Comics are go! Podcast 26

Hello and welcome to the Library Love podcast from beautiful Falkirk with Gavin, Grant and Allan. Today’s episode is all about graphic novels, we will be recommending our favourite titles. If you’re tempted by any of the books we suggest, then have a look on our library catalogue where you can request it – or simply have a rummage on our shelves for some fabulous books.

What we have been reading and listening to:
Gavin has been reading:
• The Dragon’s Legacy, Deborah Wolf

Allan has been listening to:
• Podcast: You Must Remember This

Grant has been listening to:
• Mark Kermode podcasts

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Let Me Be Like Water by S K Perry
• The Boy At The Door by Alex Dahl
• You Were Made For This by Michelle Sacks.
• Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill
• Baptism of Fire: life, death and Piper Alpha by Geoff Bollands

New and forthcoming children’s titles:
• Who’s afraid of the big bad bogey? Timothy Knapman (0-3 years)
• Beano Ultimate Joke Book (6-9 years)
• Minecraft STEM Challenge: Build a Theme Park (9-12 years)
• It’s only the end of the world, JR Henderson (teen)

DVD recommendations:
• I feel pretty (15)
• Deadpool 2 (15)
• Showdogs (PG)

Our Reading Agony this week: Help, my kid is better at video games than I am! We have a great range of game guides to help you navigate your way through tricky levels. Read up on them and then impress your kids with your mad skills!

Staff quote of the day: “I can see the pub from here!”

Our discussion:  Our Favourite Graphic Novel titles
• Walking Dead, Robert Kirkman and Charles Adlard
• Judge Dredd, any author/artist
• Sweet Tooth, Jeff Lemire
• Saga by Brian K Vaughan and Fiona Staples
• Kill Or Be Killed by Ed Brubaker and Sean Philips
• Rebellion Fleetway reprints particularly Charley’s War by Pat Mills and Joe Colquhoun
• Dungeon Fun by Colin Bell and Neil Slorence
• Watchmen, Alan Grant
• Preacher, Garth Ennis
• Halo Graphic novels

Did you know? Libraries have print magazines to read and back issues to borrow

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Comic Take Over of Falkirk Library – a podcast extra

Hi Folks, we hope you love this podcast as much as we enjoyed making it.  On Saturday 25th November 2017 we held a Comic Take Over of Falkirk Library.

There was a photobooth on the ground floor where you could get your photo taken and put on a background of your choice with the magic of greenscreen technology.

On the first floor we had lego, quizzes and games for the kids.

Finally, on the second floor we had a comic mart with books, comics, artwork, t shirts and badges all for sale from a wide range of friendly knowledgeable comic folk.  Plus we had a special podcast recorded with Sha Nazir (BHP Comics), Clare Forrest (illustrator and the creator of the excellent The Mighty Women of Science) and David Bishop ( one time editor of the Judge Dredd Megazine and The Galaxy’s Greatest Comic 2000 AD, as well as the author of comics, books and screenplays).

This special podcast recording was taken at our Comic TOF and features Sha, Clare and David as they chat about their life in comics, their inspiration and work, and what their favourite meal is.  With a dropped sword and a visit by the Ice King to liven things up – ENJOY (‘cos we certainly did)

Falkirk Libraries Comic Takeover

New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos

Around 1000 people came to our Comic Takeover of Falkirk Library on Saturday 25th November. Creator panels, Comic Kids area, Big Quiz, Green Screen Photo Booth and loads of hugely talented artists, crafters and writers sharing their work on our stalls.

New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos

A packed day included our Big Geek Quiz. Our winners claimed a tidy haul of Image Comics. Thanks to Image for sending that big box of goodies across the pond!

New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos
New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos

Our Green Screen photo booth was huge hit! We dropped visitors into the photo background of their choice, so some boldly went into space, while others stopped at The Shire for second breakfast!

New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos
New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos

Look at our cute cosplayers! All hail Adventure Time’s Ice King, our costume competition winner!

