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Comics Sketchbooks

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Artists’ sketchbooks are the analogs to writers’ notebooks: individuals maintain them for different reasons and to suit different personal needs. Steven Heller is eminently suited as editor, critic and art director to curate this compendium of out takes from the wide array of artists who were willing to […]

Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus

Even Tough Girls Wear Tutus

Many thanks to Amy Cheney for sending in the following about today’s reviewed book: Deborah Jiang Stein came to visit the teen girls in Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center on the last day of September. Born in prison to a heroin addicted mother, she spoke about secrets and shame. About prison, drugs, crime, rage, revenge […]

Global History as a Teacher

Canada at War

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: World War II, rather like the Torah, is endlessly plumbable for lessons, insights and other instructions from the past that we can apply as we continue to move always toward the future. Keery and Wyatt‘s concise and visually enriched version of Canada’s role and military experiences in that […]

Reporting on US from the Inside

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco form a team that is hard hitting as well as provocative, insightful as well as careful with detail. Neither journalist has ever been shy about taking a side in the story he is reporting and with the material here, side-taking is an essential […]

The Future of History

Taxes, the Tea Party, and Those Revolting Rebels

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Authentic students of history recognize that what is past doesn’t just stand: it shifts and changes shape as interpreters armed with the present look back. And those same interpreters look back from a landscape shaped by that same set of events, circumstances and changes created by that history. […]

A Hero’s Revival


from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Ben McCool and Mario Guevara have respected creative reputations in the superhero comics world. Turning now to a legendary hero—remembered for his humanity as an essential aspect of his heroism—this newly teamed pair also brings their experiences with film to a complex project: Retain an historically accurate sensibility […]

A Taste of Essentials


from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Philosophy and comics are much more common bedfellows than might be expected; take, for instance, that philosophy was Art Spiegelman’s academic choice although his parents had promoted dentistry as a good choice. Margreet de Heer studied the life of the mind for years within academia, but presents the […]

Cartoons of the Writer as a Young Woman

Flannery O'Connor

from our weekly graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Flannery O’Connor’s perceptive but incising fiction has captured many young intellectuals. Here is a storyteller who writes fluidly but with the sharpness of whitewater rather than a gentle stream. In bringing O’Connor’s earlier cartoon work to contemporary readers, Fantagraphics advances the case for image and text […]

The Power of Personification

Wonderful Life with the Elements

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: For some years now, business and technical publisher O’Reilly Media has been distributing a manga-based series devoted to offering narrative fiction-based instruction in mathematics and hard sciences. Under the No Starch Press imprint, we can find explanations and demonstrations of Linear Algebra, Statistics, and other heady advanced conceptual […]

The Boy is Father to the Man

The Underwater Welder

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Becoming a parent, as many teens know or will know too soon, can send one on an unexpected journey to one’s own childhood expectations of and disappointments in his own parent. Jeff Lemire, who has been lauded for his ability to expose the real humanity that underlies characters […]