Episode 41: The Wakanda/Themyscira Ice Cream Social

Who has time to say ‘when’ while there’s money to be made and lost? Superhero news everywhere! Black Panther, Black Lightning, Valiant, and the Catalyst Prime universe are offering a little variety. Want something else? Explore our Goodreads categories! Don’t be like Thomas, hunting for affordable Absolutes – buy comics that will put your money to good use. All this and some fresh picks from years past, plus a new recipient of the Unanimous Recommendation honor. No matter what pushed you out of comics, there are plenty of titles ready for your return.

 

Black Panther pre-sales

First black lesbian superhero on Black Lightning

Lion Forge’s “Catalyst Prime” superhero universe on Hoopla – Noble, Accell, Superb, Incidentals, KINO, Summit

Faith clothing line

The Secret Stacks on Goodreads (tell us if you’d like us to use a new category)

Martin Luther King and The Montgomery Story (Comixology link; proceeds go toward the Fellowship of Reconciliation)

 

Kristin’s Picks

Andre The Giant: Life and Legend 9781596438514

On The Camino 9781683960218

 

Thomas’s Picks

Race To Incarcerate: A Graphic Retelling 9781595585417 (related: The Innocence Project)

Port of Earth 9781534306462

 

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Episode 40: Upgrades All Around

Which of us is Jim, and which is Bruce? Have you ever seen us in the same room together?

This is it, the final episode of 2017, recorded on the last day of the old year and published on the first day of the new! Kristin and Thomas gloat about their new podcasting toys before discussing a new comics creation tool for all ages, courtesy of Earth’s global entertainment authority, Disney. We talk about proven methods for multiplying checkouts by high school students. There’s a new tip jar on the website – your support means everything to us, even if you’d rather enjoy our content for free. All this and our fresh picks to close out the year.

 

Create your own Marvel comics! (with some restrictions)

Puerto Rico comic anthology coming in March, all profits going to help Puerto Rico

How My Library Doubled Its Circulation

Kristin’s Picks

Poppies of Iraq : Findakly 9781770462939

Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland 9781940878065

 

Thomas’s Picks

Justice League: The World’s Greatest Super-Heroes 9781401273705

Bingo Love 9781534307506

 

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Episode 39: Hipster Klingon

 

Is your baby a happy cooer or a frowning warlord? Does Kristin’s Aquaman Funko live in an aquarium, or the watery graveyards of the Great Lakes? Will Black Panther make us all forget about Star Wars and Avengers running on fumes? Will Disney’s corporate fiefdom continue to consume everything and everyone? (Marvel Comics now on Hoopla!) Free Comic Book Day titles have been announced, and between those and our picks, there’s something for everyone. All of this and more for the first episode of December 2017.

 

Disney-Fox Deal’s Effect On Boom Studios Movies

Free Comic Book Day 2018

 

Questions from listener Victoria:

1) How do you feel that about how our current state of our country is starting to feel similar to certain comics(ex. Watchmen, Ms. Marvel, etc.)?

2) The international podcast “Welcome To Night Vale” will be adapted into a TV series next year. What are your thoughts on trying to translating a work of spoken word into a visual medium?

3) Today marks the 3-year-anniversary of Korrasami; do you think that LGBT representation in media has gotten better since this fictional couple’s debut?

4) Since the release of the new Star Wars film (which I haven’t seen yet so don’t say anything), I continue to ask myself when this eternal war amongst the stars will ever end; will the Rebels win against the Empire or will they just continue this perpetual battle so long as the Mouse can enough moolah from the merch it generates?

 

Cebulski Profile & Apology

LEGO The Flash Trailer (what, it’s cute)

A List of the Lists of Great Comics & Graphic Novels of 2017

Comixology end-of-year sales

Marvel Comics on Hoopla

 

Kristin’s Picks

Josephine Baker 9781910593295

Hot Dog Taste Test 9781770462373

 

Thomas’s Picks

Marathon 9781596436800

A Wrinkle In Time 9780374386153

 

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Episode 38: Like A Bad Sitcom

On Episode 38 of Secret Stacks, Kristin and Thomas discuss their Thanksgiving adventures, the insane saga of C.B. Cebulski, and their favorite Christmas Carol version. They also answer the most important questions out there: Which Flash is the best? How shirtless is Aquaman in Justice League? How great is Taika Waititi? Kristin settles a debate about ghost humor.

