The Graphic Librarian

Reflections on librarianship, comics, and health

Podcast Favorites

The following are podcasts that relate in some way to comics, medicine, and/or librarianship – often overlapping in interesting, if sometimes unexpected, ways. For now, they are organized alphabetically, until I can devise a logical way to break them down (as I said, a great deal of overlap).


Comics Alternative, The – You’ll find no superheroes here! This podcast is hosted by “two guys with PhD’s” and focuses on the world of comics outside of superheroes. There are occasional interviews with creators, trips to conventions, and more.

Graphic Medicine Podcast – A periodic podcast that features interviews with creators, scholars, and more, hosted by graphic medicine’s Comic Nurse (M.K. Czerwiec).

Health Literacy Out Loud – Short conversations with host Helen Osborne and numerous guests, discussing why health literacy matters and untold ways to get involved with the area. A favorite of mine is this one with M.K. Czerwiec, titled Comics and Medicine: That’s Health Literacy, Too.

Librarians Assemble! – A bi-monthly podcast hosted by Josh Stone that features librarians discussing their take on comics, including recommendations for library programming and collection development. The show notes often include valuable links and the bibliographic information on any comics discussed during that episode.

Note to Self – From the podcast’s page: “Is your phone watching you? Can wexting make you smarter? Are your kids real? These and other essential quandaries for anyone trying to preserve their humanity in the digital age. Join host Manoush Zomorodi for your weekly reminder to question everything. Produced by WNYC Studios.”

Off Panel – Hosted by Eisner-nominated David Harper, this weekly (with scheduled breaks) podcast features interviews with some of the best and brightest creators in the world of comics.

Panel Borders – A monthly broadcast on Resonance 104.4 FM (UK) that discusses comics and interviews creators. Available online via Internet Radio Archive.

The Librarian Is In – A bi-monthly podcast that features New York Public Librarians Gwen Glazer and Frank Collerius discussing the world of libraries, the books they’re reading, and more.

Worst Bestsellers, The – A podcast (and blog) run by an aspiring author and teen services librarian that features reviews of books long-considered to “key works” and/or perennial bestsellers. Reviews are often in the vein of Screen Junkies “Honest Trailers” – sarcastic, scathing, and potentially inflammatory for fans.



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