Over at The Huffington Post, author Charles London tackles a question that’s been on many educators’ minds of late: how can teachers and parents encourage boys to read more? His argument is that boys are readers, but the kind of material that appeals to them often falls outside the canon of approved kid-lit. “Even when I hated to read, I was hungry for stories,” he explains. “I found them in places that weren’t teacher-approved, but I found them just the same.”
Dark Horse has just announced that Andi Watson will be writing a new Skeleton Key story for Dark Horse Presents; look for the first installment of this three-part series on October 19, 2011.
Did you miss Free Comic Book Day? It’s not too late to track down some of the event’s kid-friendly titles. ComiXology is offering free digital editions of Atomic Robo, Super Dinosaur, and Deadliest Sharks & Prehistoric Predators, while Dark Horse has added free copies of Avatar: The Last Airbender and Star Wars: The Clone Wars to its digital store.
And speaking of Free Comic Book Day, Torsten Adair uses its tenth anniversary as a jumping-off point for examining the current state of the comics industry.
Here’s something for the crafty comic fan: step-by-step instructions for making Wonder Woman cookies. (Canon outfit, of course.)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 4 of Dengeki Daisy (A Case Suitable for Treament)
Matthew Brady on Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors #1 (Warren Peace Sings the Blues)
Sean Gaffney on vols. 1-3 of Kekkaishi (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Patti Martinson on Jughead Double Digest #167 (Sequential Tart)
Alexander Hoffman on vol. 1 of Monkey High! (Manga Widget)
Greg McElhatton on Superman #711 (Read About Comics)
Rob McMonigal on Tyrannosaurus Beth #1 (Panel Patter)