by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on July 1st, 2014
Holy celebration, Batman!
The Caped Crusader celebrates his 75th anniversary this year, a feat which will be celebrated with special events all year long, including Batman Day on Wednesday, July 23.
DC Entertainment is partnering with thousands of comic book retailers, bookstores, and libraries on Batman Day to commemorate the Dark Knight’s influence in popular culture.
The Iowa City Public Library will celebrate Batman Day with a costume contest and a free screening of “Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.” Don your best Caped Crusader apparel and enjoy an animated film in which we Batman is investigating the murders of several prominent gangsters at the same time his ex-fiancée is back in Gotham City.
Comic book artist Eric Gapstur will draw Batman sketches for anyone who wants one during the movie.
After the film, you’re invited to show us how much you know about Bruce Wayne’s Alter Ego in our Batman Trivia Challenge.
The celebration begins at 2 p.m. in Meeting Room A. It is free and open to all ages.
For more information about the Library’s Batman Day celebration, contact Brian Visser at (319) 356-5200.
For the latest information and exclusive content celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary, visit www.batman75.com.
by Meredith Hines-Dochterman on June 2nd, 2014
Do you read comic books? Do you like talking about comic books with others? Are you a student between the ages of 12 and 18? If you answered yes to these questions, then the Iowa City Public Library’s Teen Comic Book Club is for you!
New to the Library’s lineup of teen events, the Teen Comic Book Club invites teens to read specific titles for a group discussion.
“Comic books are on the rise, from sales in stores to popularity in the mainstream media,” Teen Services Librarian Brian Visser says. “Some of the highest-grossing movies in recent years are based on comic book heroes, a trend that is introducing more people to their fantastic storylines and amazing art.”
“Hawkeye: Vol. 1: My Life as a Weapon” by Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Javier Pulido will be the first title read and discussed. This in-depth look at the bow-and-arrow guy from “The Avengers”shows that there’s more to Clint Barton than you thought you knew. Teens will share their thoughts with others from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, June 27, in the Koza Family Teen Center.
The Caped Crusader faces a series of brutal murders and a conspiracy going back to his youth in “Batman Vol. 1: The Court of Owls” by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo. Teens will discuss this comic book from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, July 25, in the Koza Family Teen Center.
Limited copies of both titles are available for check out from the Reference Desk staff on the Library’s second floor.
The Library’s Teen Comic Book Blub is a free event for students in grades seventh through 12th.
For more information, contact the Iowa City Public Library at (319) 356-5200.