Episode 52: We Am The Fool

Kristin’s back on Twitter! If you’re a librarian or a professional wrestler, watch out! A Free Comic Book Day anecdote results in relationship advice. Kristin’s down with ILL. Thomas resigns from public librarianship to tend to a massive comics library (in his dreams). #NotAllTeachers #Pedagogy #ListenToDiddy #PrettyDiddy #GraphicMedicine

#EyeAmTheFool

Guilt Cake

Comics Beat: Baker & Taylor Shuts Down Retail Distribution Business

ICv2 & Comichron: Comics Sales 2018

Why Parents Should Rejoice That Their Young Readers Are Gobbling Up Graphic Novels

Circulating Ideas

Poet Sara Holbrook can’t answer standardized test questions about her own poem

Comics & Critical Librarianship

A Blockbuster Collection of Comics: Nearly 200,000 Items Donated To University of South Carolina Libraries (Thanks, Gary Watson!)

USC SLIS Deans’ and Directors’ Lecture – Secret Stacks earns us the F. William Summers Outstanding Alumni Award

2019’s Eisner Nominees Announced

Do you work with comics? Vote on the Eisners!

Kristin’s Picks

When I Arrived At The Castle 9781927668689

The Breakaways 9781250196941

Thomas’s Picks

Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos 9781626728080

Apocalypse Taco 9781419733734

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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 number of podcasts. What of Captain Marvel and Shazam? It’s a day that ends in Y, so Thomas is excited about another Green Lantern series.

Last Week Tonight: WWE

NashiCon reading list

Quebec Library Association

Association of College and Research Libraries

Tim Smyth – comics in education

Beastlands #1 Kickstarter (plus an advance review)

Interview: La Voz de M.A.Y.O. #2 hits Kickstarter, plus Henry Barajas and Gonzo on capturing the Latinx struggle in comics

Why Captain Marvel is a Recruiting Win For The Air Force

Spoiler-free Shazam! review

DC’s Young Animal Returns with Two New Series, More Doom Patrol

No Flying No Tights (follow them/us on Facebook!)

Podcasts mentioned in this episode, in order of namedrop

Tights and Fights – Covers pro wrestling with the sincerity and hilarity it deserves

The Adventure Zone – A campaign of high adventure

Circulating Ideas – conversations about the innovative people & ideas allowing libraries to thrive in the 21st century

Comics Alternative – Two Guys With PhDs Talking About Comics

Reading Envy – I’ll have what you’re reading!

Bodice Tipplers – A Ribald Podcast

Bellwether Friends – Just a couple of podcasting librarians, talking mostly about pop culture

The Greatest Generation – a comedy podcast about Star Trek

Hey Amie, we’ll see you in Montreal!

Kristin’s Picks

Minus 9781945820328

Cannabis: The Illegalization of Weed in America 9781250154088

Thomas’s Picks

4 Kids Walk Into A Bank (23 homage variant covers) 9781628751888

PTSD 9781626723184

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Episode 50: Wave of the Future

Movie poster for the upcoming “Children of the Sea”

Kristin’s been injured, and only your listening can heal her! Well, that and #GraphicMedicine, right? We talk about the comics market, including recent and decade-old descriptions of the publishing and sales landscapes. Do you prefer comics in color or black and white? Who’s the “real” Captain Marvel? Nominate comics you love for recognition! All this and Peter Falk chat await.

Publishers Weekly: Comics Is A Market In Transition
Captain Marvel reading order
DC’s Publishing Plans
IDW printing newly colorized editions of Usagi Yojimbo

Children of the Sea teaser trailer – snap up this manga now!
Top 10 Great Graphic Novels For Teens 2010

Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival Kids’ Comics Awards

Kristin’s Picks

Lighter than my Shadow 9781941302415

A Fire Story 9781419735851

Thomas’s Picks

The Bridge 9781419728525

Passing For Human 9780525508922

Bonus

Bob’s Burgers 9781606907948

Children of the Sea 9781421529141

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Episode 49: The Fireworks Were A No-Go

The Secret Stacks is kicking off 2019 with LOTS of comics recommendations! Luciano Vecchio’s giving away the digital files of his black superhero posters. Kristin’s making high-stakes librarian rounds among a herd of doctors. Both of them share stories of their ill-fated high school comics, then reminisce about being touched by the works of Rumiko Takahashi. Kristin’s got another conference announcement to make, and Thomas reports why it’s a GREAT time to be a Jessica Cruz fan! All this and more in our first episode of the year!

