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October 30, 2014

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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 [...]

Apply Now for Will Eisner Graphic Novel Grants for Libraries

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.