 

Cebulski and Akira Yoshid at Marvel

(Similar story involving Best American Poetry anthology)

Eddie Berganza fired from DC

Amazonian Costumes

Henry Cavill Being Uncomfortable

Goldie Vance movie

She Makes Comics

Batman & Bill

 

Kristin’s Picks

Uncomfortably Happily 9781770462601

Going Into Town: A Love Letter To New York 9781632869784

 

Thomas’s Picks

Mech Cadet Yu 9781684151950 (Discover Now edition out in comics shops in January!)

Just So Happens 9781419715969

 

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Episode 37: Think Globally, Act Locally

Kristin and Thomas are the new “Tom Goes To The Mayor,” a show they both enjoy. Comic book movies Thor: Ragnarok, Justice League, Atomic Blonde, My Friend Dahmer, and A Silent Voice are all mentioned. Our hosts compare “low-brow opera” and the Zelda Symphony to reading according to your tastes. No snobs allowed! All this and some great picks for our first episode of November 2017.

Van Jones is a big comics fan

Zelda Symphony

Reading Books Will Help You Build These 7 Habits

 

Some political comics:

Prez – a teenager accidentally goes viral on video and wins the presidency. Satire ensues.

The Legend of Koizumi / Reform With No Wasted Draws / Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku

She-Hulk – commentary on political asylum for Latverian dissenters

March – Congressman John Lewis’s experiences in the Civil Rights movement.

Excel Saga – hooray, civil servants!

Attack On Titan – fighting monstrous giants gives way to Japanese colonialism…sure?

Mr. A – All your favorite Randian hits, courtesy of Steve Ditko!

 

 

 

Kristin’s Picks

In The Pines: Five Murder Ballads 9789492117397

Garbage Night 9781910620212

 

Thomas’s Picks

Letter 44 9781620101339

Mister Miracle 9781401277307

 

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Episode 36: Things Are Hectic

 

Where have we been? Where have YOU been? Well, I guess that checks out. Kristin and Thomas revisit the ninja turtle topic, recommend some #GraphicMedicine appropriate picks, and say no to clowns. They also check out the latest ebook feature from Google, although Thomas is already smitten with ereading on the Kobo Aura One (though how could he not, right, deep-pocketed sponsor Rakuten?) All this and a knowing laugh for medical and academic librarians! You know what’s up. You’ve seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Kobo as our next unofficial sponsor

Daredevil + Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles = Connected

Google + public library ebooks (strictly Overdrive?)

PBS: How You Can Help Hurricane Victims In Puerto Rico

 

 

 

Kristin’s Picks

Last Things 9781573246989

Roughneck 9781501160998

Thomas’s Picks

Black Jack 9781934287279

Fragments of Horror 9781421580791

 

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Episode 35: Jurgens Country

We’ve got solar eclipse fever and there is no cure! Welcome to Secret Stacks Episode 35 for August! Kristin and Thomas talk about the dog days of summer, different library cosplay contests and more! Are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles superheroes? How great was Ducktales and how great will the new show be? They talk about the mess that was the response to “Make Mine Milkshake”. AND PICKS! Enjoy!

Johnson City Public Library Wins Cosplay Contest

#LibrarySuperHeroes

Win A Teen Titans Cardboard Cutout from ALA!

 

“Make Mine Milkshake”

George Perez On His 1987 Wonder Woman Pitch (shoutouts to editors Janice Race and Karen Berger!)

