A couple days ago, I read a truly excellent self-published comic called CLOWN (it kind of defies description, but you want it…it will be on Comixology next month). I mentioned how much I liked it and struck up a conversation with the author, James Maddox. It turns out he is a very effective self-publisher, something I know very little about, but something a lot of aspiring creators may want to learn.
So I asked him to write a little bit about what he has learned to help those who are attempting to do what he has done. And again, his books are DAMN GOOD, and he keeps making them, so this stuff is very valuable! I would listen!
SELF-PUBLISHING 101While some of us writer-types go on to pitch our stories to editors and publishers, there’s a whole other group that just get down to business and make comics happen. These people are self-publishers. Thankfully, the world of comics is a proactive community of creators, so self-publishing isn’t met with much stigma, but if you’re looking to get into this brand of comic creating, you might have some difficulty getting over that first hump of “But how?”
The how is actually pretty simple. In its base form, you draw a comic, take said comic to a print shop, copy the thing several times over, and fold these copies to create a booklet. Ta-da! Comic!
We are nearing the end of our author interviews, just a couple more posts after this one as we reveal chapters for our book, The Librarian Stereotype: Deconstructing Perceptions and Presentations of Information Work with ACRL Press!
Ayanna Gaines is an Associate Librarian at Ventura College in Ventura, California
Q1. Provide a brief summary of your chapter
My chapter is on how tightly the librarian stereotype is intertwined with issues of gender. Librarianship is seen as a feminized profession, and this feminization is viewed as negative. As a result, the profession is devalued, not only with regards to salary, but also with regards to respect. While it is those “feminine” characteristics of librarianship that give it its strength and make it what it is, what is needed is a different paradigm, a way of looking at work as being other than inherently masculine or feminine.
Q2. What do you think is one of the most pressing issues regarding the librarian stereotype?
I think the way the librarian stereotype perpetuates the idea that men in the profession should somehow steer themselves towards more appropriate behaviors, such as tech or knowledge management or administration, is bothersome. The flip side, that women shouldn’t do tech, is equally bothersome. It’s this wacky idea that certain behaviors are more appropriate for certain genders.
Q3. What sparked your interest to write this chapter?
Years ago, I was inspired by a presentation drawing parallels between the recruitment problems faced by both nursing and librarianship. I’ve been pondering that, and following discussions on Twitter about the librarian stereotype. I have also done my own research into it. I’ve long thought that the fact that librarianship is considered a pink-collar profession played a role in how we view librarianship, but I was pleased to have an opportunity to explore some other themes.
Q4. Who is your librarian role model?
There are so many! There are many fab librarians that I’ve met over the years, both in person and on Twitter. They’ve all affected me in different ways. There’s not enough room to mention them all by name.
Q5. Tell us something fun about yourself!
I love the movie “My Neighbor Totoro.” I own several Totoro-themed purses and backpacks, and two cat-buses. I just love Miyazaki.
Postcards from Game of Thrones / A Song of Ice and Fire—send them to friends who already know how weird you are!
More to come next week! :)
Meet Frank Campbell: American. Investment banker. Married father of two teenagers….and fugitive.
When Frank is arrested by the FBI for embezzling millions of dollars from his employer, White Hall Capital, he jumps bail and his fate in a white collar ‘country club’ prison for South America. But when the money he’s stashed off-shore disappears, his life quickly spirals from the glamour of Rio’s upper echelon to the shadows of the city’s favelas.
Expatriate is not only Frank’s story, but also one of Rio de Janeiro - a city undergoing immense change in preparation for the coming World Cup and Summer Olympics. The investment in infrastructure has never been greater, and yet the gap in wealth between the rich and poor is staggering. Brazil’s military wages campaigns against armies of drug traffickers and former police turned militia, pacifying favelas one by one and turning them into police states.
We’ve got some great work in progress to share, and we hope you come along for the ride.
We’ll kick off this tumblr thing with style. A tale of betrayal: By underpants.
Protip: Eat stuff
<3 Junji Ito References
The other day I posted this tweet:
"Wait they cast a white chick for Tiger Lily in the new Peter Pan? Did they not remember Lone Ranger last year? Or, you know, racism?"
(If you didn’t hear, Rooney Mara is supposedly playing Tiger Lily, who is a princess of the “Native” tribe, in the…
I’m glad this thisTumblr exists.
You will simply be the alluring factor for our leading man.