Week of Geek: The Holiday Season is Upon Us! A few things to look forward to…

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Happy December Geeklings!

It’s finally here.  My favorite time of the year.  And before I keep rhyming, why don’t I get us all super excited with some geeky stuff coming down the pipeline (or is it chimney?) for the 2016 holiday season.

As we all know by now, it’s never truly the holiday season unless the Doctor pops in for a visit.  And seeing as how it’s been a whole year since we’ve had any new Doctor Who episodes, I say we are long overdue.

Last year’s holiday episode is still one of my all-time favorite DW eps ever!  And the new one has a superhero!  Can’t wait!

And a Doctor Who holiday special is a nice lead-up to the new year, when Sherlock will finally be back!

And with baby blues, from the looks of it 😉  It’s been almost a year since we’ve seen them as well.  This is a question fans ponder about repeatedly online, but it bears repeating here; what does the BBC have against giving it’s fans what they love in a timely manner?  WHY?!

Pentatonix has a Christmas Special on Dec 14th, likely to promote their new holiday album.  They’re awesome, so let’s watch.

Put a hold on one of their previous holiday albums here.

And we have another holiday season in a Galaxy Far Far Away, with Rogue One coming out December 16th.

And nothing says all is merry and bright quite like assassin’s battling it out during the Spanish Inquisition.  That’ll come with the film version of the video game Assassin’s Creed out December 21st.

So there’s a short list.  Anything I left out?  What are you most excited for this holiday season?  Post away!

The guys on Regular Show are going to play us out, and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek Breaking News: New Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

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Happy Sunday Geeklings!

Hold on to your Mixed Tapes, ’cause we got a fresh Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 trailer, this time featuring so much Baby Groot.  Get ready to squee!

AAAAAH!  LOVE IT!  Baby Groot’s got the death button!  Gamora’s kicking butt!  Drax still has no filters!  Peter and Rocket banter!  Just… so much love!

And we get a look at Mantis, played by Pom Klementieff.  Lot of awkward moments with her around, I’m betting.

What do you guys think?  Psyched?  Ready for more?  We’ve got to wait until May but feel free to post any feels in the comments section, and put a hold on Vol. 1 here.

Keep some tape handy (I was actually looking for some last night, go figure), and until next time, End of Line.

Week of Geek: Not your Grandparents Archie Andrews

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Wassup Geeklings?

So the first promo for the CW’s new show Riverdale came out this week.  That’s the live-action series based on Archie comics coming out next year.  You remember?  Those Archie Comics.

Anyhoo, here it is…

Huh… if you read Archie as a kid, you wouldn’t really expect this would you?  Apparently there’s a murder mystery and a bunch of family drama and whatnot (typical CW show).  What it is, though, is pretty indicative of how far Archie and the gang have come and just how much they have changed over the years.

You know, there was a time when Archie Andrews looked like this…

Yep, that’s our pal Archie from one of his earliest comics… even back then waffling about who he wanted to be with, Betty or Veronica.

Archie Andrews first made his debut all the way back in 1941!  For those you like me, who aren’t great with doing math in their heads, that’s 75 years ago!  World War II was going on back then!  He’s been in print pretty much this whole time, doing wacky ‘teen’ stuff like dating, getting jobs, riding a jalopy (that’s a car, btw) and hanging with friends.  He’s kept this up for decades, even releasing music singles and the odd TV show during that time, and there’s no end in sight.

And surprisingly, it’s worked well over seven plus decades.  One of the best of things about Archie and his friends is that they are pretty adaptable.  You can put them in just about any time frame, any situation, and it would still, somehow, make sense.  You have a group of teens doing teen things, and as long as the characters keep certain personality traits (Archie’s your all-around-boy, Veronica is rich, Betty is wholesome, Reggie is a jerk, Jughead likes to eat and slack off, etc), then you can use the characters in just about any type of fiction.  And I do mean any type.

For instance, no one was quite sure what to make of it when Archie was plunked down in the zombie apocalypse.

That was Afterlife with Archie.  The set up, basically, is that Sabrina the Teenage Witch unwittingly starts the spread of the zombie plague through Riverdale and those who don’t end up infected have to fight their way out.  I’ve written a little about it before, and I’ll say again; though it’s been advertised as a parody, it is surprisingly serious.  I cried, and I’m not ashamed to say it.  There’s loss, guilt, genuine scares, messed up things with pets and parents, and just… yowza!  Not at all what you’d expect from an Archie Comic.

Afterlife is part of the new Archie Horror comic line (this probably goes without saying, but anything from there is NOT for kids; Teen +).  Another series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, is also part of that line.

In that one you’ve got Sabrina navigating her family, high school and her coven in the 1960s.  Oh, and she and her ‘aunties’ and the rest of the coven are full-blown satanists.  And there’s a villain called ‘Madam Satan’.  This comic doesn’t mess around either.  I’m currently reading volume one, and as freaky as it is, it’s really good.