Comics With Black Protagonists
Rumiko Takahashi: Primer On An Angouleme Grand Prix Winner
Kelly Sue DeConnick’s Instagram
Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Humble Bundle: Fantasy Manga From Kodansh
David F. Walker’s Solid Comix company
Great Graphic Novels For Teens 2019

Get Started With Rumiko Takahashi’s manga



Kristin’s Picks
Misfit City 9781684150274
I Moved To Los Angeles To Work in Animation 9781684152919

Thomas’s Picks
Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale 9781626927544
Cardboard Kingdom 9781524719371


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Episode 48: We’re Going International

The year is over, but your latest episode of The Secret Stacks has just begun! Kristin’s using the Arrowverse to fuel her bicycle training for a large gauntlet. BIG NEWS: We’re headed to Montreal in 2019 to deliver the keynote session of the Quebec Library Association’s annual conference! Kristin looks forward to watching Storage Wars in a Canadian hotel. Thomas credits his recent wedding to The Legend of Zelda – thanks, Akira Himekawa! Kate Kane and Mera brought the DC redheads this year. TKO tries out a new publishing model – how will libraries keep up? All this and plenty of fresh picks, all for you!

Aquaman Trailer

Into The Spider-Verse’s Speed Racer moment with “What’s Up Danger”

Deadly Class Pilot Episode

Titans reviews – Episode One, Two and Three, Four Five and Six, Seven Eight and Nine

TKO ComicsNew York Times WriteupThomas’s review of debut series Sara

Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse Recommendations

Spider-Gwen 9780785197737

Spider-Men 9780785165347

Spider-Man: Noir (sold out in print!)

Spider-Man: Miles Morales 9780785199618

Aquaman Recommendations

Aquaman by Peter David 9781401277468

Aquaman (New 52) 9781401237103

Aquaman Rebirth 9781401267827

Mera: Queen of Atlantis 9781401285302

The Secret Stacks Top 10 Comics of 2018

Kristin’s Picks

Sabrina by Nick Drnaso 9781770463165

Bingo Love: Jackpot Edition 9781534309838

Coyote Doggirl 9781770463257

My Boyfriend Is A Bear 9781620104873

All The Answers 9781501166433

Thomas’s Picks

Tokyo Tarareba Girls 9781632366856

Barakamon 9780316336086

Delicious In Dungeon 9780316471855

To Your Eternity 9781632365712Speak: The Graphic Novel 9780374300289

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Episode 47: You Can Call It A Comeback

Welcome to Episode 47! We’re back, baby! After a long summer hiatus we’ve returned to give you more comics goodness. We talk about the new Batwoman TV spot, Chelsea Cain getting hosed by Marvel yet again, Thomas’s summer comics entrepreneurship program and we take some questions from the listeners! We’re glad to be back!

Batwoman Coming To CW

Joe Quesada deflates ComicsGate

Chelsea Cain’s Vision Cancelled Mid-Production

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power trailer

Live-Action Avatar: The Last Airbender

Scott McCloud lecture thread (courtesy of Matthew Noe)

Mad Max: Fury Road VFX Breakdown

Young Justice season 3 trailer

Adventure Zone podcast

Check your voter registration #NationalComicBookDay

Kristin’s Picks

Coyote Doggirl 9781770463257

The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins 9781250153708

 

Thomas’s Picks

Speak 9780374300289

Sheets 9781941302675

 

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Episode 46: Stay Out of The Aisle

Is summer over already? Hop in the Secret Stacks wayback machine to the end of April, releasing now in September! Back then, Avengers: Infinity War was a theatrical event and not just a series of kiosks asking you to extend this endless cultural experience for one… more… film. There was still time to vote in the Eisners. Universal Fan Con was still flickering in the convention consciousness. Plus a con report from Kristin and fresh picks that will never spoil!

