The 2018 Toronto Comic Arts Festival continues to roll out the news, with the announcement that this year will have two full days of programing for young readers. The kids’ program is moving to the Forrest Hills Ballroom at the Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel, which features seating for 200, plus spaces for crafts and activities […]
Acknowledging the importance of getting more young readers into their characters – and buoyed no doubt by the massive success of the DC Super Hero Girls franchise – DC officially announced not one but TWO new original graphic novels lines for young readers. DC Ink is focused on young adult (YA) readers, while the DC Zoom line […]
“Identity is layered—you’re never a singular thing.”
Today, the American Library Association released its State of America’s Libraries Report, an annual report released during National Library Week. It’s not easy being a librarian, and it’s gotten even more difficult in the current Zeitgeist of fake news, polarization, and intolerance. Torsten AdairI’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010. I’ve been reading […]
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.
Two issues in, and Mariko Tamaki and Joëlle Jones’ Supergirl: Being Super continues to be a gorgeously composed look at how Kara Danvers discovered the truth about her birthplace and abilities. Eschewing typical superhero slugging and the like, Tamaki and Jones have pitched this series directly in the vein of a thoughtful and considered teen drama. […]
“Dad, I think something’s wrong.”
Here’s a nice comics crossover sory you don’t hear every day: Lumberjanes, the popular graphic novel series from Boom!, has been sign up for a series of four middle grade prose novels, with award-winning YA novelist Mariko Tamaki writing them and Lumberjanes co-creator Brooke Allen doing illos. Amulet, a kids imprint at Abrams will publish the […]
Kyle Pinion and Alex Lu look at Supergirl’s new origin and dive deeper into Mother Panic’s psyche. Also featuring thoughts on Blue Beetle, All-Star Batman, and Teen Titans!
Oh that Marvel. A new Hulk title with Jennifer Walters starring. As Hulk. Not She Hulk. A traumatized Jennifer Walter. still recovering from trauma and the death of her cousin Bruce. Gimmicks aplenty. But the book is written by award winning author Mariko Tamaki (Skim, This One Summer) so it’ll be worth a read at […]