SEATTLE, WA – February 21, 2007 – Unshelved, the popular daily comicstrip about a library, celebrates its fifth anniversary.
Created by librarian Gene Ambaum and cartoonist Bill Barnes, the stripwent live on the Internet on February 16, 2002, and quickly gained acult following among library workers. Unshelved's audience continuedto grow as more and more people discovered the exploits of a sarcasticpublic librarian named Dewey. Today over 35,000 readers enjoy thestrip every day at unshelved.com, via free email delivery, and by RSSfeed.
"Is it a comic that only librarians can appreciate? No." says writerGene Ambaum. "A library is basically a store -- everyone has been onone side of the counter or the other. Fortunately for us there reallyis such a thing as a stupid question."
Dewey and his fellow librarians deal with an interesting cross-sectionof people, from a guy who celebrates freedom of expression by wearingno clothes to patrons who want books for their pets. Many sequences,such as the man who uses bacon as a bookmark, are true storiescontributed by readers.
This is also the second year that Unshelved has devoted its Sundaycolor strips to recommending new and classic books. Libraries,schools, and bookstores use these "Unshelved Book Club" strips indisplays that promote reading.
"Unshelved is always a blast to make," says artist Bill Barnes, "I getto draw Dewey saying the things everyone wishes they could say, exceptthey'd be fired. And every Sunday I draw a scene from a differentbook. For a cartoonist who was practically raised in a library it's adream come true."
Unshelved continues to be available for free on its website, and thereare four published Unshelved collections published with a fifthscheduled 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)