First off is this article on How NOT to Write Comics Criticism, which is very funny and which reminded me of all of the things that annoy me about some comics criticism.

And that led me to this comic by Alison Bechdel, about the reading she should be doing versus the reading she is actually doing. As a very “this is a classic and therefore you should read it” resistant reader (there’s a reason I was a dance major and not an English major), I very much identified with her sentiments.


This is comics-related in that it involves writers of comics: I’m made very happy by photos of the kaiju birthday party Matt Fraction and Kelly Sue DeConnick put together for their son. (via io9)

Jennifer H.

I will go with this: the tragic romance of Waldo and Carmen.



I happened to get an advanced copy of Barbara by Osamu Tezuka (this was the title that was fully funded on Kickstarter). The more I read his stuff, the deeper appreciation I have for him and his work.

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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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