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Wilton Library's Monster Comic Inspires Learning

WILTON, Conn. — Town librarians Marissa Antosh and Susan Lauricella have found a novel way to get Wilton teens to use the whole library, not just the computers. They commissioned their own version of a comic book from a Kansas college showing how its library's resources could be used to defeat a zombie attack. 

Antosh discovered the comic book one day while searching Twitter for “cool new library things.” It was created by a team of writers and artists for McPherson College in Kansas to show the variety of resources at the library.

“I thought this is kind of a neat thing. So I sent it to everyone on the staff,” Antosh said. Teen Librarian Lauricella agreed.

Lauricella contacted the creative team behind the comic, Mike Hall, a writer and artist who had worked at McPherson College, writer Matt Upson and colorist Dustin Evans and started working with them in the early spring.

“It was constant back and forth,” Lauricella said. “It was a collaborative project  over months and months that we finished right before Christmas.”

Antosh and Lauricella found themselves filming a video tour of the library, taking photographs and getting measurements for the artists so that they drew the library correctly, down to how the books are labeled and what the library card looks like.

The finished comic, Monster Clash,” depicts three teens and a librarian stuck in the Wilton Library while the town is attacked by an A-team monsters like Frankenstein's Monster, the Phantom of the Opera and Mr. Hyde. 

Members of the freshman class at Wilton High School will each receive one of 400 printed copies of the comic to introduce them to the library's features, Lauicella said.

Lauricella hopes the comic will be used by other Connecticut libraries as a tool to engage teenagers.

Tell us what you think of the Library's comic book. Email Alissa Smith at asmith@thedailywilton.com or leave a comment.

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