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September 15, 2014

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Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Graphic Novels in the Classroom

In this month’s issue of School Library Journal, I talked to teachers, librarians, and Charles Brownstein of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund about the increasing prominence of graphic novels in schools, both in the classroom and in school libraries. Check out the article, which deals with the power of graphic novels as educational materials [...]

Teaching With Graphic Novels

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While graphic novels are increasingly used as teaching tools, their strong imagery can be a double-edged sword.

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Cover Reveal: Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion

Cover Reveal: Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion

Earlier this year, First Second published Sleep Tight, Anna Banana, a cheerful picture book/comic hybrid by Dominique Roques and Alexis Dormal, and now, here’s a first look at the cover for the second book in the series, Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion. Anna Banana is a mischievous girl with a large coterie of stuffed [...]

RIP Stan Goldberg

RIP Stan Goldberg

Stan Goldberg, whose art delighted generations of readers of Marvel and Archie comics, died yesterday at the age of 82. Born in 1932, Goldberg went to work as a colorist for Timely Comics (which later became Marvel) in 1949, at the age of 16, and he stayed with the company as it became Atlas and [...]

Preview: Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #4

We’re big fans of Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani’s Tiny Titans books, and we were delighted when they came back for another round with this mini-series, Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse, in which the wee superheroes search for a new home base. Here’s an advance look at Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #4, [...]

Interview: Luke Pearson Illustrates a World War I Poem

With the 100th anniversary of the beginning World War I, we have seen a flurry of books, including graphic novels, about the War to End All Wars. Above the Dreamless Dead, edited by Chris Duffy and published by First Second, is a remarkable anthology of what came to be called “trench poetry,” poems by soldiers [...]

Review: First Graphics: Volcanoes! and Earthquake!

Volcanoes! Earthquakes! Written by Renée Gray-Wilburn Illustrated by Aleksandar Sotirovski Capstone Press These two hardback graphic novels, part of Capstone’s First Graphics: Wild Earth series, do a nice job of explaining basic earth science for young readers (the books have a reading level of K-3). Each book is divided into three chapters. The first is [...]

Preview: Teen Titans Go! #5

Preview: Teen Titans Go! #5

Teen Titans started as a cartoon that brought together the teenage members of the DC Universe in a comedy format; it became a comic, then the comic was adapted into another cartoon, and now we have Teen Titans Go!, which is an adaptation of that cartoon (Caleb explains it all in his review of the [...]

Preview: Kevin Keller Becomes a Superhero

Preview: Kevin Keller Becomes a Superhero

Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in the Archie Comics universe, takes on a new role in issue #14 of his eponymous comic when he stops a crime… and becomes a superhero. As we noted when the news broke earlier this year, Kevin doesn’t have superpowers; like Batman, he’s an ordinary guy who works [...]

Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #48

Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #48

Here’s an advance look at Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #48, due out this Wednesday from DC Comics. Written and illustrated by Scott Neely, it looks like lots of fun in the Scooby-Doo tradition: Shaggy gets himself in trouble at the gang’s yard sale, when he wears a Tiki memento from an old case. Is the [...]

Preview: Steven Universe #1

BOOM! Studios is debuting another all-ages title in its kaBOOM imprint: Steven Universe, based on the Cartoon Network show by Adventure Time alumna Rebecca Sugar. Here’s a look at the first issue, but first, here’s the 411: WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: A comic about a boy and his friends living in a small beach community, [...]

Links: San Diego wrap-up and more!

Links: San Diego wrap-up and more!

Another Comic-Con is in the rear-view mirror, and this was a good one for comics, although the movie/TV scene seemed a bit low-key compared to previous years. I rounded up the kids’ comics news at Publishers Weekly, which included the 10th anniversary edition of Bone and a new Hereville book from Barry Deutsch. More San [...]

Fall 2014 Graphic Novels Are out of This World

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Aliens visit from outer space, the real world intrudes in an online game, a city boy goes to the country—many of this season’s teen graphic novels feature strangers in strange lands. Whether you prefer fact or fantasy, there’s plenty of good reading here to curl up with as the days grow shorter.

Links: Archie Dies, Fraggle Rock Rises Again

Links: Archie Dies, Fraggle Rock Rises Again

The death of Archie Andrews was in the news this week, as it occurs in this month’s issue of Life With Archie, which is out today. That doesn’t mean Archie is going away, as he dies only in Life With Archie, in which the Riverdale gang are all in their 20s; teenage Archie will continue [...]

Preview: Archie #657 (Archie Learns Windsurfing)

Preview: Archie #657 (Archie Learns Windsurfing)

It’s summer, time for Archie Comics to bust out the beach stories! In this month’s issue of Archie, Veronica takes up windsurfing and Archie decides to join her, with predictably hilarious results. Check out our preview, including the variant cover by the Tiny Titans team of Art Baltazar and Franco, and pick up the full [...]

Links: Archie, Sisters, and the Return of Bill Watterson

Links: Archie, Sisters, and the Return of Bill Watterson

It was big news a few weeks ago that Archie Andrews will die—not in the main Archie comics but in the YA spinoff Life With Archie. Industry observer Rob Salkowitz digs into that a bit and puts it in context in an interview on the public radio show Here and Now. Here’s a first look [...]

Exclusive Preview: Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #2

The Tiny Titans are back! DC’s beloved all-ages series, by Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, took a hiatus for a while and then returned last month with a new six-issue series, Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse; Caleb reviewed the first issue here. Now we have an exclusive preview of Tiny Titans: Return to the [...]

Preview: Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination #6

Preview: Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination #6

Scribblenauts is a great video game that’s a little bit like Mad Libs—the characters, Maxwell and Lily, have to solve various problems, and the player helps by writing words that become objects in the game. Scribblenauts Unmasked is a special version of the game with characters from the DC Universe—all the characters from the DC [...]

Interview: Writer Joel Enos talks Ben 10

Last year, Viz announced that it would publish graphic novels based on Ben 10, the Cartoon Network show, and the third of these, Ben 10: Parallel Paradox, was published under Viz’s Perfect Square imprint in April—we ran a preview of it back then. Parallel Paradox brings back Elena Validus, a character from Ben’s past, and [...]

Sleepless Knight: Cover reveal and interview with the three-headed monster

Sleepless Knight: Cover reveal and interview with the three-headed monster

James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost, the creative trio behind Adventures in Cartooning and its sequels, got kids excited about drawing comics, and now they have a new book that goes in a different direction: Sleepless Knight, which will be out later this year, is a story comic, not an instructional book, in which [...]