Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Podcast #8: Adult Literacy and Comics

In Episode 8, Jack and Amanda welcome special guest, Morgan Rose Pershing of Santa Clara City Library:

Jack, Amanda and Morgan discuss:

Recommended Reads:
  • Rat Queens by Kurtis J. Wiebe
  • Sex Criminals by Matt Fraction
  • Peter Panzerfaust by Kurtis J. Wiebe
  • Velvet by Ed Brubaker
  • Winter Solider by Ed Brubaker
  • Y: The Last Man by Brian K. Vaughan
  • Saga by Brian K. Vaughan
Comics: Our Origin Stories; Related Reads
Adult Literacy and Comics with Morgan Rose Pershing & Related Reads:
Morgan also mentions The Learner conference.
And check out Mrogan’s original presentation on her project: MP3 and the Eureka! Leadership Institute.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

Podcast #6: Interview with Gene Yang & Lark Pein of Boxers & Saints

Recommended Reads:
  • Captain America: Winter Soldier by Ed Brubaker
  • Manhattan Projects, Volume 3: Building! by Jonathan Hickman
  • Miracleman by Alan Moore
Interview with Gene Luen Yang and Lark Pien of Boxers & Saints

Friday, February 14, 2014

Podcast #5: Image Expo 2014 Wrap-Up

Image Expo 2014:
  • Special In the Library with a Comic Book discount: inthelibrary30 for 30% off digital comics on www.imagecomics.com for DRM-free issues.
  • Robert Kirkman with Paul AzacetaOutcast
  • Joe Keatinge with Leila del DucaShutter
  • Joshua WilliamsonNailbiter
  • Kelly Sue DeConnickBitch Planet
  • Kyle HiggensC.O.W.L.: Chicago Organized Workers League
  • Kieron Gillen and James McKelvieThe Wicked and the Divine
  • Chris BurnhamNameless with Grant Morrison
  • Bill WillinghamRestoration with Barry Kitson
  • Scott SnyderWytches with Jock
  • Ed BrubakerThe Fade Out with Sean Phillips
The After Party:
Interview with Nick Dragotta of East of West and Howtoons.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Podcast #4: Free Comic Book Day Planning

In Episode Four, Jack and Amanda discuss:
Recommended Reads:
  • The Sandman by Neil Gaiman
  • Vol. 8: World’s End
  • Vol. 9: The Kindly Ones
  • Vol. 10: The Wake
  • Parker, Volume 4: Slayground by  Darwyn Cooke
Free Comic Book Day (FCBD)
  • Annual event the first Saturday of May: May 3, 2014
  • Special single issue comics published exclusively for FCBD at very low cost
  • Order due at the end of January via Diamond

How to order books for Free Comic Book Day:
  • Work with your local comic shop
  • Titles available at www.freecomicbookday.com
  • Your shop will have a list of everything that is available AND HOW MUCH IT COSTS
  • Most cost between 25 and 45 cents per comic
  • Orders are due mid to late January
  • There are 57 titles and you WILL NOT want them all

  • KIDS:
  • Archie
  • Avatar/Lil Hellboy by Balthazar and Franco from Superman Family Adventures, and GENE YANG!
  • Kaboom Summer Blast (feat. Adventure Time, Hero BearPeanuts)
  • Spongebob Squarepants includes James Kochalka!
  • Scrooge; reprints of classic comics
  • Rocket Raccoon (Marvel is billing this as “all-ages, with a cover by the amazing Skottie Young… your mileage may vary.)
  • Graphix Spotlight: “The Dumbest Idea Ever” (The Amelia Rules creator tells the true story of his life as a teenage comic artist!)
  • Teen Titans — always fun!
  • Top Shelf Kids Club (promises an extended preview of the beautiful looking Maddy Kettle as well as a new story from the world of Monster on the Hill, one of our faves of 2013, plus more! — Maybe Owly?!)
  • Archaia (always do beautiful hardcover books, will have new Mouse Guard andRust stories plus Labyrinth!)
  • Special Shout-out: Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Raising a Reader

  • TEENS:
  • Bongo Free-For-All (Simpsons)
  • Guardians of the Galaxy (Promises a new story by Brian Michael Bendis and the BRILLIANT Sara Pichelli!)
  • Atomic Robo!! 
  • Courtney Crumrin 
  • Hip Hop Family Tree by Ed Piskor
  • Les Miserables — as manga. 
  • Street Fighter — these comics are gorgeous, should appeal to video game fans
  • The Tick!
  • ADULT:
  • Uber, from Avatar by Keiron Gillen — warning!  Will be very violent and probably offensive.
  • Same with 2000 AD
  • V Wars
  • Sherwood TX — has a Boondock Saints backup story?!
  • Shigeru Mizuki’s History of Japan

  • Bleeding Cool — News, feature on Spider Man 2 movie, intro to collecting and essential titles.
  • Overstreet’s Comic Book Marketplace — price guide
  • CBLDF’s Defend Comics!

  • How to run your event
  • REVIEW all the books first!
  • Seperate the kid, teen, and adult books
  • Set a limit on how many books each person can take and stick to it
  • Be available to talk about the books
  • Ask what their favorite comics are!
  • Good to pair with other events; including crafts,  author visits, minicon and comics swap.

Special Announcement:
In the Library with a Comic Book has partnered with Infopeople, a fantastic organization that supports and trains California libraries and staff; including the Eureka! Leadership Institute. You can now follow our podcast on the Infopeople blog and on their iTunes channel

Podcast #3: 25th Anniversary of The Sandman

In Episode 3, Jack and Amanda discuss: 
Recommended comics: 
  • Wild Children and Zero by Ales Kot
  • Locke and Key by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodrguez
  • Sandman Overture by Neil Gaiman and J.H. Williams III
25th Anniversary of The Sandman: What you need to know
  • One of the first things that Gaiman wrote; really built his name
  • Ran from 1989 to 1996
  • First Vertigo book, a DC imprint
  • World Fantasy Award Winner (and only comic to win ever)
  • Ten volumes, which should be read in order
  • If you just want a taste, read Dream Country and Fables and Reflections — both comprised of standalone shorts
  • Bay Area peeps: Check out the Cartoon Art Museum’s Grains of Sand: 25 Years of Sandman through March 16, 2014
  • And check your local library for free museum passes via Discover and Go.
Listener Question from Scott Bauer of Marin County Free Library:
“What comic are you reading now that has more “strange goodness” than Manhattan Projects?”
  • Punk Rock Jesus by Sean Murphey
  • Atomic Robo by Scott Wegener
  • Lazarus by Greg Rucka
  • Pax Romana by Jonathan Hickman

Podcast #2: CLA Wrap-Up

In our long-awaited second episode, Jack and Amanda discuss:
Recommended comics:
  • Tune by Derek Kirk Kim and Les McClaine
  • Trillium by Jeff Lemire
Banned Comics
California Library Association (CLA) Wrap-Up
Looking forward to in 2014:
  • Sandman Overture by Neil Gaiman and JH Williams III
  • Locke and Key by Joe Hill
  • Seconds by Bryan Lee O’Malley