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A Belgian Heritage


from graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith: Hermann, a Belgian born nearly 30 years after his countryman Hergé, presents a grim but realistic view of today’s African wilderness.  Where Tintin could escape scary situations through the kindness of being placed within stories for children, Hermann is writing for a hardier audience.  His protagonist in this […]

Point of View Points to a New Story


It’s Wednesday again already, and you know what that means! Here is graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith with another gem: The Biblical story of David and Goliath rings familiar to many, at least as metaphor giving birth to aspects of contemporary life.  Even as the Occupy Movement has inculcated in many media—and Main Street—messages […]

From Teen Outsider to Infamous Adult

My Friend Dahmer

from graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith: As Derf Backderf cogently lays bare in this memoir, bullying existed for generations before it took to cyberspace; the adults who see and saw adolescents most regularly and for the longest times each day—their teachers—can be held complicit by failing to acknowledge one or another particular teen’s obvious […]

What Do the Teens Think?

With the latest in her series of teen opinions, here is guest blogger, Jess deCourcy Hinds: For previous columns in this series (see posts from July 2011 and November 2011), I interviewed teens on their reading preferences. Although I learned a lot, I wanted to give teens even more of a chance to have their […]

Portraits of the Literati’s Daughters

Dotter of Her Father's Eyes

from graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith: Those who recognize the name of Bryan Talbot as the creator of one of the first graphic novels to be permitted into 20th century teen collections (courtesy of being named to YALSA’s Best Books for Young Adults list), may wonder if that story had its grounding in his […]

Sound, Sight and Imagination

Inner Sanctum

from graphic novel guest blogger Francisca Goldsmith: Ernie Colón’s transformation of a quartet of horror tales from the essentially aural to equally essentially visual suggests some interesting questions about how our minds meet and work with elements of story. Inner Sanctum was among the radio-broadcast “theaters” through which audiences could get doses of pleasing thrills […]

Careful Arrangements

Bubbles & Gondola

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: As experienced readers even in traditional print formats, we all know how the size of a page, the presence or lack of margins, font choice and color can be relevant to something beyond merely our enjoyment or comfort with reading.  These factors can also tinge how we judge […]

Introduction to a Treasure Chest

African-American Classics

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: The well constructed anthology not only offers readers an opportunity to find multiple voices, views and styles within a single pair of covers, but also directs the reader’s attention to similarities, differences, developing tropes and legacies arising from the variety. Tom Pomplun’s long running series of “Graphic Classics” […]

Teamwork: In Government and In Explanation

Health Care Reform

from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: While editorial pundits offer up simplistic bits and pieces of opinion purporting to “inform”  readers and listeners about the why’s and wherefore’s of government programs, it takes a team of creative communicators to provide a truly insight-provoking explanation of something as complex as the Affordable Care Act. Simple soundbites may […]

Creative Sparks to Catch a New Audience Afire


from graphic novel guest blogger, Francisca Goldsmith: Lynda Barry’s public career as a cartoonist began in a variety of alternative newspapers thirty years ago.  Since then, she’s become well recognized, not just as a humorous and insightful comic strip powerhouse but also as a teacher who can encourage those who have never before explored their […]