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I was away last Friday at the Massachusetts Library Association conference’s Graphic Novel Mini-Conference, where thanks to fellow Good Comics for Kids blogger Robin Brenner, I participated in the State of the Industry panel. For those who missed it, here are some blog posts that hit the highlights:

Millie Gonzalez on Graphic Novels 101, featuring Robin Brenner and John Shableski (sales manager for Diamond Book Distributors, who did the entire panel wearing cat ears)
Millie Gonzalez on State of the Comics Industry 2009, featuring me, Calista Brill of First Second, Ali T. Kokmen of Del Rey, Dave Roman of Nick Magazine, and John Shableski
Rebecca Krznarich on State of the Comics Industry 2009
Rebecca Krznarich on the panel Get With the Program! Teaching, Programs and Hands-on Demonstrations Using Comics, which featured Stan Sakai (Usagi Yojimbo) and Chris Schweizer (Crogan’s Vengeance).
Rebecca Krznarich on the Graphic Novel Creators panel, featuring Dave Roman, Stan Sakai, Raina Telgemeier, Gail Simone, and Chris Schweiter.
Alexander Danner on the mini-conference as a whole.

If any of that whetted your appetite, Raina Telegmeier blogs that she’s going to the Margaret S. Skiff Children’s & Teen Literature Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, and it sounds very comics-friendly; Raina will be joined by, among others, Nick Bertozzi, Mo Willems, and Gene Yang. So envious!

Dave Carter talks to Jim Ottaviani about his science comics, including T-Minus: The Race to the Moon, at Yet Another Comics Blog.

Chris Wilson brings Greek mythology into the classroom and finds that it has considerable appeal—to boys.

Zack Smith interviews Eric Wight about his new book, Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom, at Newsarama.

Shaun Manning talks to David Petersen about Mouse Guard.


Tangognat on vol. 1 of Animal Academy (Tangognat)
Bart Croonenborghs on Darwin: A Graphic Biography (Broken Frontier)
Kevin Hodgson on The Discworld Graphic Novels (The Graphic Classroom)
Sadie Mattox on The Eternal Smile (Extremely Graphic)
Chris Mautner on The Eternal Smile (Robot 6)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom (Comics Worth Reading)
Scott VonSchilling on Genghis Khan – To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (The Anime Almanac)
Elizabeth Bird on Luke on the Loose (A Fuse #8 Production)
John Mitchell on Swallow Me Whole (the center of the johnandjanaverse)
Ken Haley on vol. 1 of Wolverine: Prodigal Son (Manga Recon)

Brigid Alverson About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

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