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Fruits Basket
Natsuki Takaya
1595324070
Dec 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The world's most popular shojo manga continues... With the beginning of the school year approaching, the gang returns from summer break--and what a vacation indeed! A new student council has been assembled, with two new secretaries: Naohito, who has declared himself Yuki's rival, and Kimi, who is known as a devil woman--and a thief of men's hearts. Later, when Tohru goes to see her grandfather, he brings up a part of Tohru's past that she had tried to shut away. And with parent-teacher conferences on the horizon, Mayuko gives Shigure some good advice.


Character Design Studio: Create Cutting-Edge Cartoon Figures for Comic Books, Computer Games, and Graphic Novels
Chris Patmore
0760758557
March 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Character design art book


Comics As Philosophy

1578067944


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Book Description
Through the combination of text and images, comic books offer a unique opportunity to explore deep questions about aesthetics, ethics, and epistemology in non-traditional ways. The essays in this collection focus on a wide variety of genres, from mainstream superhero comics, to graphic novels that exercise social realism, to European adventure classics. Included among the contributions are essays on the existentialist ethos present in Daniel Clowes’s graphic novel Ghost World, ecocriticism in Paul Chadwick’s long-running Concrete series, and the inherent political philosophies espoused in Hergé’s perennially popular The Adventures of Tintin. Modern political concerns inform Terry Kading’s "Drawn into 9/11: But Where Have All the Superheroes Gone?," which discusses how superhero comics have...


Fruits Basket
Natsuki Takaya
1595324038
Apr 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Summer is on its way, so of course Tohru and friends are excited about the upcoming vacation and field trip. But what's that sound? It's Hatsuharu going beserk in the classroom... again! Black Haru is full of more rage than usual, so what will happen when Yuki intervenes? And then there's Ritsu Sohma, whose mom Tohru met at the hot spring...but what's wrong with this kimono-wearing beauty?!


DC Comics Encyclopedia: The Definitive Guide to the Characters of the DC Universe
Phil Jimenez
075660592X
October 2004
Hardcover
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From Booklist
This copiously illustrated encyclopedia chronicles more than 1,000 DC Comics characters from the 1930s to the present. Arranged alphabetically, each entry gives the first appearance, status (hero, villain, etc.), real name, occupation, height, weight, and eye and hair color of the superheroes or supervillains. Special abilities and superpowers are also listed along with ample cross-references to other comic characters or superleague affiliations, such as the L.E.G.I.O.N. cosmic peacekeeping force. The biographical entries make fascinating reading in alternative history. For example, the Crimson Avenger served in a league called the Seven Soldiers of Victory during World War II. Afterward, he was sent backward in time. He came forward in time and discovered that he was struck with a terminal disease. After his death, an...


Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation

1891024604


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Book Description
Cartoon and comic book imagery are suddenly ubiquitous. Since the 1950s in the United States, they have been considered primarily as an entertainment vehicle for children, their lowbrow status allowing them to thrive outside of the critical, aesthetic, and commercial criteria expected of the art world. Today cartoon-based imagery is regular fare on TV and in movies from Hollywood to Tokyo, aimed toward both children and adults. At the same time, an alternative use of this imagery is proliferating in cult and underground zines and comics, as well as in respected art galleries, museums, and contemporary art spaces around the world. As the boundaries between high and low blur to the point of disappearance, cartoons have emerged from cult status in the underground to mainstream culture, where they provide a vehicle for...


Fruits Basket
Natsuki Takaya
1595324046
June 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
Finally--summer has arrived! While Tohru struggles through the bipolar days of hope and anxiety, what will happen when Yuki comes face-to-face with the new member of the student council? Meanwhile, who is that Uo-chan's hanging out with? Is she c-r-a-z-y in love? In a bonus feature, Hana-chan's past is finally disclosed! Come join the party in the 9th volume of the super-popular Fruits Basket, the world's most popular shojo manga!


How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way
Stan Lee
0671530771
September 1984
Paperback
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Book Description
Stan Lee, the Mighty Man from Marvel, and John Buscema, active and adventuresome artist behind the Silver Surfer, Conan the Barbarian, the Mighty Thor and Spider-Man, have collaborated on this comics compendium: an encyclopedia of information for creating your own superhero comic strips. Using artwork from Marvel comics as primary examples, Buscema graphically illustrates the hitherto mysterious methods of comic art. Stan Lee's pithy prose gives able assistance and advice to the apprentice artist. Bursting with Buscema's magnificent illustrations and Lee's laudable word-magic, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way belongs in the library of every kid who has ever wanted to illustrate his or her own comic strip.

