Once again, the French Comics Association, the French Embassy, NYCC and some of the greatest cartoonsits working today are teaming up for “Comics Framed,” a weeklong festival of European comics that will take lace at NYCC and various venues around the city. I’m honored to be taking part once again with my annual “European Comics” […]
It looks like New York Comic Con is significantly broadening its outreach and the kinds of topics its covering this year. One sign of that is an entire track of programming at the New York Public Library, which will run from 9:30 am to 4:pm on Thursday, October 5 and feature programs geared toward librarians and educators. […]
As we mentioned earluer today, NPR’s Glen Weldon has organized aa titanic survery to name the 100 FAVORITEE Graphic Novels. After soliciting more than 7000 nominations, an expert panel comprising G. Willow Wilson, C. Spike Trotman, Maggie Thompson, Etelka Lehoczky, and Glen Weldon sifted through these and came up with the list of 100. And it makes […]
So what’s up at Marvel anyway! Asher Elbein at The Atlantic, of all places, has an excellent round-up of their recent travails until the title The Real Reasons for Marvel Comics’ Woes which blames “the company’s decades-old business practices” for the sales slump. The piece links to all the relevant think pieces and drags, including […]
In recent years, more teachers and librarians are finally recognizing the educational appeal of comic-books. Yes, we the fans have known of their artistry, their (mostly) great writing, and the sheer enjoyment they illicit, but for many other adults, it still seems like a “nonsense medium.” Perhaps for this reason it is why places like […]
The ALA has released its annual list of the most challneged books of the previous year, and as is common in recent years, several graphic novels are on this list. This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jill Tamaki leads the list followed by Raina Telgemeier’s Drama. Neither appearance on the list will be much of a surprise to library challenge watchers.
Hoopla digital is a FREE Netflix like comics streaming service that is available via libraries – more than 1300 of them across Canada and the US. All you need is a valid library card from participating systems and you can read a ton of comics TOTALLY FREE. They also offer eBooks, audiobooks, movies, music and more, […]
Adam Rapp and Mike Cavallaro’s graphic novel, Decelerate Blue, published by First Second couldn’t have been released at a more opportune time. Dystopian stories are seeing a renewed rise in interest lately, of which I personally believe can be thanked to the U.S.’s current political state of affairs. Just last month, Amazon reported a rise […]
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 […]
Here’s am impressive state of the graphic novel in schools and libraries piece by Shannon Maughan for Publishers Weekly that talks to all the major players – Telegemeier, Yang, Volin, and several dedicated teachers – and includes a great resource list.