Comics have a long history of killing off it’s darlings: Superman, Ferro Lad, Gwen Stacy, Invisible Kid, Professor X and Captain Marvel. Marvel, in particular, has made a habit of this in recent years, killing off the likes of Captain America (sort of), Professor X (AGAIN), Human Torch, Wolverine, War Machine, Bill Foster and Bruce Banner, […]
If I had one takeaway from the recent TCAF Librarians and Educators Day, it was that comics as educational tools are here to stay, at least for the way educational goals are set out these days. Visual thinking is a must do, and comics blend verbal and visual thinking to impress information. There’s a reason […]
We’ve been noting on Diamond’s charts that graphic novels sales in 2017 are down quite a bit from 2016, at least for the first few months of the year. I’ve heard from some publishing folks that BookScan’s GN numbers are also down. No one I’ve spoken to has been able to pinpoint the exact cause, […]
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.
The publishing industry is still in shock over the New York Times’ sudden decision to remove several of their bestseller lists – all done without telling publishers first. While many categories were affected by this, the outcry from the graphic novel/comics community was the loudest. And it was also the ONLY top lined category – along […]
Not too long ago, we reported on how Wonder Woman had been named an honorary ambassador for women’s empowerment worldwide at an impressive event at the United Nations. At the time we also noted the announcement was greeted with some controversy within the UN, as many were upset that this honor was given to a […]
Writer Chelsea Cain received overwhelming support after quitting Twitter yesterday, a cool t-shirt went on sale, and a bizarre truther movement sprang up. All you need to know about the current comics controversy!
Recently Marvel’s Director of Content Development Sana Amanat met the President of the United States during a Women’s History Month event. Evidently she liked the White House so much she returned yesterday for The United State of Women Summit where she appeared on a panel called “REEL Change: Advancing Equity and Opportunity in Media.” This […]
Prof. Carol Tilley, who previously revealed that anti-comics crusaderDr. Fredric Wertham’s research wasn’t all that is at it again. While rummaging through the archives at the Billy Ireland Library she found an unknown comic by an unnamed artist that satirized Wertham’s anti comics crusade. It was called “The Uncanny Adventures of (I Hate) Dr. Wertham.” […]
Rokudenashiko (aka Megumi Igarashi) is a Japanese artist best known for creating a kayak that was based on a 3D scan of…an intimate part of her body. And she paddled around in it. Happily. The Japanese government was somehow offended by this and prosecuted her for obscenity—the trial has taken place and a verdict has not been rendered yet.
Her memoir What Is Obscenity? The Story of a Good For Nothing Artist and Her Pussy, will be published this spring by Koyama Press, and she’s coming to North America for a series of lectures and signings sponsored by arts organizations and free speech advocacy groups. And appearing at TCAF. So you will be able to hear all about her travels and canoeing*** in person.