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December 19, 2014

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SLJ’s Top 10 Graphic Novels 2014

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Four superhero stories, three tales with a touch of fantasy, and the drama of a trouble-plagued Antarctic expedition are among the “Good Comics for Kids” bloggers’ favorites.

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

“This One Summer” Takes Home Canada’s Governor General Award

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Cousins Mariko and Jillian Tamaki’s This One Summer is the first graphic novel to win Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award for Illustration. SLJ recently caught up with the author-illustrator team.

SLJ Chats with Cece Bell About her Graphic Novel Memoir ‘El Deafo’ | Up Close

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With ample humor and a keen sensitivity to the emotional melodrama of early adolescence, Cece Bell’s graphic novel memoir, El Deafo, offers a window into growing up deaf in 1970s suburbia. SLJ caught up with the author to discuss her writing process, hearing aids, bad attitudes, and bunnies.

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

Graphic Novel Reading Lists Now Available from ALSC

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Looking for graphic novel reading recommendations for grades K–8? Look no further than the just-released lists from the Association of Library Services to Children.

Manga Makes a Comeback

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Could the latest boost in manga sales be partly due to the latest blockbuster, Attack on Titan? Good Comics for Kids blogger Brigid Alverson brings us up to speed on what’s happening in the world of manga and anime.

Comics in Schools and Libraries | New York Comic Con 2014

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At this year’s Comic Con (October 9–12) in New York City, panels that focused on comics in both schools and libraries were among its highlights—along with “cosplay” and George Clooney.

Neil Gaiman Chats with SLJ About His Reimagined “Hansel and Gretel” | Up Close

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SLJ caught up with master storyteller Neil Gaiman, who penned a spooky graphic novel adaptation of “Hansel and Gretel,” inspired by Lorenzo Mattotti’s dark and gloomy art. Check out our exclusive behind-the-scenes video chat with Gaiman.

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

Comics Censorship, from ‘Gay’ Batman to Sendak’s Mickey | Banned Books Week

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Since the 1940s, critics have claimed that comic books and graphic novels corrupt youth by breeding immorality, sexual deviance, and violence. There’s still opposition.

10 Frequently Challenged Graphic Novels | Banned Books Week

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To kick off Banned Books Week 2014—celebrating graphic novels—SLJ presents a list of 10 frequently challenged titles in this format.

Graphic Novels a ‘Gateway to Adult Literacy,’ Claims Study

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Graphic novels and video games have become integral to library collections, and both media can have a large impact on circulation, according to a University of South Florida study. Moreover, readership stats “bolster the concept of graphic novels as a gateway to adult literacy.”

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.

Resources for Teaching Graphic Novels in the Classroom

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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

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“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’

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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 […]