The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum opening festivities are making the world amazing


Everyone who is anyone in the world of comics scholarship has gathered in Columbus, OH for the confluence of two events: the once every three years Billy Ireland comics scholarship conference and the once in a lifetime opening of the new—and by all accounts amazingly spectacular—facilities for the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, now […]

What are the Graphic Novels That Always Work?


EW recently put out a “best of everything” issue, and Johanna Draper Carlson caught the ten best graphic novels list, which I’ll quote from her post. Snarky comments are her own: 1. Maus by Art Spiegelman (also appears as #33 on the overall book list) 2. The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn […]

Comics: it was the Best of Times…


There is a happy feeling in general when comics folks get together these days. Oh, there may be the occasional digital kerfuffle, and DC personnel changes allow folks a satisfying “tsk, tsk” or two, but in general more things are working than not. Retailer Brian Hibbs captures this happy moment in his latest Tilting at […]

The Blue Ear Triumphantly Returns to Marvel Comics

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Last year, Marvel received a letter from the mother of a young fan, Anthony Smith, who had hearing difficulties, and had been told by doctors that he would require a hearing aid. The mother was wondering if there were any heroes who had ever had hearing difficulties, who might serve as the inspiring spark for Anthony […]

Final Friday: Russian meteor proves Asterios Polyp was right!


If you heaven’t read David Mazzuchelli’s amazing graphic novel Asterios Polyp, please avert your eyes NOW. The award winning GN and book of the year in 2009 was a sly comment on art through the life of a man named Asterios Polyp, who finds potential happiness in life just in time to [SPOILER ALERT] have it potentially snuffed out by having a meteor fall on his house.

New study shows that graphic novels really do help people learn


If there’s one trend we’ve noticed growing over the years its the use of graphic novels as teaching tools—on the must basic level, comics are now recognized as a way to get reluctant readers to get started reading. On a larger level, comics are being used as a general teaching tool. Josh Elder’s Reading with Pictures organization has been promoting this idea and cataloging the use of comics in the classroom. It’s not just the visceral appeal of colorful pictures that puts comics over—some think that the verbal-visual blend is the future of literacy, and comics could potentially be on the forefront of that.

SAILOR TWAIN hyped on the Today Show


Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Is no place safe from comics? Authors David Baldacci (Absolute Power) and Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) appeared on The Today Show to pick 10 holiday books and one of those Flynn picked was the graphic novel Sailor Twain by Mark Siegel. Flynn called […]