The portrayal of librarians in comic strips (Part VI)
Reya the Misanthrope, Fuchsia, the Deputy Librarian, et al.
Tags: librarians comic strips
Added: 11 months ago
Cartoonist(s): Rina Piccolo
Comic/Cartoon: Rina Piccolo's Panel Cartoons
Viewable Date: 2013-03-28
A woman is looking at several piles of books on the floor of the library (stacked to resemble the ruins of Stonehenge), as the female librarian says "They're books on ancient history - but we don't know who stacked them that way, or why."
Cartoonist(s): Alex Hallatt
Comic/Cartoon: Arctic Circle
Viewable Date: 2013-07-07
Howard the Snow Bunny walks into Ed the Penguin's room, filled with shelves of books, and asks "Why don't I ever see you in Snowpeak's library, Ed?" The penguins reply "Librarians scare me."
Howard replies "Libraries have changed. You can even talk in them now ... UGH!", then points to his bookshelves and says "What's the point of keeping all these books that you'll read only once?"
Ed admits "You're right," and Howard excitedly adds "That's why getting books from the LIBRARY is so GREAT!"
Ed then confesses "They are from libraries ... "
Howard looks on in stunned silence, as Ed grabs a calculator and says "Which is why I can't go back to ... 37 of them." Gordo the Penguin then enters the room and excitedly says "Ed! A NEW library opened across town!"
Artist: Turner, Mike
A man hands the female librarian a book called "Do It Now!", and says "It's well overdue, I just couldn't get round to bringing it back."
A mountain climber looks at a sign reading "This way to access the power of knowledge" with an arrow pointing upwards. He follows the arrows (climbing hills, hiking through tunnels, crossing gorges on a rope bridge) and celebrates when he reaches a sign reading "You made it! The power of knowledge is at hand!" However, the final panel shows that his destination is a public library.
Narrator: Reception Desk, Psesah University Police Depot. . .
Enireth Dispatcher: University Police, How may I direct your call?
Enireth Dispatcher: I'm sorry, Library riots are emergencies. I'll have to transfer you. Please hold.
Automated Voicemail: If you'd like to report a crime in progress, press 'one' now. If you've stumbled onto a crime scene, press 'two.' For fire, hazmat containment failure, or life-support issues press 'nine' to be transferred to University facility management.
Automated Voicemail: You have chosen to report a crime in progress. For theft, burglary, vandalism, or loitering press 'one.' For assault, reckless endangerment, rioting, or telemarketing press 'two.' For attempted murder, murder, attempted suicide, suicide, attempted spam, or actual spam, press three.
Enireth Dispatcher: University Police, level two emergency call center, how can I help you?
Enireth Police Y: The report says that some Puddy-Sphat-Bilger boys started a fight in the library. Rousting the humans again.
Veb: *sigh* Oh well. We might as well get in there and help the poor, defenseless, annoying humans.
Enireth Police Y: They don't look defenseless to me.
Veb: Oh, good! Shoot to kill.
The state of higher education being what it is, the symbols "puddy," "sphat," and "bilger" mean about as much to Galstandard-speaking frat boys as random greek letters mean to 21st-century college students.
In the ancient Enireth script, "puddy" is a glyph of a giant pseudo-primate, and one connotation is "nobility". The "sphat" glyph is a sleek fish, commonly synonymous with grace. A "bilger" is a pack animal, and one of the symbols of Enireth politics, denoting the diligence of the working class.
Naturally, the antics of the "noble, graceful worker" fraternity quickly led people to use alternate meanings for the symbols. It took very little stretching for them to come up with "big, drunken asses."
Abstract: Cartoon satirizing the opening day of the Astor Library in New York City.
Description: A man stands outside of the library's entrance, as a male librarian peeks his head out and menacingly waves a stick in his face. The sign next to the door reads "The Library Open Every Other Monday From 9.58. A.M. To 10 A.M.."
Date: 7 January 1892
Originally Published: First issue of "Life" Magazine
Credit: Harry Miller Lydenberg (August 1916). "History of the New York Public Library". Bulletin of the New York Public Library 20: 654-655.
With all the book-related news out there–Hunger Games doing well in theaters, the second season of Game of Thrones hitting HBO on Sunday, vampire sex being more popular than ever–I felt a powerful urge to do a book-related comic strip. So here it is. A book-related comic strip. If this doesn't make you believe in the power of reading, I don't know what will.
