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Mondays with Megan-Free Comic Book Day Review and What are You Reading?

In case you missed it, Saturday was Free Comic Book Day. Rocky River Public Library participated in this national event for the first time-with great success! I want to send a big thank you to Carol & John’s Comic Book Shop for helping me plan my big day. In addition to all the free guidance and advice, they helped me purchase the comics to give out, provided me with some beautiful advertising materials, and donated two hardcover Spiderman books to raffle off. Our event was a success and we will definitely be celebrating Free Comic Book Day from now on!

My display. The free Spiderman book is in the lower left.

  The AWESOME poster from Carol & John!

The New 52, The Avengers and Superman Family were all available for free at the library.

What do you do with old comic books? Make buttons! I had about 40 people, young and young at heart stop in to make buttons. Another 30 stayed for popcorn and a Batman movie. About 200 free comics went to new homes. All in all-success and I am already brainstorming ideas for next year.

Ok, bragging time over. Let’s move on to It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? This weekly meme is hosted by Book Journey and a children’s/YA version can be found at Teach Mentor Texts.


What I finished:

Timepiece: An Hourglass Novel by Myra McEntire and I am Legend by Richard Matheson.


Currently reading:

In my car: Sacré Bleu by Christopher Moore. Bawdy, irreverent fun. Absurd reality mixed with absurd fiction. Entertaining and has a fantastic reader. This one doesn’t seem to be a fan favorite, but I am enjoying it very much.

For book club: House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer. This is a reread for me, and it’s just as good as I remember it being. I hope my teens like it too. I should finish up tonight.

Before I meet the author: Thou Shalt Not Road Trip by Antony John. He’s the keynote speaker at a conference this week. After an awesome Skye interview with my book club I am excited to get meet him in person. I’ll have this done before Thursday.

While walking the dog: The Langoliers by Stephen King.

And of course, lots and lots of ebooks. I am currently working on Flirting in Italian by Lauren Henderson and The Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa.


On Deck:


My head is swimming with all of this! That’s all for now. What are you reading?

Happy Reading!


Drawing My Own Conclusions-TMNT #2

Here is the scoop on issue 2 of the new TMNT

This issue has three distinct storylines. The first story involves Raphael and his new friend, Casey Jones. I won’t spoil how they meet, but through their meeting we learn that Raphael is homeless and has lost his memory. The last page of this issue shows the new friends about to head out to get something to eat. Based on what Casey returns wearing, I think Raphael and Casey may have different ideas for the night.

The second storyline is a flashback to how the turtles came to be. April is working late at the lab when Splinter the rat brings her a top-secret disc containing the info about the terrapin/human ex0-armor. There are ninjas, a get-away gone wrong, a tragic spill and voilà, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and a giant talking rat sensei. We also learn how Raphael came to be separated from his brothers. Very clever.

Finally, we get a little present day action with the other turtles. While they are frustrated with their fruitless search for their brother, Splinter remains hopeful about a reunion. He also foretells a grave future with many enemies. Hmm…

More TMNT awesomeness. I am a big fan of the rebooted storyline. I like getting little glimpses of the past mashed up with the present. It’s like a little secret begin revealed one bit at a time. I can’t wait to find out about Raphael and Casey’s big night out and I am so curious to find out what April did after the break-in. And of course, Splinter’s grave prediction is bound to come true sooner or later, so there are awesome street battles to look forward to. I am sticking with the heroes in a half-shell. Next on my list: Superman Action Comics #2 and Wonder Woman #1.

Happy Reading!


Drawing My Own Conclusions-Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

The beloved heroes in a half-shell from the 1980s are back! Leonardo, Donatello, Michelangelo, and Raphael are back to fighting the evil Shredder alongside their sensei and adoptive father, Splinter. The story of their origin has been reconceived. This new breed of ninja turtles are not the result of toxic ooze exposure. Instead, they are the product of genetic engineering at the hands of the mad scientist, Dr. Stockman. April O’Neill is still an unsuspecting lab assistant, but in the updated version of the story she is the one who bestows the Renaissance-inspired monikers upon the cute little lab turtles.

