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Fiends of the Library

Happy October!  That means it’s time again for Fiends of the Library. If you’d like to see an archive of all Fiends comics, you can find one at fiendsofthelibrary.com

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Graphic Novel Review: Sunshine by Jarrett J. Krosoczka

Sunshine: How One Camp Taught Me About Life, Death, and Hope by Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Scholastic Graphix, 2023. 9781338356311. 240pp. This is a sequel to Krosoczka’s graphic memoir Hey, Kiddo, about his parents and being raised by his grandparents. It’s worth noting if you loved that book, there are some great moments featuring Krosoczka’s grandparents in this one. But those are bookends to the main story, which is about the summer when he was sixteen when Krosoczka worked at Camp Sunshine, a place for kids with life-threatening illnesses. At the beginning, he says it changed his life, and if you’re an adult you can probably imagine what he learned from helping kids. But it’s the characters that bring it to life — Sister Francis, who puts up with no BS; Mrs. Gormley, the chain-smoking chaperone; Gary, team leader for the Teen Group; Diego, the quiet-at-first kid who Krosoczka helps one-on-one (his drawing skills help them connect); and the Orfaos, the […]

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New stuff in the store!

By request we now have our first bumper stickers in the store (one is NSFW), our first earrings, and a few new pins. Click on the image to have a look. All T-shirt designs are currently in-stock, as are Library Tarot decks and LEGO kits.

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Thanks for helping raise money for Trans Lifeline

Just wanted to say thanks if you bought one of our special Pride Edition Card Catalog Kits in June! Via online sales we raised $1800 to donate to Trans Lifeline. We plan to do this again next year. -Gene and Willow

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Happy Pride! Buy a Card Catalog Kit online, support Trans Lifeline

This month if you buy a custom Card Catalog kit online for $45, Library Comic will donate $45 to translifeline.org You get a choice colors of “knobs.” (You also get a set of the regular gold color knobs with each set.) Supplies are limited. Order at https://read-something.backerkit.com/hosted_preorders/  Happy Pride!

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Trans Rights Are Human Rights #transrightsreadathon

  Willow speaking: as some of you know, I am a transgender woman. Right now trans rights are under attack across the globe. Many conservative politicians and demagogues don’t want trans people to be safe. They don’t want us to be visible. To those in power I say: too bad. Trans visibility is important. Someone you know is trans. A trans person you know is afraid to come out to their parents, afraid to make friends, afraid to be bullied, or excommunicated. When I was young, every trans person I saw in the world was my hero. They had the courage to make themselves seen in a world that was hostile to them, to declare their real name in front of God and everybody. Trans visibility is a celebration of the pillars of our society: freedom of information, the free exchange of ideas, and education. To oppose trans and queer visibility is to be on the side of censorship, to […]

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Bookstabber Podcast Episode 33: Nine Princes in Amber by Roger Zelazny

Gene and Willow struggle to remember the one true podcast, the podcast which casts all others as shadows. Can they ally themselves with sibling podcasts and take the throne, or will this book lock them in a dungeon? This marks the beginning of The Year of Sword and Sorcery, which Gene is excited for. Willow estimates it will last three months.

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Support the #transrightsreadathon this week!

Willow and I are supporting this week’s Trans Rights Readathon and hope you will, too!   Please read a book by a trans author and consider supporting a trans charity as well! Here are three we recommend: Trans Lifeline https://translifeline.org/  Transgender Law Center https://transgenderlawcenter.org/  Mermaids (UK) https://mermaidsuk.org.uk/  I’m re-rereading one of my favorite books, All The Birds In The Sky by Charlie Jane Anders, which I highly recommend to everyone. And my family (including my daughter’s roommate and boyfriend) are recommending a few other books we love:  Dana Simpson’s Phoebe and Her Unicorn series, As The Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman, Nimona by ND Stevenson, and Glory (Image Comics) which was illustrated by Sophie Campbell (and our copy of which has either disappeared or is out on loan). If you’re looking for books to read you can start with those or search the hashtag on social media instead. There are lots of folks posting great recommendations out there and talking about their […]

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Graphic Novel Review: 6 Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton Volume One by Kyle Starks and Chris Schweizer

6 Sidekicks of Trigger Keaton Volume One by Kyle Starks and Chris Schweizer. Image / Skybound, 2022. 9781534320086. Contains #1 – 6. Action star Trigger Keaton was a huge asshole, and no one knows it more than his sidekicks. They’re a diverse bunch with varied careers, and after Keaton’s funeral, they look into the cause of Keaton’s death together. There’s a lot of misogyny (Keaton’s), cursing, and ass-kicking, but it’s all pretty light courtesy of Starks’ dialogue and Schweizer’s cartoony violence. And there’s a stuntman war. (I just rewatched Carpenter’s They Live and its best moments have a lot in common with the best lines in this book.) Schweizer has created a bunch of graphic novels, and my favorite series of his is The Crogan Adventures. Starks seems hellbent on bringing B-grade action movie-inspired stories to comics, and it’s hard to keep up with his output — Sexcastle or Old Head (basketball+vampires) would be a great place to start exploring […]

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One Of Those Days by Willow Payne

Willow wrote and drew “One Of Those Days,” a NSFW guest comic for Oh Joy Sex Toy about gender dysphoria. I highly recommend you read it when you’re away from your work computer. http://www.ohjoysextoy.com/one-of-those-days-willow-payne/ Make sure you check out the amazing comics Willow has been publishing at hauntedskull.com too. “Soiree” (the one with dinosaurs!) is one of my favorites.

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