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Welcome


This month, Image will be exhibiting at the American Library Association Midwinter Meeting from January 20th-24th and will present two events for attendees:
 
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Changing Landscapes in YA Fantasy/Science Fiction

Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017
1:00 PM -1:50 PM
Afar Live Drawing Demonstration

Please, join us for these interactive events and get to know the creators behind our collection!

Image Comics also invites you to celebrate our 25th Anniversary this February 1st with Image Day! Libraries who create book displays to help us celebrate can send photographs and descriptions of any events organized to the email address listed below for a chance to win free books and swag!

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

Thanks and enjoy—and please share this newsletter with your friends and colleagues!

News

AWARDS
East of West: Apocalypse Year One – One City, One Book – Graphic Novel Selection
http://www.diamondbookshelf.com/Home/1/1/20/823?articleID=187454

The Fade Out: The Deluxe Edition – Library Journal Best Books 2016 – Best Graphic Novel
http://lj.libraryjournal.com/bestbooks2016/graphicnovels.php

The Fix and Monstress – Forbes – Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2016
http://www.forbes.com/sites/robsalkowitz/2016/12/08/the-best-graphic-literature-of-2016/#2e0ac11d14f2


REVIEWS
Beowulf by Santiago García – Big Comic Page
https://bigcomicpage.com/2016/12/08/advance-review-beowulf-hc-image-comics/
Black History in its Own Words by Ron Wimberly – Comicosity
http://www.comicosity.com/wimberlys-black-history-in-its-own-words-coming-in-feb-2017/
ODY-C by Matt Fraction – NPR
http://www.npr.org/2016/11/30/503067759/in-ody-c-a-greek-hero-worthy-of-women

Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly – NPR
http://www.npr.org/2016/11/13/500419553/prince-of-cats-melds-comics-hip-hop-and-shakespeare

 

Series Spotlight


 

FURTHER READING -
IMAGE COMICS

FURTHER READING - 
FICTION
  • Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor
  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • Wild Seed by Octavia E. Butler
  • Her Stories by Virginia Hamilton
  • Sabriel by Garth Nix
FURTHER READING - 
NONFICTION
  • African Folktales by Roger Abrahams
  • Star Lore: Myths, Legends, and Facts by William Tyler Olcott
  • The Starlore Handbook: An Essential Guide to the Night Sky by Geoffrey Cornelius

AFAR

AUTHOR: Leila Del Duca    
ARTIST: Kit Seaton
AGE RANGE: Teen to Adult

COLLECTED AS: Afar OGN
ISBN: 9781632159410
DIAMOND CODE: JAN170641

SUMMARY: Boetema suddenly develops the ability to astrally project to other worlds, unintentionally possessing the bodies of people light years away. Inotu, her inquisitive brother with a penchant for trouble, finds himself on the run after he's caught eavesdropping on an illegal business deal between small town business tycoons and their cyborg bodyguard. When Boetema accidentally gets someone hurt while in another girl's body, the siblings are forced to work together to solve the problems they've created on their planet and others. 

AFAR is a coming-of age fantasy tale about two siblings. Boetema can astrally project, and her brother, Inotu, is forced to grow up when their reckless parents leave to work as salt shepherds. Boetema is tasked with figuring out why she dreams she's in other people's bodies, and in doing so, makes matters worse on a planet hundreds of light years away. Inotu struggles to become a confident and supportive brother while they've been left alone by their parents. Poor, sleep-deprived, and on the run from a cyborg, the siblings work together to overcome their own personal obstacles, making their way across the desert to the thriving metropolis, Yopan.

http://www.cbr.com/afar-ogn/

THEMES:
  • Adolescence 
  • Astronomy
  • Coming of Age
  • Family
  • Folklore/Myth
  • Friendship
  • Identity
  • Refugee Experience
  • Self-Determination
  • Self-Esteem
  • Siblings
  • Zodiac
DISCUSSION POINTS:
  • Can you find any thematic links in the other worlds that Boetema visits?
    • Discuss how those links or lack thereof might say something about the larger narrative.
  • How many times does Agama Wanwitu appear?
    • Do his appearances seem significant?
      • Discuss!
  • The characters in Boetema's family face their problems in different ways. List them.
    • How do Boetema's parents' problem-solving methods affect their children?
  • Both Boetema and Inotu work at things they're not immediately good at, throughout the book. They both slowly improve, even though the practice can be frustrating and not always immediately rewarding. What things do you work at?
    • Have you ever practiced something you were not immediately good at?
  • While in her own body and while astrally projecting, Boetema solves problems more easily once she tells the truth about her situation and works cooperatively with others. Can you think of an example from life where the same has happened to you?
  • It sounds like there are many adventures ahead of Boetema as she learns about her ability. What do you think her experience as Lindu has taught her and how might she take those lessons forward in her daily life and when projecting to other worlds?
  • What kind of world would you like to see her visit next?
    • If you could visit other worlds, be other people, where would you go and who would you be?

