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October 1, 2014

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Interview: Kat Kan on Graphic Novels in School Libraries

Interview: Kat Kan on Graphic Novels in School Libraries

Kat Kan needs no introduction, but I’ll give her one anyway. Kat is a pioneer in our field, having worked with graphic novels and libraries since 1983. She has worked in both school and public libraries and is currently the librarian for St. John Catholic School in Panama City, Florida. She writes the “Graphically Speaking” [...]

Interview: Jessica Lee on Running a Graphic Novel Book Club

Interview: Jessica Lee on Running a Graphic Novel Book Club

As part of the research for the SLJ article “Teaching with Graphic Novels,” I interviewed a number of educators and librarians, and since most people only got a brief quote, I’m running the interviews in full at Good Comics for Kids. Today, Jessica Lee, teacher librarian at Willard Middle School in Berkeley, California, talks about [...]

Preview: Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5

Preview: Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5

They’re back! Art Baltazar and Franco’s Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5 brings back the cutest gaggle of DC characters ever in the latest episode of their ongoing quest to find a new home base. Here’s the 411: Just when all hope of finding a new treehouse is lost, the girls travel to Paradise [...]

Links: Banned Books Week and Other News

Links: Banned Books Week and Other News

There’s a lot of activity going on right now around Banned Books Week, with its focus on comics. It even made NPR, which did a segment that includes interviews with Jeff Smith (Bone) and Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants). At Comic Riffs, Michal Cavna talks to Jeff Smith, Scott McCloud, and Neil Gaiman about comics challenges. [...]

Preview: Lumberjanes #6

Preview: Lumberjanes #6

Lumberjanes has been one of the surprise comics hits of the year. It’s an all-girl adventure story about a summer camp where all sorts of strange things keep occurring—but our plucky heroes are more than a match for the supernatural creatures that slink around by night. In Lumberjanes #6, out today, a game of Capture [...]

Interview: Meryl Jaffe on Comics and Education

Interview: Meryl Jaffe on Comics and Education

When I was doing research for this month’s SLJ article on comics in schools, I had the opportunity to talk to a number of experts on the topic, including researchers, teachers, and school librarians. And as anyone who has ever written a story like this, or been interviewed for one, knows, only a fraction of [...]

Links | From ‘Everstar’ to ‘Lumberjanes’

Links | From ‘Everstar’ to ‘Lumberjanes’

Everstar is a new webcomic on Mark Waid’s Thrillbent site that features an 11-year-old girl who travels through space on her own spaceship. Thrillbent editor/curator Mark Waid talks about the comic here, and Steve Morris recently interviewed the creators, Becky Tinker and Joie Brown, at his site The Spire. Steve Morris gets Faith Erin Hicks, [...]

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.

This article was published in School Library Journal's September 2014 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

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.