I’ll admit it, I’m still basking in the satisfaction of having served on the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee in it’s inaugural year, and through all of the decisions on procedure, title discussions, and piles of graphic novels to read teetering in the corner of my room, the final list just makes it all so worth it.

I was particularly happy to be introduced to Warren Ellis’ Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. — I’ve always loved Warren Ellis, and Stuart Immonen‘s art is glorious, the sense of humor priceless, and the theme song — oh, the theme song. So. Awesome.

Although so far in the comics world all it’s really seemed to do is stir up old arguments about just how odious Identity Crisis is. What can I say — I really liked it. I know all the reasons various folks hated it, but…I either wasn’t bothered by their points or I didn’t have the DC universe experience to care so deeply about shifts the book brought about.
I’ve also been watching piles of Princess Tutu on my way back and forth from work (my video ipod is coming in unexpectedly handy) and I continue to unabashedly love this anime. I’m about half-way through, and the use of Swan Lake story and music made me get all emotional on the bus. I almost missed my stop. That, if anything, is one sign of a good story (or maybe it was just so cold I just didn’t want to leave the warmth of the bus, but I choose to believe it was the Swan Lake theme.)
I also managed to swip a preview of DC’s now famous (infamous?) Minx imprint, i.e. The Plain Janes, and though I’m waiting for it to arrive in the boxes I mailed back, I’m slightly less skeptical about that whole idea than I was before. Slightly.  We shall see.

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

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    Robin E. Brenner is Teen Librarian at the Brookline Public Library in Massachusetts. She has chaired the American Library Association Great Graphic Novels for Teens Selection List Committee, the Margaret A. Edwards Award Committee, and served on the Michael L. Printz Award Committee. She is currently the President of the Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table for ALA. She was a judge for the 2007 Eisner awards, helped judge the Boston Globe Horn Book Awards in 2011, and contributes to the Good Comics for Kids blog at School Library Journal. She regularly gives lectures and workshops on graphic novels, manga, and anime at comics conventions including New York and San Diego Comic-Con and at the American Library Association’s conferences. Her guide, Understanding Manga and Anime (Libraries Unlimited, 2007), was nominated for a 2008 Eisner Award.

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