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Posted to Campbell Unclassified on August 12, 2022 at 11:23 AM by Genesis Gaule
From books to film to tv shows, the annual San Diego Comic Con always has exciting news for fans of science fiction, fantasy, and comic books--and this year was no exception! So while you wait for the next Marvel blockbuster or want to dive deeper into the ever expanding world of Star Wars, the library has you covered.
Book-to-Screen adaptations were also announced! Here are the books on our shelves that will be coming to a screen near you:
by Amy M. Reeder & Brandon MontclareDisney+ | TV-Y7 | Winter 2022
After 13-year-old super-genius Lunella accidentally brings ten-ton T-Rex (Devil Dinosaur) into present-day New York City via a time vortex, the BFF duo works together to protect the city's Lower East Side from danger. // Junior Graphic Novel, Superheroes, Action // Also in e-book
by J.R.R. TolkienAmazon | TV-14 | September 2, 2022
Amazon's "Ring of Power" series, set thousands of years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'The Hobbit' and 'The Lord of the Rings', will follow characters both familiar and new as they confront the long-feared re-emergence of evil to Middle-earth. // Epic Fantasy, Adventure
by Mark GreaneyNetflix | PG-13 | Now streaming
When a shadowy CIA agent uncovers damning agency secrets, he’s hunted across the globe by a sociopathic rogue operative who's put a bounty on his head. Starring Ryan Gosling and Chris Evans, this film adapts the first book of Greaney's The Gray Man series. // Fiction, Thriller
by Neil GaimanNetflix | TV-MA | Now streaming
After years of imprisonment, Morpheus—the King of Dreams—embarks on a journey across worlds to find what was stolen from him and restore his power. // Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Supernatural, Horror
Theatrical | Not Yet Rated | March 2023
Based on the popular role-playing game, this movie set in the campaign setting of the Forgotten Realms follows a charming thief and a band of unlikely adventurers embark on an epic quest to retrieve a lost relic. Want to explore the Forgotten Realms before the movie drops? Read Starlight Enclave by R.A. Salvatore. // Fantasy, Adventure
New to the game? Check out our D&D guides and manuals to get started.
by Richelle MeadPeacock | TV-MA | September 15, 2022
In a world of privilege and glamour, two young women's friendship transcends their strikingly different classes as they prepare to complete their education and enter vampire society -- one as a powerful royal, the other a half-vampire guardian. // Fantasy, Drama
by Anne RiceAMC | TV-MA | September 18, 2022
In the year 2022, the vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac lives in Dubai and seeks to tell the story of his life or afterlife to renowned journalist Daniel Molloy. Focusing more on the gothic romance aspects of the story than the horror, this adaptation of the book shifts the book's timeline from 1791 to the New Orleans Storyville red light district right at the turn of the 20th century. // Fantasy, Horror, Drama
A slew of returning shows based on books were also announced! Including:
Tag(s): zombies, vampires, supernatural, science fiction, recommendations, movies, junior graphic novels, horror, graphic novels, Genesis Gaule, gaming, fiction, fantasy, comics
Posted to Campbell Unclassified on February 7, 2022 at 1:54 PM by Genesis Gaule
Want to learn a new hobby? Register for Campbell Creates! Join us in-person or over Zoom for Beginner Crochet with Campbell Creates on Tuesday, February 15 @ 6:30 pm. More information...
Bringing Up Bookmonsters by Amber Ankowski
The Joyful Way to Turn Your Child into a Fearless, Ravenous Reader // Teaching your child to read is monstrously important, and there's no better way to do it than with everyday opportunities for laughter and play. The Ankowskis share tips to help you help your child develop an insatiable appetite for reading-- and have a good time doing it!
How to Tell Stories to Children by Joseph Sarosy and Silke Rose West
West and Sarosy distill the key ingredients of storytelling into a surprisingly simple method that can make anyone an expert storyteller. Their technique uses events and objects from your child's daily life to strengthen your relationship with your child.
How to Examine a Wolverine by Philipp Schott, DVM
More Tales from the Accidental Veterinarian // This collection of over 60 stories and essays, drawn from Dr. Schott's 30 years in small animal practice, covers an astonishing breadth of experiences, emotions, and species. Schott has tales of creatures ranging from tiny honeybees to massive Burmese pythons, although the emphasis is on dogs and cats and the interesting, often quirky, people who love them. Schott's candor gives the reader a behind-the-scenes look at a profession that is much admired but often misunderstood.
