My happy for this week is that someone is now combining two of my favorite things, fandom and tea. (The Sherlock blends will be perfect to drink in my John Watson mug!) This totally counts as comic-related as there are blends for well-known comics and anime such as X-Men, Baccano, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, Legend of Korra, and Sailor Moon. I need ALL OF THEM.




My happy this week is today’s Google Doodle for Little Nemo.  It’s beautiful and just keeps on going!

Matt Morrison

Two Words: Coulson Lives!

(image source: Erebus Odora)


I got to have dinner Monday night with the always charming Mark Siegel (and attend his local talk at the Brookline Booksmith on his now New York Times Best-Seller Sailor Twain), along with great company of Brigid Alverson, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb (right now probably best known for their work on the Adventure Time comic), and a lovely fellow Twainer Mary Beth.

I finally caught up with the latest Batman: Odyssey recaps from Comics Alliance from Laura Hudson and David Wolkin. And it is just as crazycakes as the earliest installments!  Do not read while drinking anything.

Also, a visual:
This piece of Hawkeye fanart (relating to Fraction’s take on Hawkeye)

(source: blue’s artblog)

Apparently many things are making me happy this week.


I’m happy that after coming back from a fun disney World vacation, the premiere of Walking Dead and the newest episode of the Walking Dead video game were waiting for me 🙂


My happy for this week is the thing that kept me from posting a happy last week. The Iowa Library Association annual conference was last week and another librarian and I presented a session on collection development for graphic novels for adults in public libraries. I’m happy that people came, the technology worked, no one died, and people may have learned some stuff. And now I get to find something else to worry about!


My happy this week is the finalization of OYAN’s inaugural Graphic Rave list!  As coordinator, I’m really excited that in addition to our yearly list of the best fiction books for teens, we now have one for graphic books, too!!

The Graphic Rave list is OYAN’s list of high interest reads for teens to help teens, parents, librarians and teachers enjoy great new Young Adult graphic novels for recreational reading; this list provides a variety of books for both younger and older teens.  These 16 titles had to be nominated as well as go through 2 rounds of voting to be included on the final list.  One note:  OYAN is the Oregon Young Adult Network, a division of the Oregon Library Association.  Here’s our list!

  • 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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