Tuesday, April 17, 2007

On graphic novels

It's bad form to quote an entire post, but here it is anyway:

Every library has at least one librarian who is a graphic novel enthusiast. This person will argue vehemently for a new graphic novel collection for your library. Give him a paltry budget to spend each year just to shut him up. It will be money well spent.

From the always-useful A librarian's guide to etiquette. We must have at least half a dozen graphic novel enthusiasts between us. Does that mean we should ask for six times the budget?

Friday, April 13, 2007

New look!

Since Signpost's days are numbered, and it's Friday afternoon, I thought I'd change the scheme of the blog to something that doesn't use those purple/lilac shades.

It's one of the standard Blogger templates, but I might see if I can tweak it a bit over the weekend. A change is as good as a rest, as they say.


Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Yes, they do let us out now and again...

Last Wednesday saw a first for Bolton Libraries' Graphic Novel Group: we had a trip out to the cinema to see the film adaptation of Frank Miller and Lynn Varley's graphic novel 300. I think it's safe to say that everyone enjoyed the film, which is visually stunning throughout. The post film discussion was as diverse and insightful as one might expect from a group of comic book nerds dynamic afficianados of popular culture... I for one was glad of the opportunity to reminisce about the unsung classic tv series that was Starfleet .

With the approaching glut of Summer blockbusters based on comics and cartoons (Spider-man 3, Fantastic 4:Rise of the Silver Surfer and Transformers) this may well be something we'll be doing again.

Thanks to Lonewytch and Michael for their sterling efforts (and to all who turned up)!

Where's everyone gone?

I know I've been pretty slack at keeping in touch with everyone lately. Sorry. I've been absorbed by my day job, which I can't write about for fear of breaching my Non-Disclosure Agreement and being sued.

So, what's everybody up to? I'm this close [shows tiny gap betwixt thumb and forefinger to impassive computer monitor] to having a replacement for Signpost ready to use. Seriously, I'm very excited about this. It's going to be able to do all of the stuff Signpost does (which is, erm, not much really), plus a lot of the reader dev-type stuff we've touched on in this blog.

Add a comment to this post and let me know what's happening round your way!