It’s a new year, and we’re excited to start of 2013 with even more happy-making comics items.

Jennifer H.

Check out the dog’s name.

“I peed on my parents’ bed. Now I have to wear this tie until I learn how to be a gentleman!” -Ein


I was super happy to read this morning that Hiroaki Samura will be starting a new manga series this coming year.  I enjoyed Ohikkoshi and want to read his forthcoming Emerald anthology, too.  I’m just happy there will be more Samura goodness / weirdness to fill the void once Blade of the Immortal is all done!

Jennifer W

Cybils! I was on the graphic novel panel this year and we picked a great finalist list. I also did some fiddling with the nomination list and was pleased to see that, judging by Cybils nominations, beginning and intermediate graphic novels seem to be going strong!


What has absolutely delighted me is the winning of the Costa Award by Dotter of Her Father’s Eyes by Mary and Bryan Talbot.


Jonathan Hickman’s New Avengers #1 was fantastic and I can’t wait for the next issue to come out.


I got my copy of Fairest volume 1! Can’t wait to read it 🙂


For Christmas I got two Foxtrot anthologies: 1. “Math, Science, and Unix Underpants” which is basically a collection of strips with awesome nerd jokes. 2. “Wrapped-Up Foxtrot” which is a collection of the final daily strips.

Then for my birthday I got an iPad mini. It’s awesome, and I got a subscription of Shonen Jump Alpha for the year. (Which I’m excited for since its going simultaneous with Japan by the end of the month)


For this week, I’m happy to finally read Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown.  My husband got it for Christmas and it’s absolutely adorable.  I can’t wait to read Vader’s Little Princess later this year.


My happy is that my gifts of comics seem to have been well received. My sister-in-law, in particular, stayed up late into the night on Christmas Day to finish off Smile, which she praised for it’s uncanny similarity to her own life experience.

  • Robin B.

    | She/Her Teen Librarian, Public Library of Brookline

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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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