For some people, it’s not enough to just read manga (or graphic novels for that matter). They want to draw manga as well. Now, if you’re like me that might be a bit of a challenge. I can’t draw a straight line with a ruler and my circles have always been more like ovals, but I was willing to give it a try. So, I decided to find myself a book on drawing manga, to see if someone as artistically challenged as myself could actually do it.
The book I chose was Manga for the Beginner by Christopher Hart. I know there are quite a few books like these out there in the world, so you’ll have lots to choose from. Now, to make this review fair, I actually attempted to draw at least one of the pictures in the book. I figure if I’m going to write a review about drawing manga, I should put my money where my mouth is. For someone not inclined to draw, I thought I did pretty good. I followed the basic guidelines for drawing a face and, using the picture as a reference, it began to take shape.
Now, to be honest, it sometimes felt like the book jumped ahead a few steps, going from drawing a basic body shape to having a completed character in costume, but then I’ve noticed that most books on drawing manga do that. Still, some of the basic steps were included, and it was enough to make me comfortable with the drawing I was making. Now, I won’t be bringing out any new manga anytime soon, but I can at least say that I tried it, and that might just be enough for me.
Now, for those who have stayed ‘til the end…
The reason I’m focusing on drawing manga is that Foster Library will be having a minicon of sorts on October 26 and it will include an art contest. So, if you like to draw and are brave enough to try, you can pick up an application (with contest rules) at the library. Deadline is October 22.
Heather, the Graphic Novel Goddess
In an effort to engage our community in a conversation about hunger, obesity, food insecurity, and the reforms needed to address the problem, the Book to Action group of the Oak View Library is inviting local residents to take their place in the fight to end hunger and ensure that all children and families have access to healthy, affordable foods.
The critically acclaimed documentary A Place at the Table, directed by Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush, examines the crisis of food security, hunger, obesity and food access. The film will be screened at 6pm at the Oak View Park and Resource Center.
A pre-screening reception begins at 5:30pm with refreshments. Admission is free; however, any donation of nutritious, non-perishable boxed or canned food will be gladly accepted.
“This screening is a great opportunity to bring the community together to discuss what’s behind this food crisis and what might be done to address it,” said Oak View Librarian Sharon Dykstra, “Our library’s Book to Action group, after viewing the documentary and reading its companion book, thought a community screening would be the best way to share their newfound knowledge and also use this opportunity to raise food donations, as well.”
Interested in attending the screening? Please RSVP to the library by calling 649-1523.
Ventura is host to a myriad number of butterflies. Most of us are familiar with the Monarch butterfly, but did you know that there are dozens of different butterflies that call Ventura County home? Foster library has many Butterfly Books to help you identify our winged neighbors.
Resident Photographer Aleta Rodriguez
September 24th is National Voter Registration Day. If you are a US citizen, 18 or older on Election Day, have not registered before, have changed your name or have moved since the last election, now is the time to register.
Registration forms are available at fire stations and libraries, or you can register online at http://registertovote.ca.gov/. You’ll need your driver license or state ID card number, or the last four numbers of your social security number.
Find out about upcoming elections here. Assistance in languages other than English, voting for those serving overseas, voter qualifications, and questions concerning voting for those with criminal convictions are answered on this page.
The Literacy Fair takes place on Sunday, October 6 from 10am – 2pm at the Ray D. Prueter Library. Admission is FREE! The theme: “I Wish I Could Read… Come… Take-a-Walk in My Shoes!” offers educational fun for the whole family:
* Meet the PAWS for Reading dogs
* Listen to a story read by the VCL Story Fairy
* Talk to a real Firefighter and learn about fire trucks
* Get emergency preparedness information from the Red Cross
* Snack at some of Ventura County’s favorite Food Trucks
* Check out our opportunity drawing baskets
The purpose of the “I Wish I Could Read…Come…Take-a-Walk in My Shoes!” event is to increase community awareness of literacy problems and what is being done to help adults with limited reading skills. The event will also raise money to purchase educational materials for the READ program.
READ - Ventura County Library’s Adult Literacy Program is a department of the Ventura County Library System and has been providing free reading instruction in libraries and correctional facilities since 1984. Generally, between 150 – 250 adult students benefit each year from the instruction provided by READ’s volunteer tutors. Sixty-five percent of these adults were born and educated in the United States, but experienced limited success in reading because their learning disabilities make learning in a traditional classroom very difficult.
In just a few minutes, you'll learn:
Photo Credit: Andrew Bollerman
Ventura Unified School District - Middle Schools
Battle of the Books is a fun, voluntary reading incentive program for students. Students read from a list of 20 preselected books and attend Friday book talks in the library at lunch. Raffle prizes are given, sometimes popcorn, and book related movies are shown. Students may bring their lunch and share in the fun with fellow students and teachers. Students must read and take the AR tests on at least 7 books from the list and attend book talks.
In March, qualifying students from the 4 middle schools and Sunset will come together to participate in the Final Battle. Students will be placed on teams where they will have an opportunity to test their knowledge of the books they have read. The competition is similar in style of the TV series Family Feud. There will be a raffle for prizes, and everyone receives a t-shirt, lunch, goodie bag, and participation ribbon. Winning team members also receive a medal, gift certificates, and their names will be engraved on a perpetual trophy.
Join the fun at your school. Contact your teacher or librarian for more information: Mrs. Carr at Anacapa; Mrs. Deal at Balboa; Mrs. Hofflund at Cabrill; Mrs. Johnson at DATA; Petra Somar at Sunset.
Look for our display of the books on the list.
Battle of the Books 2013-14
Abbott, Tony Firegirl
Dahl, Roald Boy: Tales of Childhood
Draper, Sharon Out of My Mind
DuPrau, Jeanne City of Ember
Farmer, Nancy House of the Scorpion
Hesse, Karen Out of the Dust
Jimenez, Francisco Breaking Through
Kadohata, Cynthia Kira-Kira
Kessler, Liz Tail of Emily Windsnap
Mihaley, James You Can't Have My Planet, But Take My Brother, Please
Mikaelsen, Ben Touching Spirit Bear
Nixon, Joan Lowry Other Side of Dark
O’Dell, Scott Black Star, Bright Dawn
Park, Linda Sue Project Mulberry
Paver, Michelle Wolf Brother
Peck, Richard The Teacher’s Funeral
Riordan, Rick The Lightning Thief
Rylant, Cynthia Missing May
Schmidt, Gary Wednesday Wars
Yolen, Jane Devil’s Arithmetic
National Hispanic Heritage Month, from Sept. 15 through Oct.15, celebrates and recognizes the contributions Hispanic Americans have made to American society and culture. Mid-September was chosen to honor five of our Central American neighbors who celebrate their Independence days in September.
We have celebrated Hispanic Heritage nationally since 1968, when President Lyndon Johnson approved Hispanic Heritage Week (later expanded into the month by President Reagan.)
Need something to do?
- Indieflix invites you to brush up on your Spanish with their Top 10 Hispanic Films
Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress: Severo Ochoa - Nobel Prize winner