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Fri, May 9th, 2014
The Maltese Legacy: Spade, the Bird, and Beyond
Posted by: Ben Segedin

Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade Born in 1894, Samuel Dashiell Hammett lived until 1961. As a young man he worked as an operative for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, an experience that provided him with plenty of material for his future work as a writer of detective fiction. He served briefly in the U.S. Army […]


Thu, October 24th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Afterlife with Archie
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Book Trailer Thursday this October has gone a little like this: scary, scary, franco (thanks, C!). In other words, all horror all the time. And this week, I will not back down! But I will give you animated scary, in the form of this trailer for the new graphic novel Afterlife with Archie. This ain’t […]


Thu, September 19th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Battling Boy
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

In his starred review of Battling Boy in the September 15 issue of Booklist, Jesse Karp writes: “Comics’ sci-fi rock-god Pope synthesizes the mythologies of Superman, Batman, and Hercules and sends them crashing into a monster-infested dystopia in this rollicking blast of adventure, the first part of a larger tale.” Are you listening yet? Now, […]


Thu, August 8th, 2013
Book Trailer Thursday: Boxers & Saints
Posted by: Annie Bostrom

Breaking a complex story into two–a bloody conflict told via young protagonists on its opposing sides–and then putting it back together for a one-minute teaser couldn’t have been easy, but you wouldn’t know it from today’s BTT. The trailer for Printz winner Gene Yuen Lang’s simultaneously released companion graphic novels Boxers and Saints is simple […]


Mon, July 30th, 2012
Hostile Questions: Anne Elizabeth Moore
Posted by: Daniel Kraus

Typically I start these things by listing a few accomplishments of the so-called “author.” Y’know, like: Anne Elizabeth Moore was co-editor and publisher of Punk Planet, founding editor of The Best American Comics, and is the author of Cambodian Grrrl. But, really, do you think I have all day for typing and hotlinking and whatnot? […]


Wed, June 13th, 2012
A(nother) New Prize for ALA Annual
Posted by: Ian Chipman

And the winner is . . . you! (maybe) This week, the Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation announced the formation of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Prize for Libraries. Here’s a link to a PDF of the full press release, but for those on the go here’s the essential deets: The prize is a bundle […]


Fri, May 18th, 2012
Who Fills out the Paperwork When Superman Drops a Train?
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

There are plenty of mysteries in superhero comics; DC, after all stands for “Detective Comics,” which is the name of the series featuring possibly the greatest superhero detective ever, Batman. Superheroes are constantly solving mysteries: figuring out who stole which nuclear launch code, which villain infected the town reservoir with mutagens this time, or which […]


Wed, May 2nd, 2012
Psst–free comics!
Posted by: Ian Chipman

Because comics love you and want to be friends, every year they give themselves out for free on the first Saturday of May. Now I’m no forecaster, but I’m guessing that the first Saturday of May is happening on this very Saturday, May 5, so you owe it to yourself and especially your kids to […]


Wed, April 18th, 2012
A Different Kind of Geekery
Posted by: Sarah Hunter

Here at Booklist, we’re well-established bookworms. I count myself among the best of them, as evidenced by the teetering pile of books on my nightstand, on my coffee table, and on the floor in front of my overflowing bookshelf. But when I ventured into The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2 for those in the […]


Thu, December 1st, 2011
Eisner Judges Announced–Including One of Booklist’s Own
Posted by: Ian Chipman

It’s always a pleasure to check out the judging panel for each year’s Eisner Awards (if you don’t know what those are, they’re often referred to as the Oscars of the comics industry). In recent years, more and more people associated with the library world have been on this panel, and this year is no […]





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