Published on November 18th, 2015 | by Thomas Maluck

Secret Stacks Podcast Episode 8

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.

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Show Notes

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Cards Against Librarianship


Storytime Underground’s Guerrilla Storytime

Jeb Bush’s favorite Marvel superheroes

Supergirl on CBS

Legion pilot ordered for FX

Jessica Jones trailer

Justin Guarini reflects on Daredevil


Kristin’s Fantastic Four

Squirrel Girl


Ms. Marvel

America Chavez


Thomas’s Fantastic Four

Squirrel Girl

Silver Surfer

Rocket Raccoon

Capt. Marvel (Monica Rambeau)


Recommendations for big-name superheroes’ starting places: admittedly, answering this question could take up a couple dozen blog posts’ worth of information, but Thomas enjoys tilting at this windmill on his library’s blog. There are posts about Batman, Superman, Weird Batman, Batgirl, Supergirl, DC’s New 52, X-Men, Green Lantern, Daredevil, Flash, Deadpool, Fantastic Four, and Naruto manga readalikes.


Then there’s the official CCGC post about Collecting the New 52, DC’s own Graphic Novel Essentials and Chronology, and Comic Book Herald’s Marvel Reading Order Guide. There’s a lot to digest in these links, but we hope they lead to a lot to read on your shelves!


Kristin’s Picks

Spider-Woman:Spider-verse (9780785154587)

Displacement: A Travelogue (9781606998106)

(Readalike: Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (9781608198061))

Around The World (9780763669256)


Thomas’s Picks

Star Wars: Skywalker Strikes (9780785192138)

Moon Knight (9780785154082 / 978-0785154099 / 978-0785197348)

One-Punch Man (9781421585642)


Honorable Mention: Kristin and I loooved the new Jughead debut!


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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