New Manga at the Library

Hey Manga fans! We’ve got two additions to the library’s ever growing Manga collection. We’ve got the much loved Fullmetal Alchemist series for you to delve into as well as volumes 1-12 of Death Note. Whether they are old favorites or you’re reading them for the first time, you can pick them up here at the library.


We’ve got more series on the way, including one that I’m personally pretty excited about. I won’t tell you which one it is, but I’ll leave you with a big hint. It also an anime, a major motion picture adaptation is in the works, and the series stars these two:



So You’d Like to Start Reading X-Men Comics…

The latest movie in the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past, will be released this Friday!  If you’re like me, superhero movies are inspiration to delve further into  the comics to seek out character backstories and classic story lines. But sometimes it’s not as simple as just picking up the latest issuefrom the library or comic book store, especially in the case of the X-Men.  Marvel’s X-Men is a notoriously complicated universe to delve in to without a little guidance. There are a number of different timelines; a multitude of story arcs that may or may not connect with each other; and, like, a bajillion characters that at one time have belonged to the X-Men.  Buzzfeed has even created a list ranking 95 members of the X-Men (I don’t necessarily agree with their ranking, but you get the point; if a Marvel character has mutant powers, chances are they have been or will be a member of the X-men).

With this in mind, here is a list of X-Men titles to get you started on your mutant-filled comic odyssey.  Of course, these can all be requested from the library!

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Zombies Vs. Unicorns: Now available at North Battleford Library

Readers can now pick up a copy of Zombies Vs. Unicorns here at the library. It’s a battle for the ages! Are you on the side of the majestic unicorn or the terrifying zombie? You get to decide with this collection of short stories by a number of well known authors like Libba Bray, Scott Westerfeld, Meg Cabot and Cassandra Clare.


Get ready for the book blurb: “It’s time to decide: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn? A must-have anthology with contributions from bestselling YA authors is now available in paperback!

It’s a question as old as time itself: Which is better, the zombie or the unicorn? This all-original, tongue-in-cheek anthology edited by Holly Black (Team Unicorn) and Justine Larbalestier (Team Zombie), makes strong arguments for both sides in the form of  spectacular short stories. Contributors include bestselling authors Cassandra Clare, Libba Bray, Maureen Johnson, Meg Cabot, Scott Westerfeld, and Margo Lanagan.

Discover how unicorns use their powers for evil, why zombies aren’t always the enemy, and much more in this creative, laugh-out-loud collection that will have everyone asking: Team Zombie or Team Unicorn?”

Graphic Novels @ the Library: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1

New to the library! Read the comic before you see the movie this summer! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers will introduce (or re-introduce) you to an eccentric, eclectic team of heroes that protect the galaxy.


Blurb-ery awaits you! “There’s a new rule in the galaxy: No one touches Earth! But why has Earth suddenly become the most important planet in the galaxy? That’s what the Guardians of the Galaxy are going to find out! Join Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot and — wait for it — the Invincible Iron Man as they embark upon one of the most explosive and eye-opening chapters of Marvel NOW! The secrets these galactic Avengers discover will rattle Marvel readers for years to come! But while London deals with a brutal invasion by the Badoon, the fate of the Guardians may have already been decided millions of miles away! Why wait for the movie? It all starts here!”

Graphic Novels @ the Library: Hark! A Vagrant

History buffs, web-comic aficionados, fans of literature and pop culture will love Canadian cartoonist Kate Beaton’s Hark! A Vagrant. Collecting comics from her website (also called Hark! A Vagrant) Beaton takes a hilarious look at historical figures and events as wells as literary heroes and heroines. This book is so much fun and its available here at the library.


Blurb ahoy! “HARK! A VAGRANT takes readers on a romp through history and literature — with dignity for few and cookies for all — with comic strips about famous authors, their characters, and political and historical figures, all drawn in Beaton’s pared-down, excitable style. This collection features favourite stories as well as new, previously unpublished content. Whether she’s writing about Nikola Tesla, Napoleon, or Nancy Drew, Beaton brings a refined sense of the absurd to every situation.

In just four years, Kate Beaton has taken the comics world by storm with her non sequiturs, cheeky comebacks and irreverent punch lines. With 1.2 million monthly hits on her site – 500,000 of them unique– and comics appearing in Harpers Magazine, the National Post and The New Yorker, her caricatures of historical and fictional figures filtered through a contemporary lens display a sharp, quick wit that knows no bounds.”

Graphic Novel Thursday! Now with extra zombies!!!

This week’s featured graphic novel is The Walking Dead: Compendium One by Robert Kirkman, Charlie Adlard, Tony Moore, and Cliff Rathburn.  This compendium collects the first eight chapters of The Walking Dead comic books that were later adapted into the hit AMC drama of the same name. If you love the show but haven’t read the comics this is a great way to catch up!


Here’s the blurb: “Introducing the first eight volumes of the fan-favorite, New York Times Best Seller series collected into one massive paperback collection! Collects The Walking Dead #1-48. This is the perfect collection for any fan of the Emmy Award-winning television series on AMC: over one thousand pages chronicling the beginning of Robert Kirkman””s Eisner Award-winning continuing story of survival horror- from Rick Grimes”” waking up alone in a hospital, to him and his family seeking solace on Hershel””s farm, and the controversial introduction of Woodbury despot: The Governor. In a world ruled by the dead, we are finally forced to finally start living.”

We also have a copy of The Walking Dead: Compendium Two, if you want to read further into the series.