Meg Lemke joins Illustrated PEN as guest editor


PEN America is a literary organization devoted to freedom of expression, and last year they launched Illustrated PEN, which features “fiction and nonfiction graphic narratives, comics journalism and illustrated reportage, stories of social justice and personal stories that can’t be told through words alone.” And just announced, Meg Lemke, editor of MUTHA magazine and the […]

#SDCC ’16 Special Guest Ben Hatke Talks About His Work, His Eisner Nomination, and Publisher First Second

Author and Artist Ben Hatke, protecting his bar of chocolate.

By: Nicholas Eskey During this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, writer and artist Ben Hatke is spending time with publisher First Second to help commemorate their 20th anniversary. Fortunately for me, I got a chance to sit down with Ben in the hot San Diego sun and take some time from his already busy dance card. […]

#SDCC ’16 Dave McKean Talks Art and WWI in his Latest Graphic Novel “Black Dog”


By: Nicholas Eskey Artist Dave McKean is in every aspect a Renaissance Man. He expresses himself in illustration, art installations, music, theatre, writing, graphic design, and more. Notable for his work with author Neil Gaiman on the Sandman comic series cover art, Mr. McKean always finds a way to stay creatively busy. At this year’s […]

YALSA reading list spotlights comics for reluctant readers


YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) has released one of their annual reading lists, 2016 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, which represents: The Quick Picks list, presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting suggests books that teens, ages 12-18, will pick up on their own and read for pleasure; it is geared to the […]

Naked, pregnant Amanda Palmer recreates Hirst statue for literacy at NYPL (nsfw)


Baby on board musician/provocateur Amanda Palmer and hubby did in waiting Neil Gaiman staged a pretty spectacular event at the New York Public Library yesterday, as the eight months pregnant Palmer recreated Damian Hirst’s statue Verity with body paint. The event was well captured in social media.

One Book, One Harper Embraces Graphic Novels for College Community Read!


Harper College, located in northwest Chicagoland, is a community college serving 40,000 students. Since the 2011-2012 school year, Harper College has a selected a title as part of their “One Book, One Harper” community read. (A community read is where a local library sponsors a community-wide book club featuring one title which is read and discussed locally. […]

ALAAC ’15: Graphic Novels Illustrate Why Librarians Love Comics


San Diego Comic-Con is nearly upon us, but with its focus spread to all things pop culture, where can comic books get the attention they deserve? The American Library Association Annual Conference definitely put the spotlight on graphic novels. If you’re love of reading is at the intersection of books and graphic novels you might want to pay a visit next time.

Cartoon Crossroads Columbus announces first guests, schedule, exhibitor applications open


The new two day launch event for CXC in Columbus has been the buzz among cartoon circles for a while now and the website is now open with the initial guests: Kate Beaton, Jerry Beck, Bill Griffith, Françoice Mouly, Jeff Smith, Art Spiegelman and Craig Thompson. AND the first round of events, below. The exhibitor application form is in the above link and, well, this is surely going to be a hoedown for the comics. Oh and a new logo by Dustin Harbin, above.

The CBLDF announces Comic Connection to aid educators, librarians and creators

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Librarians and educators have become some of the strongest proponents for graphic novels as teaching tools and good reading; the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund has just announced Comics Connector, a resource that will help institutions find comics creators who are willing to make appearances. While it sounds a bit like Tinder for library visits, lets face it, […]