New Pal for the Librarian Doll -- Geekman

Although not officially either a librarian or a library patron, the new Geekman action figure might represent another breed of information maniac.
This story from the LA Times (registration required...but here's another w/o registration from the Seattle Times) portrays Geekman as "altogether hip." When asked what his hero's superpowers are, Kris Schantz, founder of Happy Worker toys and creator of GeekMan, listed "opposite-sex repulsion, analytical reasoning, the ability to create technical acronyms and less-than-ideal personal hygiene."

Geekman is available at local toy stores and on the web. This reporter thinks he'd play well with the loveable Nancy Pearl shushing librarian doll.


There's Something About Comics

Sequential Tart writes " Some of the women at Sequential Tart have been reading comics since they were children, some of them started reading them as adults, and some are quite recent converts. But in all cases, we've picked up a comic, read it, and then gone back for more. And then to cap it all we've felt the urge to write about it! There's just something about the comic medium that exerts a strong pull on the women of Tart, and on many other readers around the world. In this month's Tart To Heart we try to find out what exactly that special something is that makes the medium so resilient and so addictive.

Story here."


Comic strip <i>Herman</i> takes on a library issue

Hey, as long as you're taking the book anyway, why not ask for a little extra service?


how vikings deal with overdue books

Anonymous Patron writes "Fines and fees are too tame for Vikings. Check out the punishment for overdue books in the Hagar the Horrible comic for Monday, April 5." (link changed to Seattle Post-Intelligencer)


comic books for young adults

Anonymous Patron writes Comic Books for Young Adults.

The Web site is designed "to introduce librarians (as well as teachers and parents) to the rich, diverse offerings from today's comics book publishers, and to encourage the acquisition of comic books and graphic novels in libraries serving young adults."


NYTimes Site Pulls Rall as Editorial Cartoonist

Saying that his work did not fit "the tone" of the website, the editorial cartoons of Ed Ralls have been cut from the site. Ralls claims that the organization caved into pressure from conservatives who didn't like his work. Ralls is the guy who raised a collective gasp over his 9/11-themed 2002 cartoon satirizing "terror widows." More here from Editor and Publisher. Ralls' cartoons and columns are at


Graphic Novels in School Library

tangognat writes "This article from the Palm Beach Sun-Sentinel describes the large graphic novel collection at a high school library. Via comics blog Thought Balloons"


Obituary: Julius Schwartz, Comic Book Editor, "Library Kid"

stevejzoo writes "In the nineteen fifties and sixties, Julius Schwartz directed the revival of superhero comics as editor at DC comics. He was 88 when he died. Obituaries at DigitalWebring and the New York Times.(Registration required.) Brief biography at


Overdue Material Cartoon

An anonymous Patron shares this great cartoon with us today on overdue books.


Graphic novels make a difference

Graphic novels are increasingly being used as a way to keep library services relevant and interesting to teens by providing a visual connection to the story. Read more about the rising popularity of graphic novels in ALIA's inCite.



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