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October 23, 2014

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Video: Christopher Hart Draws a Funny Vampire

Video: Christopher Hart Draws a Funny Vampire

Just in time for Halloween, Christopher Hart has a new how-to book that explains the niceties of zombie eyes, four-eyed aliens, and vampire angst. While Hart has made a name for himself doing how-to-draw-manga, Monstrously Funny Cartoons is a return to his gag-comic roots, and he’s very at home here. (Full disclosure: I edited Hart’s [...]

Preview: Costume Quest

Preview: Costume Quest

Costume Quest is a new, Halloween-themed graphic novel from Oni Press that’s apparently based on a video game, although you don’t have to be familiar with the game to enjoy the book—I can testify to this personally. Here’s the blurb: Hot on the heels of the freshly announced video game Costume Quest 2, Oni Press [...]

Links: New York Comic Con… and Beyond!

Links: New York Comic Con… and Beyond!

I had a busy time last week at New York Comic Con, which has now become the biggest comic convention in the U.S., with 151,000 attendees. I did a quick roundup of the kids’ comics news for Publishers Weekly, shared my picks for the five coolest things at NYCC (with some added commentary on the [...]

Preview: Mishka and the Sea Devil

Preview: Mishka and the Sea Devil

Mishka and the Sea Devil is a new release from the small publisher Action Lab (known around these parts as the publisher of Princeless) that came out during New York Comic Con last week. I can’t find a catalog page on the site for it, but here’s the info from their marketing e-mail: Eleven days [...]

The Five Coolest Things at New York Comic Con 2014

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The best stuff at New York Comic Con included Wonder Woman, manga, science, and more. Plus: an official anti-harassment statement gave women attendees and cosplayers reason to cheer.

Preview: Uncle Grandpa #1

Preview: Uncle Grandpa #1

This week, BOOM! Studios adds another Cartoon Network comic to its kaBOOM line with the release of Uncle Grandpa #1. It’s a goofy collection of short strips and gags by an assortment of creators, with a strong Mad Magazine vibe. Check out our preview to see for yourself; the comic is out in comic shops [...]

Preview: The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow

Preview: The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow

Jim Henson and his collaborator, Jerry Juhl, wrote the script for The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow as a television special, but it was never produced; instead, 46 years later, the folks at Archaia have turned it into a graphic novel, with the adaptation and art by none other than Roger Langridge, the artist for [...]

Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go!’ #6

Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go!’ #6

We’re big fans of Teen Titans Go! (the exclamation point is part of the title, but it also expresses our enthusiasm) so we’re looking forward to issue #6 coming out next Wednesday. Here’s what’s happening: What happens when the girls have a slumber party and don’t invite any of the boys? What about when Cyborg [...]

Links: ‘Persepolis’ Challenge Fails in Illinois

Links: ‘Persepolis’ Challenge Fails in Illinois

What is it about Persepolis? Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up in post-Revolutionary Iran has been pulled from classrooms in the Chicago Public Schools (but retained in their libraries) and challenged in Murphy, Oregon, and now a parent asked that it be removed from the reading list of Glenwood High School in Illinois. The [...]

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 [...]