September 17, 2014

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Teaching With Graphic Novels


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.

Resources for Teaching Graphic Novels in the Classroom


Ten great graphic novels for schools; online resources; publishers’ lesson plans and teaching support; and and other recommended reading.

Miley Cyrus, Teen Titans, and Dust Bunnies | Graphic Novel News

Miley Cyrus

“Miley Cyrus’s Life Turned Into a Comic Book”—how often do you get handed a headline like this? Bluewater Productions will be releasing Fame: Miley Cyrus this week in print and digital formats.

The Debut: SLJTeen Chats with Cartoonist Mimi Pond, ‘Over Easy’

Over Easy by Mimi Pond

Hard core fans of The Simpsons may recognize Mimi Pond’s name—she wrote the first full-length broadcast episode in 1989. Librarian Jeremy Engel chats with her about her graphic novel debut and coming-of-age story Over Easy.

Neil Gaiman at Carnegie Hall: Finding “Truth” in Caves and Comics


Thousands turned up for author Neil Gaiman’s performance at Carnegie Hall on June 27. The evening was touted as a “multimedia storytelling event” and showcased the prolific author’s premiere U.S. reading of The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains and Hansel and Gretel accompanied by visuals and a live score.

How Diverse are Comics and Graphic Novels?

Princeless 1

Diverse characters are on the rise in comics and graphic novels. But superhero comics remain predominantly white and male.

Q&A: Meet the Creator of Ms. Marvel, the First Female American-Muslim Superhero

Variant cover of Ms. Marvel/Marvel

Hey librarians, here’s a chance to introduce your patrons to Marvel’s first female American-Muslim superhero. SLJ talks to the creator behind Ms. Marvel, a teenage superhero who fights crime and happens to not eat bacon.

Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book to become a graphic novel

Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book to become a graphic novel

P. Craig Russell and a posse of other artists are hard at work adapting Neil Gaiman’s 2008 children’s novel The Graveyard Book into graphic-novel form. Russell has worked with Gaiman on a number of adult comics, including several issues of The Sandman and the standalone story Murder Mysteries, which will be reissued in a new [...]

Spring 2014 Graphic Novels for Teens: Mix and Match


Brigid Alverson, the editor of SLJ‘s Good Comics for Kids blog, curates a list of must-read graphic novels set to publish in Spring 2014. From a slice-of-life drama, teenage wastelands, a trek across the Antarctic, and crazy shoujo manga goodness, these reads make great picks for teens.

Graphic novels about the Civil Rights movement—and a comic that helped inspire it

Graphic novels about the Civil Rights movement—and a comic that helped inspire it

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, I wanted to post a couple of links relating to graphic novels about the Civil Rights movement. Rep. John Lewis’s memoir March was one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2013. On this site, Esther reviewed it and Eva interviewed the co-author, Andrew Aydin, who is [...]

Apply Now for Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries


Applications are now open for two grants from the Will and Ann Eisner Family Foundation and ALA for public libraries: The Will Eisner Graphic Novel Growth Grant and the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Innovation Grant.

A Question of Character | Fall Graphic Novels

The Fifth Beatle

The heroes of this fall’s crop of graphic novels face an array of situations, from battles to invading monsters to parents with issues, with surprising grace. But they aren’t plaster saints; every one of them has flaws as well as strengths, which makes for some interesting reading.

Librarians Represent at New York Comic Con

Laura Pope Robinson, Megan Kociolek, Claudia McGiveney & Emily Weisenstein

New York Comic Con is not for the faint of heart. More than 130,000 attendees (many in costume) jammed the exhibit halls on October 10–13, yet in the center of it all were librarians. They came out in force to spread the word about comics and graphic novels and to source the latest titles for their collections.

Civil Rights Legend Congressman John Lewis Tells His Story in ‘March’ Graphic Novel


In time for the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington, John Lewis—former chairman of SNCC and now Congressman—collaborated with his comics-obsessed staffer Andrew Aydin and veteran graphic novelist Nate Powell on a powerful new graphic novel memoir, March.

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Applications Wanted for Kids in Need Foundation, Estela and Raúl Mora Awards | News Bites

kids in need foundation

The Kids in Need Foundation is calling for applications for its classroom grants program. The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund released Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love to Read, a free resource that promotes comics’ positive impact on readers’ literacy skills. Apply for the Estela and Raúl Mora Award, which recognizes exemplary programming that celebrates El día de los niños/El día de los libros. Edie Parsons has won the first Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Award that celebrates authors over the age of 50 who have not been traditionally published in the children’s literature field.

Graphic Novel Fan-Favorites and the Odd Duck | JLG’s On the Radar

Odd Duck

Babymouse, Lunch Lady, Squish, and other familiar characters are back in this year’s crop of new graphic novels for elementary school students. Check out these recent arrivals selected by Junior Library Guild’s editorial staff.

‘The Wolverine’ Returns: Graphic Novels for Teens | Media Mania

Wolverine First Cuts

With the release of The Wolverine, movie fans will be clamoring to read more about the man who put the “SKINT!” into hand-to-hand combat. Consider enhancing your graphic novel collection with titles about this plain-talking, hard-scrapping hero.

Book Review: Graphic Novels | July 2013

Graphic Novels Book Covers

Matt Phelan on Buster Keaton.

Superman Soars Again: Great Graphic Novels About the Man of Steel

Ultimate Guide to the Man of Steel

No stranger to the screen, Warner Bros. Pictures reboots the Superman film franchise with Man of Steel (PG-13), slated to premiere June 14 in conventional, 3D, and IMAX theaters. It will have teens flocking to libraries faster than a speeding bullet for comic book classics about this tried-and-true hero. Stock up on and display some of these Superman standards, guaranteed to grab the eye of YA moviegoers and graphic novel fans.

Matt Phelan on Visual Storytelling in Graphic Novels (Video) | SLJ Day of Dialog 2013


From a scratchy nib pen to splatter from a toothbrush, author illustrator Matt Phelan describes the special quality he derives from using traditional media in this clip recorded at School Library Journal’s Day of Dialog.