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Links: Meet the Beetle; Raina Telegemeier on Drama

Jay Hosler introduces Professor Owen, from his new graphic novel Last of the Sandwalkers.

Three of the most challenged library books last year were graphic novels: Saga, Persepolis, and Raina Telgemeier’s Drama. Michael Cavna talks to Telgemeier about what’s going on there (Drama is cited for “explicit sex,” although there is none, presumably because there are two gay characters), and Charles Brownstein of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund also weighs in.

Miss Lasko-Gross discusses her graphic novel Henni, a story about fleeing traditional society and religious fundamentalism with strong fantasy elements.

Bastien Vivès talks about Last Man, which is being published in several volumes by First Second; it’s a fantasy tale that owes a lot to shonen manga.

Now this is cool: The Carolina Manga Library is a portable manga library with about 3,000 volumes that travels to comics conventions. Head librarian Laura B. Mehaffey explains how it works, and it’s impressive: They can set up or break down the library in about three hours, carrying it from place to place in a rented trailer.

Here’s a first look at a new Fantagraphics title, Walt Disney’s Donald Duck: The Pixilated Parrot.

Reviews

Henry Chamberlain on Girl in Dior (Comics Grinder)
Stergios Botzakis on Last of the Sandwalkers (Graphic Novel Resources)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Lost in NYC: A Subway Adventure (Comics Worth Reading)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Nutmeg #1 (Comic Worth Reading)
Stergios Botzakis on Tomboy (Graphic Novel Resources)

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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 E-Reader.com. 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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