Kapow! Graphic novels launch makes an impact

Invitations to the launch of The Queen’s Library’s manga collection proved to be in great demand.

More than 100 boys entered a specially devised quiz in an attempt to secure just 30 places at the lunchtime launch – entitled Kapow! – of the graphic novel and comic book collection. The top scorers from each year were selected, with the remaining lucky guests selected at random from the entrants.

Librarian Ciara Murray said: “The quiz and the launch certainly caused quite a buzz around School. It’s something that appeals from Year 7 all the way to Sixth Form. As the quiz answers demonstrated, many of our boys already have an extensive knowledge of manga, so I am sure the new collection will be a popular addition to the Library.”

""Manga is a style of Japanese comic books and graphic novels, typically aimed at adults as well as children.

During the launch, the library was closed to all Year 7-11 boys except those on the guest list, although Sixth-Formers were able to use the facilities as usual.

The illustrated quiz was published on QE’s Pupils’ Learning Network. It involved questions such as:

  • Who is the hero (or heroes) destined to fight these dastardly villains?

  1. Lex Luthor  (Superman)
  2. Ra’s al Ghul  (Batman)
  3. Red Skull  (Captain America)
  4. Mystique  (The X Men)
  5. Doctor Octopus  (Spiderman)

  • What does the Japanese word ‘baka’ mean?  (Fool, idiot)
  • How many volumes of Naruto have been released in English translation so far?  (72)