Each week, we reflect on the top articles, blog posts, tweets, news, thoughts, and other tidbits we’ve found interesting or useful. Enjoy!
This week, the comic book world (and Marvel specifically) kind of exploded. Marvel’s vice president of sales, David Gabriel, claimed that Marvel’s comic book sales were plummeting because of their recent push towards more inclusive characters. “What we heard was that people didn’t want any more diversity,” he said to publisher ICv2 at the Marvel Retailer Summit, “They didn’t want female characters out there. That’s what we heard, whether we believe that or not. I don’t know that that’s really true, but that’s what we saw in sales.” People disagreed. Publishers disagreed. Creators disagreed. After this backlash, Gabriel clarified, concluding with “…let me be clear, our new heroes are not going anywhere! We are proud and excited to keep introducing unique characters that reflect new voices and new experiences into the Marvel Universe and pair them with our iconic heroes.” In other comic-related news, ALA just announced the winners of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants this week, to Colorado State Library in Denver, Colorado and the Institute of American Indian Arts in Sante Fe, New Mexico. Congratulations!
For any LIS students interested in academic libraries and information literacy, check out Zoe Fisher’s blog post, I Choose to be Amazed. Zoe is the Pedagogy and Assesment librarian at Auraria Library, and she discusses the relationship between academic librarians and faculty, something that can seem mysterious to many MLIS students. Zoe explores several articles exploring this theme in her blog post, includes a reading list for anyone interested in this topic, and chooses to be amazed by the potential developments in information literacy.
Cover photo from JSMetcalf Photos on Flickr Commons. Licensed under CC 2.0.
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