The portrayal of librarians in comic strips (Part VII)
A Trained Librarian is a Powerful Search Engine with a Heart, Mrs. Kiley, Mrs. Byage, et al.
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Added: 11 months ago
Cartoonist(s): Bob Thaves and Tom Thaves
Comic/Cartoon: Frank and Ernest
Viewable Date: 2006-02-21
The letters "F" and "E" are watching three "female" letters walk by ("S", "H", "H") and "F" says "I understand they're librarians."
The Mansion of E #2215
[[Rosemary and Sylvester are climbing in the dark between the River of Fire and the Great Chasm.]]
Rosemary: You live on top of all these "beasties", and you never thought to read Wuttgutt?
Sylvester: Never heard of the book before today. ...Although..Wuttgutt.. That name's familar. Have to ask Amos.
[[Outline of Amos angrily emerging from his and Nellie's apartment.]]
Rosemary: OK, who's this Amos? Another brother of yours?
Sylvester: Oh, right. You haven't met.. No. Wait. You have met him. He and his wife Nellie are Great-Uncle Frederick's neighbors.
[[Outline of a young Sylvester being loaded down with books by Amos.]]
Sylvester: He was.. still is.. the Mansion's librarian. She's the gardener.
Rosemary: ..Is he always that grumpy?
Sylvester: He and Frederick.. have a History. Don't ask him about it. Just tell him you want to read books, and you'll have a friend for life.
by Jim Meddick
Monty puts his hand on the shoulder of a young woman with a bun in her hair and glasses, telling his friend "Hey Gretch, I want you to meet my new girlfriend, Judith... "
The woman responds "Hi Gretch" (but the text is written in very tiny font to simulate a quiet voice), so Gretch responds by cupping a hand to her ear and asking "Pardon?"
Monty says "Oh... Um, Judith's in the habit of speaking quietly because she works as a librarian." Gretch then asks "Say... I've always wanted to ask a librarian... Do you ever get really frustrated at work... and want to shout and go Arrg! But you can't?"
She responds (again in barely legible print) "Well, occasionally I do get rather irritated, but I've never felt the need to resort to verbal outbursts."
Gretch simply gets a blank look on her face and says "I'll take that as a 'No.'"
Cartoonist(s): Dave Coverly
Comic/Cartoon: Speed Bump
Viewable Date: 2012-07-31
An elderly man is sitting in his study surrounded by books, when his wife walks up and says "Bad news. It turns out we can't leave our bodies to library science."
"Mother Goose & Grimm"
October 14, 2007
[Ralph the dog walks up to the elderly female librarian holding a book]
Ralph: I checked out this book last week.
[he holds up the book]
Ralph: But I accidentally spilled super glue all over it.
Librarian: Did you like the book?
Ralph: ...I couldn't put it down.
Artist: Toos, Andrew
A man is looking at a male librarian behind the desk, who tells him "That book is not available at this branch, this library system or this solar system, but we can order it for you."
Panel #1 (Jeff and Weedmaster P are standing in the library)
Jeff: Whu-- what is this place?
Weedmaster P: Welcome to the liberry, chickendick! We have to learn how Spring Break started so you can let us enjoy it!
Panel #2 (the female librarian walks up behind Jeff)
Jeff: Why can't we just look it up on the intarwub? Why do we have to actually go somewhere?
Librarian: Sir, you can't be in the library with no shirt on.
Panel #3 (Jeff yells at Weedmaster P)
Jeff: Screw the library! I'm going back to the intarwub where you ain't supposed to wear clothes!
Weedmaster P: Wow, it turns out Spring Break is the anniversary of when God built the universe in seven days ...
by Jef Mallett
Frazz is talking to a male librarian sitting behind the information desk, asking "Caulfield checked out how many books?"
The librarian replies "For his summer reading project, he said."
The next panel shows the young boy sitting in a tree reading a collection of "Far Side" comic strips (as the pile of library books sit at the base of the tree, obviously used as "stairs" to climb to the highest branch).
Guy and Brad Gilchrist, Nancy. 30 April 1999.
Nancy, holding a copy of The Wind in the Willows, says to the librarian, "Hi... I'd like to return this book, Ma'am..."
"But... I was wondering... Last month I returned a book a week late, and you charged me a dime...
"I'm returning this one a week early.. Can I have my dime back?"
The librarian looks confused by this train of thought.
Artist: Artz, Sally
A female librarian is on top of a ladder shelving books, when she looks down at the man looking up her skirt and says "Well, go and browse somewhere else!"
(c) 2012 Stephanie Piro
Librarian: I'd be happy to sign you up for a library card. I just need some info... A photo ID, proof of address, your favorite color, your sign and your relationship status!
Female librarian with a sign behind her that reads 'Thank You for Not Speaking'
By: Frank Cotham
About the Artist
Frank Cotham was educated at the University of Memphis and went on to join the production department at WHBQ-TV. In 1986, when "the other guy" in the art department quit, Cotham followed suit and decided he'd give full-time cartooning a try. He has been a cartoonist for The New Yorker since 1993.
Cartoonist(s): Hilary Price
Comic/Cartoon: Rhymes with Orange
Viewable Date: 2013-06-05
Entitled "Library of Congress" (over a newspaper with the headline "Dewey Decimal Wins!"), the strip shows a female librarian sitting at the reference desk, answering a question: "Presidential biographies? Between fiction and nonfiction."