Someone, somewhere, will read this strip and decide to do a fan fiction featuring Harry Potter, Katniss Everdeen, Edward Cullen, and Tyrion Lannister. Unless it's already been written. Which is likely.
[two men are speaking]
Man: The library hired me to encourage kids to read...
[two men are speaking]
Man: But that's boring, so I hired Kurt's sister, Reya the Misanthrope, to stand outside and YELL at kids instead!
[a woman holds a book in front of a little boy's face]
Woman: Only retards hate books about wizards!
[a woman points to a book and yells at a little girl]
Woman: You haven't heard of Katniss Everdeen? Are you STUPID?!
[a woman throws a book at a little boy's head]
Woman: Vampires have SEX in this!
[a woman pushes a table over]
Woman: Winter is coming, assholes!!!
A man is holding a book and angrily says "How come this book has only characters without stories?" The male librarian calmly replies "Oh, you are the one who took the telephone directory."
Chris Browne, Hagar the Horrible. 5 April 2004.
Hagar and Lucky Eddie are shackled to the walls of a dungeon.
Lucky Eddie muses, "I guess when you commit the crime, you have to do the time..."
Hagar responds, "Ordinarily I'd agree with you...
...But overdue library books ?!!"
Artist: Way, Steve
A caveman is standing at the returns desk of a modern-day library, with a giant stone slab covered in markings, as the male librarian says "Massive fine on this one... "
Cartoonist(s): Bob Thaves and Tom Thaves
Comic/Cartoon: Frank and Ernest
Viewable Date: 1978-01-06
A man is trying to return a book to the public library, but the female librarian tells him "Sorry, Mr. Goble... No Agatha Christie until you've finished your Herman Melville."
New Yorker Cartoon
By: Ed Fisher
Published February 24, 1992
"Oh, we don't sort things into categories like fiction and nonfiction anymore, sir. Now it's either 'popular' or 'elitist.' "
Female librarian behind the information desk gives a man information on how books are now categorized in the library.
And now for another episode of ... Sinfest Nights
Fuchsia, the "sexy succubus" with a crush on bookworm Criminy, disguises herself as sexy librarian.
Fuchsia: Sir, the library will be closing in ten minutes.
Criminy: Oh, okay. Thank you.
Fuchsia: If there's anything you'd like to CHECK OUT, you should DO IT NOW.
Criminy: Of course, right away.
While she poses seductively on the table, he gets up with his books and walks off.
Criminy: Library card, library card...
[[BoxJam walks through a library, past a female librarian's desk. Over the desk hangs a sign: Shh!]]
[[Outside the library (sign: LIBRARY) BoxJam meets Ms. BoxJam]]
Ms. BoxJam: You get your book?
Ms. BoxJam: The librarian is pretty homely, isn't she?
Ms. BoxJam: What?
BoxJam: Isn't it true that librarians are all babes, but in secret?
Copyright Signe Wilkinson (12-15-2005)
Two federal agents (wearing jackets that read "Patriot Act") are looking at a police lineup of three women, as one asks "Ok. Which was the librarian who wouldn't turn over her files?"
Cartoonist(s): Signe Wilkinson
Comic/Cartoon: Signe Wilkinson's Editorial Cartoons
Viewable Date: 2002-01-14
A male librarian is holding a book (full of cut-out holes) while speaking on the phone, saying "Mr. Ambrose? About the book you borrowed?"
The comic is a commentary on the case of author Stephen Edward Ambrose, who in 2002 was accused of plagiarizing several passages in his book, "The Wild Blue", from other sources.
Gourmet - June, 1941
A female librarian holds out a strip of bacon to a patron.
'The Library wishes, Mr. Winble, that you wouldn't use bacon strips as bookmarks in our cook books!'
This vintage black and white cartoon appeared in the June 1941 Gourmet magazine.
Artist: Meehan, Kieran
A man is playing a trombone in the middle of the library, as the female librarian says "Shhhh!"
A man enters the library and walks up to the large-breasted female librarian at the front desk. He looks at her and says "Those two are not fiction, I hope."
(c) Mike Flanagan
"One more iambic pentameter and you're history," whispered the deputy libr... - New Yorker Cartoon
By: Glen Baxter
Published November 6, 2006
"One more iambic pentameter and you're history," whispered the deputy librarian.
Man is held at gunpoint by cowboy librarian for use of poetic meter.