America, your national nightmare is at last over. I know how many of you have spent sleepless nights waiting, waiting, waiting for a CGI Yogi Bear Live-Action/CG Film to come out. Now you will finally be able to rest secure in the knowledge that . . . I’m sorry. I couldn’t finish that thought. My entire body is shutting down over this news. Excuse me while I go and curl up into a small ball to die.
There’s a new author blog on the horizon and it’s by one of my favorite writers. N.D. Wilson (Leepike Ridge, 100 Cupboards, etc.) has just begun his NDW blog. It includes thoughtful posts on New Zealand fans and having to deal with not liking your peers’ writing. Awesome. Blog to watch.
By the way, this is your regular reminder to read Golden Age Comic Book Stories every day. Not because of the comics (which are grand) but because the creator puts up regular scans of children’s illustrations whenever the fancy hits. Recent examples include this selection of Dorothy Lathrop prints and some views of the too little known N.C. Wyeth illustrated The Little Shepherd of Kingdom Come. Oh, and the comics are pretty swell too. Mr. Door Tree, will you marry me?
This is pretty justifiably cool. According to this press release from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, "Five museums and five libraries [will get] the 2008 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor, at a White House ceremony on October 7." One of the recipients? That kooky crazy Kansas City library we all wished we worked in. – Thanks to American Libraries Direct for the link.
Former NYPL staffer (how come all the bloggers out there are former NYPL staff members?) Kiera Parrott displays for us the (Reluctant) Reader’s Bill of Rights.
Guardian blogger Ned Beauman offers his take on why the Minx line of graphic novels ultimately failed. He doesn’t much care for The Plain Janes, which is too bad since I was fond of those books. He also doesn’t mention one of the reasons I sported for viewing the line with skepticism. So many of the books’ creators were men. You make a whole line of graphic novels for gals and then only slip in a female author or illustrator once in a while on the side? Didn’t make a whole heckuva lot of sense to me at the time. I think they would have gotten better at including female creators as they went, but now they’ll never have a chance. Oy. Thanks to YPulse for the link.
I wish I could give proper credit where credit is due, but these images were forwarded on to me and I haven’t a clue what the original source was. I was sent a bunch of them, but here are the three I found particularly choice:
Thanks to Jutta for the pics.