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Jody: Grant disappeared during the crisis.
Grant: Stress causes me stress.

Jody: You know more about the computers than any of us. You could have helped.
Grant: Every time I help with a major computer problem I get threatening emails from our IT department.

Lucy: You need to act like you’re part of the team.  
Grant: I help by not feeding the panic.

Lucy: I just want you to do something!
Grant: Sure thing. But I’d like to point out that by walking around the library with a patron I fulfilled your vague directive.

Thanks!

Just wanted to say thanks on behalf of Chris and I for making Library COMIC’s first year a success.  It’s been a fantastic, surprising year, from our first library conference to our enamel pin Kickstarter to regularly being read by more than 300,000 of you via our website and social media.

Next year I’ll be at more conferences, plus we’re already working on our next Kickstarter idea. We’ll probably open an online store at some point, too, and I’ll continue to give keynotes and talks at staff days and conferences.

Personally, I’ve had a rough few weeks — a close friend, whom I met at the library system where I used to work, passed away. But his death brought me into the orbit of people I used to work with, many of whom I hadn’t seen for years. It reminded me how much I love the people I’ve had the chance to work with at the library.

I hope you’re lucky enough to feel that way about your colleagues, and I hope to meet many of you in the coming year.

-Gene

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Thanks for the American Library Association Conference memories!

ALA 2017 LincolnA big thanks to all of you who stopped by the Library Comic booth at the American Library Association conference last weekend. Our first conference appearance was a huge success, and I hope you all had a chance to meet some of the other comics folks in the Graphic Novel Pavilion, too.

Special thanks to everyone who volunteered their time to help me out in the booth:

Laura Keys and her husband Robert Kaplafka helped me move in and set up. Laura does live performances as historic women including Mary Todd Lincoln and Laura Ingalls Wilder. She introduced me to the fantastic Kevin Wood aka Abe Lincoln (pictured above), who joined me at the booth on Friday night. They both do school visits — check out their websites at www.laurafkeyes.com and www.mrlincoln.com if you’re looking to book a great program.

I also owe a big shout out to retired speech professor Marlene Atkins, librarian / MLIS student Samantha Mairson, and my gaming buddy Ryan Nolet for going above and beyond the call of duty. Without your help at the booth folding T-shirts, providing caffeine infusions, and giving me time to run to the men’s room, it would have been a tough show.

Personal highlights of the show for me included meeting several French graphic novelists, short conversations with Owly creator Andy Runton and Drama / Ghosts creator Raina Telgemeier, and seeing Lynda Barry give the most amazing and indescribable speech ever at Saturday’s Eisner party. Holy crap and wow!

Hope you had a great time, too, and that I’ll see you all again at ALA Midwinter in Denver.

-Gene

 

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Welcome to Library Comic!

Hey there,

You’re here at the very beginning. Thanks for joining us. It’s good to have you here! Our first comic will post tomorrow.

Library Comic is about the goings on at a large library with a large staff. (Chris and I have been quietly working on it for months as we wrapped up work on Unshelved.) We’re going to infuse it with the all sorts of realistic weirdness on both sides of the desk as we get to know the characters we’ve created. Right now our vision is that the central character will change from time to time, and I want the patrons to get as many good lines as the librarians, but we’ll see what happens. So far it’s been great fun, even though Chris is keeping me from having patrons clip their toenails in every comic (this is, apparently, my go-to weird/repulsive library patron behavior right now.)

But I digress. We’d love to hear how you like it. And send us your stories.

Plus, pretty please, sign up for our newsletter + tell all your friends.

-Gene

thelibrarycomic@gmail.com

PS: Check out the site on your phone, too — Chris optimized it so you can look at it on your phone or the site or wherever you want.

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