Are Graphic Novels Good Enough for the Classroom? Jeff Smith answers

He says they suck.
PSYCH — he did not. As part of a Canadian panel on getting kids reading, Smith joined educator Larry Swartz and author Mahtab Narsimhan to discuss comics and literacy.

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CBLDF argues to keep book on the shelves of a Maine school library

STUCK IN THE MIDDLE, the Ariel Schrag-edited look at middle school comedy and shame, isn’t a G-rated romp through age 13, but given its subject matter, how could it be? Instead it’s an awful painful look at the most painful ages of all, told by 17 cartoonists including Schrag, Daniel Clowes, Joe Matt and more.

It is potentially a little too rough for the Buckfield Junior-Senior High School Library in Dixfield, ME where one parent objected to the book being available, prompting a review by the school board:

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Haspiel donates minicomics to Library of Congress

Some people just talk about the dream — Dean Haspiel is living it. Not only is he a cartoonist with a following, the fashion-forward originator of a whole shirtless artist look and an Emmy-winner: now he’s managed to get rid of all his old junk donate his “massive hoard” of minicomics to the Library of Congress.

A few months ago it was announced that the Library of Congress is now starting an SPX collection which will assemble comics from SPX exhibitors but also items they donate. The LoC is wary of having tons of other people’s weird old crap dumped on them; however, the minicomics collection is just the kind of essential folk art that the LoC was created to preserve.

We were totally joking about this collection being a lot of junk above, BTW. Dean is a fanatical collector (like a lot of us) but he keeps his stuff NEAT. Ignatz coordinator Eden Miller writes more about the collection:

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Nancy Silberkleit still helping the children with comics

When last we saw Archie Comics co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit, she was being slapped with a restraining order by Archie Comics and accused of some rather odd behavior. The widow of former Archie owner Michael Silberkleit, Nancy was accused of harassing Archie employees by yelling out words for genitalia at meetings and other odd stuff.

Whatever the state of these internal affairs, Silberkleit is still out there using comics to teach children to read, according to a recent story about her visiting various elementary schools:

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Teeny tiny hipster library includes comics

Dear god, it’s so cute.

We were unaware of the trend of teeny weeny libraries in little playhouses, but then we never look up from our backlit world. This one was designed by artist Colin McMullan on the classic New England library plan, and appropriately enough, it’s located on a corner in Williamsburg. The collection within includes books, zines, newspapers, and comics — in this case, Jesse Moynihan’s FOLLOW ME.

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SPX announces collection at the Library of Congress

Well, this is kinda a big deal. The Small Press Expo has announced they are collaborating with the lIbrary of Congress on a collection that will showcase the work of indie cartoonists. However, before you plow through your boxes of stuff to ship ’em off, only SPX guests and exhibitors can have their work considered for collection. Luckily, that covers an astonishing number of important creators.

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ALA news: Library wins $20,000 in graphic novels

LeVette Fuller from Shreve Memorial Library in Shreveport, Louisiana is the lucky winner of more than $20,000 for here library in the Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway. The prize was announced at this weekends American LIbrary Association. A video was made of the winner, above. Nearly 1500 librarians entered the contest.

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ALA conference launches Artists Alley for comics

Librarians love cartoonists who create books that people of all ages want to actually check out of the library. And cartoonists love librarians who buy their books and shelve them in high traffic GN sections.

This great love affair for our times is going even further at this year’s American Library Association conference in New Orleans — organizers are making space available for an Artist Alley for the first time.

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2011 Hugo Award nominations announced

The Hugo Award nominations for SF have been announced, and they include not only the traditional Graphic Novel category, but a few comic-centric nominations in other categories, notably, SCOTT PILGRIM Vs. THE WORLD in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form category. The compleet list below.

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2011 Hugo Award nominations announced

The Hugo Award nominations for SF have been announced, and they include not only the traditional Graphic Novel category, but a few comic-centric nominations in other categories, notably, SCOTT PILGRIM Vs. THE WORLD in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form category. The compleet list below.

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Los Angeles Times Book Award Graphic Novel finalists announced

Speaking of literary awards, the LA Times Book Awards announced their finalists yesterday and the new graphic novel category yielded the following honorees:

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Essex County's near-win points up anti-GN prejudice

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New Shanower comic in CLASSICS AND COMICS

Get an exclusive peak at a new comic by Eric Shanower.

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To watch: ALA’s Graphic Novel webinar

When you have an hour to spare you could do worse than watch this webinar presented by Booklist and the American Library Association on the subject of “graphic novels and their increasing importance for the mix of reading material in public and school libraries, including contributions from folks from Lerner Publishing and SLG.” Via Forbidden Planet International

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The ALA covered a lot of comics

The annual American LIbrary Association wrapped up its annual meeting yesterday and, as the above photo suggests, there was abundant graphic novel programming and presence. Our own Torsten Adair was there, and he blogged of many things, like the Dabel Brothers new imprint, Sea Lion Press:

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Core list of graphic novels covers the basics

Graphic Novel Reporter, the resource site for book industry professionals, has released a list of “core” graphic novels that librarians and store owners should consider basics to carry. The list starts with a basic ten book list:

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