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Considering Maus : Approaches to Art Spiegelman's "Survivor's Tale" of the Holocaust

0817313761


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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
Bill Watterson
0740748475
October 2005
Hardcover
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Book Review
An Excerpt from Bill Watterson's Introduction:

"I’ve loved comic strips as long as I can remember. As a kid, I knew I wanted to be either a cartoonist or an astronaut. The latter was never much of a possibility, as I don’t even like riding in elevators. I kept my options open until seventh grade, but when I stopped understanding math and science, my choice was made. There is great personal satisfaction in attending to detail and quality, and I remain very proud of the standards the strip met day after day. I also liked the responsibility of knowing that, succeed or fail, it was all my own doing. This approach kept the strip very honest and personal--verything having to do with Calvin and Hobbes expressed my own ideas, my own values, my own way. I wrote every word, drew every line, and painted every color....



Naruto
Masashi Kishimoto
1591161878
Mar 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
While they recover from their injuries, Kakashi puts Naruto, Sasuke, and Sakura on a strict training regimen to protect Tazuna's family against Zabuza's next attack. But Zabuza has a dangerous new apprentice in Haku. And as the bridge comes closer to completion, our heroes must be willing to kill - or die.


Fruits Basket
Natsuki Takaya
1595324054
July 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
The world's number one shojo manga continues, as Tohru and the Sohmas spend time at the Sohma's summerhouse. Alas, it's not all fun in the sun on this little trip. Akito pays a surprise visit, causing a commotion for the rest of the family. Shigure takes a stroll down memory lane with an old friend, remembering the days when Hatori wasn't so aloof. Meanwhile, Tohru begins to wonder: What must life be like for the loved ones of a cursed member of the Sohma family? Can life with this family truly be happy while bearing such a burden?


The Tenth Circle : A Novel
Jodi Picoult
0743496701
March 7, 2006
Hardcover
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Book Review
Bestselling author Jodi Picoult's The Tenth Circle is a metaphorical journey through Dante's Inferno, told through the eyes of a small Maine family whose hidden demons haunt every aspect of their seemingly peaceful existence. Woven throughout the novel are a series of dramatic illustrations that pay homage to the family's patriarch (comic book artist Daniel Stone), and add a unique twist to this gripping, yet somewhat rhetorical tale.

Trixie Stone is an imaginative, perceptive 14 year old whose life begins to unravel when Jason Underhill, Bethel High's star hockey player, breaks up with her, leaving a void that can only be filled by the blood spilled during shameful self-mutilations in the girls' bathroom. While Trixie's dad Daniel notices his daughter's recent change in demeanor, he turns a blind eye, just...



Simpsons Comics Extravaganza
Matt Groening
0060950862
November 1994
Paperback
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Book Description
Welcome to the remarkable first four issues of Simpsons Comics, brought to you by the Bongo Comics Group, a small but overachieving band of merry artists, designers, lawyers and publicists. Their work looks effortless, but the Bongo gang has shed several droplets of sweat, a few droplets of blood, and perhaps even a couple of tears of joy in the making of these comics. Don't worry, however: All Bongo bodily secretions have been wiped off the original art so as not to distract you from your entertainment experience. As Bart might say, "We're proud of these comics, man." As Lisa might say, "Damn, they're good." And as Marge might say, "I don't want you sitting up in that tree house all day reading comic books! You'll ruin your eyes!"

About the Author
Matt...


Naruto
Masashi Kishimoto
1569319006
July 2003
Paperback
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Book Description
Naruto must pass the difficult test to enter the Ninja Academy; deal with his rival, Konohamaru; and learn to get along with his new classmates, Sasuke and Sakura.


Johnny The Homicidal Maniac: Director's Cut
Jhonen Vasquez
0943151163
July 1997
Paperback
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Book Description
Mayhem and violence rule in this collection of issues one through seven of Jhonen Vasquez's Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, as well as material seen before only in Carpe Noctem magazine. Dark and disturbingly funny, JTHM follows the adventures of Johnny (you can call him Nny), who lives with a pair of styrofoam doughboys that encourage his madness, a wall that constantly needs a fresh coat of blood, and--oh, yeah--his victims in various states of torture. Join Nny as he frightens the little boy next door (Todd, known to fans of Vasquez's work as Squee), thirsts for Cherry Brain Freezies, attempts suicide, draws Happy Noodle Boy, and tries to uncover the meaning of his homicidal existence.


