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In addition to her day job as a reference librarian at University of North Texas, Monika Antonelli moonlights as voice talent for the anime series Dragonball Z, according to North Texas Daily Online. Montinelli provides voices for the characters of Puar and Chiaotzu. Apparently UNT is a hotbed of DBZness. Who knew?
The Cleveland Plain Dealer on Graphic novels:
"What these books have in com mon, aside from enjoying brisk sales and critical raves, is a sophistication of artwork, text and emotional content that may even appeal to adults who think they don't like comics. Put another way, you don't have to know the first thing about "Spider-Man" to find something to enjoy in this realm. "
Lee Hadden writes: "There are a few funny snippets in the current comic strip, "Pearls
Before Swine," that show the readers how not to do reference work. Although
the panels for November 17th, 18th and 19th are about a rat at an
information desk at a commercial bookstore, they do show what reference
service can be like when served with an interesting attitude towards the
public. Any questions? See the Rat.
Read more about it. See the comic strip at: unitedmedia.com"
Have you stopped by overduemedia.com, home of Unshelved, lately? If not, you're really missing out. In addition to the Strip Archive they now have a Mailing List (Daily or Weekly) and an upside down Blog.
"Unshelved, the world's only daily comic strip set in a public library! Writer Gene Ambaum (the made-up name of a real-life librarian) and co-writer and artist Bill Barnes have been publishing since February 16, 2002. Some of the stories are made up, some of them are based on real life, and some are absolutely true stories sent to us from our readers. And the stranger the story, the more likely it is to be true."
Here's a Time column giving a brief history of the graphic novel. Will Eisner's "A Contract With God," gets the nod for first graphic novel published in 1978. The first sentence is a bit suspect, but it's a decent overview for a general audience. (Are there really librarians who don't know what a graphic novel is?) I celebrated by getting roped into reading my first manga, courtesy of my 12-year old daughter.
Charles Davis writes "story from
The NYTimes on the nation's largest and most comprehensive
private collection of original cartoon and caricature drawings, new at The Library of Congress, assembled over 60 years by the political cartoonist J.
Arthur Wood Jr.
The collection has been appraised at $20 million to $30 million, library officials said. It consists of 36,000 original political
cartoons, comic strips, caricatures, illustrations and animation drawings by some 2,800 artists.
James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress, said the Wood collection nearly doubled the library's holdings of original cartoon
and caricature drawings. The library has collected such material since the 19th century and says it has a broader collection than
any other museum or library in the country.
Charles Davis spotted a Short Blurb that says the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill library received some 26,000 comics weighing more than two tons from local alumnus Dan
For the last ten weeks, Breen has devoted almost all his
time to preparing it, and it's one of the largest donations the library has ever received.
Duke alumni Edwin and Terry Murray recently donated an even larger collection of 50,000 books to their alma
mater. More on that Here.
I can't help but think those collections would've fit nicely at The Ohio State Cartoon Research Library, but I am biased ;-).
Graphic novels seems to be getting some press lately, This One, from TCPalm.com says although graphic novels, which rose to popularity in the 1980s, share a basic element with comic books -- a sequence of illustrated picture frames with text bubbles -- these animated novels come in a variety of sizes, usually are printed on higher-quality paper, often are bound in hard covers and encompass the variety of genres mentioned above.
Via Gary Deane.