“The Bobbsey Twins and Baby May received what is regarded as the most extreme rewrite; it is a story about the Bobbsey family’s adventures trying to find the parents of a foundling baby. Since, by the 1960s, modern social services had rendered the original story utterly implausible, an entirely new novel was written about the twins’ adventures with a baseball-playing baby elephant.” wikipedia
When I think of librarians, I think of how much like the Internet they’d be if they were drunk and wouldn’t shut up.
Now do one about how knitters aren’t just grandmas and gay men, please.
The Bobbseys made a big impression on me. From memory: Bert, Nan, Freddie, Flossie. That’s going back 40 year and one serious head injury ago.
Hilarious! (Standard “it’s funny cause it’s true” statement inserted here.)
I despise how almost every Internet “news” article dealing with public nudity has a reference to being “cheeky.” Does anyone even SAY “cheeky” anymore?
I think this is about to become the 4th Cat and Girl strip posted on my office door.
Ah, National Pentagon Radio.
Freakin’ sweet stereo.
Is it me or has Cat and Girl always been Charlie Brown with an off-the-wall anthropomorphic cat instead of an off-the-wall dog and an intelligent but morose girl instead of an intelligent but morose boy?
Just saiyan, Goku.
What’s a job where you can not do too much, but still act superior? Hipsters love being librarians.
If the Babysitter’s Club are the Ramones, then the Bobbsey Twins are…?
You might think video games are just for nerdy teenaged boys, but …
I heard that story/intro (bookcart dancing at ALA, right?) on my way home from work, and had the exact same reaction.
You’d think that NPR, of all news outlets, might know something about librarians. Or not.
Comparing Cat and Girl to Peanuts?
What are you, psychotic? They’re both in black and white. They contain human and non-human speaking parts. And that’s… it.
Cat is *nothing* like Snoopy. Girl is *NOTHING* *WHATSOEVER* like Charlie Brown. Dorothy, thank heavens, is nothing like Charles Shulz. Particularly towards the end, when he could only bitterly rant through the comics about how “underground” comics were the end of the universe.
I just like the way the newsreader actually responds to Girl.
serious? you know nothing about libraries and how they function. this is the type of recurring comment that pisses librarians off to no end. in fact, im at work at the library right now and almost couldnt contain my outrage
It’s Renee Montagne, right?
The last panel is reminiscent of an Onion headline a friend of mine came up with: a picture of Peter Griffin or whatever with the line: “Animated Cartoons: 100 Years Of Not Being Just For Kids Anymore”
Cat and Girl may be different, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find out Peanuts was one of Dorothy’s inspirations… *everybody* was inspired by Peanuts.
i never read the bobsey twins. i was a nancy drew and hardy boys fan. and my librarian in school wasnt like any of the descriptions here. she seemed pretty normal. the librarian in our city library was a mexican. mexican american. hispanic. uh latina. screw it she was brown. im brown too. i prefer hispanic.
I’m a librarian and the only one of our librarians who dressed like that for work was Matt when he decided to come in cross-dressed. heh.
I actually listened to that story about the dancing librarians on NPR. I don’t remember being so much outraged by the cliché intro but more by the fact that someone actually considered it “news”. I, unfortunately, did not have the radio talk back to me.
While both C.B. and G. are non-sexualized, etc characters snoopy was a f*k-g mime. I mean g-d d*m!7 cat is soooo much more than snoopy could ever hope to be. (a fuging mime)
darnit. that’s s’posed to be
i heart jorpho.
‘pparently the pointy brackets hides wordses.
I assume the stereotypical librarian was inspired by the Librarian Action Figure, seen here: http://www.mcphee.com/items/11247.html Unsurprisingly, the model for the Librarian Action Figure was Nancy Pearl, also a frequent quest commentator on NPR
“Not do too much …” Sigh, as I wipe off the dripping sweat after hauling folding chairs down the attic steps, make coffee and slice cheese while people are filing in for a meeting, with the phone hugged to my ear telling an irate patron I’m sorry but the book you ordered last week hasn’t come yet, after I walked a bike in the parade on Saturday and drove over an hour on Sunday to pick up an educational kit for a program that was given out to someone else in error … I guess I’m still looking for the library job where you “don’t do too much…”
I have to agree with an earlier poster, awesome stereo.
“By the 1950s, movies had established the stereotype of librarians as “spinsters” and “eggheads”. Thus, female movie librarians are usually unmarried, prim, and introverted. They are usually young and may be attractive, but dress drably and are sexually repressed. In movies such as It’s a Wonderful Life and The Music Man, their careers are characterized as a “fate worse than death”.” (thanks wikipedia)
Kris I couldn’t agree more!!! We knitters are more then just old ladies and gay men, we are also nerds and cat women!!
Hey, librarians are more than public librarians too!
Why do all these “debates” always confine themselves to one field of librariandom? :(
“What’s a job where you can not do too much, but still act superior? Hipsters love being librarians.”
Try shadowing one for a day, Brian. You’d be surprised how much we do, and how little support, financial or otherwise, we often receive to do it. Most of us are in the field for love, despite having to deal with people like you on a daily basis.
and how Canada is always “our neighbor to the north” – hey, it’s BIG, you can find it on a map if you’re not sure where it is.
Just so you know, I work for NPR and have just purchased a print of this comic to hang prominently in my office area :)
I want to hear the news stories start with “Webster’s Dictionary defines Librarian as …”
My highschool librarian was the cutest thing in the building.
Librarians are not things.
I think journalists get their concepts of real life and porn mixed up quite a bit.
Or the old stinky Pedo in the Internet kiosk next to you cursing because his kiddie porn site’s been blocked.