1. 
Boys in the late 1970s probably assumed the girls comic Misty was all boring romance, puppies and ponies. How wrong they were. They were full of “incredibly dark, weird, psychologically harrowing” stories with “trippy and odd” artwork, said John Harris Dunning.
Dunning is co-curator, with Paul Gravett, of what will be the UK’s biggest exhibition of British comics, taking in everything from newly discovered Victorian comics to modern classics such as V for Vendetta.
The summer show, entitled Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK, is being staged by the British Library which holds the complete output of the British comics industry but said it had not in the past done the genre justice.
Roly Keating, the library’s chief executive, said: “It is fair to say, if we are being honest, that we haven’t devoted to that sector of our collection the scholarly and curatorial effort we have devoted to some of the higher culture parts of our collection. This year we are addressing that with a vengeance.”

Page Misty for me! British Library plans long overdue exhibition on British comics.

    Boys in the late 1970s probably assumed the girls comic Misty was all boring romance, puppies and ponies. How wrong they were. They were full of “incredibly dark, weird, psychologically harrowing” stories with “trippy and odd” artwork, said John Harris Dunning.

    Dunning is co-curator, with Paul Gravett, of what will be the UK’s biggest exhibition of British comics, taking in everything from newly discovered Victorian comics to modern classics such as V for Vendetta.

    The summer show, entitled Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK, is being staged by the British Library which holds the complete output of the British comics industry but said it had not in the past done the genre justice.

    Roly Keating, the library’s chief executive, said: “It is fair to say, if we are being honest, that we haven’t devoted to that sector of our collection the scholarly and curatorial effort we have devoted to some of the higher culture parts of our collection. This year we are addressing that with a vengeance.”

    Page Misty for me! British Library plans long overdue exhibition on British comics.

    (Source: theguardian.com)

  2. 50 Years Late, Superman/Kennedy Comic Finally Finds a Home at JFK Library →

    A Superman comic depicting John F. Kennedy, originally released shortly after the president’s assassination, on January 9 finally made its way to the JFK Library in Boston, where illustrator Al Plastino had thought it had been for nearly 50 years.

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  3. nypl:

mkupperman:

The librarian in the tuna casserole.

Michael Kupperman gave us a particular thrizzle today with this delicious tale. Could there be more librarians hiding here?

Don’t go in there, tiny librarian!

    nypl:

    mkupperman:

    The librarian in the tuna casserole.

    Michael Kupperman gave us a particular thrizzle today with this delicious tale. Could there be more librarians hiding here?

    Don’t go in there, tiny librarian!

  4. amandaonwriting:

    Eight Writers and the Walks that Inspired them.

  5. Book Patrol: Beware of Unemployed Librarians!
I don’t think I would mind an whole building of and for adult fiction, but that might just be me.

    Book Patrol: Beware of Unemployed Librarians!

    I don’t think I would mind an whole building of and for adult fiction, but that might just be me.

  6. therumpus:

Kevin Thomas presents HORN! REVIEWS: THAT’S NOT A FEELING by Dan Josefson

Holla Dan! He works just across the hall at Junior Library Guild. Read this book!

    therumpus:

    Kevin Thomas presents HORN! REVIEWS: THAT’S NOT A FEELING by Dan Josefson

    Holla Dan! He works just across the hall at Junior Library Guild. Read this book!

  7. mooretoons:

My son has discovered the animated TinTin series on Netflix. As an adaptation of Hergé’s comics, it’s not bad - indeed, where the series truly succeeds is in faithfulness to all of the ethnic stereotypes, imperialist racism and condescension that makes reading TinTin so painful to modern readers.
So I thought, hey, maybe TinTin could benefit from reading Edward Said’s Orientalism, the late Palestinian-American intellectuals pioneering essay on the literary and cultural treatment of Arabs, Persian, Pashtuns and other peoples caught up in the European march from the Mediterraneanan to theIndian and Pacific oceans.

Your bad, Tintin. (P.S. Orientalism is a book length work, not just an essay.)

    mooretoons:

    My son has discovered the animated TinTin series on Netflix. As an adaptation of Hergé’s comics, it’s not bad - indeed, where the series truly succeeds is in faithfulness to all of the ethnic stereotypes, imperialist racism and condescension that makes reading TinTin so painful to modern readers.

    So I thought, hey, maybe TinTin could benefit from reading Edward Said’s Orientalism, the late Palestinian-American intellectuals pioneering essay on the literary and cultural treatment of Arabs, Persian, Pashtuns and other peoples caught up in the European march from the Mediterraneanan to theIndian and Pacific oceans.

    Your bad, Tintin. (P.S. Orientalism is a book length work, not just an essay.)

  8. theparisreview:

Adorable, literal interpretations of author names by illustrator Mattias Adolfsson.

    theparisreview:

    Adorable, literal interpretations of author names by illustrator Mattias Adolfsson.

  9. riverheadbooks:

    Love these images from artist, illustrator, and New Yorker contributor Adrian Tomine’s new book, New York Drawings, published by Drawn and Quarterly. We feel a kinship with these New York City reader drawings, especially.

    via papermag.com

  10. therumpus:

BOYFRIENDS: FOSTER BY SHELAGH POWER-CHOPRA AND KARA JANSSON

FOSTER WAS A professor of Library Science at BU who favored dusty card catalogs and microfilm. I found him in the rare book room masturbating over a folio from Fuerst’s translation of Beowulf. He had the sad eyes of a circus clown and often whispered, so accustomed to the silence of reading rooms. On Saturdays we’d lie naked on his old camp mattress and he’d show me his collection of library cards, when I’d lose interest he’d cook up some scrapple and eat it off my chest. We’d make love all morning but he was a sloppy lover, often fondling his books with more care than me and his tongue tasted musty, like old parchment paper as if he’d spent all night licking illuminated manuscripts.
Breaking Point: The discovery that he had tested positive for a rare book fungus found under his foreskin.


Well look at this! The Rumpus is on Tumblr! (Also, ew, fungus.)

    therumpus:

    BOYFRIENDS: FOSTER BY 

    FOSTER WAS A professor of Library Science at BU who favored dusty card catalogs and microfilm. I found him in the rare book room masturbating over a folio from Fuerst’s translation of Beowulf. He had the sad eyes of a circus clown and often whispered, so accustomed to the silence of reading rooms. On Saturdays we’d lie naked on his old camp mattress and he’d show me his collection of library cards, when I’d lose interest he’d cook up some scrapple and eat it off my chest. We’d make love all morning but he was a sloppy lover, often fondling his books with more care than me and his tongue tasted musty, like old parchment paper as if he’d spent all night licking illuminated manuscripts.

    Breaking Point: The discovery that he had tested positive for a rare book fungus found under his foreskin.

    Well look at this! The Rumpus is on Tumblr! (Also, ew, fungus.)

  11. comicallyvintage:

Facts about Librarians.

    comicallyvintage:

    Facts about Librarians.

  12. bainzie:

It’s ok, Charlie Brown, we librarians still love you!

Have I reblogged this before? Maybe. Worth reblogging again, either way.

    bainzie:

    It’s ok, Charlie Brown, we librarians still love you!

    Have I reblogged this before? Maybe. Worth reblogging again, either way.

    (Source: honeyforthehomeless)

  13. Holla.

    Holla.

  14. Who knew?

    Who knew?

    (Source: selenographics)