I love that people are now cosplaying the superheroines in sweaters. This is not really new this week, but I just saw it, and it made me happy, especially since it’s been freakin’ freezing here at my library, so sweaters of any kind just seem like a grand idea.

How much do I want Catwoman’s sweater?  A whole lot.

Also, reading comics on my brand-spankin’ new iPad.  I haven’t yet got to the point of getting into Comixology (though I’m contemplating it, as I am annoyed by the lack of graphic novel titles I can borrow via my library), but I did download the first three volumes in PDF of Girl Genius (for my book club discussion tonight), and it was an easy and enjoyable reading experience.  So exciting to finally feel like I’ve just gotten on the digital comics bandwagon and to be satisfied with the reading experience.


I just noticed that the article I wrote for VOYA has just hit the web!  It’s about superhero event comics, and I did a full review of Blackest Night and Siege (yes, I read every last volume of both of them).  You can find it by heading to the digital copy of December’s VOYA magazine and going to page 40.  My colleague JoAnn Rees also wrote a great piece on manga which starts on page 36!




I just got WinterTown by Stephen Emond and I’m so excited to read it. Just thumbing through it the artwork looks great, I love YA books that incorporate illustrations.





I am finally getting a chance to look through the new releases of Sailor Moon.  It’s so nice to see Luna and Tuxedo Mask again!


I admit it, I’ve always enjoyed Scratch Fury of Scott Kurtz’s PVP as he annually embodied the evil spirit of Christmas, Santa’s arch-enemy, the Kringus.  The last few years have featured epic battles, one illustrated by none other than Neil Adams, until the story pretty much was entirely played out last year.  But Santa’s no fool.  He knows Scratch will get into more trouble unless he has some direction in his life… so he offers him the job of that other Chistmas villain:  Krampus.  The storyline starts here, and the best part?  Krampus is a real thing.


Just picked up 1001 Comics You Must Read Before You Die edited by Paul Gravett. I haven’t done much more than glance at it so far — but I can definitely use it for weight training each time I do pick it up. There are a few 2011 titles in the corpus — The Great Unwashed, The Harappa Files, Bhimayana, Paying for It, and Habibi.


Both Habibi (by Craig Thompson) and Squish #2 (by Jennifer and Matthew Holm) were sitting on the shelf at my local library, so I checked them right out without having to wait on hold! YAY for weekend reading!


I re-read Johnny the Homicidal Maniac over the weekend and that book is such a scream. I’ve enjoyed Jhonen Vasquez’s work ever since Invader Zim, so going through this book is always a special treat.


I’m happy that The Girl Who Leapt Through Time and Summer Wars director Mamoru Hosoda will be coming out with a new anime feature next July.  I bet it’ll be pretty!  Also, it might make me cry; but as long as it’s also good, I’ll forgive it.  🙂

Matt Moffett

Thanks to a suggestion from my local comics shop, I picked up the first three issues of Reed Gunther. It’s a wonderfully nutty book about the wacky adventures of a bear-riding cowboy.  Action-packed and hysterical, it’s a great all ages book that really is for all ages.


I’ve been reading Big Questions, by Anders Nilsen. It’s a bit of a surealist romp with birds trying to puzzle out the mystery of a crashed plane and how our world view shapes our interpretation of events. I might need to read it twice.

Jennifer W.

I’ve been enjoying watching all of Miyazaki’s films over again, inspired by a teen girl who asked for Kiki’s Delivery Service at our library recently, saying it was her favorite movie – and didn’t know about Miyazaki’s other films!


The graphic novel discussion group I lead here at the library met this week, which always makes me happy. This month we read Batman: The Long Halloween, which I’d never read before. I had a lot of complaints about it, but the group managed to talk me out of most of them. However, I stand by my central gripe about the low quality of the mystery aspect. Authors of the world: do not end your mystery with the detective saying “Well, I guess we’ll never know.” It’s completely unacceptable.
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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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