Our comic kids area was busy all day with Lego and superhero design. We didn’t specify height, so we did get some big kids joining in on the action.

New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos
New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos

We recorded our panel, which you’ll be able to hear shortly here on this blog! Sha Nazir of BHP Comics chaired the discussion with artist Clare Forrest and David Bishop, author and former editor of 2000AD and the Judge Dredd Megazine.

New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos

Here’s Kevin and Grant, regular contributors to our Library Love podcast, with the freebies donated by DC Thompson and the Phoenix Comic.

New photo by Falkirk Libraries / Google Photos

Some fine examples of comic creating, produced with printables from our friends at Comic Clubs Blog.

Thanks to everyone who came along! Get more of the story over on Google photos at


Comic Take Over – podcast 5

Hello, Lovely pod people, we enjoyed ourselves today talking comics on this fifth Library Love Podcast, with loads of excellent reading suggestions. Grant, Kevin and I (Vikki) shared what we had recently been reading.
• Vikki read Paper Girls by Brian K Vaughan (Vols 1 &2)
and has just started Preacher Vol 1 by Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon
• Grant read Joker by Brian Azzarello
• Kevin read The Flintstones by Mark Russell,
The Dark Knight 3 by Frank Miller and
Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Alien by John Wagner

New and forthcoming adult books:
• Jason Arron, Gerry Dugan, James Robertson, Dr strange Vol 1
• Christopher Brookmyre, Places in the Darkness
• Dean Koontz, Whispering Room
• Simon Scarrow, Day of the Caesars (Eagles of the Empire 16)
• Adrian Tchaikovsky, Dogs of War

New and forthcoming children’s books:
Evil Pea Rules by Sue Hendra (picture book)
Little Spook by Penny Dolan  and illustrated by Joshua Heinsz (5 – 7 years)
Toxic Cookie Monster by Tony Bradman (7 – 9 years)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Robotanimals by Caleb Goellner & Thomas Chad (9 – 11 years)
Mayfly by Colin Mulhern (teen)

DVD recommendations:
Wonder Woman (12)
Spiderman: The Homecoming (12)
King Arthur (15)
Snoopy and Charlie Brown – The Peanuts Movie (U)

Our Reading Agony this week “My 10 year old daughter is curious to try a comic please can you advise on some suitable age appropriate titles?” suggestions included:

Adventure Time created by Ryan North
My Little Pony
Teen Titans
DC Super Hero Girls
Dungeon Fun created by Colin Bell and Neil Slorance
Lumberjanes created by Grace Ellis and Noelle Stevenson
Space Dumplins created by Craig Thompson
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl and the Great Lakes Avengers created by Steve Ditko
Batgirl of Burnside created by Cameron Stewart, Brendan Fletcher, Babs Tarr

Staff quote of the day: Anyone seen Tanya? Is she locked in her new shed?

Our Discussion was all about the best adaptations from comic to TV or film.   Many of these titles do contain some adult content.  This could have been a podcast all on its own however we scratched the surface with:
The Walking Dead created by Robert Kirkman and Charlie Adlard
Daredevil created by Stan Lee, Bill Everett, Jack Kirby,
Jessica Jones created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Gaydos
Luke Cage created by Archie Goodwin , John Romita Sr
Kickass   created by Mark Miller
Scott Pilgrim versus the World created by Bryan Lee O’Malley
Watchmen created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Judge Dredd created by John Wagner, Pat Mills, Carlos Ezquerra

Tell us favourite Comic Book Hero or Villain?
Or your idea for a comic book mash up? My Little Pony Versus Hellraiser anyone?

Did you know? Our information segment this week was all about Code Club

Coming Soon: Comic Take Over Day at Falkirk Library Saturday 25th November 11am – 4pm.  Come on in – you know you want even more comic-y goodness

Thanks very much for listening and if you want to get in touch with us, then please come and chat with us on Facebook (Falkirk Libraries), Twitter (@LibFalkirk) or here on our website