Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Bolton graphic novel reading circle

The meeting on Saturday was a resounding success. From the list of books that were discussed (via Signpost), it seems like it was quite busy.

The next meeting (June 17th? I could be wrong - I'll check and update that later) will have a bit of a theme. Everybody's going to read a couple of Neil Gaiman's Sandman books, as well as a Buffy or Angel spin-off. I've put a reservation on the library's copy of Fray, a book about a future Vampire Slayer. Does that count?

We're going to be experimenting with using the blog and Signpost as online support for the group. There are a couple of people who can't make the Saturday meetings because of other commitments, so it would be nice to be able to incorporate what they have to say as well. I'm really impressed by the breadth of knowledge that members of the group have on the subject of graphic novels (I'm struggling to keep up), and I think it would be great to have even more opinions flying around.

Incidentally, you can keep up with what I've been reading here. Not that I'm narcissistic enough to think you're all going to copy me, it's more a demonstration of what I hope to achieve with online support for the group.


Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Find groups and societies in Wigan

I've added another Signpost search box to the sidebar on the right (the third box under the heading "Search Signpost"). This one lets you find groups and societies in Wigan, but there are some limits:

  • It searches for keywords, like "dogs" or "music". It doesn't search for groups' names. Use the Signpost "Find resource" box for that. I know it's not ideal, but it's the best I can do without it getting more complicated.
  • It only searches for one keyword at a time, so don't try multiple search terms unless it's a phrase like "support group". Searching for "music charities" won't get you any results, but searching for each term on its own will.
  • Boring technical limitation - the field that this box searches can only contain up to 256 characters. This means that there is a finite limit on the amount of information that each record can contain. Any suggestions for new information to add to records would be great - use the Comment link to your heart's content - but bear in mind that there's only so much space.

So, please use this function to find your Wigan-based groups and societies. It's a work in progress though, and there isn't much listed so far! I'll keep plugging away though.

Monday, May 08, 2006

More Batman than Beano

Believe it or not, one of the best reads in my RSS aggregator every morning is a blog for hardcore library geeks (http://ddc.typepad.com/025431/), devoted to the finer points of classification (those numbers on your non-fiction books). As well as providing genuinely stimulating pointers on where we should put those extra-tricky subjects, they suggest handy websites.

One of the resources they use to decide where comics and graphic novels should go is the Lambiek Comiclopedia. This fab little site has entries on over 7000 artists working in the field of comics and graphic novels. Some of the biographical info is sketchy, but there are two mitigating factors here: first, the entries include examples of the artists' work; and second, it's a Dutch site, and since I couldn't even say hello in Dutch, I'm willing to cut them some slack.

Coverage is pretty good, with articles on American (such as Alex Ross) and European artists(including Hergé). So, who's your favourite comic artist? I'm into Mike Mignola and John Romita Jr. at the moment, and I've just got hold of a great-looking book drawn by Stuart Immonen.

Signpost's link to the Comiclopedia is in the Graphic Novel reading circle section.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Search Signpost

I've added a fairly rudimentary search form for Signpost to the sidebar. The form will search the titles of web pages and other resources listed in Signpost, which is something that's not currently available.

Type the name of your resource (e.g. British Standards, IMDb etc.) then click on Find. It's not the best search function ever, but it will be improved.

The Signpost search function has been improved slightly, after a bit of a rethink. It will still only search items' titles, but since nothing in Signpost itself will do that, I think it's pretty valid.

I've added another search box for Signpost, so it's now possible to search for a subject. It's still a bit clunky, but it seems to work.Type in your subject (e.g. business, books, cycling) and you should find some lists of websites and other resources in Signpost that suit your needs.