Hello, Carlos here (again)! Happy National Libraries Day everyone! I enjoyed Evolving in Conversation at Jubilee Library today, and I joined in with the “what happens next?” event at Jubilee Library. We took some pictures from magazines, and I transformed the book of life into a grim fandango sequel, Dan dare into oddly philosophical Sci-fi and an unknown anime into a construction site on the sea story!
The history makers event was also good. I filmed most of it, and some of the peoples reactions and questions (I even asked some, like asking Harvey Milk why he wasn’t as famous as Charles Dickens, Mother Teresa and Emmeline Pankhurst.) It was very good.
I feel I should conclude with the books I think suit the theme of the event, and that are the best, like I normally do. Since the theme is “Evolving in conversation”, I think I should list some books that present enduring and/or changing stories the best.
Create your own graphic novel. Mike Chinn and Chris McLoughlin. Available from the Local catalogue. This book tells you how to create a graphic novel, and includes some basic history on graphic novels, as well as some classics of the format. The interesting thing about this book is that it doesn’t just tell you how to make a graphic novel; it is a graphic novel, with its own characters and setting, and much better for it!
The complete Just So Stories. Rudyard Kipling & Isabell Brent. Available from the Local catalogue. I love just so stories. Some of the language hasn’t aged well, but the fun and whimsy in each tale was certainly built to last, and the stories themselves are inspired by folklore and myths about how things came to be (i.e. origin stories). The edition I’m showing here includes two which are rarely printed – “The Tabu Tale” and “Ham and the Porcupine”. The former features Kipling’s daughter, Josephine, who died at the age of six. I personally haven’t read this version (the copy I own is the Wordsworth classics version), or either of the two rarely printed stories it includes, but the rest are great too.
Ultimates 2 Volume 1: Gods and Monsters. Written by Mark Millar, illustrated by Bryan Hitch. Available from the local catalogue. The ultimate universe is a relatively recent modern-day retelling of classic marvel stories and characters. The Ultimates is the ultimate universe counterpart to the avengers, and although the dark tone, cynicism and modern-day politics may not be to everyone’s taste, this early instalment showed how modern-day reboots could and should work.
Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the clones (Graphic Novel) / Written by Henry Gilroy. Available from the SELMS catalogue (£3 fee due to being outside Brighton and Hove libraries). I have a personal connection to this book. I had it bought for me a long time ago (in a galaxy far, far away…), I read it a few weeks ago, and just loved every moment of the story. I watched the film too, but the comic does some things better (e.g. it includes scenes that weren’t in the film; there’s no debatable overuse of CGI, since everything is drawn, and it can give more detail about what happens in word balloons). Of course, it can’t do everything the film can, but every format has advantages and disadvantages. In my opinion, a good story should be able to endure through several formats, as this shows the story evolving and changing, and the attack of the clones succeeds perfectly on that account.
The spider and the fly. Poem written by Mary Howitt; illustrations by Tony DiTerlizzi. Available from the SELMS catalogue (£3 fee due to being outside Brighton and Hove libraries). I recently hired this book, but there are many copies available at time of writing. Tony DiTerlizzi adds a unique Tim Burton-esque gothic aesthetic to the story, although film noir and classic horror have also been suggested as inspirations. Critically praised, this is a great book, and if you can’t hire it from the library, just watch the Bookaboo telling of the book: http://bit.ly/1A1ZXXG