"Unshelved" Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Wed, February 21st, 2007 at 12:00am PST

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Official Press Release

SEATTLE, WA – February 21, 2007 – Unshelved, the popular daily comic

strip about a library, celebrates its fifth anniversary.

Created by librarian Gene Ambaum and cartoonist Bill Barnes, the strip

went live on the Internet on February 16, 2002, and quickly gained a

cult following among library workers. Unshelved's audience continued

to grow as more and more people discovered the exploits of a sarcastic

public librarian named Dewey. Today over 35,000 readers enjoy the

strip every day at unshelved.com, via free email delivery, and by RSS

feed.

"Is it a comic that only librarians can appreciate? No." says writer

Gene Ambaum. "A library is basically a store -- everyone has been on

one side of the counter or the other. Fortunately for us there really

is such a thing as a stupid question."

Dewey and his fellow librarians deal with an interesting cross-section

of people, from a guy who celebrates freedom of expression by wearing

no clothes to patrons who want books for their pets. Many sequences,

such as the man who uses bacon as a bookmark, are true stories

contributed by readers.

This is also the second year that Unshelved has devoted its Sunday

color strips to recommending new and classic books. Libraries,

schools, and bookstores use these "Unshelved Book Club" strips in

displays that promote reading.

"Unshelved is always a blast to make," says artist Bill Barnes, "I get

to draw Dewey saying the things everyone wishes they could say, except

they'd be fired. And every Sunday I draw a scene from a different

book. For a cartoonist who was practically raised in a library it's a

dream come true."

Unshelved continues to be available for free on its website, and there

are four published Unshelved collections published with a fifth

scheduled to debut this summer.

For more information on Unshelved, visit http://www.unshelved.com

UNSHELVED VOL 1 TP


(Diamond: JUL043561 / ISBN13: 9780974035300)


UNSHELVED VOL 2 WHAT WOULD DEWEY DO TP


(Diamond: MAR045119 / ISBN13: 9780974035319)


UNSHELVED VOL 3 LIBRARY MASCOT CAGE MATCH TP


(Diamond: FEB058498 / ISBN13: 9780974035327)


UNSHELVED VOL 4 BOOK CLUB TP


(Diamond: APR068107 / ISBN13: 9780974035335)

 
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