Published on May 18th, 2015 | by Thomas Maluck

Secret Stacks Podcast Episode 1

Comics are seeing a new golden age – of talent, readers, and resources. Secret Stacks invites you to join a conversation between Kristin Lalonde and Thomas Maluck, two librarians who will share comics and graphic novel news, readers advisory, guest interviews, and tales from the front lines of conventions and library services. Each podcast episode is scheduled to record on the last Sunday of each month, with this first episode taking place back at the end of March. We have some catching up to do, and are already prepared to release more episodes soon.

Each episode will appear on the CCGC Libraries blog, with show notes to accompany topics covered in each episode.

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Secret Stacks Podcast Episode 1


Show Notes

Send a question to our Mailbag!
Follow the show on Twitter: @SecretStacks
Follow Kristin and Thomas on Twitter: @shinyinfo and @LiberryTom
Email the show at


How To Keep Up With Comics Series Without a Local Shop

(Disclaimer: there are plenty, PLENTY of indie publishers and series out there that would comprise a small phone book to include here. These links are meant to cover 99% of what people conventionally mean by “comics,” although the wide world of webcomics will be its own episode later.)


  • Marvel Unlimited –  ($10/month for all of Marvel’s catalog, minus the past six months)
  • Comixology –  (Just about everything you could ask for, complete with regular sales, bundles, and digital-first titles)
  • Dark Horse Digital:  (Dark Horse does not use Comixology for distribution)


“How do I justify comics to my board/staff?”


“Where do I start reading superhero comics?”


Secret Stacks artwork by Severin Piehl, creator of Tove and is on twitter as @sevpiehl

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



About the Author

Thomas Maluck is a teen services librarian at Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina. After graduating with his MLIS in 2010 from the University of South Carolina, he knew he wanted to go into either virtual services or teen services, and found a happy medium engaging teens via technology and the endless ride that is pop culture. He has presented at various fan-culture and professional conventions about graphic novels, manga, and teen services, including the American Library Association's Annual and Midwinter conferences, DragonCon, NashiCon, and New York Comic Con. He served on YALSA's Great Graphic Novels For Teens committee for its 2014 and 2015 lists, and has published articles in Library Trends, Public Libraries, and The Hub. He currently reviews for No Flying, No Tights and regularly blogs comic recommendations on Richland Library's website here.

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