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Author(s)Gene Ambaum (2/16/2002 through 9/11/2016)
Bill Barnes (2/16/2002 through 4/29/2016)
Illustrator(s)Chris Hallbeck (2/29/2016 through 9/11/2016)
Bill Barnes (2/16/2002 through 2/28/2016)
Current status/scheduleConcluded
Launch dateFebruary 16, 2002
End dateNovember 9, 2016

Unshelved is a daily comic strip set in a public library.[1] Published by Overdue Media, the webcomic was created by writer Gene Ambaum and co-writer/artist Bill Barnes, and has been appearing at the rate of a strip per day since February 16, 2002, with a virtual circulation in excess of 45,000 readers via RSS feed, website and email subscription. Beginning on February 29, 2016, Chris Hallbeck took over as the illustrator. Hallbeck had previously been a guest illustrator for over a year.[2][3] On April 29, Barnes announced that he had also left as co-writer of the strip.[4] It is part of the Create a Comic Project.[5] On October 10, 2016, it was announced that the final comic strip would be released on November 9. Bill Barnes returned to draw and co-author the final week of strips.[6]


  1. ^ Thorne, Amy (2010). "25 Webcomics and Libraries". In Robert G. Weiner (ed.). Graphic Novels and Comics in Libraries and Archives: Essays on Readers, Research, History and Cataloging. Elizabeth (FRW) Figa and Derek Parker Royal (forewords); Stephen Weiner (afterword) (illustrated ed.). McFarland. p. 209. ISBN 978-0-7864-4302-4. by Bill Barnes and Gene Ambaum, a strip set in a public library, is very popular among library workers
  2. ^ Changes
  3. ^ Inside The New Unshelved
  4. ^ Bill Barnes - Back to Work
  5. ^ "Healthy Holidays: Lessons Learned from a Community Education Event." Presentation. American Public Health Association 137th Annual Meeting. Philadelphia, PA. November 11, 2009.
  6. ^ Unshelved is Ending

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