May. 9th, 2017

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WEEKEND

+ I worked on Saturday, which didn't end up being that bad, all told. I was the ONLY person doing summer reading program sign up, thanks for that, but at least it was in the shade and I was not standing the whole time AND H-town has had a freak cool front for a couple of weeks so the weather was actually somewhat pleasant. Last year it was 100% humidity, brightly sunny, and in the mid nineties by this time.

+ I found my folder with all my Important Things which I misplaced during/after the TLA conference! YAY! I have NOT found my jewelry which is making me really really worried I really have lost it for good. That would be a bad thing. :-(

+ The more I think of it, the more I believe my contribution to the stupid Leadership Academy final project should be my writing, period. Eveyrone I've spoken to thinks this is reasonable. I should probably just be more assertive in stating so...

+ I am doing two panels for Comicpalooza this Friday and I still have to finish one Power Point.

+ THIS IS IMPORTANT!!!
Have you read a kids or teen graphic novel you thought was amazing? Was it published this year or last year? If so, YOU CAN NOMINATE IT FOR THE TEXAS MAVERICK or LITTLE MAVERICK GRAPHIC NOVEL READING LISTS!

Go here to nominate a graphic novel for kids and here to nominate a graphic novel for teens

My frustration, and why I got on this committee, is that some of the GNs that make the list are so obviously chosen by teachers who think they are what kids SHOULD be reading, not what kids really would want to read. I'm all for teachers validating and being invested in graphic novels as actual meaningful literature; it's been a long road to that point. However, these lists are supposed to be what KIDS would most find cool or amazing or intersting, what draws them. So feel free to share your input!

GRAPHIC NOVELS

+ FAITH, Vol. 1 by Jody Houser

A FAT SUPERHERO, DUDES!!! Not just oh-she's-stacked and curvy OR Amy Schumer-curvy (which, honestly, is just looking normal, TBH) but A FOR REAL UNAPOLOGETICALLY FAT SUPERHERO and I luv her. The art is kind of an acquired taste, but I'm fine with it. The style reminds me a little of Stuck Rubber Baby, the classic gay GN. Faith has emotional baggage, ex issues, work drama, and she is doing this superhero schtick on her own for the first time, but her inner dialogue is down-to-earth and funny and utterly relatable. It takes a bit to catch up on the back story but I thought it was fantastica and am going to ILL the others ASAP!


+ SAGA Vol. by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples

This graphic novel is killing me IT IS KILLING ME. It is so good and Staples' art is amazing and Vaughan does not go for the safe plot twist, man, NEVER. I have such a sad, but I adore this series. I have been casting the film in my head ever since the comic began even if Vaughan says he wrote it SPECIFICALLY so that it could never be made into film or TV because of how cost prohibitive the story is. We'll see! Seriously, if you have not yet begun reading this series, DO SO NOW. You won't be sorry! It IS really mature, tho, so fair warning. :-)

TV WHAT I AM WATCHING

+ The Handmaid's Tale
+ Sense8
+ The Rachel Maddow Show
+ Criminal Minds
+ Call the Midwife

TV WHAT I AM WAITING FOR

+ Shadowhunters
+ Jessica Jones
+ The Defenders

Okay, gente.

I must away.

Anyone know how to add a mood theme on this here joint? I miss my Strangers in Paradise theme and those generic little emoticons are not doing it for me.

Talk at you later!

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