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Ways to Welcome Fanfiction in Schools

(From http://harrypotterfanfiction.com/ )

When it comes to fanfiction and academics, there is a long history of non-fans writing and doing things that fans don’t particularly like, so you should be extraordinarily careful when you introduce fanfiction-based exercises to wary young fans.

Something to Consider on the Eve of Comic-Con: Cosplay and Critical Thinking

Linda as Karuta: "This is my first attempt at making an outfit and wearing a wig. The skirt and outer top was made by me, while the white top was something that I already owned."

“We can look at cosplay as a medium that assists other media, anime and manga, by targeting a certain audience segment related to fandom.”

Confessions of a Cosplaying Librarian

Linda as Kagome: "

“The key idea is actually a media literacy one related to representation: no one in real life actually looks like an anime or manga character.”

Why Are Zombies So Good for Libraries?

Matt Finch - Zombie at Library Window

More than just a craze, the interest in zombies points the way towards a new kind of literacy engagement.

Doctor Who… Librarian?

DoctorWho_S7Pt2_BLU

… the gateway to countless worlds of pure fancy intentionally looks pedestrian—one has to transcend the importance of “surface” to be rewarded with the riches that lie beneath.

Five Simple Things It’s Easy to Overlook About Comics

Comics-Code-Authority-Seal

At ALA Midwinter, one of the people in attendance asked how many librarians in the audience still encounter opposition from parents, teachers, or school administrators in promoting and collecting comics. I was astounded to see the majority of the librarians in the audience raise their hands.

A Must-See Movie for Book Lovers Now on DVD

Steidl - Grass

On top of everything else that they do, libraries with collections of thoughtfully published art books are also, essentially, museums.