When in doubt

October 13, 2006

Ask a librarian.

I had a few questions about the outcome of the Marshall Public Library controversy and the policy that’s currently being developed, despite strong reporting in the Democrat-News. One thing I wondered was if the developing guidelines were going to be applied to all new acquisitions and if that new additions to the collection would be suspended until the guidelines were in place.

Amy Crump, library director, was kind enough to answer my questions via e-mail:

“The library will not suspend shelving of all new acquisition until the new policy is developed and approved. In addition, books that are currently in the collection will not be examined one by one – we don’t have the staff for that type of job and that was never the Board’s goal. If at any point, other materials are challenged, they will be examined with the guidelines set by the policy.”

So the policy being developed is directed at challenged material rather than general collection development, if my understanding is correct. That puts a somewhat different complexion on the Board’s decision.


October 13, 2006

ChunHyang gets into the spirit of the season by looking at vampire comics:

“I’ve read a little bit of everything, from gothic angst to straight-up horror and can honestly say it’s a rare vampire manga that rubs me the wrong way.”

Will this be the reminder that finally gets me to pick up Model, which sounds like Paradise Kiss starring the mysterious undead?

Tony Salvaggio is back with a new installment of Calling Manga Island at Comic Book Resources, looking at Air Gear and Old Boy:

“No matter what your age, there is plenty of action and adventure to be had in manga lately, and these two titles are certainly ones I will be following for the near future.”

At Manganews, anitra gives a tidy summary of why Antique Bakery is so appealing:

Antique Bakery is a character piece. I forgot most of the plot about five minutes after I read it, but I know the characters as if they are my friends. It is a funny story, and that is what the plot is for, but what makes it profound and compelling is its depth of character.”

I’m a sucker for character-driven stories. And pastries.

At MangaCast, Christian overcomes an aversion to manga maids to become smitten with Emma:

“It’s hard not to be charmed by Emma. Much of the first tankōbon has a quiet, almost lazy feel to it. For a series so light on action, a surprisingly large amount of the story elements are conveyed visually, without dialogue, sometimes just with knowing glances.”

Emma’s meditative quality really hooked me on the book.

Over at MangaBlog, Brigid and MangaCast’s Jarred and commiserate over tankoubons of pain.

If you want a snapshot of what comics critics are saying about the books of 2006, swing by The Comics Reporter. Tom Spurgeon is putting together a list.

And this piece at Shaenon Garrity’s LiveJournal is great fun, reporting on some all-time favorite manga lists from Japan and soliciting the same from some manga editors in the U.S. (Found via MangaBlog.)