Wednesday, January 15, 2020

New local items in Michigan State University Libraries' comic collection

I'm probably the only person in the world who reads (i.e. skims) the "New Cataloging and Indexing Daily Log" that Randy Scott compiles for his Reading Room Index to the Comic Art Collection. The Index is useful, because it's caught by search engines, unlike anything in the main library catalog.

When I skim it, I see plenty of material that I didn't know existed, and sometimes that's by a local creator. This  magazine catalogued in December was new to me. Beyond Comics stores still exists in the area, but in Maryland, not in Burke anymore.

The Writer's Block, the Magazine of Comics Writing. -- Burke,
   Virginia : Beyond Comics, 2001. -- ill. ; 26 cm. --
   Published #1 only, per Grand Comics Database. -- Comic book
   stories with writer interviews. -- Alternative genre. --
   LIBRARY HAS: no. 1. -- Call no.: PN6728.7.B46W7

In January, Randy catalogued two books by Bethesda's African-American creator Roye Okupe:

Malika : Fallen Queen. Part one / creator, writer & art
   director, Roye Okupe ; pencils, inks, cover art, Sunkanmi
   Akinboye ; colorist, Etubi Onucheyo. -- Bethesda, MD :
   Youneek Studios, 2017. -- 1 v. : col. ill. ; 27 cm. --
   Summary (from OCLC): Malika, warrior queen and military
   commander of the 15th-century Azzazian Empire, has been
   flung into the year 2025, a dangerous future she's
   struggling to understand. After years of moving in the
   shadows, she's forced out of hiding by a sinister plot that
   spans the centuries! -- Fantasy genre, begins in West
   Africa. -- Call no.: PN6790.N53 A37M3 2017

Windmaker : the History of Atala : the Art of the Book Series
   / written & created by Roye Okupe ; illustrated by Godwin
   Akpan. -- North Bethesda, MD : Youneek Studios, Inc., 2017.
   -- 53 p. : col. ill. ; 29 cm. -- "Inspired by African
   mythology, Windmaker: The History of Atala is one part art
   book, one part prequel story to both the Malika: Warrior
   Queen & WindMaker: Return of a King graphic Novels. Pulling
   from the amazing depths of African history, Roye Okupe,
   writer of the hit graphic novel series E.X.O., creates a
   breathtaking kingdom called Atala. With this art book, he
   sets the foundations for what is definitely a deep and
   meaningful universe (The YouNeek YouNiverse) of heroes.
   Illustrator Godwin Akpan's painting breathes life into the
   story in an amazing way. From dragons, to mythical relics,
   a feuding royal family and magical swords, this book turns
   the fantasy genre on its head by placing familiar concepts
   in an awe inspiring African setting." -- Fantasy prose and
   art. -- Call no.: PN6790.N53 A53W5 2017

And one piece by northern VA's Arsia Rozegar:

Shahnameh for Kids : the Story of Zal & Simorgh / by Arsia
   Rozegar ; illustrated by Mike Amante. -- United States? :, 2015. -- 1 v. : chiefly ill. ; 26 cm.
   -- "Inspired by Ferdowsi's Shahnameh." -- An Iranian legend
   in children's book format, mostly pictures with a boxed
   caption at each opening. -- Call no.: PN6790.P473 A45S47
Firdawsî, ca. 940-1020.

It's amazing to me that I can sit hundreds of miles away and see information about comics produced less than 10 miles away that I didn't even know existed.

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