The biggest issue with equating the library with a Netflix for books is that it sends a false message that libraries are worth little more than $8 or $12 or $20 a month. That the services offered in libraries are little more than options to which people can subscribe, rather than actual services anyone can utilize at any time.
When the library is made to be seen as a business, rather than the heart of a community or a fundamental service made possible through citizen-approved tax dollars, it makes the library expendable. That expendability then moves down the chain: staff salaries get cut, then staff withers, then more programs and projects that benefit the community — books and movies and CDs and magazines and newspapers and wifi and computer access and database subscriptions and programs for all shapes, colors, and sizes of people — disappear, too. It detracts from the unique aspects that make a library what it is: a place for all, rather than a place for some.
Libraries reach out where Netflix reaches in.
5 Page “Illegal #1” Preview! Check out the opening to our story. If you like what you see please support imaginetheending and I on our Kickstarter. We’re getting close to our initial goal, but we need your help to get there!
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The TechGirls are so great. They came to Tumblr HQ yesterday and our engineers answered their questions about Tumblr, about tech, about being a woman in tech, about the future of tech, oh, all kinds of stuff. “Totally the happiest panel ever,” according to alittlespace.
This is Maria Christian, my former cast director at the Michigan Renaissance Festival as her character, Princess Isaade M’boukou. Maria’s been designing and wearing African-Elizabethan fusion garb to MiRF for decades, so she has a few different gowns and headpieces in rotation. In addition to her duties keeping the stage acts organized, as Isaade she acts as an impresario at the feasts, talks about West African traditions and folklore, and is much needed and treasured PoC representation on the cast.
#WeNeedDiverseBooks summer reading series SPECIAL with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s BookDragon! If you liked Miss Peregrine’s home for Peculiar Children, try The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina because both feature outcast children with special powers running from evil, and violent enemies who don’t understand that erasing diversity in the world is a very, very bad thing. Click here for BookDragon review.
Rocket Girl’s been getting some GREAT press in the last week and I’ve been too busy to post anything! Gotta write down all the cool stuff:
NPR gave a rave review! Holy cow I love NPR!!
Indiewire placed Rocket Girl in its "10 Comics Books That Deserve to be Movies" list! AMAZING.
Multiversity outdid their support for us in their recent writeup about their favorite colorists by putting me at the tippy-top of the article! It matters a lot to me that I get to color myself, so it’s GREAT to hear that people think it makes a difference. You are validating my happy place!
Speaking of Multiversity, we did a GREAT interview for their "Robots From Tomorrow" podcast with Mike Romeo. In it I wax philosophical that what motivates me is the rush I get when I try something difficult and succeed. I have to do it or I won’t want to draw.
During SDCC I interviewed with Juliet Kahn over at ComicsAlliance! Thanks, Juliet!
Steve Morris of The Beat fame has just opened up his new site The Spire and Brandon and I have an interview with him!
On top of all that, TONIGHT Brandon and I are going to Jersey City to sign at WORD Bookstore at 7:30. We’ll be speaking as well; don’t miss it!
Rocket Girl is everywhere…
Dude, check out that city. Damn, man….
Now I am going to sit in the corner with my art and pout at how bad this comic makes me look.
Another example of applied origami: these self-assembling robots created by Samuel Felton and his colleagues at the Harvard Microrobotics Lab. The robots are built with a special shape-memory polymer, with hinges that fold when heated by a circuit.
Look out Optimus Prime!
Image: Seth Kroll, Wyss Institute / Video: Samuel Felton
Should I be scared?
LIST OF THE WEEK: TEN LESBIAN PROTAGONISTS
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Great reclist! I’ve read many of these books and the protags are excellent.
That said, I was surprised to see Astrid Jones from Ask the Passengers listed as a lesbian protagonist. Spoilers after the gap:
By the end of the novel Astrid is hasn’t put a label on her sexuality. Though she has feelings for girls and has acted on them, she does not identify as a lesbian. She is very clear about that when her parents question her sexuality. One of the best passages in the book is “I’m not questioning my sexuality as much as I’m questioning the strict definitions and boxes of all sexualities and why we care so much about other people’s intimate business.”
In the real world, it’s incredibly disrespectful to ignore the sexuality someone identifies as, and assign them one we think fits better. Fictional LGBT characters should be discussed with the same respect we owe each other.