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Circulating Ideas - 29 June 2021

Steve Thomas
Steve Thomas
Circulating Ideas facilitates conversations with the innovative people and ideas inspiring libraries to grow and thrive in the 21st century. This newsletter dives deeper into those conversations.
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Hi, I am Maurice Coleman.  I am a fellow podcaster and happen to know (and like) both Steve and this episode‘s guest Gene Ambaum. 
Gene and I have been friends for 15 years. I started out a fanboy and we slowly grew on each other after a few conference adventures, such as I Spying George RR Martin at ALA. Or running into each other at a random conference where he was exhibiting and I was speaking. 
So what is the mysterious Mr. Ambaum like? 
Well, he is an everyday Saint who wears many hats.
He is a tour guide. He took my wife and I on an improvised (and excellent) tour of Seattle.
He is an adventure park host.  The same tour took us over WA99 which was a wild ride over an elevated highway on its last legs. 
He is a foodie. He finds the coolest and odd places to eat. 
He is generous. He looks out for others. A lot. 
He is a friendly guy. He collects new friends at conferences. 
He is a connector. Walk around with him and very nice people gravitate to him. 
He is a translator. He speaks Korean.  
He is an observer. He notices things. He is hella smart. But it doesn’t go to his head.
He is a father and husband. He is the most interesting person you know and his wife and kid are even more so.
He is a talented writer. Ask him about his zombie fiction. 
He is a funny guy. Read his comic. Listen to his stories. 
He knows his Teen/YA lit. Ask him to do some reader’s advisory. 
He is a caring guy. He will ask “How are you?” And expects an answer. 
He is an excellent friend. 
-Maurice Coleman
Episode 202
In the new episode of the podcast, I chatted with Gene Ambaum and Willow Payne, the writer and artist (respectively) of Library Comic, about the transition from Unshelved to Library Comic, integrating spiders into the strip as much as possible, creative Kickstarter merch ideas, and Gene’s terrible taste in books and movies (according to Willow).
Library Comic
Unshelved by Gene Ambaum and Bill Barnes
Shelf Check: a Library Comic collection | Kickstarter
The Library Tarot — Kickstarter
The Center for Cartoon Studies
Bookstabber
Bobbins dot horse – John Allison
More about Library Comic
Library Comic Store
Recirculated
Circulating Ideas 2: Unshelved
Circulating Ideas 42: Emily Lloyd
Circulating Ideas 199: The Library’s Guide to Graphic Novels
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