Our very own Miss Jen W is interviewed as a Cybill‘s judge — it’s all so very cool. And, let me tell you, having know Miss J since high school, her great wit and charm comes across wonderfully. She is, I kid you not, one of the wittiest people I know. I only wish I were so witty. Fellow NFNT Reviewer, GGNFT Committee member of yore, and all around awesome librarian Snow W has also been interviewed for her own spot on the Cybils. You guys rock.

Also, for anyone who’s watched the Saikano anime, which I’m enjoying greatly with an occasional wince: just what is up with the whole “I’m the ultimate weapon, but I’m kind of a ditz and also have no spine” deal with the female lead? There are moments when it works, but then there are other times when I’m like, who doesn’t ask about the process (and whether they’ll ever be human again) when being asked to be turned into a giant weapon by the military/government? Then again, maybe that’s precisely why they chose her — she was too dim to say no. Sigh. It’s just so..distracting, from what is otherwise quite awesome.

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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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