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Indie Comics April 12, 2007

Posted by sneaks in adult, display topics, fiction, graphic novels, programming tie-ins, spring.

UPDATE: Check out page 22-23 of this week’s City Paper for an interview with Miriam Desharnais about Cockeysville’s zine collection!

Here’s a program to promote to your younger adult (as opposed to Young Adult) patrons: Indie Comics A-Go-Go! at Cockeysville April 12. Cartoonists Emily Flake, Brian Ralph and Mark Burrier will be talking about how they got started and what they are working on now.

Cockeysville has the only library collection of zines in Maryland, and BCPL as a whole has plenty of graphic novels by “indie” artists. These books are easy to identify: no superheroes, no girls with giant eyes. Often published by Drawn & Quarterly or Fantagraphics. And the title? Put it this way: if it references insomnia, depression, OCD, or uses big words, it’s indie. Also if it’s called “This will all end in tears”? Indie.

A small, disenfranchised, nonconformist group of these books might set off the poster for this event and underline the fact that all our branches have the edgy stuff. Book and author list when you click “more”.

These titles and authors have ironclad indie credibility:

  • Ho Che Anderson
  • Jenny Allen
  • An anthology of graphic fiction, cartoons, & true stories. edited by Ivan Brunetti.
  • Bosnian flat dog by Max Andersson ; illustrated by Lars Sjunneson.
  • Jeffrey Brown
  • Lynda Barry
  • Charles Burns
  • Peter Bagge
  • Fun home: a family tragicomic. Alison Bechdel.
  • Bob Burden
  • The fate of the artist: an autobiographical novel, with typographical anomalies, in which the author does not appear as himself. Eddie Campbell.
  • Tales of Woodsman Pete: with full particulars. Lilli Carre.
  • Howard Chaykin
  • Dan Clowes
  • The last lonely Saturday. Jordan Crane.
  • Scrublands. by Joe Daly.
  • Get a life. Philippe Dupuy, Charles Berberian.
  • Mom’s cancer. Brian Fies.
  • You deserved it. Bob Fingerman.
  • He done her wrong: the great American novel. Milt Gross.
  • Gilbert Hernandez
  • Let us be perfectly clear. Paul Hornschemeier.
  • Why Are You Doing This? by Jason
  • We are on our own: a memoir by Miriam Katin.
  • Squirrel mother by Megan Kelso.
  • Brownsville. by Neil Kleid & Jake Allen.
  • James Kochalka
  • Ordinary victories. Manu Larcenet
  • Gray horses = Chevaux gris. written + drawn by Hope Larson
  • Jason Lutes
  • Bryan Lee O’Malley
  • This will all end in tears. Joe Ollmann.
  • Harvey Pekar
  • Dragonslippers: this is what an abusive relationship looks like by Rosalind B. Penfold.
  • Perfect example. by John Porcellino.
  • Project romantic: an anthology dedicated to love and love stuff
  • Brian Ralph
  • Marjane Satrapi
  • Seth
  • Joann Sfar
  • Craig Thompson
  • Cry yourself to sleep by writer and artist Jeremy Tinder
  • Adrian Tomine


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