Published on July 8th, 2015 | by Thomas Maluck

Secret Stacks Podcast Episode 4

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 share comics and graphic novel news, readers advisory, guest interviews, and tales from the front lines of conventions and library services.   Each episode appears here on CCGC Libraries on the second Wednesday of each month, with show notes to accompany topics covered in each episode.

Comics news, reviews, and previews tend to move blindingly fast. Take a moment to survey the past month’s happenings in the comics and libraries worlds with Kristin Lalonde and Thomas Maluck as we peruse the Secret Stacks. This month: Thomas attended HeroesCon and brought some surprises for Kristin and the audience! Subscriptions for comics and clothes are hyped! We take all the credit for the success of A-Force!

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Show Notes

Send a question to our Mailbag!
Follow the show on Twitter: @SecretStacks
Follow Kristin and Thomas on Twitter: @shinyinfo and @LiberryTom
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Comics Alliance: more kids + girls reading comics than last year for 2nd year in a row, based on retailer surveys from Publishers Weekly

List of comics creators available for visits/Skype

A-FORCE will be a new series post-Secret Wars!

“When I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough? And I say ‘When there are nine.’ People are shocked. But there’d been nine men, and nobody’s ever raised a question about that.”

-Ruth Bader Ginsberg (originally about Supreme Court, but also relevant to A-Force gripers)

DC and Vertigo on Hoopla

gwynnie bee, a Netflix-style service for plus-size (10-32) dresses
Kickstarter links from Mailbag responses:

Brawl in the Family


Sam & Fuzzy

Strong Female Protagonist

Digital Manga Publishing


Six Lessons From Archie

Tezuka Kickstarters And All That Jazz


Kristin’s Three Picks

1) Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (ISBN13: 9780785197027)

2) Fresh Romance

3) Black Canary


Thomas’s Three Picks

1) SuperMutant Magic Academy (ISBN13: 9781770461987)

2) Opus (ISBN13: 9781616556068)

(Every Frame A Painting: Satoshi Kon – Editing Space & Time)

3) Sunny (ISBN13: 9781421573403)


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

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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