Jaclyn Dolamore is the fabulous author of Magic Under Glass (Bloomsbury,2009) and Between the Sea and Sky (Bloomsbury, 2011). Her newest book, Between the Sea and Sky, is about a mermaid and a winged boy/man.  I  received an autographed copy of the ARC from her that included an illustration of the two main characters. Wow, she is talented. Just have to say picture bat wings. Very different, cool different. Now everyone can see just how wonderful her imagination is when it comes to illustrating her characters cause she has created a webcomic prequel to Between the Sea and Sky on her blog.


I’m super excited this week that Takehiko Inoue has announced he’s going to be resuming his award-winning Vagabond historical semi-fiction manga after having taken a mental / physical break since August of 2010.  I pretty much adore the man and everything he creates and feel lucky to have the opportunity to read his work.  I’m content to wait till he’s well and ready to continue, but it’ll be nice knowing there’s more to look forward to once I catch up on the last three volumes released before the hiatus.  Woot!

Jennifer W

Really cool illustrated excerpt from The Thirteen Clocks by Thurber, narrated by Neil Gaiman. Very, very creepy…

The 13 Clocks from Juan Delcan on Vimeo.


The conclusion of the six-volume, full-text-of-the-novel-but-put-into-comics adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? from Boom! Studios came out this past week and it is gorgeous.  I have been waiting for months to get my hands on 5 and 6 together so I could devour the rest of the story in one sitting and it’s worth the wait.  The end in particular succeeds in illuminating the chilling implications of Dick’s most famous book, giving his work fresh life.  I realize that six $25 hardcover are a big investment when the whole novel is easily available on its own for 8 bucks, but as both a comics and PKD aficionado, I’d say this series is worth it.

I would absolutely love to see another of his works — Ubik or VALIS perhaps? — to receive a similar, lush and loving treatment…


My wife and I are in the process of an ambitious rearrangement of our furniture and it is a difficult task, but the end is in sight and our home seems roomier. Hooray! I’m also really looking forward to finally diving into Freakyforms (previously called Picture Lives!) on Nintendo 3DS, which I had a chance to try at E3 and found really intriguing and bizarre (My hands-on). And, more than anything, I’m super stoked to dig into this month’s stack of materials to review for NFNT!


I just found out that Think Geek is creating a talking Cave Johnson (founder of Aperture Science, voiced by J.K. Simmons) portrait. There are no words, screams or squees to reflect how awesome this is.


There’s a live action Phoenix Wright movie. For some reason I can’t get enough of Phoenix Wright. It makes no sense since the manga, game and anime really aren’t that great but…

I don’t know. Maybe it’s the hair.

I don’t speak Japanese so I have no idea what’s really going on but it looks delicious right?!


As a compliment to last week’s video, this is making me very happy:


This website is making me extremely happy this week.

The Mary Sue just drew my attention to the Lady Gotham comic by Ming Doyle.  I love the artwork and the story idea.  We never hear about Mrs. Wayne.  Hope it gets picked up for publishing!


This week I’m happy that the personal and family drama in my life has been dialed back down to manageable levels so I can vicariously enjoy the squee-filled stories of the teens in my library who just came back from Anime NebrasKon.  We don’t get many cons in this neck of the woods, and what do come seem to die out pretty quickly.  So the fact that this was the eighth one and it’s only getting better makes me very happy!

Matt Morrison

Skyrim – the 5th chapter in the infamous Elder Scrolls series – comes out Friday.  Set in the titular northmost provience of the land of Tamriel, the player soon discovers that they are an agent of destiny – the lone mortal who may stand against the dragon god Alduin who is prophesied to destroy the world.  And as is standard for the Elder Scrolls games (which was one of the very first games to use the “sandbox” model) you are free to completely ignore your great destiny in favor of running around and doing whatever you want – be it leading
a trade guild, creating your own spells or – in a first for the series – getting married!  I’ve had my copy on pre-order for months and if it weren’t for the fact that I have a show this weekend, I might not leave the house at all!


I’m happy about a couple of things this week!  🙂  My birthday was last week, and my mom actually bought me a Batman t-shirt!  I can’t wear t-shirts to work, but it’s what I’ve been wearing every moment I’m off!  All my other Batman shirts are looking pretty ratty, so I was happy to show my Batman love with something new.

One more thing that’s making me happy…Brian K. Vaughan will reportedly handle writing duties for an adaptation of Stephen King’s Under the Dome novel in the form of an upcoming Showtime series.  Yay!  I loved Y: the Last Man and Ex Machina – I haven’t read Under the Dome…I actually haven’t read any Stephen King…is this a good one to pick up?


I have to agree with Matthew about being incredibly excited for Skyrim. I’m also kind of in love with Mindy Kaling (of The Office fame– writer AND actress, be still my heart) and her new novel Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns). She is frank, funny and some other words that begin with the letter “F.” I’m also excited to read Chris Hardwick’s novel, The Nerdist Way. And I’ve just started to watch Adventure Time, and have begun using exclamations like “What the cabbage?” and “Algebraic!” in daily conversation (well, I try, anyway).


I’m happy because I got my copy of Mangatopia: Essays on Manga and Anime in the Modern World, edited by Timothy Perper and Martha Cornog. Robin and I co-wrote an essay for it, “Love Through a Different Lens: Japanese Homoerotic Manga through the Eyes of American Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Other Sexualities Readers.”

It’s my first time in print in a book!



I am super happy about these shoes, thanks to Comics Alliance.  Sadly, I am not about to go to France to get them (and as anyone who knows me realizes, I already have far too many shoes).  But, still!  Catwoman shoes!


I’m happy about this awesome Big Barda sketch that I just got in the mail from Jason Ho. A while back he offered to take sketch requests in exchange for a $20 donation to Help the Cheerleader, a group raising money to help pay the legal fees for a young woman suing her school for some pretty icky nonsense you can read about on their website. I got a second sketch, too, but I’m contemplating giving it as a gift, so it’ll have to be a secret for now.


As usual, infographics are making me happy. This week I am liking this one showing where all the money in the federal budget is supposed to go. Can anyone find the library budget?

  • 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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