64 episodes

Secret Stacks is YOUR comics in libraries podcast! Secret Stacks invites you to join a conversation between Thomas Maluck and guests from the worlds of comics, libraries, and publishing. Episodes will include graphic novel news, readers advisory, guest interviews, and tales from the front lines of conventions and library services.

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Secret Stacks is YOUR comics in libraries podcast! Secret Stacks invites you to join a conversation between Thomas Maluck and guests from the worlds of comics, libraries, and publishing. Episodes will include graphic novel news, readers advisory, guest interviews, and tales from the front lines of conventions and library services.

    64: The Silent Invasion with Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas

    64: The Silent Invasion with Larry Hancock and Michael Cherkas

    Put on some headphones while you watch the skies! Seasoned comics pros Larry Hancock (“the best darned small business accountant in Canada that you’re gonna find”) and Michael Cherkas (email) describe their decades-in-the-making series The Silent Invasion. Together, they share their creative process, inspirations, convention experiences, and distinctly Torontonian tone (Torontone?).
    NBM blog posts about The Silent Invasion
    The Silent Invasion Facebook group
    Volume 1: Red Shadows (9781681121741)
    Volume 2: The Great Fear (9781681122069)
    Volume 3: Abductions! (9781681122557)
    Volume 4: Dark Matter (9781681122830) (Press release)
    Find a comics shop near you
    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

    • 55 min
    63: Ashley at BookishRealm, Influencer and Influenced

    63: Ashley at BookishRealm, Influencer and Influenced

    We've got a BookTuber in the house! Ashley, aka BookishRealm can be found on YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, TikTok, and Goodreads. We talk about finding the next great read, interacting with publishers and viewers, and the bottomless well of energy known as Goodreads Drama. We also talk about a lot of books!

    We Need Diverse Books
    White Smoke
    Sugar Town Queens
    How publishers promote online
    Navigating ever-changing discovery algorithms of social media
    The Joker Vol. 1 9781779512017
    X-Men: Hellfire Gala 9781302931155
    Nuclear Family 9781949028737
    Radiant Black 9781534319165
    Abbott / Abbott 1973 ‎ 9781684152452 / 9781684156511
    Something Is Killing The Children 9781684155583
    Edelweiss
    NetGalley
     
    Fresh Picks
    Himawari House 9781250235572
    Allergic 9781338568905

    • 53 min
    62: Helen McCarthy, Going Through The Half-Open Door

    62: Helen McCarthy, Going Through The Half-Open Door

    The longest episode for the longest days of the year! Helen McCarthy, dubbed by some (me) as the Judi Dench of manga, has many loose threads to pull. A number of topics and links are below for your reference throughout the conversation, including Helen's peers and books. Get ready for an intellectual journey with an English scholar!
    Gerry and Sylvia Anderson’s Supermarionation
    Mazinger Z / Goldorak anime addiction started by Spanish TV
    The first Moneypenny, Lois Ruth Maxwell
    Comparing Osamu Tezuka and Hayao Miyazaki
    Perspectives about sexual content in manga and anime
    Being more of a door-pusher than a gatekeeper
    The UK Anime Fandom Archive
    Parenting and engaging with kinds of content in manga and anime
    Christian values
    In The Night Kitchen & Naked Babies
    Helen McCarthy - A History of Manga
    Helen McCarthy’s website
    Frederik L. Schodt - “Translator, conference interpreter, and award-winning writer”
    Erica Friedman’s Okazu blog - “The world's oldest and most comprehensive blog on lesbian-themed Japanese cartoons, comics and related media”
    Ryan Holmberg - “Comics & Art Historian, Translator, Editor”
     
    The Art of Osamu Tezuka
    Hayao Miyazaki: Master of Japanese Animation
    Leiji Matsumoto: Essays On The Manga and Anime Legend
    The Erotic Anime Movie Guide
    Legend of the Galactic Heroes

    • 1 hr 33 min
    61: Qiana Whitted & The 200,000 Uncatalogued Comics

    61: Qiana Whitted & The 200,000 Uncatalogued Comics

    Snap endings, surprise twists, meaningful horror! This month’s episode features the Eisner-winning scholar Dr. Qiana Whitted. Thomas and Qiana talk about her published works, some older comics, some newer comics, upcoming virtual author visits, and the teaser trailer for The Harder They Fall. Plus lots of fresh picks!
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKz5kZr8mrg 
    Let’s Talk Race: A Conversation With GB Tran (Sunday, June 27, 2021 @ 3:00pm EST)
    Meet The Author: Kwame Alexander (Thursday, July 22, 2021 @ 6:30pm EST)
    African-Americans and Graphic Novels: An Evening With Joel Christian Gill (Saturday, October 9, 2021 @ 6:00pm EST)



    Whole Lotta Picks
     
    Comics and the U.S. South 9781617039454
    EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest 9780813566313 
    After The Rain 9781419743559 
    Black Star 9781419742286
    Upgrade Soul 9781620109762
    Destroyer 9781684150557 
    Eve (collected edition not listed yet)
    Tales of The Talented Tenth Vol. 3 9781682750667
    Run 9781419730696
    Blood On The Tracks 9781949980134
     
    Find a comics shop near you
    Secret Stacks logo and avatar by Severin Piehl, go read his webcomic Tove
    Theme song by Julie Jurgens, y’all

    • 50 min
    60: Karen Gavigan, Using Comics For Health & Justice

    60: Karen Gavigan, Using Comics For Health & Justice

    "We gave one group the Centers for Disease Control document for teens on HIV/AIDS, and we gave the other group the AIDS In The End Zone graphic novel. We saw better results, not surprisingly, with the graphic novel." How's that for demonstrating the power of comics?!
    This episode's guest is Dr. Karen Gavigan, who is and has been closely tied to research involving graphic novels. She is also the interim director of the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina. Karen and Thomas talk about her position, past research, professional organizations, and trends in young adult fiction requests, not to mention a couple of fresh picks!
    Will Eisner Grants For Libraries - Growth and Innovation
    South Carolina Library Association
    South Carolina Association of School Librarians
    North Carolina Library Association
    North Carolina School Media Association
    Virginia Library Association
    Social Justice Graphic Novels - a Carnegie Whitney Grant project by Kasey Garrison
     
    Fresh Picks
    Showtime At The Apollo 9781419731389
    Kimiko Does Cancer 9781551528199

    • 52 min
    59: Graphic Novel Advocacy, or, The Comics Readers Are Alright

    59: Graphic Novel Advocacy, or, The Comics Readers Are Alright

    By special request, this episode is a monologue about graphic novels in libraries. It was created for Karen Gavigan's students at Old Dominion University (Go Monarchs!), but I think there's plenty for a general audience to appreciate and dissect. We talk about the rising popularity of comics, particularly for younger readers and manga, perceived notions of quality in reading material, booktalking, professional reading, and suggestions for classroom activities.
    “People used to laugh at me when I said kids liked reading comics. Now everyone laughs while they count their money.” - Raina Telgemeier’s Guts is the bestselling BOOK overall in the US this week - Heidi Macdonald, Comics Beat, 2019

    Streaming Anime Lifts Manga Sales - Deb Aoki, Publishers Weekly, 2021

    Using Graphic Novels In The English Language Arts Classroom by William Boerman-Cornell and Jung Kim 9781350112698

    Teaching Artfully by Meghan Parker 9781951038205

    • 21 min

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