News books, old books, and an alligator at a comic con.
In its fourth year, Flame Con continues to be a haven for diverse voices among indie creators, artists and the fans that love them.
We all have things we’d like to explain to our teenage selves, and I have a feeling the older we get, the more we want to unload. But there are levels of knowledge that can be addressed depending on your life. The necessary conversation might entail professional or educational advice. It might touch on family […]
The character of Kara Danvers, aka Supergirl, saw a retelling of her origin story in the 2016-2017 Supergirl: Being Super. Written by YA author Mariko Tamaki, the story sets Kara in a small, urban town in America where the 16-year-old girl must discover her ever developing powers and deal with the struggles of adolescents. On today’s new comic books day, the four-issue miniseries has been re-released as a two-hundred and eight-page graphic novel.
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. […]