There’s many reasons to build out an adult graphic novel collection in a library. Graphic novels aid in keeping a library relevant with the current culture. They serve as an entry to reading for those adults that aren’t fond of traditional novels. Graphic novels are excellent tools in increasing literacy—both prose and visual—for adult literacy […]
Why can’t the world just be ruled by cabals of mighty librarian queens? Organizing to create policies, looking out for the marginalized, fighting censorship, advocating for the education and literacy of all – we’d be led into a golden age of knowledge and peace. Or at least that’s the fantasy I conjured after attending my […]
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In what may or may not become a long-standing tradition, Alan Moore has answered questions at Christmas set by the members of a Facebook group called The Really Very Serious Alan Moore Scholars’ Group, who are, as the name might suggest, a bunch of people who are interested in his work. This set of Qs […]
Once again, the French Comics Association, the French Embassy, NYCC and some of the greatest cartoonsits working today are teaming up for “Comics Framed,” a weeklong festival of European comics that will take lace at NYCC and various venues around the city. I’m honored to be taking part once again with my annual “European Comics” […]
It looks like New York Comic Con is significantly broadening its outreach and the kinds of topics its covering this year. One sign of that is an entire track of programming at the New York Public Library, which will run from 9:30 am to 4:pm on Thursday, October 5 and feature programs geared toward librarians and educators. […]
As we mentioned earluer today, NPR’s Glen Weldon has organized aa titanic survery to name the 100 FAVORITEE Graphic Novels. After soliciting more than 7000 nominations, an expert panel comprising G. Willow Wilson, C. Spike Trotman, Maggie Thompson, Etelka Lehoczky, and Glen Weldon sifted through these and came up with the list of 100. And it makes […]
So what’s up at Marvel anyway! Asher Elbein at The Atlantic, of all places, has an excellent round-up of their recent travails until the title The Real Reasons for Marvel Comics’ Woes which blames “the company’s decades-old business practices” for the sales slump. The piece links to all the relevant think pieces and drags, including […]
In recent years, more teachers and librarians are finally recognizing the educational appeal of comic-books. Yes, we the fans have known of their artistry, their (mostly) great writing, and the sheer enjoyment they illicit, but for many other adults, it still seems like a “nonsense medium.” Perhaps for this reason it is why places like […]
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.