Has anyone else been reading the AV Club’s Back Issues feature about Sandman? They’re round-tabling their way through the series, trade by trade. They’re up to the fourth volume (though you may want to start with the first). They’ve been very interesting. Having two people on each volume allows some conversation and variety of insight, often taking the form of the established fan who gives insider info and the newcomer who gives a fresh perspective.


This video of manga-ka Hiroaki Samura drawing the lead from his Blade of the Immortal series originally made me happy when I first saw it two weeks ago; but since it still makes me wish I owned the whole series and could hover over his shoulder (in a non-stalkerly way, I swear) to watch him work, I say it counts for this week, too.


I’m happy that my boss is also a nerd and that she offered to loan me her copies of the Preacher series to read over the long weekend. I’ve always wanted to read it, but have been too lazy to ILL it. Now I’ll get to enjoy it at my leisure!


I’m happy because I saw Wreck-It Ralph last weekend and it was awesome.  Excellent video game references and a really sweet story.  Not sure if it is totally comics-related, but it was well done and very clever!


I am happy this week because my online students are discussing the first volume of FABLES and the majority of them love it. Always nervous to put a favourite title on the reading list in case no one else likes it. Many of the students wrote that they will be seeking out the rest of the series too.

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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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