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Things We Saw Today: The Book From Hocus Pocus

Holly Conrad of Crabcat Industries (you might also know her from Syfy’s Heroes of Cosplay) created a replica of Winifred Sanderson’s book from Hocus Pocus for a friend’s wedding. And I want it so bad. She sculpted, cast, and painted it while Hilary Grimes bound it into an actual book. I mean, boooooOOOOOOOk! 

  • Apparently there’s going to be an art charity event in Brooklyn where people draw cats. I’m so in. (via The Frisky)
  • 91-year-old comics artist Al Plastino was recently shocked to find out some original Superman art he thought was being donated to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library at Harvard by DC Comics was being sold at auction. The auction house has put a halt on selling the art until it’s all sorted out. (via New York Post)

I think this fan art proves, if Gandalf had gone bad, we’d have all been royally f*cked. Art by Benjamin Collison. (via io9)

  • Paul Feig is producing the new animated Peanuts movie. (via Empire)
  • ABC’s Once Upon a Time in Wonderland has cast Whoopi Goldberg as The White Rabbit’s (John Lithgow) wife, and Peta Sergeant as ”a force of nature” in Wonderland. Whatever that means. (via TVLine,The Hollywood Reporter).

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  • Angela Korra’ti (Highland)

    YOIKS that Gandalf art. O.O

  • Kris

    If you donate anything to your local library intending it to be for public display/use, make sure you find out what the library does with donations before you give anything away. I currently am volunteering at my third library, and book/art/music/dvd donations always get sold in the library bookstore. The proceeds are given to the library to buy materials, pay for community programming, and fund scholarships. Don’t get me wrong, obviously the library system desperately needs all those things and we’re very grateful, but I do think that people should know where their stuff is going.

  • Laura Truxillo

    Word. I worked at a public library, and every now and again we’d have someone come in upset that a specific item they’d donated wasn’t on the shelf. It almost always gets sold, for any number of reasons (I think we had kind of specific protocol about what could go into the system and the hoops we had to jump through if it wasn’t something we ordered. It wasn’t impossible, just too much to do for all the stuff we’d get).

    Academic libraries, though…I dunno, I haven’t seen us throw anything away yet.

  • Simon Chui

    I like that mini-Sauron-eye on a stick.

  • duchess

    The public library I worked at would inform people they were donating without strings attached, meaning once they donated something we were free to add it to the collection or display it or turn it over the the Friends of the Library to sell. Otherwise people would demand that their set of encyclopedias from 1964 be added to our circulation collection. Some people would decide not to donate because of that, but the majority of people were fine with it. We would follow very specific criteria on which types of donation materials were added to the collection. Anything that didn’t fit that criteria was given to the Friends of the Library.

    In this specific case though, it seems that the library never received the material. At worst, someone either in DC Comics or the library/academia intercepted it before it could get to the right department. It’s a shame.

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  • LifeLessons

    Oh that Gandalf is totally scary.

  • Anonymous

    Altertatively: Gandalf cosplaying the Ice King.

  • Amy W

    Yeah, I think the difference is when people make a big presentation of it, like an author donating their manuscripts to their alma mater’s library, vs. dumping a bunch of paperbacks in a cardboard box and presenting them at the circ desk of your public library. That’s a thing more LIKELY to be done at academic libraries, anyway.

    Although it should be said that we (at a public library) DO go through book donations and pull out the Good Stuff to put in the collection. It’s just the Good Stuff is few and far between from a collection development standpoint. (Also, if something was very popular a short while ago, chances are we already have more copies than we need. Once this guy wanted to donate a large collection of Danielle Steel “for your collection because I know a lot of people like to read her!” Yes, they do, or did at one point, which is why we have an ENTIRE BOOKCASE in the book sale room devoted to donated Danielle Steel books).