YALSA 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list is out

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The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) releases a yearly list of recommended graphic novels, and this year’s list is out, 79 titles from a diverse range of publishers, from Batman to the Kingsmen to Moonhead and the Music Machine. The list celebrates “the enormous variety of the graphic format including tales about forgotten heroes […]

Cosplay, Consent and Signs of the Times

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Attendees at this year’s New York Comic Con are accustomed to giant-sized announcements for the latest entertainment, but this year a new sign greets visitors as they wander around the hype-encrusted Javits Center: branded displays proclaiming that “Cosplay is not consent.” The conspicuous sexual harassment policies at New York and a growing number of other […]

Center for Cartoon Studies announced new MFA track in “Applied Cartooning”

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The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction has just announced a new MFA course in “Applied Cartooning”, which is a word I hear a lot hat talks about using comics for educational and informational purposes. When the cartoon Illuminati gets together they are all about Applied Cartooning, trust me. According to the announcement, this program will explore “how comics can impact such diverse fields as health, business, public policy, and education.”

Course alert: Social Issues Through Comic Books

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It’s a booming time for more scholarly looks at comics, and Ball State doctoral candidate Christina Blanch is one of the most important figures in this movement. last year she held a MOOC (massive online open course) on Gender in Comics that drew some 7,000 participants, and she’s at it again with Social Issues Through Comic Books a six month online course that will examine “current social issues through comic books while understanding how popular culture is shaped by it’s surroundings.” Guests include Denny O’Neill, Shaenon Garrity, Scott Snyder, Gene Yang, Warren Ellis, Jonathan Hickman, Mark Waid… the list goes on. NOW how much would you pay? Well, it’s FREE. Yep.

AMP! to publish READING WITH PICTURES: THE GRAPHIC TEXTBOOK

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Reading with Pictures, the long running drive to create a school-certified textbook using comics, has entered into an agreement with Andrews McMeel to publish READING WITH PICTURES: THE GRAPHIC TEXTBOOK this August. The book, which is the brain child of RWP’s Josh Elder, includes stories that address issues in Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, and […]

You have a few hours to help support the Sequential Artists Workshop in 2014

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SAW—the Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainsesville, FL founded by Tom Hart and Leela Corman— has been doing some great work educating cartoonists, publishing mini comic, giving out micro-grants, and in general being a benefit to the comics community. They’ve been running an IndieGogo campaign for the last month or so, and it’s in its final hours — if you haven’t thrown a few bucks their way, now is the time.

More comics on TV: Mission in a Bottle on Nightly Business Report tonight

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Hype Alert: You may (or may not) see some of this year’s New York Comic Con panel on MISSION IN A BOTTLE, the Honest Tea graphic novel, on tonight’s Nightly Business Reporton PBS, but you will definitely see author Barry Nalebuff, who spoke on the panel about using graphic novels for educational purposes. The show […]

Al Jaffee archives going to Columbia University

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Librarian Karen Green has done it again! She’s gotten venerable cartoonist Al Jaffee (The Mad fold-in guy) to give his archives to the growing collection at Columbia University. : Karen Green, a Columbia librarian, approached Mr. Jaffee at last year’s New York Comic Con, a gathering place for popular-culture fans, and asked him if was […]

The Hulk comes to The Northlake Library

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We’ve been covering the thrilling saga of the Nine Foot Tall Hulk Statue and the Northlake Library for months, and we’re happy to say it finally reached it’s destination and was unveiled for the local crowd. Here’s several pictures of the happy event from the local paper. Mastermind librarian Tom Mukite, who started the whole […]