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Welcome

 
Image Comics would like to wish everyone a wonderful Women's History Month! To celebrate, we have released a series of Women's History Month Variants, the profits of which we are donating, in their entirety, to Planned Parenthood.
 
In this edition:
We will be highlighting women and girls in both our Series Spotlight and our Classics Corner.

We have a wonderful library feature on the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library.
We have also updated our Edelweiss lists in the Contacts and Ordering section. Check out the updated segments to access review copies of January and February's releases as well as our core backlists!

As always, libraries that create programming and/or book displays can send photographs and descriptions of any organized events to the email address listed below for a chance to win free books and swag! The branch with the best display or example of programming will win a deluxe hardcover edition of Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special! Deadline for submissions is May 10th, 2017.

Chloe Ramos-Peterson
Library Market Sales Representative
chloeramos@imagecomics.com

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News

AWARDS

REVIEWS

Series Spotlight



FURTHER READING
IMAGE COMICS FICTION
  • Fat Kid Rules the World by K.L. Going
  • Lemonade Mouth by Mark Peter Hughes
  • Mermaid in Chelsea Creek by Michelle Tea
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • Still Life with Tornado by A.S. King
NONFICTION
  • Ask a Ninja Presents: The Ninja Handbook by Douglas Sarine & Kent Nichols
  • Rad Women Worldwide: Artists and Athletes, Pirates and Punks, and Other Revolutionaries Who Shaped History by Kate Schatz & Miriam Klein Stahl
  • Skater Girl: A Girl's Guide to Skateboarding by Patty Segovia & Rebecca Heller
STREET ANGEL

AUTHOR: Brian Maruca & Jim Rugg   
ARTIST: Jim Rugg
AGE RANGE: Teen

COLLECTED AS: Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special
ISBN: 9781534302877
DIAMOND CODE: FEB170714

SUMMARY: Jesse “Street Angel” Sanchez takes the Ninja Kid to school! Her fists are the facts and his face is the report card! Don't miss this very special After School Kung Fu, er, uh...Special? Meanwhile, Saturday night's the big dance and Jesse doesn't want to go! Is love in the air? No. 

Read the CBR review!

THEMES
  • Bullying
  • Friendship
  • Homelessness
  • Humour
  • Lunchtime
  • Martial Arts
  • Ninjas
  • School
  • Skateboarding
DISCUSSION POINTS
  • What was your initial reaction to the book?
    • How did your opinion change as you read it?
  • Is the story plot-based or character driven?
  • Is the plot well developed?
    • Is it believable?
    • Do you feel manipulated or do plot points unfold naturally, organically?
  • What was your favorite part/quote/sequence?
  • Who in the book would you like to meet?
    • What would you ask or say?
  • If you could insert yourself into the book, what role would you play?
  • What fighting style do you think is the most effective?
  • Consider the ending: Did you expect it or were you surprised?
    • Do you feel sorry for Juan?
    • Do you think Jesse and Jacob will last?
  • If you were to talk with the author, what would you want to know?
  • If Street Angel: After School Kung Fu Special was adapted into a movie, who would you want to see play which parts?

Programming Pavilion

RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES
  • Skateboard(s)
  • Helmet(s)
  • Wrist/Knee/Elbow Pad(s)
  • Safety Cones
  • Disclaimers/Waivers
  • Table (optional)
  • Chairs (optional)
  • Refreshments (optional)
SETTING SUGGESTIONS
  • Exterior paved area
  • Community Skate Park
  • Interior seating facing projector/screen if giving video presentation
NINJA SKATE CLUB

AGE RANGE: Juvenile to Adult
ATTENDANCE: 5-15
TIME FRAME: Single or Recurring (1hr each)

SUMMARY: June 21st is Go Skateboarding Day and now is the time to start planning! Skateboarding may seem like an odd fit for libraries, (especially when most branches have experienced having their grounds used as an impromptu skate park), but skating-themed programs are actually a wonderful opportunity to introduce youth to a fun and rewarding sport and to foster a closer and more respectful relationship with those patrons who may otherwise be more inclined to use the library as a skate park than as a reading resource.

Events can range from contacting a local volunteer to demonstrate tricks, to providing tutored sessions throughout the Summer, to maker-oriented programs such as decorating blank skateboard decks with as little as a pack of markers! Should your community have a local skate park, free-skate events sponsored by your branch are a great way to promote your library with very little administrative oversight needed. Have a table nearby with staff available to sign people up for new library cards and answer questions about your branch. Refreshments are also encouraged.

Demonstration programs should fit up to fifteen people. If participation or mini-tutoring sessions are intended, program should be limited to between seven and ten people. If planning a free-skate event at a local YMCA or community skate park, it can be hard to control participation numbers, so at least one staff representative per estimated ten people should be made available if supervision is required. Because these are outdoor sessions, you may wish to have a backup plan in case of foul weather. Have an alternative day picked or plan to have your pro-skater give a talk about their history with the sport and perhaps show videos of tricks to the audience, with the pro breaking tricks down into steps and taking questions from the audience. 

