Unshelved comic strip for 5/2/2016

Book Reviews


This week's Unshelved Book Club features books about dyslexia, Paris, math in the courtroom, home, goblins, and the sniper who tried to kill Hustler's Larry Flynt.

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Here’s what’s up: Bill has returned to work in the software industry, and he’s taking a step back from Unshelved.  

I miss working in a library. It’s time for me to get out of my kitchen and back into the real-life crazy again. But I’m determined to continue to make Unshelved, and to make it better than ever.

Bill is helping me transition to working more closely with our new artist, Chris Hallbeck, an amazing comics creator in his own right (Maximumble).

Before, as cashflow ebbed and flowed, Bill and I could wait months if necessary to pay ourselves. But we’re not in a position to do that any longer. Chris works for us, and we need to pay him regularly. And we also need to pay Ang, who handles logistics and has taken over other duties that Bill and I used to handle.

This is why we need your help.

The Unshelved Patreon is off to a good start at about $300 per month. This is awesome as it covers website and newsletter-related expenses.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed so far!

But we need the Patreon to cover the basic cost of producing Unshelved. At $1350 it will also pay Chris to illustrate four comics per week. At $1750 it will cover the additional cost of Friday Unshelved Book Club comics, too. Higher levels of support will mean we can keep paying for book reviews.

If we reach those levels of support, we can use money from ad sales and merchandise to cover Ang’s salary and to pay me a bit. But if there’s not much left for me, that’s okay. I’m willing to keep writing comics and doing a bit of record keeping for free if I have to because I love it. Everybody needs a weird hobby. (Writing Unshelved. Not the record keeping. I’m not crazy.) And of course I don’t want to miss any of the stories you send me.

But I need your help to be sure we can keep making Unshelved.  (And I hope that our life-changing Patreon rewards will sweeten the deal for you.)


-Gene geneambaum@gmail.com

New from Tor Teen! Discover David Lubar's YA novel CHARACTER, DRIVEN.


Last week, when we were at TLA, we had the pleasure of chatting with David Lubar when he stopped by the Unshelved booth. It was clear from talking to him that he is incredibly proud of his new YA novel, Character, Driven. And reviewers are loving it too! It has already received starred reviews from Booklist, Kirkus Reviews, and Publisher's Weekly. Please visit Tor Teen --publisher of Character, Driven and this week's Unshelved sponsor-- to read the beginning of this powerful coming-of-age novel and to learn more about it!

Book Reviews


This week's Unshelved Book Club features books about a photographer who posts photos to humiliate bullies, amazing infographics, an approval junkie, a school full of kids who have walked through doorways to other worlds, a girl fascinated with serial killers who thinks she may be one, a cartoony stage show about the human body, and a history of the Motown sound.

If Books Could Kill


I set out to write a blog post about this week's sponsor in the midst of a crazy week. The good kind of crazy, mind you -- travel, a vibrant library conference, time spent with friends old and new -- but still a crazy week. So, I thought I'd take a tiny peek at what our sponsors were promoting, peck out a quick post, and treat myself to an early bedtime. I clicked on the Spring 2016 Mystery Excerpt Sampler from our friends at Penguin Random House and issued myself a challenge: Just read the first line or two of each excerpt and then move on.

Wow. I cannot even begin to tell you how utterly and completely I failed that challenge. Pulled into these stories over and over again, the minutes slipped by. I have no regrets. (Early bedtimes are probably overrated anyway.) These excerpts are exceptional. To accompany the sampler, the team at Penguin Random House has also put together some great programming ideas and has produced a gorgeous If Books Could Kill poster that you can download (or request a printed copy, while supplies last). Please click through and take a closer look at these shocking, mysterious, new titles!

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