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.
ADHD_librarian writes "Webcomic Questionable Content (a good read with occasional library scenes) has asked the question does the public library have happy hour?
Well I for one support our new barmaid overlords and will happily transfer to any public library with a liquor license.
Welcome to storytime and pass the scotch."
How Did the Comic Book Get Its Start? You Ask? Well, The origins of the comic book are somewhat controversial and perhaps the jury is still out.
So The Manila Mail goes back to the cartoonish broadsheets of the Middle Ages, which were parchment products, created by anonymous woodcutters. As mass circulation of these broadsheets became possible, they soon developed a market, particularly at public executions, popular events for centuries (ugh), which drew thousands of happy spectators.
Kelly writes "The year was 1258. Mongol leader Hulegu Khan had invaded Baghdad — a city that was then a pinnacle of civilization and learning. Legend has it that the attackers set their sights on Baghdad's crown jewel, the Dar al-Hikma library, tossing thousands of manuscripts to a watery doom in the Tigris River. Fortunately, cunning librarians spirited to safety the precious Noor Stones: 99 gems containing the library's ancient wisdom. The stones remained hidden in the Muslim kingdom of Granada until 1492, when King Ferdinand's Spanish army destroyed the mosque housing the gems. The Noor Stones were scattered around the globe, lost for centuries. Sound melodramatic? Kind of like the plot of a comic book? It is. Story continues here: http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0425/p13s01-algn.htm l"
From down in New Zealand comes news of a petition calling for reasonable censorship at the library. Julie Gordon, a mother of five and part-time secondary school teacher, has previously complained to the Wanganui Library staff about the explicit nature of some of the titles but her complaints have brought little or no change.
"Some of these comics showed sexual activity in detail, and as a teacher this concerns me a great deal," she told the Chronicle.
stevenj writes "The Family Circus cartoon for Jan. 27 is another classic. Since FC isn't online until a month after the comic appears in print (just open up the newspaper folks) here's the gist of the cartoon. Billy and Dolly are coming out of the library. Dolly says to Billy "To be a librarian, all you have to learn is how to say "SHH!". We all know Dolly isn't the brightest light on the comics page, but now she's spreading that old librarian stereotype. I think this calls for Leslie Burger to lay the smackdown on Bill Keane. It could be worse. Maybe next month Dolly will touch off a real firestorm by telling Jeffy "I may be dumb, but I'm a lot smarter than all those librarian bloggers.""
The AP covers the literary world's hot new thing â€” graphic novels. They say libraries are increasingly facing complaints from some parents who are concerned that books with adult content could be read by children attracted to the comic book-like drawings.
"The bulk of our graphic novels are for young adults and they're very popular," Crump said, estimating the library's collection has gone from only a handful to around 75.