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Everything Manga!! Miyazaki Day!!

This isn't your ordinary book club!

Whether you consider yourself just a casual fan of the genre or a die-hard otaku, we'd like you to join us at St Andrews for Everything Manga! At our meeting on April 29th, from 3.30 to 5.30, we will be discussing the manga Kannagi, by Eri Takenashi--but if you haven't read it, no worries. We will also be playing a game of Manga Bingo, have paper and colored pencils for drawing, and a projector for watching anime.

And on May 15th, from 3.30 to 5.30, we will be discussing (and viewing, and drawing, and reading...) everything related to reknowned director/animator Hayao Miyazaki. We will have many of his movies available for checkout, including Nausicaä Valley of the Wind, Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle, and Princess Mononoke, as well as the manga and books based on and inspired by his films. We will play a game inspired by My Neighbor Totoro, and view a slideshow that will showcase the creativity of Miyazaki's fans.

~Mary Frances


Kannagi Volume 1 by Eri Takenashi
AmazonTeenCrewSt A. Says: The first volume of Kannagi, up for discussion on April 29th.
Amazon Says: Nagi's a strange young girl - and not just because she popped out of a tree! She tells Jin (who's a perfectly normal high school boy) that she's a goddess...but is she really? more...
Amazon Says: Nagi's a strange young girl - and not just because she popped out of a tree! She tells Jin (who's a perfectly normal high school boy) that she's a goddess...but is she really? As a matter of fact, she is! Normal girls, even strange ones, don't come from trees, you know. And soon, the odd pair start living under the same roof together. Thus begins the first volume of a bizarre manga tale that wends it way through both the comical and serious! More or less. less...
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Manga For Dummies by Kensuke Okabayashi
AmazonTeenCrewSt A. Says: Perhaps you'd just like to know a little more before you join us?
Amazon Says: If you love Manga, you’ll eat Manga For Dummies, right up. This step-by-step guide shows you how to create all of your favorite Manga characters from rough sketch through fi more...
Amazon Says: If you love Manga, you’ll eat Manga For Dummies, right up. This step-by-step guide shows you how to create all of your favorite Manga characters from rough sketch through final full-color renderings.  You’ll build your skills as you draw animals, mythical creatures, superheroes, teenagers, and villains—along with their weapons, cars, and homes. Soon you’ll be inventing your own characters and placing them in stylish poses and stirring action scenes. Before you know it you’ll be knocking out storyboards and plotlines for you own Manga book. Find out how to:Gear up for drawing with all the right tools and materialsDevelop the basic skills of Manga figure drawingCustomize and accessorize your Manga charactersDesign spectacular weapons, gadgets, mechas, and vehiclesCreate 3-D drawings and give characters motion and emotionWrite an exciting Manga StoryComplete with a stunning, full-color 8 page insert, Manga for Dummies is your real-life guide to the ultimate fantasy world. less...
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Amazon Says: Born of Japan's cultural encounter with Western entertainment media, manga (comic books or graphic novels) and anime (animated films) are two of the most universally recognize more...
Amazon Says: Born of Japan's cultural encounter with Western entertainment media, manga (comic books or graphic novels) and anime (animated films) are two of the most universally recognized forms of contemporary mass culture. Because they tell stories through visual imagery, they vault over language barriers. Well suited to electronic transmission and distributed by Japan's globalized culture industry, they have become a powerful force in both the mediascape and the marketplace.This volume brings together an international group of scholars from many specialties to probe the richness and subtleties of these deceptively simple cultural forms. The contributors explore the historical, cultural, sociological, and religious dimensions of manga and anime, and examine specific sub-genres, artists, and stylistics. The book also addresses such topics as spirituality, the use of visual culture by Japanese new religious movements, Japanese Goth, nostalgia and Japanese pop, "cute" (kawali) subculture and comics for girls, and more. With illustrations throughout, it is a rich source for all scholars and fans of manga and anime as well as students of contemporary mass culture or Japanese culture and civilization. less...
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