Again, Archie is adaptable.  Another good example is Archie: The Married Life, which is a soap-opera esque series that explores two different alternate futures; one where Archie marries Betty and one where he marries Veronica, and all of the grown-up issues that come with those decisions (he never will pick one, will he?)

But if you want to revisit Riverdale without all the horror and adulty stuff, I’d suggest The New Riverdale.

This was a reboot from last year that’s been very popular, and I can see why.  The artwork is great, the writing is sharp, it’s fully modern and it’s fun.  Give it a shot.

While there are plenty of links above for print items you can place on hold, there are a lot of digital copies of these new series on Hoopla, so tell you computer or tablet to stop goofing around and download today!

Any thoughts on which direction Archie should go next?  Post away in the comments, and until next time, End of Line.

A French Read: Hiroshimoi

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Bonjour, bonjour! I’m The French Guy! I’m here to talk about French books and stuff. In French, of course. But a little in English too. Now let’s start with one very new and shiny book: Hiroshimoi by Véronique Grenier.

Passion et fantasme, espoir et résignation, directement de ta mère. Huh? Eh oui! Les éditions de «Ta Mère», irrévérencieux jusque dans leur nom – ou peut-être à cause de leur nom – te présente ce récit d’amour franc et direct. Il va droit au but, long de ses 65 pages et va te laisser «flabbergaster» comme aime dire l’héroïne de cette histoire.

«Un jour, dans un rayon de soleil tu te tiendras tout près de moi
Le vent sera doux
Ce sera un jour de semaine sur un trottoir entre deux fentes les passants nous frôleront tes mains sur mes poignets tout ce temps que prendra ta bouche pour se rendre jusqu’à la mienne.
On restera là jusqu’aux étoiles à se lancer des regards mous.»

Here you go, that was one page. Easy, right? In short, it’s a short story, with short pages and short sentences. And it shows you real French, something you won’t learn in school. Get it now through our online catalogue!

Cette pièce est seulement un des nouveaux livres disponibles à la bibliothèque. T’en veux d’autres? Voilà la liste!

Know another nice French book you’d recommend us? Looking for a French book we don’t have? Have some ideas for activities in French? Leave a comment and we’ll talk about it!

À la prochaine~

Week of Geek: Your Burger of the Day

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Hello again Geeklings

How we doin’?  How’s the weather?  We got our first taste of winter this week.  We liking it?  Not really?

I’ll admit, it’s been kinda ‘blah’ the last few days.  I understand that’s kind of typical for November, but still there’s ‘blah’ and then there’s ‘blah’, and this is ‘blah’.

So, as a public service from a public librarian, allow me to suggest my new favorite thing that may help keep the blahs away.  Some of you may already be familiar, some of you may not, but it may be worth a try.  I give you… Bob’s Burgers.

An animated half-hour comedy in the same vein as The Simpsons or Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers follows the adventures of the Belcher Family, who live above the burger restaurant they run in a fictional New Jersey shore town.  Patriarch Bob (voiced by H. Jon Benjamin, who also plays the title character in Archer), who cooks the burgers, is the most down-to-earth of the bunch, but if you rub him the wrong way you get some interesting reactions.  Though not great with business, he knows his way around a burger and a pun (see the Burger of the Day written in chalk in the restaurant each episode).  His wife Linda is loud and nasal but cheery with Broadway aspirations.  They have three children; Tina, Gene and Louise, ages 13, 11 and 9 respectively.  Middle child and only boy Gene has a sunny disposition much like his mother and is a bonafide showman, taking the opportunity to use his keyboard whenever possible.  Youngest daughter Louise is… interesting.  Smart but manipulative and aggressive with a dark sense of humor, Louise is a bit of a criminal mastermind but also has a soft spot that shows up every now and then (also, she’s voiced by Kristin Schaal, who I adore and who also plays Mabel on Gravity Falls).

My favorite is Tina.  The oldest Belcher child, she is the quirky, awkward, weird, nerdy teen girl in all of us.  And she’s voiced by a guy, who uses a low monotone, and it’s hilarious.

(BTW, Linda is also voiced by a man.  Louise is the only member of the family voiced by a woman)

Though the show had a couple of uneven first seasons it’s only gotten better with time (it’s now airing it’s seventh season).  Fair warning; it can get pretty gross at times.  I almost wrote the show off entirely after watching the pilot episode because it was just disgusting, and have only recently given the whole series another shot.  But if you can get past the occasional grossness, the writing is sharp, the characters are endearing and the voice acting is top-notch.  Here’s a few clips to give you a taste.

So place holds on our DVD copies here.  We’ve also got some graphic novels and a cookbook.

Hang in there Geeklings, the holidays are coming, and until next time, End of Line.