marks the halfway point in the solar year. We’re halfway around the sun and a few days out from being halfway to Christmas. Friday night is the longest one of the year and it means from this point on the days are going to start getting longer again. Sending a wi-five at you right now, congratulations you’ve made it. It’s the winter solstice which means, among other things, that our half of the world is as far away from the sun it’s going to get this year. In the day bringer’s absence though the moon has crept on in and will be at perigee or the closest it’s going to get this year-you may have caught wind of a super moon coming, that’s it (BYO cape and Lycra). Another thing you’d have noticed is that your chances of getting a glimpse of the night sky are pretty slim at the moment so in the stars absence here are some space pictures from Today I Learned Something New. Astronomy!

    Here’s what’s happening about the town this weekend:

    In film Wellington based Inspiring Stories will be screening a selection of short films made by young kiwis. They are a selection of inspiring documentary-style films of varying length and topics from global to local. Saturday at Crossways Community Centre in Mount Vic. Down on Taranaki Street Square Eyes and The Film Archive will be co-hosting an Around The World Matinee screening of films just young folk.

    Got some physical energy to burn? Generation Zero will be running “The Race” from Newtown to the CBD – simply it’s your chance to race against a whole bunch of other folks with any method of transport you want!  New Zealand pro-wrestling is stopping by to host Brooklyn Brawl.

    In events the Wellington Toy and Die Cast Fair is on as is the Wellington leg of the Careers Expo.

    LUX Wellington are throwing together a Time Warp flashmob. It’s just a jump to the left. Want to see some dance not be some dance? Head to the City Gallery and have a gander at Footnote Dance’s “taster series”.

    It’s still Matariki and the good folks at Tapu Te Ranga Marae have a shindig on to celebrate the season.

    Need some new music? Jagwar Ma . Off their new album Howlin here’s Man I Need.


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    Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 13-14 June

    13.06.13 | Permalink | Comments Off on Winging Your Way Through The Weekend, 13-14 June

    This weeks weekend is all about the stars, every pun intended. It’s official Matariki celebrations have started and as a continuation from last weekend there are a host of events about the town to keep us all entertained.

    Like any good New Year shindig Matariki’s all about reflecting on the year that has past and ushering in, hopefully, an even better one. While looking back and forward can mean a whole lot of different things to all of us the spirit of the season is to come together, share and celebrate. So with that in mind here’s a run down of Matariki inspired events to get us out and about with our municipal kinfolk.

    As usual our shiny waterfront centrepiece Te Papa has a plethora of things on. They’re putting on a concert series with some great artists appearing Friday night including; Whirimako Black, Mihirangi and J & his geeks for all you NZ’s Got Talent fans. A clebration of the last year in New Zealand film making will happen on Sunday under the moniker of Matariki Film Festival: Whanau Shorts 2013. A Matariki craft village will also pop up on Saturday in the foyer to showcase a wide range of crafts for all you bohemian folk. This year there is an emphasis on navigation and it could be a great time for all you young adventurers to scrub up on South Pacific exploration.

    Just outside Te Papa there will also be waka tours on Saturday.

    One of our other swell museums, the Museum of Wellington: City & Sea is currently running an exhibition celebrating the creativity of us all here at Te Upoko o Te Ika a Maui (the head of Maui’s fish).

    If you’d prefer something a bit more literary and find yourself over the age of 15 Patricia Grace’s Tu has been adapted by Hone Kouka and is running at Circa Theatre.

    Want to hang with stars in another way? Author Mal Peet will be popping into the Central Library on Sunday to run a special one off creative writing course for young writers.

    In sport the local roller derby girls meet again in TSB for a bout between Smash Malice & Brutal Pageant.

    If you’ve tuned in to find something for your playlist this week why not try Portugal. The Man. Off of their new album Evil Friends here’s ‘Atomic Man’. Happy weekend!


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