Please join us on Thursday, November 8th, for the next in the Columbia University Libraries' comics events.
"A Bundle of Comics: Graphic Narratives from The Jewish Daily Forward's Bintl Brief" highlights the work of cartoonist Liana Finck, who has been adapting poignant, early 20th-century immigrant letters to the Forward's renowned advice column. Liana will be joined by Samuel Norich, the publisher of the Forward, and Rutgers University Professor Edward Portnoy, an expert on Yiddish popular culture, notably cartoons in the Yiddish press.
Co-sponsored by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and the Jewish Daily Forward.
Date: Thursday, November 8
Time: 6:00 PM
Place: 523 Butler
A kosher reception will follow.
On Friday October 28th, the creators of the graphic novel Marzi: a memoir will be in conversation in Butler Library.
Marzena Sowa, the author, was born in Poland in 1979; by the time she was ten years old she had experienced Communist rule, Chernobyl, the Solidarity factory strikes of 1988, and the triumph of Lech Wałęsa.
Her memoir, with art by French comics creator Sylvain Savoia, captures the triumph of the innocent pleasures of childhood, as well as the resonance in her young world of world-changing events.
Copies of Marzi will be available for purchase and signing, and refreshments will be served.
Marzi: a conversation with Marzena Sowa and Sylvain Savoia
Friday, October 28th
Butler Library, room 523
Debuting this week is a brand new database devoted to the history of alternative comics: Underground and Independent Comics, Comix, and Graphic Novels, the first ever scholarly, primary source database focusing on adult comic books and graphic novels.
This collection includes original material from the 1950s to today along with interviews, commentary, theory, and criticism from journals, books, and magazines. The contents–which will eventually consist of over 70,000 pages of comics–range from classics of the early underground years, such as Bob Burden and Trina Robbins, to giants of the modern indie scene like Daniel Clowes and Dash Shaw.
Users can create free accounts that allow them to create “playlists”–lists of links to thematic content: perhaps a list of all the comics by Los Bros Hernandez, or all the comics that deal with drug use. These lists can be embedded in papers or on CourseWorks pages.
If you have any questions, contact the Graphic Novels librarian, Karen Green, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pushwagners Soft City: a Norwegian miracle story
A graphic novel with perhaps the oddest backstory ever, Pushwagners Soft City was created in the 19y0s by Norwegian artist Terje Brofoss (nom d’art: Pushwagner), only to be lost in a suitcase on a trip to London. Though it was found in 2002, Brofoss didn’t learn of the discovery until some segments were published.
Soft City is both a creation of its time and timeless: the almost hallucinatory story of a society tight in the grip of an omnipresent corporation, one that employs them, feeds them, informs them, entertains them–but which may or may not be what it seems. It conveys the political sentiments of its time in a simple, pure line offering only meagre spots of color.
The libraries own two copies of this fascinating title, one in Butler Stacks and one Offsite. It can be found at call-number NC1619.P87 S64 2008g.
Let us know what you think of it!
From Bookhunter, by Jason Shiga
Butler Library has a thriving graphic novels collection with over 1300 titles to date.
During the Spring 2010 semester, the display cases on Butler’s 3rd floor present an exhibition designed to encourage interest in using these unique resources in curriculum and research. Seven themes are presented; for each theme an image from traditional art–something more conventionally suitable to illustrate the concept–is matched with three images from graphic novels.
This exhibition coincides with Will Eisner Week, a celebration of graphic novels honoring the artist credited with legitimizing the format. We hope you’ll enjoy it!
If you have any questions, suggestions or comments about the collection, please contact Karen Green, the Graphic Novels Librarian, at email@example.com.