The Curious Case of Congolese Comics

I had to wait for the librarian to let me into the archivists’ room at Smathers Library on the University of Florida campus. The building has a particular gravitas, with its vaulted ceilings and enormous windows letting in beams of Florida light that illuminate the stretches of study tables and unique library paraphernalia designed to facilitate the handling of sensitive papers and ancient books. And yet in the back rooms, unseen by the average student, was where library magic truly happened.