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Librarians see knee jerk reactions in their professions all the time. (WHAT? You need a DEGREE to do THIS?!) Still, this is one for the annals of library history.
At first, it may seem strange to direct library folks to a set of fantasy pictures featuring odd scientists, wizards, and strange beasts. Yet not only are they beautiful images, all of them are set within libraries just as fantastic as the characters in them.
In "The one about Dave Sim," Heidi MacDonald at The Beat takes a lengthy look at Dave Sim and the issues surrounding appreciating the work of an artist with controversial views on women. This is especially interesting since a similar issue just popped up with YALSA recognizing the work of Orson Scott Card.
I thought that this was worth sharing. Dave Kellett, creator of the fantastic comic strip Sheldon, mentioned last month how he was looking for the perfect coffee cup. Readers respond and Dave gave an update in his blog as to what he heard from them. He specifically mentions librarians (you have to scroll down a ways 2nd posting of the day) and how they provided the best links. His exact quote "(Interestingly, librarians had the best links...which once again proves the old truism that if you need somethin' found that needs searchin', ask a librarian.)"
While the Pew study found that 13% of people go to libraries to help with all sorts of serious issues, toondoo.com explains why some of the other folks go to the library: http://www.toondoo.com/View.toon?param=135671
C. Wright Mills once said that "Commercial jazz, soap opera, pulp fiction, comic strips, the movies set the images, mannerisms, standards, and aims of the urban masses."
The emphasis is mine.
Married to the Sea, a comic featuring surreal and bizarre humour, has a take on the history of libraries. Somehow, she managed to address homeless patrons, internet, and perverts all in the same comic.
Love comics? A three day forum on Comic Arts is coming to the Library of Congress on October 18-20, as reported here in the International Comic Arts Forum. There will be guest experts from around the world, and lots of interesting sessions, including
To and against type: Othering and stereotyping.
ICAF is free and open to the public. No registration is necessary to attend.