Bagged & Boarded: The Last Musketeer

The Last Musketeer by Jason (story & art) [Amazon | Worldcat | GoodReads | Comixology] Length: 48 pages Release date: January 17, 2008 Publisher: Fantagraphics Rating: 5/5 stars I was intrigued enough by Jason’s Athos in America, his collection of shorts, to start reading his back catalog. I am not even remotely disappointed: Martians, duels, strong women, romance,Continue reading “Bagged & Boarded: The Last Musketeer”

Bagged & Boarded: Bad Houses

Bad Houses by Sara Ryan (story) and Carla Speed McNeil (art) [Amazon | Worldcat | GoodReads | Comixology] Length: 156 pages Release date: October 29, 2013 Publisher: Dark Horse Comics Rating: 3.5/5 stars tl;dr: An engrossing tale of two people who fall in love, but it’s also a story of healing the past and moving towards the future. So while theContinue reading “Bagged & Boarded: Bad Houses”

Librarian How To: Graphic Novel Collection Development in Academia

  Dear Internet, As my tenure at MPOW gets closer to the end, I’m in the process of writing lots and lots of documentation for my successor1. One of my projects I’m most proud of, and hope will be continued, is my graphic novel collection (which will always be mine no matter what). Since I seemContinue reading “Librarian How To: Graphic Novel Collection Development in Academia”

Bagged & Boarded: Athos in America

Athos in America by Jason [Amazon | Worldcat | GoodReads | Comixology] Rating: 4/5 stars tl;dr summary: Six thinly connected short stories by the master of minimalism. A must read. Review: This is my first Jason book and it won’t be my last. You would be hard pressed to find another engrossing, and quickly read, collection wrappedContinue reading “Bagged & Boarded: Athos in America”

Bagged & Boarded: Agent Gates and the Secret of Devonton Abbey

Agent Gates and the Secret Adventures of Devonton Abbey: A Parody of Downton Abbey |  2/5 stars [Amazon | Worldcat | GoodReads | Comixology]  tl;dr summary: A satiric romp through the underbelly of Dovonton Abbey, where the next heir is a dog, the under butler is working with a secret organization, and the Dowager Countess is theContinue reading “Bagged & Boarded: Agent Gates and the Secret of Devonton Abbey”

Bagged & Boarded: Developing and Promoting Graphic Novel Collections

Bagged & Boarded: Developing and Promoting Graphic Novel Collections | 3.5/5 Quick summary: As the title states, it is a collection development book aimed at librarians who work with k-12 on purchasing, promoting, justifying, and defending their graphic novel collection. tl;dr summary: Despite the fact this is geared for public librarians, there is a lotContinue reading “Bagged & Boarded: Developing and Promoting Graphic Novel Collections”

Bagged & Boarded: Developing and Promoting Graphic Novel Collections

Bagged & Boarded: Developing and Promoting Graphic Novel Collections | 3.5/5 Quick summary: As the title states, it is a collection development book aimed at librarians who work with k-12 on purchasing, promoting, justifying, and defending their graphic novel collection. tl;dr summary: Despite the fact this is geared for public librarians, there is a lot ofContinue reading “Bagged & Boarded: Developing and Promoting Graphic Novel Collections”

Introducing Graphicdemia: Collecting Comics and Graphic Novels in Academia

On March 2, I presented, along with two other colleagues, at the MSU Comics Forum on Golden Age: Comics and Graphic Novel Resources in Libraries. Our schtick, if you will, is to present the collection and outreach methods from three different types of libraries: academic, public, and special; and present specifically at a non-library conference.Continue reading “Introducing Graphicdemia: Collecting Comics and Graphic Novels in Academia”

Mental Illness, Shame, and The Art of Asking

Dear Internet, I have complicated relationship with Amanda Fucking Palmer. While there are some things that I’m critical of in regards to AFP, I am incredibly mindful that a lot of conversations happening  now are because of her. Changes in how music is viewed/played; how relationships are shifting beween art, artists, and viewers; how weContinue reading “Mental Illness, Shame, and The Art of Asking”