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. All of this, plus piracy chat, review tropes, and our fresh picks!

Banana Fish  Anime Series Leads Obsessed Japanese Tourists To NYPL

Congratulations to Traci on the free Joker viewing! TRACI SAYS – “There was a lot to digest. It was definitely intense – parts that were great, some just eh.”

Tucker Stone’s rant about comics reviews

Ted Brandt comics piracy thread 

Notorious RBG Quote: “When I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court] and I say, ‘When there are nine,’ people are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”

American Library Association’s Graphic Novels and Comics Round Table

The Comics Journal’s Feature Look At Raina Telgemeier’s “Guts”

Kristin’s Picks

My Heroes Have Always Been Junkies 9781534308466

Gender Queer 9781549304002

Thomas’s Picks

Magus of the Library 9781632368232

Little Bird: The Fight For Elder’s Hope 9781534313453

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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 fascism 

The Far Side 2019?? 

Four Color Fantasies: The Gary Lee Watson Comic Book Collection at the University of South Carolina

Ramona Fradon commissions still available

Autostraddle – queer and nonbinary lifestyle blog

Belgium Comic Expo: The Ninth Art at The Koger Center For The Arts

Kristin’s Pick

Grease Bats 9781684154111

Thomas’s Pick

Stargazing 9781250183880

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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 audio cut made during a description of EC Comics due to the recording device stopping and restarting. The missing snippet doesn’t seem to harm the overall context of the segment, but please pardon any confusion that may result there.)

ABQLA Keynote Powerpoint (Google Slides)

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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 and Montreal’s Comic Arts Festivals were a blast! Sometimes the best way to vacation outside of America is to sit back in a hotel bed and watch Live PD. All this and just two picks!

Escape rooms with Vickie Chen and Edward Lim (thread)

Violet Fox’s Cataloging Lab session (thread)

Library of Congress’s “Illegal Alien” heading

Toronto Comic Arts Festival’s Indigenous Lands Acknowledgment:

“The Toronto Comic Arts Festival would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the Anishnaabe, Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation, the Haudenosaunee, and the Huron-Wendat and that Indigenous peoples have lived on and cared for this land for more than 15,000 years. This territory is covered by the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Treaty. Today, Toronto is still the home to many Indigenous people from across Turtle Island. We acknowledge that settlers on the land directly benefit from the process of colonization.

In recognition of our gathering on these lands for TCAF 2018, the festival has made a donation to The Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund (DWF). We look forward to increasing our support and programs for Indigenous creators in the years to come.”

Margo Gustina’s keynote (thread)

Perry Bible Fellowship: Gnome Bubbles

Montreal Comic Arts Festival

Toronto Comic Arts Festival (photos and audio of various panels)

Kistin’s Pick

Sobriety: The Graphic Novel 9781616495572

Thomas’s Pick

Kino’s Journey: The Beautiful World 9781947194359

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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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