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64: The Silent Invasion with Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas

Secret Stacks

Release Date: 10/26/2021

65: Matthew Murray, Tireless Readers Advisor show art 65: Matthew Murray, Tireless Readers Advisor

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Matthew Murray, aka on Twitter.   - a different genre every month - young adult manga adaptations of classic literature - stay tuned for their programs for librarians and educators Importance of self-published and crowdfunded comics in libraries - cataloging and holdings information for zines webinars   9781770464612 9781974715466   Secret Stacks artwork by , creator of Theme song by Julie Jurgens, who blogs at ! and is on twitter as

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64: The Silent Invasion with Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas show art 64: The Silent Invasion with Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas

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Put on some headphones while you watch the skies! Seasoned comics pros Larry Hancock (“the best darned small business accountant in Canada that you’re gonna find”) and Michael Cherkas () describe their decades-in-the-making series The Silent Invasion. Together, they share their creative process, inspirations, convention experiences, and distinctly Torontonian tone (Torontone?). Volume 1: (9781681121741) Volume 2: (9781681122069) Volume 3: (9781681122557) Volume 4: (9781681122830) () Secret Stacks artwork by , creator of Theme song by Julie Jurgens, who blogs at ! and is on...

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63: Ashley at BookishRealm, Influencer and Influenced show art 63: Ashley at BookishRealm, Influencer and Influenced

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We've got a BookTuber in the house! Ashley, aka BookishRealm can be found on , , , , and . We talk about finding the next great read, interacting with publishers and viewers, and the bottomless well of energy known as Goodreads Drama. We also talk about a lot of books! How publishers promote online Navigating ever-changing discovery algorithms of social media 9781779512017 9781302931155 9781949028737 9781534319165 / ‎ 9781684152452 / 9781684156511 9781684155583   Fresh Picks 9781250235572 9781338568905

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62: Helen McCarthy, Going Through The Half-Open Door show art 62: Helen McCarthy, Going Through The Half-Open Door

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The longest episode for the longest days of the year! Helen McCarthy, dubbed by some (me) as the Judi Dench of manga, has many loose threads to pull. A number of topics and links are below for your reference throughout the conversation, including Helen's peers and books. Get ready for an intellectual journey with an English scholar! Mazinger Z / Goldorak anime addiction started by Spanish TV The first Moneypenny, Lois Ruth Maxwell Comparing Osamu Tezuka and Hayao Miyazaki Perspectives about sexual content in manga and anime Being more of a door-pusher than a gatekeeper Parenting and engaging...

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61: Qiana Whitted & The 200,000 Uncatalogued Comics show art 61: Qiana Whitted & The 200,000 Uncatalogued Comics

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Snap endings, surprise twists, meaningful horror! This month’s episode features the Eisner-winning scholar Dr. Qiana Whitted. Thomas and Qiana talk about her published works, some older comics, some newer comics, upcoming virtual author visits, and the teaser trailer for The Harder They Fall. Plus lots of fresh picks!   (Sunday, June 27, 2021 @ 3:00pm EST) (Thursday, July 22, 2021 @ 6:30pm EST) (Saturday, October 9, 2021 @ 6:00pm EST) Whole Lotta Picks   9781617039454 9780813566313  9781419743559  9781419742286 9781620109762 9781684150557  (collected...

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60: Karen Gavigan, Using Comics For Health & Justice show art 60: Karen Gavigan, Using Comics For Health & Justice

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"We gave one group the Centers for Disease Control document for teens on HIV/AIDS, and we gave the other group the AIDS In The End Zone graphic novel. We saw better results, not surprisingly, with the graphic novel." How's that for demonstrating the power of comics?! This episode's guest is Dr. Karen Gavigan, who is and has been closely tied to research involving graphic novels. She is also the interim director of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. Karen and Thomas talk about her position, past research, professional organizations, and trends in...

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By special request, this episode is a monologue about graphic novels in libraries. It was created for Karen Gavigan's students at Old Dominion University (Go Monarchs!), but I think there's plenty for a general audience to appreciate and dissect. We talk about the rising popularity of comics, particularly for younger readers and manga, perceived notions of quality in reading material, booktalking, professional reading, and suggestions for classroom activities. “People used to laugh at me when I said kids liked reading comics. Now everyone laughs while they count their money.” - - Heidi...

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58 - Mahnaz Dar, Standing For Truth and Whimsy show art 58 - Mahnaz Dar, Standing For Truth and Whimsy

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Welcome back, everyone! The show has undergone a bit of a format change, and kicking it off is special guest Mahnaz Dar, section editor for School Library Journal. We talk about middle grade and young adult titles, the nuts and bolts of selecting titles for review in SLJ, the nature of illustrated storytelling, rant a bit about NFTs, and of course recommend some great comics! Show Notes Mahnaz Dar: / Fresh Picks by Yehudi Mercado 9780062972781 by Hirohiko Araki Secret Stacks logo and avatar by Severin Piehl, go read Theme song by , y’all

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57: Librarianship In The Age of Pandemic show art 57: Librarianship In The Age of Pandemic

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Life – Work – Comics! How have each of these three been affected by Covid-19 and the pandemic sweeping the globe? Kristin and Thomas are trying their best to help people and themselves. Hunker down with another podcast to make the days go by easier. We have links, recommendations, and good ol’ anecdotes from a medical and public librarian! We won’t judge your Animal Crossing town nor your bread-baking abilities! Epilogue: MLA’s Annual Conference for 2020 already happened! Kristin’s Picks 9781606998397 9781606996850 Thomas’s Picks 9781401283551 9781534312708 ...

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56: No-Pressure Situation show art 56: No-Pressure Situation

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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! 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.”   : “When I’m...

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Put on some headphones while you watch the skies! Seasoned comics pros Larry Hancock (“the best darned small business accountant in Canada that you’re gonna find”) and Michael Cherkas (email) describe their decades-in-the-making series The Silent Invasion. Together, they share their creative process, inspirations, convention experiences, and distinctly Torontonian tone (Torontone?).

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The Silent Invasion Facebook group

Volume 1: Red Shadows (9781681121741)

Volume 2: The Great Fear (9781681122069)

Volume 3: Abductions! (9781681122557)

Volume 4: Dark Matter (9781681122830) (Press release)

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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