Category Archives: Podcast Episode

Episode 61: Qiana Whitted & 200,000 Uncatalogued Comics

Snap endings, surprise twists, meaningful horror! This month’s episode features the Eisner-winning scholar Dr. Qiana Whitted. Thomas and Qiana talk about her published works, some older comics, some newer comics, upcoming virtual author visits, and the teaser trailer for The Harder They Fall. Plus lots of fresh picks! Let’s Talk Race: A Conversation With GB […]

Episode 60: Karen Gavigan, Using Comics For Health & Justice

“We gave one group the Centers for Disease Control document for teens on HIV/AIDS, and we gave the other group the AIDS In The End Zone graphic novel. We saw better results, not surprisingly, with the graphic novel.” How’s that for demonstrating the power of comics?! This episode’s guest is Dr. Karen Gavigan, who is […]

Episode 59: Graphic Novel Advocacy, or, The Comics Readers Are Alright

By special request, this episode is a monologue about graphic novels in libraries. It was created for Karen Gavigan’s students at Old Dominion University (Go Monarchs!), but I think there’s plenty for a general audience to appreciate and dissect. We talk about the rising popularity of comics, particularly for younger readers and manga, perceived notions […]

Episode 58: Mahnaz Dar, Standing For Truth and Whimsy

Welcome back, everyone! The show has undergone a bit of a format change, and kicking it off is special guest Mahnaz Dar, section editor for School Library Journal. We talk about middle grade and young adult titles, the nuts and bolts of selecting titles for review in SLJ, the nature of illustrated storytelling, rant a […]

Episode 57: Librarianship In The Age of Pandemic

Life – Work – Comics! How have each of these three been affected by Covid-19 and the pandemic sweeping the globe? Kristin and Thomas are trying their best to help people and themselves. Hunker down with another podcast to make the days go by easier. We have links, recommendations, and good ol’ anecdotes from a […]

Episode 56: No-Pressure Situation

Do you know a child, size 3T, who loves Spider-Man? No pressure, just asking. Have you considered sponsoring an angel tree child, either through Department of Social Services or Salvation Army? No pressure, just a thought. Can you hold up this anime transparency in front of this library chair? No press… actually, let us explain. […]

Episode 55: That Chill In The Air Is Us Snarking – Wear Flannel

Workin’ out, nerdin’ out, gettin’ the word out! Working the ropes n’ spokes for the new season of The Swole Stacks!  Rio De Janeiro Mayor tries (and tries, and tries again) to ban Avengers: The Children’s Crusade from a book fair Cosplayer in residence Art Spiegelman: Golden age superheroes were shaped by the rise of […]

Episode 54: The Quebec Affair

They sent us to shut it down! Kristin and Thomas deliver the Quebec Library Association‘s closing keynote. We aimed for a mixture of history, advocacy, passion, industry trends, and a few laughs along the way. What do a couple of American librarians have to share about comics? Come find out! (Note: there is a brief […]

Episode 53: Happy-Go-Lucky Comics Librarians

This is a mini-episode recorded while waiting for John Wick 3, but there’s more content than ever! Kristin and Thomas talk about the Quebec Library Association Conference and the sessions they saw there. Does your library acknowledge use of native lands? What is the best way to utilize a religious space for community programming? Toronto […]

Episode 51: Welcome To Secret Slams, Your Wrestling In Libraries Podcast

Kristin reports on Wrestlemania, WWE, and C2E2. Buy more indie comics! What are the pros and cons of separating your collection’s DC and Marvel titles within the graphic novel stacks? What about grouping all the manga together? What is the ideal browsing scenario for your patrons? Do you pronounce cholera correctly? We namedrop a fair […]