The Cel Shaded report, 6/2: Library of coolness

June 2nd, 2011
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It’s summertime, the kids are out of school, and the weather outside is simply gorgeous (recent patches of rain notwithstanding).

With that in mind, this week’s edition of the Cel Shaded report offers plenty of suggestions for yoinking people out from under the sun and back indoors into air-conditioned environments where they belong. Because come on — the sun’s so hot, you could get sunburned or skin cancer, you could drown while swimming, playing outside means you run the risk of getting run over by cars …

All kidding aside, there are some pretty cool activities coming up at local libraries that I’ve been told about. Heck, I’m sure there are others that I haven’t been told about, so check your local library for details. Of course, you probably already know about the summer edition of the Liliha Library Anime Art Contest, which is still accepting entries … if you missed my earlier posts on this, you can find them here and here.

Coming up on Saturday, though, is another chance to hear Dave Thorne, the cartoonist who draws “Thorney’s Zoo” for us here at the Star-Advertiser, talk about cartooning. He’ll be lecturing at the Aina Haina Library (5246 Kalanianaole Highway) at 2 p.m. I attended his talk in mid-April at the McCully-Moiliili Library — yes, that’s one of several pending posts from the past six months or so currently stuck in the logjam of photo-blog/interview transcription posts — and if this talk is anything like that, people of all ages are in for a treat. He covers a whole range of topics, from facial expressions to anthropomorphic characters to other drawing basics. There are plenty of opportunities to follow along in drawing on your own, but the real treat is in watching him draw things right before your eyes. Here’s a sample from April.

If you can’t make it out to Aina Haina, he has another presentation coming up at the Waipahu Library (94-275 Mokuola St.) at 6 p.m. on Wed., June 22,

Meanwhile, over at Aiea Library, young adult librarian Diane Masaki has quite a few activities brewing over the summer. I know this because I’m one of her Facebook friends, and I’ve seen her post her list of news and notes over the past few weeks no fewer than 700 bazillion times. (Just ribbin’ ya, Diane, you know I love ya.) For those of you who have yet to get sucked into the whole Facebook thing — in which case, come to the dark side! We have Staries! — here’s her list:

  • Volunteers high school age and older are needed to man the children’s summer reading desk for a minimum of one hour. Help would be particularly appreciated on afternoons and Saturdays.
  • The Summer Reading Program is underway for three age groups — children, teens and adults — where participants can register, submit their lists of books they read every week, and receive a small prize for doing so. Teens also have a chance to win an iPod Shuffle or an iPad. (Adults, sorry. Looks like you’ll have to just join me in being jealous of  whichever lucky teen ends up winning that iPad.)
  • The Harry Potter Movie Marathon, as seen in the May 28 edition of “Kalakoa,” is on and kicking off tonight at 5 p.m. with the first movie, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Or “Philosopher’s Stone” Elsewhere in the World, Which Actually Sounds Spiffier, But Hey, Maybe That’s Just Me). Refreshments will be served, so please, keep the popcorn and mochi crunch at home. (Besides, this is a library, not your favorite movie house.) And come back every Thursday through July 15 for more, same Potter time, same Potter station.
  • Want to learn how to play hanafuda, the Japanese flower card game? Of course you do; it’s easy to play once you get the hang of it, plus the cards are oh so very pretty. There will be lessons coming up Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. That kicks off a series that doesn’t have a formal name but which, for convenience’s sake, I’m unofficially christening the Aiea Library Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. Program. (You can probably tell that this is the exact point in writing this post that my well of creativity ran dry.) Future installments include a Father’s Day gift-making session; a lesson on how to grow a pizza garden; a meet-and-greet with Feng Feng Hutchins, author of Plenty Saimin; and sign-language lessons.
  • On Saturday, June 25, Irish storyteller Niall de Burca will be stopping by to perform.
  • And to bring this all full circle and back to the focus of this blog, the Anime Club meets on the 18th to watch Kaleido Star. (And if you’re going, please RSVP. It makes it easier to Diane to bring enough snacks.)

The library is at 99-143 Moanalua Road; call 483-7333.

Other news and notes

A few tidbits from around the anime and manga world to close out this post:

CLAMP (not) in America (anymore): I’m not sure if anyone noticed this before Lissa Pattillo over at Kuriosity did, but her post earlier this week was the first place I heard about the long-in-gestation Del Rey project CLAMP in America finally being canceled. The book, first announced in 2008, was supposed to be a look at the artists’ history and their interactions with fans in the U.S., as well as a general appreciation of the group’s work. Some have suggested Dark Horse, where many of CLAMP’s series are turning up in omnibus editions, as a possible landing spot, but I can think of one reason why it shouldn’t: Oh My Goddess! Colors, a book that was certainly gorgeous when it finally was released but was plagued with delay after delay after delay beforehand. I know I completely forgot about that book until I stumbled upon it at a bookstore one day. If that happened with that book, then who knows what could happen with CLAMP in America? It could hit Duke Nukem Forever-levels before it’s all said and done. So perhaps it’s best to just let it die in peace. Sad, though.

Free manga alert: Those of you who like free stuff — I don’t know anyone who doesn’t, really — would do well to stop by All About Manga, where Daniella Orihuela-Gruber is giving away seven random volumes of mangaSkyblue Shore, Neko Ramen, Two Flowers for the Dragon, Bizenghast, Red Hot Chili Samurai, Gakuen Alice and VB Rose being the series represented. Yes, they’re series from Tokyopop and CMX Manga. Yes, this means that the chances of them being completed in the U.S. is about as likely at this point as the chances that CLAMP in America will ever be released. But still, free is free, and the contest requirements seem reasonable, so have at it.

8 Responses to “The Cel Shaded report, 6/2: Library of coolness”

  1. Diane Masaki:

    I beg your pardon! I believe 700 bazillion times is a slight exaggeration! ;-)


  2. Diane Masaki:

    Actually it was only 600 bazillion times ;-)

    And I have a couple of corrections/clarifications for you: Feng Feng Hutchins will be at the library on Thursday, July 7 at 3:30 pm. And the sign language program is aimed at infants and toddlers. =-)


  3. Justin:

    Hey…not every kid is out of school :D Well I’m out, so don’t include me in your calculations!


  4. Linda Mediati:

    How many zeros in bazillion?


  5. Jason S. Yadao:

    @Justin: Hehe … okay, okay, you can have some free time outdoors. But only because you commented. ^_~ Thanks for reading!


  6. Jason S. Yadao:

    @Linda: I like to think it’s somewhere between the number of zeroes in a trillion and the number of zeroes in an ukubillion. XD


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  8. Linda Mediati:

    Don’t forget Liliha Library! Here’s another free event in an air-conditioned library: Liliha Library is offering a whole day of games. We’ll be featuring games from around the world including: Ticket to Ride, Carcassonne, Parcheesi, chess, and other games. International Game Day takes place Saturday, June 18 from 10am-4pm.


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