Understanding Comics
Scott McCloud
006097625X
April 1994
Paperback
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Amazon.com
A comic book about comic books. McCloud, in an incredibly accessible style, explains the details of how comics work: how they're composed, read and understood. More than just a book about comics, this gets to the heart of how we deal with visual languages in general. "The potential of comics is limitless and exciting!" writes McCloud. This should be required reading for every school teacher. Pulitzer Prize-winner Art Spiegelman says, "The most intelligent comics I've seen in a long time."

-- Will Eisner
"A landmark dissection and intellectual consideration of comics as a valid medium."

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Fullmetal Alchemist
Hiromu Arakawa
1591169208
Apr 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This manga inspired the popular series now airing on the Cartoon Network and captures the show's brand of mystical, action-packed adventure. Set in a steam-powered locale that isn't necessarily in our world, the series follows two teenage brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric—one bearing two cybernetic replacement limbs while the other's soul animates a cumbersome suit of armor. The two are government agents wielding prodigious abilities in alchemy who carry out the hazardous assignments issued by their handlers. Their exploits range from thwarting the machinations of a fraudulent and ambitious priest who abuses the faith of his oblivious flock to cunningly extracting an impoverished mining community from the exorbitant clutches of a corrupt official and dealing with a train-hijack situation that owes a...


Maus : A Survivor's Tale : My Father Bleeds History/Here My Troubles Began/Boxed [BOX SET]
Art Spiegelman
0679748407
November 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
Volumes I & II in paperback of this 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrated narrative of Holocaust survival.

Inside Flap Copy
Volumes I & II in paperback of this 1992 Pulitzer Prize-winning illustrated narrative of Holocaust survival.


Sgt. Piggy's Lonely Hearts Club Comic: A Pearls Before Swine Treasury
Stephan Pastis
0740748076
September 2004
Paperback
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Book Description
Rat, Pig, Zebra, and Goat, the central characters of Pearls Before Swine, are back in their new book, Sgt. Piggy's Lonely Hearts Club Comic, the first Pearls Before Swine treasury-supersized for your enjoyment. But this is no ordinary cartoon treasury. Like the influential Beatles album that inspired the book's title, Sgt. Piggy is full of surprises. In addition to collecting in one volume all of the Pearls cartoons that appeared in BLTs Taste So Darn Good and This Little Piggy Stayed Home, cartoonist Stephan Pastis takes readers on a VIP backstage tour of one of the most successful new comic strips in newspapers today. In Sgt. Piggy, Pastis explains the genesis of Pearls (hint: it didn't begin at an artist's easel), why he was initially reluctant to show it to newspaper syndicates (and the surprising reason he...


Masters of American Comics
John Carlin (Editor)
030011317X
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
This ambitious new book from Yale accompanies an exhibition of the same title debuting this fall at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles. Both focus on the 15 "Masters" of American comics, including George Herriman, Jack Kirby and R. Crumb. Well known figure like Jules Feiffer, Pete Hamill and Matt Groening, among others, contribute essays on each of the artists. These are complemented by a 175-page essay by Carlin, "Art History of 20th Century American Comics." Unfortunately, this essay is a disorganized and overly academic attempt to tell the story of comics through just these 15 artists, with little context for their achievements, thus failing to elucidate what makes them so special. Going too far the other way, the individual essays vary wildly in depth and intent. Jonathan Safran Foer's piece is little more than...


Naruto
Masashi Kishimoto
1421501244
Nov 2005
Paperback
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Book Description
As the preliminaries to the third phase of the Journeyman Ninja Selection Exams begin, the student ninja face off against each other in no-holds-barred, one-on-one bouts. Deaf to Sakura's pleas to withdraw from the contest and despite the crippling effects of the curse placed on him by the nefarious Orochimaru, Sasuke enters the first match against one of the vicious Sound Ninja spies. But with his signature fighting techniques suddenly off-limits, how can Sasuke possibly prevail? And even if he manages to survive the violent brawl, Orochimaru's curse is threatening to change Sasuke forever!

About the Author
Author/artist Masashi Kishimoto was born in 1974 in rural Okayama Prefecture, Japan. After spending time in art college, he won the Hop Step Award for new manga artists...