A trained librarian is a powerful search engine with a heart
Nov. 30th, 2012 at 7:06 AM by Sarah McIntyre
I've been getting loads of e-mails from librarians asking if they could buy a poster version of the sign I made for the Mass Lobby of Parliament for School Libraries in October. (Thanks to New York and Chicago public libraries and others for the big boost! I lost track after about 8,000 Facebook shares. And thanks to those of you who piped up on their sites to say I'd drawn it!) I looked around at several websites, but they were charging quite a lot of money if you wanted to buy the posters, so I thought I'd just offer them as free downloadable PDF files, if anyone would like to make some copies off your own printer for your library. Please do spread the link to this post if you know anyone you think would like their own poster!
[cartoon of a young male superhero with a book on his back instead of a cape, flying through the air with the caption "A TRAINED LIBRARIAN IS A POWERFUL SEARCH ENGINE with a HEART"]
Instead of charging you, I'd just love to know where these are all going! If you could leave me any clues in the comments at the bottom of this blog post, I'd really appreciate it. Your name (just first, if you want), your school, and where it is, or anything else you'd like to say to cheer on your fellow librarians!
I also uploaded the design as t-shirts to Spreadshirt. I haven't actually seen a printed up shirt yet, so if you buy one, I'd be so pleased if you could send me a photo of you wearing it! And let me know what you think of it, if the printing's good, the fabric's okay, that sort of thing.
You can buy more campaign-related posters over on Carel Press, and read ongoing updates about the campaign by super-librarian Barbara Band and others over on the Mass Lobby for School Libraries Facebook page. The group's still lobbying hard to give every school the right to have its own library with a trained librarian. Basic stuff, folks!
by Lincoln Peirce
The female librarian greets Francis as he walks into the library, and he says "Hi, Mrs. Kiley! I brought my friends Nate and Teddy!"
She welcomes them ("Hello, boys! Will you be joining us in the book club from now on?"), and Nate replies "Uh... that depends on what happens next week."
She answers "Well, we're going to start reading a wonderful novel about a... " but Nate interrupts her ("I was talking about the snack next week").
She gives a dejected "Ah," as Nate continues ("Anything chocolate and I'm in!") while Teddy chimes in ("But no walnuts, I hate walnuts").
Autumn: "You seem defensive. Why wouldn't you want to spread the word about your blog?"
Autumn: "Could it be you fear the stigma? Is it too weird to have friends and family read your writing?"
Autumn [[off screen]]: "Or maybe you don't want your librarian husband to see you declared TV Guide 'The finest literature anyone needs.'"
Ivy [[face-palm!]]: "I'm doomed."
GM: What kind of character do you want to play, Sally?
Sally: Someone smart! And sensible. And not stupid looking.
Obi-Wan: Let me handle this.
Obi-Wan: Thank you for letting me into the Jedi Archives, Miss... that's you, Sally. You're a librarian.
Librarian: Miss Jocasta Nu!
Obi-Wan: Thank you, Miss Nu. I owe you one.
GM: Right. Sally, you're a keen assistant who craves advent-
Librarian: I'm a little old lady with long robes! And chopsticks in my hair!
Librarian: How can I help you, young man?
Obi-Wan: I need-
Librarian: Hey! Quiet back there! This is a library, you know!!
Librarian: Sorry, go on.
Obi-Wan: I'm trying to locate a plan-
Librarian: Oy! You lot! No eating in the library! Do I come around to your house and read books?!
Obi-Wan: -et called Kamino.
Librarian: Tough luck! All the books about planets were eaten by dogs.
Librarian: Also, you don't have a library card any more 'cause you're suspended. So get lost!
GM: Mmmm. Well handled.
"Where do you stash the porno, Cookie?" - New Yorker Cartoon
By: Warren Miller
Published April 19, 1969
"Where do you stash the porno, Cookie?"
Dirty old man speaking to female librarian.
[[Girl is sitting at a desk writing on a piece of paper. Behind her is a radio supported on two filing cabinets.]]
[[Pencil: Scratch Scratch]]
Radio: This is NPR News
Radio: When you think of librarians you might think
Radio: of a lady with her hair in a bun and a finger to her lips / [[Girl frowns]]
[[Girl slams desk]]
Girl: When I think of librarians I think of EVERY SINGLE news story starting with -
Girl: "When you think of librarians you might think of a lady with her hair in a bun and a finger to her lips"
Girl: When the ONLY people who think that are journalists who apparently haven't been inside a public library since they finished reading all seventy-two volumes of THE BOBBSEY TWINS!
Radio: When you think of librarians you might think of a lady asking the man by the photocopy machine who smells like feces not to talk to himself too loud
[[Girl folds her arms on the desk and lays her head on them, sulking]]
Girl: It's a start.
Radio: Up next. Comics aren't just for kids anymore!
Publication Date: 1985-05-14
Collection Book: The Last Straw
Description: In the school library Michael tells a joke to Lawrence, Gordon, and Janice. He asks what is short and fat and sounds like a leaky inner tube. Instantly the librarian, Mrs. Byage, lets out a long Shhhhhhhhh which answers his question. Everyone laughs.
Caption: Hey, guys... what's short an' fat an' sounds like an inner tube with a hole in it?!! Shhhhhhhhhhhh!!!