If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at writing reviews or blogging about comics, graphic novels, manga or anime AND you are a working librarian or on your way to becoming one, we want you!

We are seeking a diverse array of interested writers and reviewers interested in all kinds of comics.  If you’ve applied in the past, please apply again with your updated information and experience.

For REVIEWERS, expectations are:

  • To turn in (at least) one review a month.
  • Select titles for review from our submitted review copies first, then owned/borrowed copies second
  • To help create recommended and/or topical lists
  • To occasionally contribute special features

For FEATURE WRITERS, expectations are:

  • Coordinate and write (at least) one article or list per month
  • Work with other writers and reviewers on the site to create group lists and quick pick lists to ensure bringing in multiple opinions
  • Coordinate and participate in special features as needed including round table discussions, Classic Fantastic columns, and discussions of library-specific topics relating  to comics (cataloging, programming, displays, etc.)

All writing takes time (more than you might think.) Working with other writers on staff also means lists and features will be a group effort, and all posts go through revision and editing.  Consider whether you can commit to a schedule of reading or watching titles, writing up reviews that speak critically to the positives and negatives of each title, and turning in those reviews promptly each month.  Be prepared to discuss constructive criticism and work with our editors to craft your submissions. Creating successful lists requires inspiration and attention to detail on top of significant writing, editing, and formatting. We all have busy library lives: think through what you have time for and what you can commit to working on.

 

Please understand that we only accept applications from librarians or library school students as a way to keep the perspective of the site consistent and distinct.

We can offer review copies of titles (both in print and in digital formats) and a chance to write for a professionally recognized resource. To be clear, we cannot offer payment except in the form of the review copies of titles. If you are interested, please fill out our official application forms.

I (Robin Brenner) and many of our reviewers and staff will be attending ALA Midwinter, so if any of you have questions, we’re happy to try to meet up in person at ALA!

Please send in your application by January 31, 2020.

We will get in touch with all applicants by March 1, 2020.

  • 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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