Q&A with Yoon Ji Kim on processing the Bradley and Brian Flota Comic Book Collection

Special Collections Graduate Student Assistant, Yoon Ji Kim, has recently completed processing The Bradley and Brian Flota Comic Book Collection. A portion of the comic books were donated in 2015 by Dr. Brian Flota, Humanities Librarian at James Madison University, and became the Brian Flota Comic Book Collection. In 2016, Flota donated a collection of over 7,000 comics owned by his father, Bradley Flota, expanding the original collection to over 9,700 comic books. This collection contains a wide selection of comic book and magazine genres from major publishers such as Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and Dark Horse Comics, as well as independent publishers. Thanks to Kim’s efforts, the comic books are fully inventoried, housed individually in acid-free paper folders, and available to the public.               Can you describe the process of working with these comics? What was the condition of the comic books when you started the project, and what did you do to get them into their final state? The process was a long one as it took a good amount of the year. Most of the comics were in good condition but many were inside sticky plastic bags. By removing the comic books from the Continue reading Q&A with Yoon Ji Kim on processing the Bradley and Brian Flota Comic Book Collection

Color Our Collections – February 5-9, 2018

Join us for the Color Our Collections event, February 5-9, 2018! Led by The New York Academy of Medicine, the event invites you to download images from library and cultural institution collections, color them, and share them on social media using the event hashtag #ColorOurCollections. Download a PDF of coloring pages sourced from JMU publications held by JMU Special Collections by clicking on the image below:  

JMU Special Collections Events – Fall 2016

JMU Special Collections continues it’s Speakers Series with three lectures for Fall 2016. And if that wasn’t enough, we’re hosting the inaugural Pulp Studies Symposium: Sensational Scholarship on October 7-8. Here’s the schedule of events:

Black Mask: A Magazine of Gripping, Smashing Detective Stories

By Maggie Dapogny – This July, a group of rising high school seniors will take JMU Professor Brooks Hefner’s course, Studying Popular Culture: Pulp Magazines at the Summer Honors Institute. The class will be exploring popular fiction of the 20th century and benefit from the university’s large collection of pulp magazines, including Argosy, Astounding Stories, Weird Tales, and the number one detective and crime fiction magazine of the time, Black Mask.