Voting On The Eisners

Philly Comic Con Does Universal Fan Con Ticket Holders A Solid

Barnes & Noble Is Adding A Kids Graphic Novel Section

SEE-IT Awards

C2E2

Kristin’s Picks

Bingo Love 9781534307506

As The Crow Flies 9781945820069

 

Thomas’s Picks

Lighter Than My Shadow 9781941302415

Satania 9781681121437

 

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Episode 45: The Comics Festivus For The Midwest of Us

 

 

Welcome to Episode 45 of The Secret Stacks, your podcast about name brand footwear and knockoff drinkware. April Fool’s on Thomas and Kristin – opposite temperature extremes! It’s okay, though – Kristin can escape to the comfy halls and adjoining hotel of C2E2 while Thomas takes a nap on his back, the common cure for plantar fasciitis #GraphicMedicine. Movements regarding spoilers, a new Puerto Rico comics anthology, and 30 Days of Autistic Art are all discussed, plus fresh picks as always.

 

 

Kristin and Derek from Comics Alternative interview Suzy Hopkins and Hallie Bateman

C2E2

Ada Palmer website

Ricansctruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico

#ThanosDemandsYourSilence

If The Story Matters, Then Spoilers Matter

Cross-Universe Comics Crossovers

Paper Girls

Something Terrible

Why Hal Jordan Should Not Be In The Next Green Lantern Movie

30 Days of Autistic Art

 

 

Kristin’s Picks

What To Do When I’m Gone 9781632869685

Chainmail Bikini 9781513600123

 

Thomas’s Picks

Batman / Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 9781401262785

Green Lantern: Earth One 9781401241865

 

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Episode 44: Darkseid Is. Ava Too.

From Wonder Woman #12 (New 52), by Brian Azzarello, Cliff Chiang, Matthew Wilson, and Jared K. Fletcher

With ALA Annual taking place in New Orleans this summer, Kristin and Thomas reminisce about meeting there in 2011, plus convention observations in general. Student protests and repatriation get free, informative comics treatments.  A creator objecting to misuse of his intellectual property gets labeled as “the establishment” by… an establishment. March pollen ruined Thomas’s throat, but the picks are still fresh! Check in to your nearest boom tube and have a listen, won’t you?

 

Ava Duvernay directing ‘New Gods’ film for DC

NashiCon and C2E2 are upon us again

Marcela wants to hang out with us and “talk comics for a bunch of hours” – can do!

Nic Cage Finally Playing Superman (as a cartoon)

Two-Fisted Library Stories paired us with @carissapffffft “in the mystery of the dread incorrect citation”

Black Panther clears $1B worldwide

Pepe creator sues InfoWars “The establishment wants this taken down.”

Comic Book Legal Defense Fund Guide To Student Protests

Repatriation Comic written by Sonya Atalay

Kristin’s Picks

Adulthood is a Myth 9781449474195

The End of the Fxxxing World 9781606999837

 

Thomas’s Picks

Puerto Rico Strong 9781941302903

Quantum & Woody 9781682152690

 

 

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Episode 43: Doing The Dang Thing

Art by Butch Hartman

A whole lot of news meets a whole lot of delays – what happened to our audio in February? It’s all good, just a little late. Better done than perfect, right? And these picks are so fresh they’re well within their expiration dates! Get with the times, New York Times – comics are only gaining in multimedia prominence, from print to cartoons to film adaptations to podcasts. Plus Kristin wants your sad/dead parent stories. All this and more on The Secret Stacks!

 

Squirrel Girl and Ms. Marvel Teaming Up For Free Comic Book Day Title Promoting Marvel Rising

 

DC Ink and Zoom Titles and Creators Announced

 

Moon Girl & Devil Dinosaur Cartoon Coming To Disney Channel

 

Marvel Now, Then, and Again

 

Tiffany Haddish To Star in Tuca and Bertie

 

Tiffany Haddish & Melissa McCarthy for The Kitchen

 

Comics Industry Asks NYT To Restore Graphic Novel Bestseller Lists

 

Letter To The New York Times Asking For Return of Graphic Novel Bestseller Lists

 

YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels For Teens 2018

 

Joss Whedon Drops Out of Batgirl Movie For Lack of Ideas

 

Ryan Coogler, Michael B. Jordan, and Ta-Nehisi Coates Teaming Up For “Wrong Answer” Film

 

Kristin wants YOUR picks this time – recommend her some stories about dead and dying parents. The more miserable and awkward, the better!

 

Kristin’s Picks

Monet Itinerant of Light 9781681121390

Kobane Calling 9781941302491

 

Thomas’s Picks

The Kitchen 9781401257736

Milk Wars 9781401277338

 

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