New on Manga Bookshelf: Comic Conversion: City of Ember

Forgot to mention this a couple weeks ago when it posted. I have a new Comic Conversion installment over at Manga Bookshelf, this time looking at City of Ember. I wasn’t even aware that there was a graphic novel adaptation of this book until I saw it come through the library (another great reason to work at a library) and figured this would be as good an excuse as any to read the original book. It’s another dystopian story, but this is for middle graders, so it’s more of a toned-down version of Hunger Games. See all my thoughts on the book and its adaptation here.

New Manga Bookshelf Post: A Wrinkle in Time

Madeleine L'Engle's A Wrinkle in Time Graphic Novel Adaptation by Hope LarsonA number of events has messed up my writing schedule, but I’m getting back into the swing of things, starting with a new post in my Manga Bookshelf column, Comic Conversion. This time I looked at Hope Larson’s new adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle. Basically I found that she did a wonderful job, giving me hope that these things will just keep getting better, and I won’t find myself scraping the bottom of the barrel to fill in article slots. Check out the above link to see my more specific thoughts and to leave a comment.

Quick Recap – What’s Going On?

I fell off the wagon again and forgot I had a blog. Here’s a quick recap of what I’ve been up to since the last time I remembered to post.

First off, I’m very happy to say that I’m now a new contributing writer at Manga Bookshelf. In my new monthly column, Comic Conversion, I’ll be comparing prose novels with the graphic novel adaption. To kick things off I compared Witch & Wizard with the manga from Yen Press. For the next one I want to look at my favorite book, The Alchemist, and that graphic novel, and then the Pride and Prejudice and the comic from Marvel. After that I’m not entirely positive – I’ll make it up as I go.

I’ve also gotten a few more reviews written for both The Fandom Post and Suite 101. Most recent is my review of Tesoro, but I’ve also reviewed Dawn of the Arcana, The Innocent, Nura volume 5 and Kimi ni Todoke volume 8.

Work’s going forward with our second Digital Manga Guild project, Blanc. Our Typesetter is almost finished, so once that’s been quality checked we can send it off. At this rate I don’t know if it will get on the site before January, but we’ll see.

And finally and probably most importantly, I’ve gotten underway with my preparations for my third semester at Lesley. All of the readings and workshop manuscripts have been posted, so now it’s just three straight weeks of reading to get ready. I can’t believe I’m already halfway done with the program…