Author Archives: mangacoffee

Reporting from TLA – Graphically Speaking: Graphic Novel Authors Enticing Readers

Hi! I just returned from the Texas Library Association’s Annual Conference in San Antonio. I presented on two topics (Top Tech Trends and Webinar Best Practices), moderated one panel, and ran away from one Cory Doctorow (hey, I’m nothing if … Continue reading

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I haven’t written in a while. Why?

After a rather lengthy hiatus, I am back! What have I been doing? I have a new job! After some time as a Reference Librarian at the Art Institute of Fort Worth, and as the Public Services and Technology Trends … Continue reading

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The limited space of short story manga

I’m currently reading Mitsukazu Mihara‘s 2001 short story manga Beautiful People, and it got me thinking again how concise comic and manga creators must be, with their language as well as with their images. Every manga works with a limited amount … Continue reading

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I’m married to Ron Weasley!

The Harry Potter Myers-Briggs character chart from Geekologie has been making the rounds again. I am a self-admitted Myers-Briggs geek, and though it’s probably not entirely accurate to group people into sixteen convenient personality types, I love it. It’s like … Continue reading

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Black Widow and the lack of little girl power

My nearly three year old daughter loves superheros. So much that she has already assigned everyone in our family and group of close friends superheros to be for Halloween, and insists that she will be Supergirl. So much that she … Continue reading

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Over Coffee

As is suggested by its name, I would love for this site to truly have the feel of sharing thoughts about books and comics over coffee. Coffee and books are my favorite non-living things in the world, and the pairing seems … Continue reading

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Are omnibus reissues a problem for manga?

Last week, I came across an article from 2014 in School Library Journal titled “Manga Makes a Comeback.” The article describes the downturn of the North American manga industry that started in 2007 (ironically around the time that I started reading manga in … Continue reading

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The Multiple Selves of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home

If you watched the Tony Awards last night, or have even perused arts blogs or news articles, you know that the musical Fun Home won Best Musical last night. And if you know your graphic novels, you’ll know that Fun … Continue reading

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Updated: Recommended Young Adult Titles

I truly want this site to be a place where I can explore my love of Young Adult books alongside my love of manga and comics. And so, as a companion to my Recommended Manga & Comics page, I have now updated my … Continue reading

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Off*Beat: An Unfinished Series, Finished

Since I’ve been talking so much about series endings recently, I started thinking about Jen Lee Quick’s Off*Beat, becoming nostalgic for the days when I thought I would never see the three-volume series end. First published by Tokyopop back in 2005 … Continue reading

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