Bonus! Some neat comics statues:

Incredible Hulk Library Statue (2013)

Statue of Harvey Pekar Unveiled (2012)

Robocop Statue In Progress

 

Kristin’s Picks

The Best We Could Do 9781419718779

Tangles 9781551111179

Thomas’s Picks

Green Lanterns Vol. 2: The Phantom Lantern 9781401268497

God Country 9781534302341

 

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Episode 34: I Don’t Know About That

 

Kristin Lalonde: soft on Starfleet captains, hard on Batman! But wait: IS Kristin Batman? Are YOU? Don’t ask Alexa, she’s programmed to keep our secrets. Actually, can you order us some Werther’s Originals? Thomas and Kristin’s picks wound up predicting a whole lot of Eisner winners. Thomas has some games to recommend based on comics properties, plus some great animated films! Did you know a bunch of hot trailers debuted at San Diego Comic Con?? All this and the usual solid picks, now with lots of practical context!

Eisner Award winners, 2017

John Lewis visits the Center For Civil and Human Rights in Atlanta. (and not the National Museum of African American History and Culture)

Almost Got ‘im: Batman: The Animated Series variant of Werewolf/Mafia

Marie Enger and Ray are offering art prints to anyone who donates money to trans-friendly organizations and messages them the proof! (while supplies last)

Free Go starter sets for schools/libraries!

All 23 volumes of Hikaru No Go for schools/libraries for $25!

Fathom Events Ghibli Fest

Graphic Medicine – “the intersection of comics & healthcare”

Penn State University Press’s graphic medicine book series

 

Kristin’s Picks

Not Funny Ha-Ha 9781606998397

The Bad Doctor 9780271067544

Thomas’s Picks

Hikaru No Go 9781591162223 (related: Takeshi Obata was a mentor to Eyeshield 21’s artist Yusuke Murata!)

Cells At Work! 9781632363565

 

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Episode 33: All-American Summer

“Dependent’s Day” by The Onion’s Ward Sutton (aka Stan Kelly)

Welcome to Episode 33 for July 2017! Happy Birthday, America! It’s a slow news cycle for comics, DC and Marvel haven’t done anything stupid of note recently so Kristin and Thomas talk a lot about nostalgia, Newspaper comics, and Archie! They also talk up School Library Journal and Shonen Jump. Plus some pretty great picks!

Shonen Jump

-Fun fact: Thomas once wrote them an open letter complaining about their move to all-digital. Now he’s singing their praises on a podcast. Poor public periodical policy has not obstructed his personal enjoyment!

EBSCO’s SEE-IT award for comics literature (still accepting jury applications)

Comics Curmudgeon

Is Garfield Supposed To Be Funny?

Dear CW, stop shipping Betty/Jughead

The Weird & Wonderful Archie Comics Multiverse

School Library Journal’s Good Comics For Kids blog

Also check out SLJ’s graphic novel reporting

How To Sound Professional When Talking About Cerebro

Beware The Valkyries

GoComics

The Onion’s editorial cartoons

Ducks Arrested For Loitering In Pennsylvania

Circulating Ideas

 

Kristin’s Picks

Good Eggs 9780061711466 (also recommended by Graphic Medicine!)

Audubon, On The Wings of the World 9781910620151

Thomas’s Picks

My Brother’s Husband 9781101871515

Happiness 9781632363633

 

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Episode 32: I Only Make Decisions Out of Spite

Fret no more, Milhouse, the fireworks factory is here! Kristin and Thomas are a little light on news this episode, but their picks are fresh and their hearts are true (and full of spite). Kristin discovers a wealth of #GraphicMedicine. Thomas implores you to watch Mask of the Phantasm, unless you rebel against recommendations.

Jay Asher Jessica Freeburg’s Piper

Graphic Medicine’s graphic novel list

School Library Journal’s Fall 2017 Sneak Peek

Mask of the Phantasm coming to blu-ray in July

 

Kristin’s Picks

The Sculptor 9781596435735

California Dreamin’ 9781626725461

 

Thomas’s Picks

On The Camino, Jason 9781683960218

Outcast 9781632150530 (related: Elizabeth Breitweiser interview)

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