My book, A Parent’s Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics (co-written with Scott Robins), made it onto GeekMom’s Gift Guide for Books, along with such luminaries as Matt Phelan’s Around the World and the Sandman box set. Squee!



I’m happy because, while I am way behind the curve, I finally read  Brian K. Vaughan’s comic, Saga, and it is awesome.



Michael stole my happy! I was reading Saga monthly for a few issues but stopped because it was so awesome that I was sure I’d end up getting the trade, so I was excited to get my hands on it and finish out the first story arc. Very good, indeed.

Comics-tangential happiness: I have a direct refutation of the myth of the fake geek girl. A friend just asked me to come to her 13 year-old daughter’s birthday party to teach a bunch of pre-teen girls how to play Magic: The Gathering. This cracks me up and fills me with hope for the future of nerdery.



My Happy, also on a Brian K. Vaughan note…I just read this morning on ICv2 that he is adapting a 13 episode adaptation of Stephen King’s Under the Dome!  Now, I know nothing about Stephen King (even though my co-worker insists I would like him if I tried), but I do know that I’d watch or read anything Brian does, so I’m excited for next summer!  Here’s the little article.




And, surprising precisely no one, my happy this week is the hilarious but pointed art commentary going on over at The Hawkeye Initiative, which I watched start on tumblr, blow up overnight, and start more discussions about gender, art, comics, and criticism.  Excellent!  It also reminded me of the always insightful Shortpacked comic about the problem of false equivalence when it comes to the sexualization of comics characters.

  • 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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