How to Slay a Dragon by Cait Stevenson
A Fantasy Hero's Guide to the Real Middle Ages // Divided into thematic subsections based on typical stages in a fantastical epic, and inclusive of race, gender, and continent, this book is perfect if you're curious to learn more about the time period that inspired some of your favorite magical worlds or longing to know what it would be like to be the hero of your own mythical adventure.
If you need help accessing any of these titles or using front door pickup, email or call us and we will be happy to assist you!
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Tag(s): zoology, veterinarians, reading, rabibits, pets, parenting, nonfiction, medieval, human-animal relationships, how tos. storytelling, history, fantasy, dogs, cats, book notes, animals
Posted to Campbell Unclassified on November 1, 2021 at 1:31 PM by Genesis Gaule
Combine the right story with animation and it can transport you to another world outside of the confines of reality. Animators and directors make a multitude of artistic choices--colors, lighting, character design, and even what type of animation to use--to how best to tell their story.
3D computer-generated imagery (CGI) is the go-to tool for today’s animated film market and it does have its place in storytelling. However, CGI it’s just one way to tell a story. Below are a few solid examples of the "original" 3D animation: stop-motion.
Behind the scenes of Wallace & Gromit: Curse of the Were-Rabbit
Stop-motion animation is photographed one frame at time, with physical objects (models, clay, and even legos!) that are moved between frames. When you play back the sequence of images rapidly, it creates the illusion of movement. I am continually amazed at the dedication and time it takes to create a finished story in stop-motion. From the tiniest quirk of an eyebrow to fast paced fight sequences, each element of motion is done by hand--frame by painstaking frame. In many cases, you can literally see the fingerprints of the artisans peppered throughout the work!
Behind the scenes of Kubo and the Two Strings
Interested in this art form? Stop by the library to check out these movies for yourself:
DVD | PG | 2006
One of my first introductions to stop-motion were Aardman Studio's original Wallace & Gromit shorts (which are also included on this disc). I instantly fell in love with their madcap antics, distinctly British humor, and the unique animation. Their first feature length film finds our bumbling hero and his competent sidekick on the chase of a mysterious Were-Rabbit causing havoc through out Tottington. A making-of behind the scenes rounds this feature out nicely.
If you are a fan of this style, checkout these other Aardman creations: Chicken Run (DVD | G | 2000), The Pirates! Band of Misfits (DVD | PG | 2012), and Early Man (DVD | PG | 2018).
Blu-ray | PG | 2023
When Jack Skellington, Halloweentown's beloved pumpkin king, becomes bored with the same annual routine of frightening people in the "real world", he plots to bring Christmas under his control by kidnapping Santa Claus. Tim Burton's signature visuals and haunting catchy music make this a creepy cult classic perfect for Halloween or Christmas.
Love the Burton's creepy atmosphere? Also check out Frankenweenie (Blu-ray | PG | 2012) and James and the Giant Peach ( DVD | PG | 1996)
DVD | PG | 2009
LAIKA's first feature length film about an adventurous girl who finds a parallel world behind a secret door in her new home. But little does she know that this idealized "perfect" world contains a dark and sinister secret. A true dark fantasy film, the stop-motion animation enhances is other-worldly feel and is a perfect fit for its chilling visuals.
DVD | PG | 2016
This captivating quest film is one of my favorites on this list. When 12-year-old Kubo accidentally summons a vengeful spirit from the past, he must battle gods and monsters--armed only with a magical instrument and the help of unexpected companions--to set things right. LAIKA’s stunning, beautiful animation features a foundation of hand-created stop-motion animation layered with just the right amount of CGI to give this film extra atmosphere and polish. Be sure to check out the special features to get an inside look at its incredible creation process. The scale of their rigs and models--both big and small--is astounding!
If LAIKA's captured your imagination as they have mine, check out their newest feature Missing Link (DVD | PG | 2019)
Tag(s): recommendations, quests, movies, humor, horror, Genesis Gaule, fantasy, animation