Thursday, February 7, 2013

5 crafts you can make with old graphic novels

Graphic novels. Comic books. Call them what you want, it doesn't matter to me. I'll read them whatever name they go by. Often, at Armageddon each year, I'll buy up a crapload of cheap ones and then not know what to do with them after. It's not like I buy expensive or rare ones that break my bank. When I visit any of our branches I always check out the withdrawn sale books especially for graphic novels, and buy them LIKE A FIEND. Once I've read them, well, I'm stuck with falling-to-bits books. What's a girl to do? TURN THEM INTO CRAFTS and wear the most badass gear you can! This? This fills my geek girl heart with ohsomuch joy and feels. I don't see it as cutting up comics. I see it more as extending the enjoyment I get out of them. Judge me. Judge me not. It don't bother me none :) Here are 5 crafts you can make with old graphic novels. All of which I intend to try out over the next few weeks. In fact, #1 I can already cross off the list. (Mr9's effort is the image for today's post. He swears by it. Minus, you know, the actual swear words). If there's one teeny, tiny comment I have, it's that all of these are kinda girly. That's not a bad thing. I'd just like some stuff for guys. My nephews love the idea of these, they just don't want to wear charm bracelets or kickass heels :) Maybe that's a future post - comic book crafts for guys/guy gifts.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

5 links

A quick roundup of bookish/library-ish/literacy-ish related links I've picked out of all of the hundreds (yes, hundreds) in my inbox that I think you might enjoy. I know, right? You're welcome!

How to save a public library: Make it a seed bank
NPR. Quick 3 minute story about how Basalt library (Colorado) lends books...and seeds. Yes, seeds! (Also: If you've never checked out NPR's site - WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN?!)

At a library, an outpouring of support, and new dolls
New York Times City Room blog. A children's librarian at Ottendorfer Library (New York) came up with the idea of lending a doll. (I admit it: I cried just a little).

Sendak's 'Brother's book': An elegy, a farewell
NPR. Renee Montagne interviews Tony Kushner about Maurice Sendak's My brother's book. Sendak is forever my most favourite children's picture book author for reasons inarticulate. (Seriously, I can never talk coherently about my Sendak feels and, yes, I cried like my heart was breaking when I learned of his death in May 2011).

American icons: The Outsiders
Radio series from Studio 360. I adored SE Hinton's books growing up. I felt like her characters, more than any others I read/liked, were ones I identified with so strongly. It wasn't that I was disaffected, or rebellious - I wasn't, particularly, if anything I was a dorky kid. I think it was more that they were all struggling to find where they fit in the world. They were at the beginning and the end of something that would move them from the life they knew that wasn't always so crash hot, to something OTHER. Something big. Something momentous. I think that was/is eternally me. I really enjoyed this interview.

Digital comics are getting cheaper
Publisher's Weekly. " availability grows, there’s still inconsistency in what titles are available on which platform. And discounts are all over the map."

Saturday, February 2, 2013

5 DIY books especially for women

My mum is extremely competent with tools. I have seen her wield hammers, sanders, drills and screwdrivers with the same ease she does a whisk. She raised 7 children while holding down a job and fulltime study. Two of my six sisters maintain their own cars. In fact, one has bought a few beat up ones and restored them herself. Both of them change their own tyres and oil and pump their own gas. As a child, dad encouraged us to play with fixing anything and everything that we wanted to. Seriously. This included his stereos and televisions and transistor radios. Never at any time, though, did that mean we could touch his Regal Valiant *rolls eyes* He didn't 'allow' us to help around the house and garage so much as he and mum encouraged it. When I moved away from home for the second time, my dad gave me a multi head screwdriver set as a gift. He said to me, "This will get you far." What he really meant was "It's up to you now." It was like a passing of the Handy (Wo)man baton. I didn't ever have to ask for fix-it help. (Don't get me wrong, though, this doesn't mean I won't ask for help if I need it - I totally will, and LOUDLY). My sisters and I have never adhered to what I call the Sleeping Beauty Syndrome. We are not waiting to be rescued. We will, in fact, rescue ourselves. (And, if we feel so inclined, we might rescue Prince (or Princess) Charming, too. But only if they have chocolate). That sense of independence and 'can do' attitude is second nature to me now. This is why it irritates me greatly when I go hardware shopping - as I did the other weekend - and find myself being treated like a ditzy girl. Sometimes, I don't know stuff. Sometimes, I'm even more clueless than the average person. I'm okay with that because I'm okay with being taught. What I'm NOT okay with is having men automatically assume that because I'm a girl, I'm a fluffy one. Oh honey, this is so not the case. I am nobody's fluffy anything. I may not know my way around a powertool, but never take that to mean I'm helpless. Show me. Teach me. Work with me. I guarantee I'll make more of an effort to know more/be more by starting with these books below, and you, mere male, can make more of an effort to take me seriously. Please and thank you :)