Jessica Novak

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Reading Interests: 
Graphic Novels, Comics, Fantasy and Mystery
What I'm Reading Now: 
Saga, Lumberjanes, The Wicked + The Divine, Fables

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10th Anniversary The 10th anniversary of the Graphic Novel Making Contest culminated at the Awards Ceremony on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at the Seventrees Community Center Banquet Hall. About 350 people attended, including participants and their families! This was also our largest year so far, with 205 comic submissions! Awards Ceremony The banquet hall was decorated with copies of contest submissions, so participants could walk around and view everyone else's work. When participants arrived at the award ceremony, they received a certificate for participating in the competition, a voucher for free admission to the San Jose Museum of Art, a...Read more...
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Happy Pride! While June is usually LGBTQ+ Pride month, San Jose's own Silicon Valley Pride will be August 25-26, 2018! San Jose Public Library will be marching with the parade on Sunday, August 26 at 10:00 AM. Additionally, SJPL will be hosting it's final summer Drag Queen Story Time at King Library on Saturday, September 15 at 11:00 AM. And to celebrate, I've put together a list of comics with LGBTQ+ characters and themes! Note, I will be using the term "queer" throughout this post as an umbrella term for non-heterosexual. San Jose's first lesbian and gay pride parade in...Read more...
The Best We Could Do, cover
Best New Graphic Novels of 2017 2017 has come and gone (and yes it took me a while to read through them all) but it's finally that time again to review the best new graphic novels and comics ! Below are my top picks for adults, teens and children. While there were many great continuing series, these are comics that have published their first trade paperback or stand alone graphic novel in 2017. Children Pashmina Priyanka has many unanswered questions about her father and her mother's homeland, India. One day, she find a mysterious pashmina that transports her to a...Read more...
black panther cast
The long-awaited and heavily anticipated Black Panther movie is finally here! Reviews are in , and critics are saying it's the best and most elevated Marvel movie to date. Many people who have seen it already plan on seeing it again! This is the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe led by a predominantly black cast. It's also the first movie from a black filmmaker, Ryan Coogler, to boast a budget in the range of $200 million. This first film led by a black cast, directed by a black filmmaker, is expected to become a global blockbuster. Some Facts...Read more...
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Run, Walk, Board, or Bike to VivaCalleSJ! Next weekend on Sunday, September 17, 2017, will be the return of VivaCalleSJ for another year of street fair fun! This is a free program temporarily closes miles of San Jose streets to bring communities together to walk, bike, skate, play, and explore the city like never before. This event will cover six miles of streets, through some of San Jose's most iconic neighborhoods for people to come out and play for the day. This year, 100,000 people are expected to attend! What is VivaCalle? VivaCalleSJ (pronounced Vee-Va Ka-Ye SJ) is inspired by...Read more...
Wonder Woman
San Jose Public Library's Summer Reading Challenge is in full swing and will continue through July 31! To celebrate, I will be covering some upcoming and recent superhero movies and events, along with some super reads you can check out during the challenge! Guardians of the Galaxy Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 was released earlier this summer, if you haven't joined the party yet, what are you waiting for?! The reviews for it are great , and my friends and I loved this movie as well. We couldn't stop laughing and I almost fell out of my seat. While...Read more...
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Witches and wizards rejoice! Harry Potter fans everywhere are excited to learn more about their favorite wizarding world with the upcoming movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them , now in theaters. The New Film The year is 1926, and Newt Scamander has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. Arriving in New York for a brief stopover, he might have come and gone without incident, were it not for a No-Maj (American for Muggle) named Jacob, a misplaced magical case, and the escape of some of Newt's fantastic beasts, which...Read more...
Locke and Key, vol. 1
Halloween is fast approaching and it's time to get in the spirit! When your usual reads just aren't scary enough, what should you check out? Here are my top holiday and horror reads for this haunting season. For Children Baba Yaga's Assistant Everyone has heard of the tales of Baga Yaga, the evil witch in the woods who will eats the misbehaving children. When Masha's father plans to remarry and spends all of his time with his new family, she decides that living with an evil and magical witch is better than living alone. But first Masha must past a...Read more...
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Avast ye mateys! Comin' up be one 'o th' most important holidays 'o all, National Talk Like A Pirate Day! Here be some 'o th' best ways t' learn how t' be a pirate 'n celebrate on Monday, Septembaaahhr 19th! Movies Feast ye eyes on these splendid movin' pictures. We give 'em one rusted hook 'n a thumb up! Children's Books Books fer th' wee babes. Can ne'er start 'em too young on th' learnin's 'o bein' a scurvy pirate! How to be a Pirate fer Teens 'n Adults Ebbry-blastin'-theng ye needs must know-oo to lay tongue liker aargh-thentic pirate!...Read more...
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August 26 is National Dog Day ! This day is intended to honor dogs for all that they do for us. In addition to giving love and companionship, dogs help us out in countless ways. They are watchdogs for our safety, service animals, aid in search and rescue, and much more. National Dog Day has two goals: to honor dogs already in our lives, and to rescue dogs. It's an opportunity for us to recognize and appreciate the value and importance of dogs in our lives. If you are seeking a new canine companion, Nation Dog Day would like you...Read more...