*As with any physical activity, skateboarding carries the risk of injury. Informational flyers, disclaimers, and signed waivers are advised for participants, especially minors!

Library Spotlight

In this month’s Library Spotlight, we are proud to feature the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library and their hugely successful Little Free Libraries program.
 
The Kansas City, Kansas Public Library operates five Little Free Libraries along the busiest bus route in their community, the 101. The libraries were set up with the permission and partnership of the Unified Government Transit Department in May of 2016 as part of the library system’s ongoing initiative to “engage the community outside the library’s walls.” All the items offered are free for anyone in the community to take. Each location is restocked weekly with books and comics selected from donations, recently weeded from within the library’s collection, and purchased through a partnership with their local comic shop, BBop. Many of the titles given away match the collections available through the library’s Hoopla holdings. When the Little Free Library project was launched, all comics were stickered with a link that instructed readers on how to set up Hoopla so that users could continue reading any series they may have been introduced to via these free-to-take collections.  For the year 2017, they are projected to give away 4800 comics, all of which will spread graphic literacy through their diverse community. 

               

What a brilliant way to bring books out into the community and get readers involved in the library!
Thank you to the Kansas City, Kansas Public Library for bringing comics to the people in new and interesting ways. We salute your creative spirit!
 
*Don't forget to submit your own stories and photographs for a chance to be featured in next issue's Library Spotlight and to receive free books and swag. Send emails to  chloeramos@imagecomics.com
 

Classics Corner


FURTHER READING 
IMAGE COMICS FICTION
  • No Flying in the House by Betty Brockman
  • The Ordinary Princess by M.M. Kaye
  • A Plague of Sorcerers by Mary Frances Zambreno
  • A Witch's Kitchen by Dianna Sanchez
  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum
NONFICTION
  • Fearless Girls, Wise Women & Beloved Sisters: Heroines in Folktales from Around the World by Kathleen Ragen
  • Proud To Be You by Pamela Espeland
  • A Smart Girl's Guide: Middle School by Julie Williams Montalbano
ODDLY NORMAL
 
AUTHOR: Otis Frampton 
ARTIST: Otis Frampton
AGE RANGE: Juvenile

COLLECTED AS:
Oddly Normal TP Vol 1 (Collects Issues 1-5)
ISBN: 9781632152268
DIAMOND CODE: JAN150646
Oddly Normal TP Vol 2 (Collects Issues 6-10)
ISBN: 9781632154842
DIAMOND CODE: AUG150537
Oddly Normal TP Vol 3 (Collects Issues 11-15)
ISBN: 9781632156921
DIAMOND CODE: FEB160691

SUMMARY: Meet Oddly Normal, a ten-year-old girl with pointed ears and green hair—a half-witch who will be the first to tell you that having a mother from a magical land called Fignation and a father from Earth doesn't make it easy to make friends at school! On her tenth birthday, she blows out her cake's candles and makes a disastrous wish. Now, Oddly must travel to Fignation to uncover the mystery of her parents' disappearance. Join Oddly as she navigates a strange new school, monstrous bullies, and Evil itself on an unforgettable fantasy adventure through the vibrant world of Fignation in ODDLY NORMAL.
Read the Newsarama review!

THEMES
  • Family
  • Friends
  • Identity
  • Imagination
  • Magic
  • Middle School
  • Monsters
  • Mystery
PROGRAMMING POTENTIAL
  • Movie night! There are plenty of monsters, witches, and other bizarre creatures living in the land of Fignation. Your patrons can enjoy any number of classic monster movies and try to spot the inspirations for some of Oddly Normal's more beastly buddies!
  • Afternoon Art-fest! Have your patrons get their crayons and markers ready. Participants can draw themselves and their friends as fiendish and fantastical residents of Fignation! Art can then be displayed in your children's section.

Contacts and Ordering Information

FOR LIBRARY INQUIRIES*, CONTACT

LIBRARY MARKET SALES REPRESENTATIVE
Chloe Ramos-Peterson
Phone: 971.865.5784 x109
Email: chloeramos@imagecomics.com

DIRECTOR OF PUBLISHING PLANNING & BOOK TRADE SALES
Jeff Boison
Email: jeffboison@imagecomics.com

*General information, promotional materials, digital review copy requests, and Programming Pavilion submissions.


TO PLACE AN ORDER, CONTACT

DIAMOND BOOK DISTRIBUTORS
US: 10150 York Road, Suite 300
Hunt Valley, MD 21030
Phone: 443.318.8001 x8526
Fax: 410.683.7084
Email:
dbdreorders@diamondcomics.com

DIAMOND BOOK DISTRIBUTORS US:
LIBRARY ORDER SUPPORT
Allan Greenberg
Email: 
gallan@diamondbookdistributors.com

UK: Canalside, Warrington Road, Manor Park
Runcorn, Cheshire WA7 1SN
Phone: 01928.531.760
Fax: 01928.531.785
Email: gphil@diamondbookdistributors.com

Also available from Baker & Taylor, Booksource, Brodart, Children's Plus, Follett, Ingram, Partners West, and other wholesalers


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