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
This is the second in a series of posts about our newest accession, the Brian Flota Comic Book Collection. Read about our first steps in processing the collection here. Dr. Brian Flota is the English Liaison Librarian here at JMU Libraries, and he previously worked as a rare book cataloger at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He received his MS in Library and Information Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his Ph.D. in American Literature from The George Washington University, and his B.A. in English from the University of California, Riverside. He is also the co-editor of The Politics of Post-9/11 Music, published by Ashgate in 2011. We asked Brian how he got started collecting and this is what he had to say:
This is the first in a series of posts about our new comic book collection – today we delve into the first steps: processing. Last week while the students were out on Spring Break, Special Collections and Preservation staff took advantage of a quiet reading room to process our newest accession, the Brian Flota Comic Book Collection.