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This is awesome! I love the Steampunk/Victorian Spiderman image (from Denis Medri)…this should be a special edition comic! I’d buy it. ūüėČ

Also, a little boy told me today that the Flash is really the boy from the Incredibles all grown up.


This week a co-worker came up to me with a crazed look in her eye and said “Yesterday I was shelving some comics and started flipping through the first volume of The Unwritten. Before I knew it I’d read all five volumes the library owns. When will there be more?” It’s always great to watch someone enjoy something I liked a lot. It’s even more fun when their excitement borders on the maniacal.


I’m gonna be at Comic-Con, which is weird to think about.¬† But that’s why I’m happy right now!¬† I’ll be able to buy the new Parker book and am doing a panel with Eva and Scott Robins and some other cool people and will be seeing Jason Shiga do a bunch of stuff and going to an Adventure Time panel and and and… and I don’t even know what else!¬† But I will probably come home broke.¬† Can’t wait!

One neat thing is with the new Scheduler app, you can see how many app users are planning on going to each panel.¬† For example, it tells me that *101* people are planning on coming to my “Bringing Comics to Life in the Library” panel!¬† Granted, it’s not a perfect metric, but it gives you a general idea of how popular any given thing is.¬† For comparison’s sake, the¬†“Luann-alysis: A Stripper Revealed” panel has 64 people going to it.¬† Which clearly means that libraries are better than strippers!


My happy for this week is Jack saying, “Which clearly means that libraries are better than strippers!”

Also I got to give copies of my Parent Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics to friends I get together with every few months. My friend Maggie¬†was very excited and said she had just been planning to call me and ask what comics were available for her boys (ages 2 and 3), so it was perfect timing!


My happy is looking around and realizing I’m having a conversation with Deb Aoki, Brigid Alverson, Emil Petrinic, Raina Telgemeier, Tony Cliff, Johanne Matte, and David Saylor and knowing that *this* is the reason I keep coming back to ComicCon.


Okay, it’s not ¬†Comic-con toy, but I still was happy to see the new¬†Mr. Potato Head¬†as Batman. ¬†Move over Darth Tater! ¬†And considering that it’s called “DC Spuds” it sounds like it might be the beginning of a whole new line. ¬†Okay, I admit – I’m trying to picture Wonder Woman as a Potato Head and just plain can’t (probably a good thing). ¬†But still…

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

    Editor in Chief

    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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