Secret Stacks – Episode 11

February 2016 – Show Notes
Secret Stacks, Episode 11! Kristin and Thomas talk about Gene Luen Yang becoming the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature for 2016, the Ike Perlmutter/ Donald Trump/ Marvel Comics controversy and G. Willow Wilson’s response, a super special Secret Stacks announcement for a thing happening in March, the garbage fire that was the 2016 Angoulême International Comics Festival, YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list for 2016 and, of course, their three picks for the month! Come and get it!

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Stuff We Discussed:

Circulating Ideas guest episode: Top 10 Graphic Novels of 2015

Gene Luen Yang appointed National Ambassador for Children’s Literature by the Library of Congress – great interview with Swapna Krishna at Panels

(I wonder if that Alexander Nazaryan, who wanted all teens to read classics and not then-Ambassador Walter Dean Myers, is even madder about a cartoonist in the position?)

G. Willow Wilson on Ike Perlmutter’s $1 million Trump donation

Secret Stacks at C2E2: “Comics Collection Quandaries in Libraries,” with fellow librarians Tracy Boehm and Huyen Diep, Friday 11:00am in S405b

Angouleme Grand Prix sexism

Angouleme Fake Awards Mishap

Navigating “Secret Wars”

YALSA’s Top Ten Great Graphic Novels For Teens


  • A Silent Voice, Yoshitoki Oima
  • Roller Girl, Victoria Jamieson
  • Nimona, Noelle Stevenson
  • Awkward, Svetlana Chmakova
  • Lumberjanes, Noelle Stevenson, Brooke Allen, Shannon Watters
  • Sacred Heart, Liz Suburbia
  • Squirrel Girl, Ryan North, Erica Henderson
  • Ms. Marvel, G. Willow Wilson, Adrian Alphona, Jacob Wyatt
  • Trashed, Derf Backderf
  • Drowned City, Don Brown



Kristin’s Picks

Trashed (9781419714542)

Poorly Drawn Lines (9780147515421)

Kaptara (9781632155573)


Thomas’s Picks

The Death-Defying Doctor Mirage (9781939346490)

A Silent Voice (9781632360564)

Manifest Destiny (9781607069829)


Secret Stacks artwork by Severin Piehl, creator of Tove

Theme song by Julie Jurgens, who blogs at Hi, Miss Julie! and is on twitter as @himissjulie and@JulieJurgens