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Gorillas and Graves – Today…in Readers’ Advisory

Nonfiction: Woman in the Mists by Farley Mowat In 1984, after finishing Gorillas in the Mist, her definitive book on the mountain gorillas of Africa, primatologist Dian Fossey returned to Rwanda to continue the research she had begun 17 years ago. One year later she was found slain in her mountain cabin. The book Woman […]

Adventure! Danger! Intrigue!: Today…in Readers’ Advisory

Fiction: Bookhunter by Jason Shiga In the city that boasts its own comic book month, Portland’s annual Stumptown Comics Fest offers an array of comics books, graphic novels, and art books made by local and national artists. One of recent years’ standout titles is the graphic novel, Bookhunter by Jason Shiga, a book written with […]

Aria the O & Aria the Natty

Without knowing the backstory you would never guess Aria the Original and its follow up series Aria the Natural are actually set in the 24th century on Mars, because it has been terraformed to look EXACTLY LIKE VENICE. And it really does! The creators went to great lengths to recreate the real-life setting of Venice, […]

Terrible twos: Happy B-day Retro-b-lore

And for your very special day I gift unto thee an update after an almost six month hiatus. Prison for Bitches – a Lady Gaga fanzine. Prison for Bitches is a collaborative piece by the dudes from Haus von Electric Ant and a bunch of awesome artists such as Hellen Jo, Johhny Ryan, and Lisa […]

My year in review – a month or so late.

In the year 2009 I… 1.) Hosted many Interlibrary Lushes, then…didn’t. One of the biggest changes was the passing of the Interlibrary Lush torch. I began Interlibrary Lush, the monthly meetup for librarians and information professionals, in September 2008, and one year later I decided to move on to have time for other projects, and […]

Retrobacklore Reads

It’s true! Scott Pilgrim by Bryan Lee O’Malley – It has been awhile since I have been able to relate to a comic book character and their story so much. Granted, I have never dated anyone that required I battle all their exes Mega Man-style in order to continue dating them but then who hasn’t […]

Kazuo Umezu – Cat Eyed Boy

Created in the late 60s by Kazuo Umezu, Cat Eyed Boy [shouldn’t there be a hyphen in there somewhere?] is a horror/comedy manga about a half-[cat]demon, half-child that has been cast out of the demon world for looking too human. Shunned by humans as well, he wonders from village to village, living in attics, and […]

Booktalk: Will There Really Be A Morning?

One of my favorite library classes was Adult Popular Literature. We discussed the importance of the trashy romance novel, played around on NoveList, created mock book clubs and gave mock booktalks. My booktalk was on Frances Farmer’s disturbing autobiography, Will There Really Be a Morning? [named after the Emily Dickinson poem], which told the tale […]