The portrayal of librarians in comic strips (Part III)
Mrs. Macreedy, Nanolibrarians, a four-eyed diddy, and more!
Tags: librarians comic strips
Added: 8 months ago
March 2, 1959
Charlie Brown: I've lost a library book!
Lucy Van Pelt: You have? Oh boy, you're a dead duck!
Charlie Brown: I've looked all over, but I can't find it!
Lucy Van Pelt: I'd say you're a dead duck.
Charlie Brown: I've looked and I've looked and I've looked...
Lucy Van Pelt: You know what, Charlie Brown?
Charlie Brown: No, what?
Lucy Van Pelt: You're a dead duck!
March 3, 1959
Charlie Brown: "Learn to read," they say. "Reading is the greatest thing in the world!"
Charlie Brown: Then the next thing you know, they want you to take books out from the library...
Charlie Brown: But boy, if you lose one of their ol' books, then they wanna kill you!
Charlie Brown: I never said I wanted to learn how to read!!!
March 4, 1959
Lucy Van Pelt: Maybe the library thinks you stole their book...
Charlie Brown: Stole it? I wouldn't steal their book!
Lucy Van Pelt: Well, how do they know that?
Charlie Brown: Stole it! Good grief!
Lucy Van Pelt: Well, what do you expect them to think?
Lucy Van Pelt: Libraries are human too, you know!
March 9, 1959
Charlie Brown: I think I'll just call up the library. And tell them I've lost their book!
Charlie Brown: I think I'll go right over to the phone, and call them up!
Charlie Brown: I think I'll just pick up the phone, call the library, and tell them that I've lost their book...
Charlie Brown: I think I'll drop dead...
March 10, 1959
Charlie Brown: Last night I dreamed that the library people came to get me...
Charlie Brown: They put big chains on me, and hit me over the head with books. Then the library people turned into the F.B.I.
Charlie Brown: They kept chasing me over state lines, and then some citizen groups began to throw stones at me...
Charlie Brown: I was sort of glad when I woke up!
March 11, 1959
Linus Van Pelt: Did you ever find your library book, Charlie Brown?
Charlie Brown: No.
Linus Van Pelt: Gee, what do you think will happen?
Charlie Brown: Well, I'll tell you... Whenever it's one man against an institution, there is always a tendency for the institution to win!
Charlie Brown: What's the matter?
Linus Van Pelt: The hearing of a great truth always stuns me!
March 12, 1959
Charlie Brown: Dear Library, I have lost your book.
Charlie Brown: I can not find it anywhere.
Charlie Brown: I will come to the library and turn myself in.
Charlie Brown: Please do not harm my mother and father.
March 13, 1959
Charlie Brown: I found it!
Charlie Brown: I found my library book! I looked in the refrigerator and there it was! I found it!!!
Linus Van Pelt: That's great, Charlie Brown...
Charlie Brown: I found it! I found it!! Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha I found it! Hee Hee Hee Hee Hee I found it! I found it!!
Linus Van Pelt: In all the world there is nothing more inspiring than the sight of someone who has been taken off the hook!
Cartoonist(s): Berkeley Breathed
Viewable Date: 2006-09-10
Opus the Penguin is sitting up in bed, as an elderly woman emerges from his "Anxiety Closet."
He asks "Who are you?", and the woman replies "Mrs. Macreedy, you librarian from 1982."
The next panel shows the woman smiling as she says "Your copy of 'Green Eggs and Ham' is still checked out, you bad little dickens."
The final panel shows Opus getting back into bed with a smug look on his face ("Sigh ... Yesterday's doo-doo was so simple"), as the woman pulls a giant axe out of the violin case she was carrying ("8,432 days late, dear").
"Daily Jumble" Spoiler – 10/15/12
Visual Description: A female librarian is heading to work, saying "I'd better hurry or else I'm going to be late."
Clue/Question: The librarian would be late for work if she didn't ...
Answer: BOOK IT
Cartoonist(s): Hilary Price
Comic/Cartoon: Rhymes with Orange
Viewable Date: 2010-02-22
Entitled "The Caliber of Service" (over a plaque reading "Library Hours, High Noon to Sunset"), the strip shows a female librarian sitting behind the reference desk, pointing to a male patron and saying "Walk ten paces, turn around, and bang -- there are the westerns."
Mordant Orange by Mike Bannon
February 24th, 2009
The Right Ratio
A female librarian is speaking in front of a sign reading "Librarians of America Summit", pointing to a PowerPoint presentation featuring a nude woman (with the private parts blocked out).
She tells the assembled group "In an attempt to lure people back from the internet, I suggest that we add pornographic images to every third page of all books."
CARTOONS BY TOM GAULD
Libraries of the Future
* Multi-dimensional fiction [drawing of a book which resembles one of M.C. Escher's irrational cubes]
* Holographic audiobooks [a hologram appears above a book and says "It was the best of times... "]
* Nanobooks/Nanolibrarian [microscopic dots are floating in the air around a small stick figure]
* Bookpills [several pills are labelled "50 Shades of Grey", "Jamie's 15-Minute Meals", and "Finnegans Wake"]
* Robot librarians [a robot is stamping a book]
* Sentient books [a book is sitting on the table, saying "I'm overdue, please take me back to the library"]
A man at the front desk of the public library asks "Do you have any MORE books by Anne Frank?"
Another man screams "You HAVE to read this book!", holding up a copy of "Something or the Other" by Who-Knows-Who.
A woman points to a stack of books and says "Do you have these SAME books but in blue?"
