Published on December 9th, 2015 | by Thomas Maluck

Secret Stacks Podcast Episode 9

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.

Listen now

Secret Stacks Podcast Episode 9

You can also find us on iTunes, Stitcher, or whatever podcast app of choice!

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

Audio link:


AsherPowellIn this episode, Kristin and Thomas have writer Asher Powell on the show to talk about her comic in the Vertigo SFX anthology KRAK! Kristin discusses her experience at ComiqueCon, they discuss the LCS Valkyries opening up Valhalla to Librarians and they all share their three picks for the month! 50% more comics recommendations! Insight from comics creators! Good times for all! Enjoy!


A Lesson Is Learned But The Damage Is Irreversible

Prez going for full 12 issues

Asher Powell on Twitter: @AsherPowell

Asher on Tumblr: A Thousand Bad Ideas

Lee’s Comics

Comique Con

Valkyries membership is now open to female-identifying librarians


Asher’s Three Picks

Hopeless Savages: Break (9781620102527)

Toil and Trouble #1

Art Ops #1+2


Kristin’s Three Picks

Beyond: A Queer Sci Fi and Fantasy Comic Anthology (9780990995685)

Archie vs Predator (9781616558055)

Damage Control Complete Collection (9780785197904)


Thomas’s Three Picks

Jessica Jones: Alias (9780785198550)

The Omega Men (9781401261535) (Related: William James at the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

Vinland Saga (9781612624204)



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.

Back to Top ↑