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New York Comic Con 2012: Highlights from the ALA-Sponsored Sessions

This wonderful comics panel was featured in the first slide for “The Possibility of a Cape and Mask: Superhero Programming in Public Libraries.”

Megan Kociolek: “Libraries are mystical places…”

‘The Dark Knight Returns’: Some Critical Thinking Questions

DKR-1 Box Art-500

Here are some questions you can ask fans — questions designed to extend the critical thinking they’re most likely already engaged in…

Recommended Comics for Schools: Harvey Pekar’s Cleveland, The Adventures of Venus, Rough Justice

Harvey Pekar's Cleveland

Encourage students to analyze panels closely to determine how the visuals work with the text. Ask: Where do they clarify information? Where do they expand upon it? Where do they represent a parallel track of information?

Guest Post by Robin Brenner… This Summer’s Female Heroes: Fighting More Than One Battle (2)

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman/Selina Kyle

The mainstream comics industry has been roundly (and justifiably) criticized for its problematic representation of women as well as its reluctance to acknowledge women as a fanbase with valid opinions.

Guest Post by Robin Brenner… This Summer’s Female Heroes: Fighting More Than One Battle (1)

Blackwidow-350

It’s a tough time to be a superheroine fan…

Book Giveaway: The Stunning “The Art and Making of The Dark Knight Trilogy”

Art & Making of TDK Trilogy

This book just so happens to be a terrific media literacy text, not just a visual theme park for cinephiles and superhero geeks.

Superhero Fatigue… or, Does the Genre Even Benefit the Medium Where it Started?

Misfits...even more so than other superheroes  (credit: Mark Johnson, © Clerkenwell Films)

Superheroes: Bigger Than Ever or Industry Obstacle—or Both?