Gene, who does the text of the comics, has spent many years as a teen services librarian on the west coast. Bill Barnes, the author part of the duo, is the illustrator and an avid reader. Together, they blend truth and humor about life and libraries in a brilliant way.
If you haven't had a chance to check it out, take a few minutes to browse their website. Comic strips are readily available for reading online, and as an added bonus - periodically they do a "Book Club" strip, which is actually an entire page. They choose a book, and using the comic strip characters give a quick synopsis/review with an illustration. Especially great is that Gene let everyone know at ALC that libraries are welcome to use the Book Club strips in their own libraries for their own book clubs if they wish! Their website also states: "Libraries, bookstores, and schools are welcome to print and post Unshelved Book Club comic strips to promote the books or reading in general. If you want to do something else with them, please ask first. We’re easy." See the complete list of books that they've reviewed for Book Club. On the right hand side, under the column "what" it'll say if it's just a review or if there's a comic. The reviews are kind of neat, too, because they answer 3 questions: why I read it, why I finished it, and who I'd give it to.
Gene and Bill are also always asking librarians to send in their library stories - the funny, the ridiculous and the downright weird! If they like it, they'll incorporate it into their comic. If you want to submit a story of your own, visit unshelved.com and click on the link where they ask for story submissions.
Incorporate a little humour into your life, your library and your book club!