Comics Connector: Connecting Classrooms and Libraries with Comics Professionals

cbldf_web_kelly_2As part of Children’s Book Week, the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has launched Comics Connector, a directory of comics creators and industry professionals who are willing to make library and classroom visits. The directory includes information about whether and how far the individual is willing to travel and whether they require travel expenses or honorariums. So far it’s just the U.S. and Canada, and not all states and provinces are represented yet, but if this takes off, it could be a great resource for teachers and programming librarians (via BoingBoing).

Review: Marceline and the Scream Queens #1

I have always wanted to rock.

Circumstances, of course, conspired against me — I grew up in the beatless backwater of the Spokane Valley, I was just a few years too old to latch on to the whole Riot Grrrl thing, and the few boyfriends I had were sorely lacking in guitarsĀ or drum kits.

But now there is Marceline. With her pale blue skin, cute (but sharp!) vampire teeth and an ever-swirling cloud of inky black hair, Marceline (of Adventure Time fame and star of her own new comic series) gets to live out every guitar-thrashing fantasy I’ve ever had. Playing to a sold out crowd? Check. Kicking over mic stands amid sweet, pyrotechnic excess? Check. Having a frenemy come crawling back to say “your music is pure passion and energy and love?” Check, check, check.

Everything about this comic is endearing and feisty and girly-in-the-best-kind-of-way. I love the interaction between grumpy, excitable Marceline and straight arrow, goody-two-shoes Princess Bubblegum. It’s refreshing to read girl-centered comics, and it’s great fun to see a supporting character from one series step into the limelight in another. More, please!