The newly drawn ninja turtles have a fiercer look to them and the series opens with a dark alley battle between Shredder and his gang and three of the four turtles and Splinter. It is in the opening frames that I spotted the biggest difference between the new turtles and the turtles I grew up with: they all had red masks! Each turtle still had their trademark weapon, which is how I figured Raphael was the missing brother. I kind of miss their different colored masks, but as long as they keep their trademark weapon and personalities I’ll be ok. I did appreciate that pizza and the phrase “cowabunga” still remain important aspects of the ninja turtle way of life, kudos to the writers for subtlety slipping those in!  All of the key players in the turtle world have been introduced or mentioned in the first volume so I am looking forward to the story really taking off in volume 2.

If you were a fan of the original turtles, you will not be disappointed. If you are too young to remember the old ones, welcome to the wonderful world of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I for one, am happy they are back. Time to go grab volume 2!

Cowabunga Dudes!


Drawing My Own Conclusions: Comic Book Reviews by a Non-Comic Connoisseur

I know I have talked quite a bit about comic books lately, but I just can’t help it. They are all so new and exciting to me. I know, I know, once again late to the party, but I am here now! Now, there are plenty of people out there who know a heck of a lot more about this than I do writing comic book reviews, but I am hoping my newbie status will be charming (or at least not as intimidating. Have you seen some of these sites? Wow!). Anyway. This week I read two of the new 52 from DC Comics. I am dismally unaware of superhero history so I am happy about this relaunch. The heroes and there stories are starting fresh.

First up, Batgirl

Barbara Gordon is the daughter of Gotham City’s police commissioner. She is also Batgirl. Issue 1 takes place three years after Barbara was shot and paralyzed during a home invasion by the Joker. Babs is back on her feet, literally, but soon discovers her superhero skills are a bit rusty. While she manages to stop a double homicide, she finds she is not so prepared to deal with The Mirror.

I really liked the first issue of the new Batgirl. I think the cover is beautiful and the art between the covers is just as wonderful. Barbara Gordon is young and cute, but Batgirl is stunning and fully clothed, which has just got to make fighting crime so much easier! As for the story, there was a lot going on in a small package, but it wasn’t confusing. I really enjoyed Batgirl’s inner dialogue and little pep talks and her motorcycle is pretty darn cool! The cliffhanger ending really surprised me, which I suppose is exactly the point of a cliffhanger. I will definitely pick up the next issue because I want to know:

1. Why is Barbara Gordon on The Mirror’s hit list?
2. How will the tense scene at the end be resolved (that’s all I am saying, no spoiler here.)
3. How will Barbara Gordon juggle her new roommate and her secret Batgirl life?

I definitely give the new Batgirl two thumbs up.

It’s getting late and I am daydreaming about my vacation, so you’ll have to wait to hear my thoughts on the new Justice League.

Happy Reading!



My Comic Collection Gets a Reboot

Inspired by DC Comics’ decision to reboot all 52 of its continual series, I have given my comic book collection a face lift. I got rid of all the grubby (read: well-read, or much-loved) volumes, cancelled some not-so-popular titles, added some exciting new titles, and put up some fresh signage. I have a couple of clever coworkers to thank for the awesome new labels. See for yourself how cool this is:

What do those labels say, you ask? Well, here are a couple that I am most excited about:






Have you seen the new Aquaman?



The new Aquaman starts September 28th. I’ll be checking that one out!






That’s not the only new title in the collection.

I hear that Thor, the movie is awesome. Why not start reading the comic?




How about some Captain America action? Are you familiar with Deadpool? Talk about a crazy back story!




I’ll confess, I’m pretty excited about Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!



Other new titles include Batgirl, Wonder Woman, and Stormwatch. Don’t worry, you can still find Archie, Betty, Betty and Veronica, Looney Tunes, Sonic, and the Simpsons! There’s something for everyone here.

Happy Reading!