Fusenews: I Have Convinced Myself That Rather Than a Pony, What You Really Wanted for Your Birthday Was a Clown
Note to Self: Upon becoming rich and famous please be so good as to remember that one of the perks of the position is that you get to have your own hidden library, like that of Holly Black. Preferred methods of entrance will have to include a turning bookcase ala "put the candle back" and all that. Which, in turn, makes me think of this. Thanks to for the link.
Oz and Ends displays a panel from The Strangest Comic of the Month. And the childlit references are abundant too. Weeeeeeeird.
A live reading of Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series? Apparently so. From the press release:
Veteran voice actor Tom Wayland and others, will read from some of the most politically charged excerpts of THE SANDMAN written by *New York Times*best-selling author Neil Gaiman, in honor of the 20th Anniversary of THE SANDMAN.
Hosted by the CBLDF and Vertigo, the dramatic reading will be will be held it the Helen Mills Theater in New York City on Saturday, November 8 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available for a $50 donation to the CBLDF. Only 100 tickets are available to this special reading event.
THE SANDMAN is a series that is often hailed as one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling and which Norman Mailer famously praised as, "a comic strip for intellectuals." This very special evening will bring two of the series most beloved stories to life with a multimedia presentation that marries comics and live theater.
Thanks to Marci for the link.
Speaking of the G-man, I’m sure you all already heard this, but I figured I’d check up just in case. The title reads Gaiman Taking Graveyard to the Big Screen. Graveyard as in The Graveyard Book. There’s a lot more information in this interview with him here. Says he, "I don’t think it’s going to be transported to a graveyard in Los Angeles where they’ve been burying bathing beauties or anything. I think we’re actual going to stick with where the book is written and film that." I want Miss Lupescue to be played by Judi Dench, please. I mean, it’s live action. May as well get the cream of the crop, no?
Aw. The final Opus (Opus’s opus?) comic strip ran in the papers recently and it is most certainly children’s literature-centric. Go see. Thanks to Sharon Levin for the link.
In the course of her extremely funny piece Ladies, Please one Sarah Rees Brennan discusses why it is that female characters in literature, particularly when they are dull, idiotic, or villains. And then she goes and makes a point about the Narnia books that has bugged me for years but that I’ve never been about to put so eloquently myself:
And we all know that Susan turns away from Narnia in the end anyway, in a very specifically female way. (Well, I guess Edmund could have turned away from Narnia in the same way, but that would be an intrinsically hilarious scene.)
PETER THE MAGNIFICENT: My brother Edmund is no longer a friend to Narnia.
ASLAN: Oh that’s a pity.
PETER THE MAGNIFICENT: All he thinks about is parading around in nylons and lipstick!
ASLAN: … Say what?
PETER THE MAGNIFICENT: DON’T ASK ME TO TALK ABOUT IT!
Read the whole thing. Thanks to Shaken & Stirred for the link.
Yessssss! I don’t usually single out reviews by other blogs, but I would just like to note how happy I am that Leila Roy has finally discovered the Enola Holmes books. Boo-yah!
As I stood in the library the other day, I happened to look over at the bulletin board. Tacked up I saw that someone had taken the below cartoon and written the words "New York Public Library" on the building.
Thanks to Cartoon Bank for the image.
You know, that comic was supposed to be today’s Daily Image. But today everyone is voting and when I looked over at Children’s Illustration I saw a sight most fearsome. Behold . . . . . Cabbage Patch Candidates.
Can’t . . . . stop . . . . . shaking . . . . .
Must . . . . vote . . . . to . . . . remove . . . . image . . . . from . . . brain.
(I should note that the money raised by the dolls goes to a good cause but . . . . eek!)
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About Betsy Bird
Betsy Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.
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