It’s hard to keep up with all the comics awards news, but the BIG news ia that Baltimore Comicon will host the inaugural edition of the Ringo Awards this September. Named after the late artist Mike Wieringo, the Ringo nominees will be selected by both pros AND fans. As the announcement says: Pro and Fan […]
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 Adair I’ve been writing for The Beat since July of 2010. I’ve been […]
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.
At Publishers Weekly, the kids department is rounding up some facts and figures for 2017, including all the best sellers via Bookscan. You can see all the numbers here, but I’ve pulled out the GNs and the mixed use titles (Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries) and highlighted two titles in red, a MArvel story book […]
It was another year of amazing growth in 2016, and it brings the Top 750 to the highest numbers it has ever charted in the history of my tracking Bookscan – Now topping over ten million graphic novels sold! Amazing performance, and hopefully we can now stop talking forever about silliness like “the death of comics” or “the death of print”. Both are doing just fine!
For the sixth year in a row, The Beat is proud to present the Comics Industry Person of the Year, as chosen by voters in our annual creator survey: Gene Luen Yang. The the Team of the year: Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.
It was quite a week for books by comics folks. Jerusalem AND Ghosts. Raina Telegemeier is on tour and kicked it off at St. Anne School in San Francisco, with a crowd and a totally great tour kick off dress. Well. ❤️ A post shared by Raina Telgemeier (@goraina) on Sep 13, 2016 at […]
To say that Raina Telgemeier is the closest thing to a superstar in the comics industry leaves out the cardinal reason for her well-deserved popularity: her beautifully crafted stories touch on issues that affect every aspect of the soul. In her works readers tackle critical matters of inner humanity, from the tribulations of growing up, to understanding the depths of friendship, to sibling rivalry and reconciliation, and now, accepting the mysterious dimensions of love, culture, and death.
According to publisher promotional materials, Ghosts, the new graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier will have a 500,000 copy first printing. I believe this is the biggest first printing ever for a pure graphic novel. (not counting Wimpy Kid this time.) In other words, Raina rules! We finally have a legit home grown best selling cartoonist […]
§ At Emerald City, best selling cartoonist Raina Telgemeier showed she’s not just the president, she’s a customer, cosplaying as Miyazaki’s Ponyo. Just when you thought life couldn’t get any more awesome.