Cobb Library Graphic Novel Book Club to discuss Usagi Yojimbo: Volume 34, Bunraku and other stories this Monday, April 25

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Would you like to read a graphic novel about a samurai rabbit in 16th century Japan and discuss it with other graphic novel enthusiasts on Google Meet?

Well, here’s your chance. The next Graphic Novel Book Club meeting at the Cobb Public Library will discuss Usagi Yojimbo: Volume 34 by Stan Sakai on Monday, April 25 at 6 p.m.

Even with only three days left until the reunion, this month’s pick is a quick and fun read, complete with demonic puppets.

The electronic edition of the novel is available to Cobb County Library customers on Overdrive/Libby at https://cobbcounty.overdrive.com/media/7493470

Click here to register for the program (https://forms.gle/7G5zMx9rtwkj2fQd6)

Click here to join the program (https://meet.google.com/ctm-nkzi-oko?hs=122&authuser=0)

About me and graphic novels

I became a fan of graphic novels quite late in life. In the 1960s, from around the age of 12 to 16, I was a fan of Marvel Comics during what comic book fans call the “Silver Age.” I lost track of comics around 1968 or so and didn’t realize how far the art form had evolved until around the age of 55 when my son bought me a copy of a volume of The Sandman by Neil Gaiman.

I was hooked.

The Cobb County Public Library hosts its Graphic Novel Book Club on the fourth Monday of each month on Google Meet from 6-7 p.m. I’ve been participating for two months, where the featured works were March Volume Two by John Lewis and Banned Book Club by Kim Hyun Sook and Ryan Estrada.

About Usagi Yojimbo

This month’s pick, which we’ll discuss on April 25 at 6 p.m., is a volume in Stan Sakai’s popular and long-running series, Usagi Yojimbo.

The protagonist, Miyamoto Usagi, is a samurai rabbit from late 16th and early 17th century Japan, the Edo period.

Sakai’s website describes the plot of this particular volume as follows:

Follow these all-new full-color adventures of rabbit ronin Miyamoto Usagi as he travels through Edo-period Japan on his epic warrior journey!

This first volume of all-new material continues Usagi Yojimbo’s saga with all three parts “Bunraku” as Usagi finds herself embroiled in a puppet drama where the actors aren’t quite what they seem! Will the help of a supernatural ally be enough for Usagi to prevent more deaths? Afterwards, Usagi returns to his roots as a yojimbo (bodyguard) when he is hired by Lady Mura, a famous writer, to protect her on her perilous journey to her father’s house.

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