Thursday, May 29, 2008

New policy.

When Kenny Penman got in contact to ask if I'd review the first two releases from Blank Slate Books, I agreed readily: like everyone else on the planet, I'm a sucker for free stuff. But then I said something in our initial email exchange that when I thought of it, seemed forehead-slappingly obvious, yet also deliciously revolutionary. So I'm announcing it as official policy. From now on, every book sent to me by a creator/publisher for review will be donated into Northern Ireland Libraries stock after I've read it. So not only will I give you an honest opinion of your work, I'll also give it a hearty shove on the back and send it out into the big ol' world for you. And maybe it'll fall into the hands of just the right reader.


Brandon Bragg said...

Great idea! I'm seeing more and more comics on the shelves of libraries over here, but it mainly seems limited to stuff by Alan Moore or Neil Gaiman. Love their stuff, but it would be nice to see some Kirby or even some newer stuff.

Just glad someone's doing their part.

Mark said...

I should take a picture or two of our graphic novel section and post it here: I think a lot of people would be surprised at the amount of variety you can get in one bay of four shelves.

One of the cutest things about my correspondence with Kenny about these books is, when I told him I'd be cataloguing these books into library stock after reading them, he sent me a little hand-written note warning me about bad "language "in one. Don't worry Kenny - we've got bloomin' far worse.