I’m happy about something that’s not a comic, but is fairly close: The Search for WondLa, a gorgeously illustrated kids’ sci-fi chapter book by Tony DiTerlizzi. I’m about ten chapters in and really enjoying both the writing and the lush illustrations that start each chapter. It’s a couple years old but a second book, A Hero for WondLa, just came out in May.


I just found out that The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo is coming out in graphic novel format this fall!  I gather each book will be in two volumes.  I am intrigued.


Heroes Con was excellent as always! It was also the first time a creator looked through my sketchbook. It was not my goal, but I was completely flattered!! Now I gotta go practice more.

I got to see and talk to a BUNCH of comics people. Scott C., Stuart Immonen, Becky Cloonan, Creature Box, Andy Kuhn, Robbi Rodriguez, and way more. When I’m down there I pal around with the Agreeable Comics/Action Age/LBFA chaps. So it was great to see them again.

And I took a sketch that Paul Tobin gave me the idea for (see right) and showed it to him, and thanked him. And then he and Colleen Coover decided that they had to look at my entire sketchbook. Which has got some 100 pages full in it. I was SO FLATTERED. I love both of them and their works and everything – then they insisted on taking time with me. Sooooooo Happy.

Heroes proved to be a fantastic con. AND I found a sushi place that charges hardly anything for their sushi!


My happy this week has definitely been the trip to ALA and the fabulousness of GraphiCon, especially the Artist’s Alley.  There will be be a more full report forthcoming, but I did want to share the fun of all 23 excellent video interviews my fellow librarian comics advocates Kat Kan, Jessica Lee, and our very own Jack Baur.  They got to chat with Faith Erin Hicks, Dave Roman, Raina Telgemeier, Keith Knight, Jen Wang, Anthony del Col, Bob Boyle, and Nathan Hale, plus so many more!

  • Robin B.

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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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