Programming Pavilion

RECOMMENDED SUPPLIES
  • Telescope
  • Handouts
  • Powerpoint presentation (optional)
  • Projector for showing Powerpoint (optional)
  • Chairs (optional)
  • Table (for refreshments, optional)
  • Refreshments (optional)
SETTING SUGGESTIONS
  • Interior seating facing projector/screen if giving Powerpoint presentation
  • Interior table for refreshments
  • Exterior telescope set as far back from branch as necessary to minimize light pollution
STARGAZING

AGE RANGE: Juvenile to Adult
ATTENDANCE: 5-15
TIME FRAME: Single or Recurring (30min-1hr each)

SUMMARY: This program is suitable for a range of skill levels, from beginner to advanced, and although it can be done without a telescope it does benefit from one. If your branch does not have it in their budget to acquire a telescope*, try contacting your local university or local astronomy club to inquire about loan options. Cooperation with schools or local clubs can also help take the weight off in terms of delegating programming tasks.
  • Have a number of constellations and/or planets you will be showcasing selected prior to your program.
  • Create handouts or a Powerpoint presentation listing your pre-selected viewing targets. Making a Powerpoint with the heavenly bodies listed is a fun way to start. It gives patrons an idea of what to expect, and abbreviated myths can accompany photographs and descriptions to provide patrons with more context and thus, a fuller experience. Once you have finished your star presentation and patrons have had a few moments to discuss, it is time to go outside!
  • Once outside, patrons can take turns looking at and discussing targets before repositioning the telescope looking at your next selection.
  • Check with your local astronomy club or on astronomy websites to find upcoming meteor showers or other special events for a more unique experience.
*Give yourself at least twenty minutes with your telescope before patrons arrive to make certain you have everything calibrated correctly, especially if this is your first time using one.
 

Library Spotlight

In this edition, we're excited to spotlight our contest winner from last issue's display competition!
Thanks to Al Brittan for sending in these wonderful photographs and to the hardworking library staff that put it all together!

          

1ST PLACE
SMYRNA PUBLIC LIBRARY
SMYRNA, TENNESSEE

The branches which submitted the top three displays will be receiving deluxe hardbound editions of some of our best releases of 2016 along with additional swag for their branches! 
Good job everyone and thanks for sending in your photos!
 
*Don't forget to submit your own programming 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
FURTHER READING - 
FICTION
  • The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
  • The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  • Spellsinger by Alan Dean Foster
  • The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi

FURTHER READING - 
NONFICTION
  • Masculinity in Children's Animal Stories, 1888-1928: A Critical Study of Anthropomorphic Tales by Wilde, Kipling, Potter, Grahame and Milne by Wynn William Yarbrough
  • The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell
  • The World of Myth: An Anthology by David Leeming
THE AUTUMNLANDS
 
AUTHOR: Kurt Busiek 
ARTIST: Benjamin Dewey, Jordie Bellaire
AGE RANGE: Teen Plus to Adult

COLLECTED AS:
The Autumnlands TP Vol 1 (Collects Issues 1-6)
ISBN: 9781632152770
DIAMOND CODE: APR150573
The Autumnlands TP Vol 2 (Collects Issues 7-14)
ISBN: 9781632157133
DIAMOND CODE: NOV160705

SUMMARY: When a secret conclave of wizards brings a legendary hero back from the forgotten past to save their dying world, they get a hero unlike anything they expected, and trigger a crisis none of them may survive.

From New York Times bestselling writer Kurt Busiek (Astro City, Marvels), rising-star artist Benjamin Dewey (I Was the Cat, Tragedy Series), and award-winning colorist Jordie Bellaire, The Autumnlands begins an epic fantasy tale of survival and adventure in a world of beast-wizards, sorcery, brutality, and hope.
http://www.graphicnovelreporter.com/reviews/the-autumnlands-vol-1-tooth-and-claw
 
THEMES:
  • Epics
  • Expectations
  • Fables/Fantasy
  • Heroism
  • Identity
  • Mythology
  • War
PROGRAMMING POTENTIAL:
  • Book club: There is no shortage of beautiful fantasy out there, anthropomorphic or otherwise. Get a group together and read!
  • Have patrons discuss parallels between this story and others myths and epic they have read. 
  • Discuss how the fantasy epic has evolved over time and what those evolutions say about our changing culture.

Contacts and Ordering Information

2016 BOOK CATALOG




EDELWEISS LISTS
 
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.


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