Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.

2008-08-17

The Wonderful World of Webcomic Tshirts that are least Tangentially related to Libraries


Giving away the content and making a living on schwag and cons is the economic engine of webcomics, and in the pursuit of a decent living, webcomic creators are spitting out some really cool products. I have a real weakness for webcomic tshirts, and ever since the smash hit success of Jeph Jacques' "She Blinded Me With Library Science" tshirt, throwing library people a bone has become a sure-fire way to move some merch. My latest delight is the-not-to-be-underestimated Kate Beaton's "Reading: This Shit is Crazy!" tshirt, which I'm proud to say I managed to wear to the office. Beaton's focus is on history webcomics, and there's a lot to love there (like Napoleon eating cookies) without even checking out the "This Shit is Crazy" section. Tellingly, her store features not only the Reading shirt, but also a 'Glasses make you sexy' shirt that is obviously somewhat librarian-oriented (plus a totally kickass print of a Tesla comic).

Fellow wedge of the Topatoco empire and librarian favorite Cat and Girl features The Map of Compromise from a recent story arc, but her real gem is the $8 sticker collection, which includes some very appealing stickers such as "If you can read this, you're Literate", "My other car is a pynchon novel", and the sublime work of genius that is "If television's a babysitter, then the Internet's a Drunk Librarian that won't shut up". While it's no longer available, Cat and Girl's "Technically you would only need one Time Traveler Convention" shirt that Heidi Dolomore was wearing back at Midwinter is quite possibly the best convention shirt of all time; it even spawned a (somewhat) real time traveler convention at MIT.

While British Superstar John Allison's Scary Go Round shop no longer sells their 'Google is ruining everything' tshirt, his passionate hamster yelling 'Books Rule' is still available. Most of Scary Go Round's best shirts don't really have anything to do with the comic, and while it's not remotely library-specific, don't miss the Major Teacup shirt while you're there.

Finally, while a library connection is even more tenuous, what pop culture librarian's wardrobe would be complete without one of Scott Kurtz's "Joss Whedon is my Master Now" tshirts?

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