Clarice is sitting on the other side of the front desk, thinking "I'm SO glad I love my job" while an unseen person asks her "WHERE'S 'EM PLAYBOYS?"
by Jef Mallett
A little girl runs up to Frazz and says "Know what? Downtown there's this guy called a reference librarian! You ask him any question and he knows it. If he doesn't know it, he looks it up for you. And it's free! I asked him why the whole world didn't know about him... He's having to look that one up."
Sheldon and his grandfather are walking out of the public library carrying a stack of books, when the female librarian calls to them "Sir? Interested in signing up the lad for our summer reading program?"
She continues "The goal is to get kids away from TV, video games and MP3 players. With reading! For four weeks, all our little contestants read as much as they can!"
Gramp leans in with interest and asks "And what does the winner get?" The librarian then gets a staid look on her face and replies "Choice of a 13-inch TV, Playstation, or iPod."
"You pay your late fines or Babar breaks your pinkie." - New Yorker Cartoon
By: Harry Bliss
Published March 14, 2005
"You pay your late fines or Babar breaks your pinkie."
Female librarian threatening child with Babar the elephant standing behind her.
Artist: Meehan, Kieran
A man is talking to the male librarian at the front desk: "Do you have any books on how to get along with people? Ya four-eyed diddy."
Shelf Check 521
Dave: Wow, what?
Jan: Researchers have created a brain-to-brain interface that enabled a rat in Brazil to communicate information to a rat in North Carolina!
Dave: HOLY CATS! Jan, DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA what this could mean for librarians!?!
Jan: Well, yeah! I have lots of ideas...
Dave: Someday, we might be able to show patrons how to cut & paste in Word WITHOUT HAVING TO GET UP FROM THE DESK!!!
Jan: ... That wasn't one of them.
Posted by Emily Lloyd at 9:09 AM
Editorial cartoon by David Hitch
July 2, 2013
"News Item: White House Recruits Libraries to Promote Obamacare" appears at the top of the panel, as a man is pleading with a female librarian ("But... Obamacare isn't 'free'... In fact, it'll raise health care costs exponentially - and result in doctor shortages!") but she simply puts a finger to her lips and shushes him ("Ssshh!").
Artist: Reynolds, Dan
An elderly female librarian is sprawled out across the reference desk, her eyes closed. Two students are talking in the foreground: "She actually tried to donate her body to Library Science, but all they could use was her spine and appendix ... "
by Tony Carrillo
A male librarian is spying on a patron sitting on the floor surrounding himself with stacks of books; he whispers into his walkie talkie "We have a book fort in progress in Section G."
A man is standing at the "Book Returns" desk, as the female librarian tells him "We take late returns very seriously at this library, Mr Wilson!" In the background, another female librarian is working a gallows (where a hooded victim is about to be hung by the neck).
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
"Submit to the Power of Reading" by Grant Snider
First Panel: A female librarian blindfolds a young man who is sitting in a chair and reading a book.
Second Panel: The librarian has the man in a crucifix pose, his arms chained to drawers in the card catalog.
Third Panel: The librarian is on a ladder dusting the top shelves, while the man stands beneath her holding a large stack of books.
Fourth Panel: The man is lying on top of a table, while the librarian flashes the barcode scanner in his eyes (and the computer has the word "OVERDUE" on the screen).
Fifth Panel: The man is hunched over on the ground, as the librarian puts a foot on his back and uses him as a stepstool to reach the top shelf to reshelve a book.
Sixth Panel: The man is inside of a book drop box, as the librarian sits on top and closes the lid while shushing him.
Rose is Rose
by Don Wimmer and Pat Brady
The first three panels of the strip show young Pasquale standing in front of a bookshelf while holding his stomach and floating in the air with a frightened look on his face. The last panel shows his mother Rose whispering "Let it out! They bend the rules for hiccups" (as the silhouette of a female librarian at the library's front desk can be seen in the background, next to a sign reading "Quiet Please").
A man dressed as a robber walks into the North York Public Library and the female librarian can only look on in horror as he yells "Hand over all your cash or I break this book's spine!"
(c) 2011 Debbie Ridpath Ohi
A Taxpayer's-Eye View of Library Jargon.
American Libraries. Nov77, Vol. 8 Issue 10, p554. 2p.
Money talks. So do librarians ... but in terms library-supporting laypersons can't always understand.
Folks throughout the nation are coming to White House conference to hear what librarians have to say, and some are already baffled by the lingo. Imagine the pictures we conjure up with some of our jargon - and the amount of dough the confusion might cost us.
With terms culled from recent library literature and concepts suggested by librarian/humorist Anita Reith (Concordia Teachers College, Seward, Nebr.) AL worked up a list and fed it to one of America's top cartoon illustrators, Chuck Slack of the Chicago Tribune. He had one instruction only: draw what they mean to you, the "lay" person.
Another batch are scheduled for a forthcoming AL.
[a robot with tank treads and a human face, labelled "human component of regional node"]
[a file cabinet wearing a hat and trenchcoat, labelled "authority file"]
[a waiter on a cruise ship, serving a cup of coffee to a passenger lounging on a deck chair, labelled "deck attendant"]
[a "Character Conversion Machine" that takes in nerdy-looking men on one end and spits out women in bikinis and high heels from the other end, labelled "automatic character conversion"]
[two blue creatures that resemble the ink stains from a Rorschach test, labelled "Psychological Abstracts"]
[a pile of numbers, labelled "score collection"]
[a group of women in bikinis, jumping out of a box of "Super Snaps Breakfast Junk" cereal and diving into a bowl of milk, labelled "serials librarians"]
[a tiny female librarian under a magnifying glass, labelled "microforms librarian"]
[a nude man and a nude woman sitting on an open book, labelled "shared cataloging"]