Buddha, Volume 8: Jetavana (Buddha)
Osamu Tezuka
1932234500
December 2005
Hardcover
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Fruits Basket
Natsuki Takaya
1591826055
June 2004
Paperback
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AnimeOn DVD.com
Do not walk, do not run - fly out and get it.

Book Description
It’s Valentine’s Day and you know what that means—lots of chocolates for the cutest boys at school! In this case it’s a pretty close tie between hot-headed Kyo Sohma and "Prince Charming" Yuki Sohma. Of course the kind-hearted Tohru, guest of the Sohma family, has chocolates for everyone! But when White Day comes around, what will the Sohma family give her in return?

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The Revenge Of The Baby-Sat
Bill Watterson
0836218663
January 1991
Paperback
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Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors
Jhonen Vasquez
0943151244
August 1, 1998
Paperback
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Book Description
Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book of Unspeakable Horrors collects together the four issues of the Squee comic book series from SLG Publishing. It also contains reprints from the popular Jhonny the Homicidal Maniac series that didn't appear in the JTHM: Director's Cut book.

About the Author
Jhonen Vasquez reluctantly lives in Southern California and is currently developing a cartoon for Nickelodeon. He likes spooky movies, sugary candy, and cool computer games.


Fruits Basket
Natsuki Takaya
1591826039
Feb 2004
Paperback
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AnimeOn DVD.com
""Do not walk, do not run - fly out and get it.""

Book Description
Tohru Honda was an orphan when one day fate kicked her out of the house and on to land belonging to the mysterious Sohma family. After stumbling upon the teenage squatter, the Sohmas invite Tohru to stay in their house in exchange for cooking and cleaning. Everything goes well until she discovers the Sohma family's secret, when hugged by members of the opposite sex, they turn into their Chinese Zodiac animal!

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Bucky Katt's Big Book of Fun(Get Fuzzy Series)
Darby Conley
0740741365
June 2004
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Voted the Best Comic Strip of 2002 by the National Cartoonists Society, Conley’s Get Fuzzy friends are no Garfield and Odie. Wacky, hilarious and charming, this second compilation of Conley’s characters (following on the heels of Sept. 2002’s Groovitude: A Get Fuzzy Treasury) touches on the intricacies of inter-species affairs in a New York City apartment. Human Rob Wilco, impudent feline Bucky Katt and soft-hearted mutt (but don’t call him that to his face) Satchel Pooch form a lovable trio whose differing personalities make for great comedy. Whether the storyline features Satchel’s sweet innocence and ignorance of the world around him, Bucky’s schemes and wise-ass, sarcastic remarks, or Rob’s (or Pinky, as Bucky likes to call him) flip acceptance of his pets’ polar...


Y: The Last Man Vol. 1: Unmanned
Brian K. Vaughan, et al
1563899809
January 2, 2003
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Yorick Brown is an escape artist; has a fabulous girlfriend who's traveling in Australia; and possesses a genetic make-up that's allowed him to survive a plague that killed every male being on the planet except for him and his pet monkey. Yorick is the last man on earth, and in the resulting chaos, he must find a way to help save the human race. At least that's what the (now all-female) government thinks. Yorick would prefer to find his girlfriend, but it's hard to get a flight halfway around the world when almost all the pilots and mechanics are gone. It's hard enough to drive down the block, since the streets are jammed with the cars of men who were behind the wheel when the instantaneous plague hit. Furthermore, the entire social fabric has gone to hell, with gun-wielding wives of Republican representatives...


Piled Higher and Deeper: A Graduate Student Comic Strip Collection
Jorge Cham
0972169504
June 2002
Paperback
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Graham, University of Warwick
I love "PHD." It's the only thing I've seen that captures everything about being a PhD student!

Mark, Oxford University
That is the funniest thing I have ever read. The pictures are great and the character development is so epic.

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The Physics of Superheroes
James Kakalios
1592401465
September 29, 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. This terrific book demonstrates a number of important points. First, a subject that everyone "knows" is difficult and boring can, in the hands of a master teacher, be both exciting and fun. Second, it's a myth that only people particularly adept at mathematics can understand and enjoy physics. Third, superhero comic books have socially redeeming qualities. By combining his love for physics with his love of comic books, University of Minnesota physicist Kakalios has written a book for the general reader covering all of the basic points in a first-level college physics course and is difficult to put down. Among many other things, Kakalios uses the basic laws of physics to "prove" that gravity must have been 15 times greater on Krypton than on Earth; that Spiderman's girlfriend, Gwen Stacy, died...

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