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So yesterday was Free Comic Book Day and Auckland Libraries helped celebrate this by setting up shop in two of Auckland’s finest comic stores and highlighting the collection of comics that we hold. Libraries and comic stores have a very symbiotic relationship if you think about it. Comic stores selling the latest stuff and libraries holding an amazing back catalogue of out of print graphic material. The two stores in question were Heroes for Sale on K’Road and Arkham Comics in Onehunga.
Now I am what I would call a comic virgin, having never really read graphic novels. However, I went down to the K’Road store to see what it was all about and support my colleagues. If you have never actually been in comic store there is a whole sub culture there which can be quite astounding, and that is certainly what happened to me when I walked through the door.
Being Free Comic Book Day it was very busy in the store and when the first person I laid eyes on was dressed as a Star Wars character I knew that this was going to be fun. I spent a long time chatting with my Dr Matt Finch who was the mastermind behind the library presence and then browsed the shelves completely lost as to where to find stuff or indeed even what stuff to find. A friend had given me some suggestions and eventually I find some stuff and bought some stuff to test the waters. I bought The Sandman Preludes and Nocturnes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Dr Who, and Ghost. My two free comics were Star Wars and The Red Ten.
So far I have read Red Ten and Ghost. Ghost is good, although I did get a bit lost at times. It’s such a different way of reading it is taking some getting used to. However, I love the genre I think. And I like how interactive it is. I will work my way through the things that I bought and then work out where I go from there.
Well, yesterday afternoon saw Auckland Libraries first Zombie invasion. This was part of a learning exercise with youth at the Tupu library and was an enormous amount of fun. For background on this event and why we did it, you can listen to my recent podcast with the brains behind the activity, Dr Matt [...]
I can still remember clear as day the first time I tasted egg with grilled tomato. It was in my parents’ kitchen in Christchurch. We lived on Wainoni Road and I must have been about 7 or 8 years old. The eggs were fried in those days rather than poached but it is a combination which [...]
I spent the start of the week down in Queenstown attending a meeting of the Association of Public Library Managers. It was nice to come together as group to discuss the issues facing public libraries and where we need to be heading. It’s always great to reconnect with colleagues and spend some time thinking about [...]
Someone said to me recently that I have been quite introspective recently online and I guess I have. I am certainly using my blogging as a way of not only getting better at writing but collecting my thoughts on life, existence and the world we live in. As my new tattoo says, “The world be [...]
It’s been an interesting few weeks on many levels, but not the least so because of a little phenomena that has sprung up at work around a teen orientated initiative. Nerf guns have invaded the library. Before a few weeks ago I had never actually seen a Nerf gun in real life, certainly had not [...]
This morning’s pondering comes as a result a result of a thought trail which started with this excellent article by Katie Fransen on why she was deleting her Goodreads account after the announcement of Amazon’s acquisition of the service. In essence she talks about her fear that the continual domination by Amazon of the market [...]
So I am sitting here at one of my local cafés drinking coffee on this Easter Friday morning. This long weekend feels very needed, yesterday was gruelling and work has been busy of late. Watching the sunrise drinking good coffee sitting in the cafe window is a pretty fine thing. This place is French and [...]
I will admit that I get a bit ranty pants from time to time about media, however in the last week there have been several things which have really annoyed me and just seem like lazy journalism. A lot of this revolves around the recent Papal elections. There seemed to be some surprise within that [...]
I’m sitting here this morning reflecting on yesterdays travel and the flight over. I ended up spending quite a while at the airport (even for me) because the flight was delayed by 1 1/2 hours. Luckily I had a Koru pass and so spent what remained of the afternoon working from the Koru Club. When [...]