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Interview: Jessica Lee on Running a Graphic Novel Book Club

Brigid Alverson
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As part of the research for the SLJ article “Teaching with Graphic Novels,” I interviewed a number of educators and librarians, and since most people only got a brief quote, I’m running the interviews in full at Good Comics for Kids. Today, Jessica Lee, teacher librarian at Willard Middle School in Berkeley, California, talks about [...]

Preview: Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5

Brigid Alverson
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They’re back! Art Baltazar and Franco’s Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5 brings back the cutest gaggle of DC characters ever in the latest episode of their ongoing quest to find a new home base. Here’s the 411: Just when all hope of finding a new treehouse is lost, the girls travel to Paradise [...]

Links: Banned Books Week and Other News

Brigid Alverson
Captain Underpants

There’s a lot of activity going on right now around Banned Books Week, with its focus on comics. It even made NPR, which did a segment that includes interviews with Jeff Smith (Bone) and Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants). At Comic Riffs, Michal Cavna talks to Jeff Smith, Scott McCloud, and Neil Gaiman about comics challenges. [...]

Preview: Lumberjanes #6

Brigid Alverson
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Lumberjanes has been one of the surprise comics hits of the year. It’s an all-girl adventure story about a summer camp where all sorts of strange things keep occurring—but our plucky heroes are more than a match for the supernatural creatures that slink around by night. In Lumberjanes #6, out today, a game of Capture [...]

Interview: Meryl Jaffe on Comics and Education

Brigid Alverson
Meryl Jaffe

When I was doing research for this month’s SLJ article on comics in schools, I had the opportunity to talk to a number of experts on the topic, including researchers, teachers, and school librarians. And as anyone who has ever written a story like this, or been interviewed for one, knows, only a fraction of [...]

Links | From ‘Everstar’ to ‘Lumberjanes’

Brigid Alverson
Everstar

Everstar is a new webcomic on Mark Waid’s Thrillbent site that features an 11-year-old girl who travels through space on her own spaceship. Thrillbent editor/curator Mark Waid talks about the comic here, and Steve Morris recently interviewed the creators, Becky Tinker and Joie Brown, at his site The Spire. Steve Morris gets Faith Erin Hicks, [...]

Graphic Novels in the Classroom

Brigid Alverson
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In this month’s issue of School Library Journal, I talked to teachers, librarians, and Charles Brownstein of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund about the increasing prominence of graphic novels in schools, both in the classroom and in school libraries. Check out the article, which deals with the power of graphic novels as educational materials [...]

Cover Reveal: Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion

Brigid Alverson
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Earlier this year, First Second published Sleep Tight, Anna Banana, a cheerful picture book/comic hybrid by Dominique Roques and Alexis Dormal, and now, here’s a first look at the cover for the second book in the series, Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion. Anna Banana is a mischievous girl with a large coterie of stuffed [...]

RIP Stan Goldberg

Brigid Alverson
Stan Goldberg meeting his fans at Comic-Con International in San Diego, July 2012 (photo by Brigid Alverson)

Stan Goldberg, whose art delighted generations of readers of Marvel and Archie comics, died yesterday at the age of 82. Born in 1932, Goldberg went to work as a colorist for Timely Comics (which later became Marvel) in 1949, at the age of 16, and he stayed with the company as it became Atlas and [...]

Preview: Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #4

Brigid Alverson
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We’re big fans of Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani’s Tiny Titans books, and we were delighted when they came back for another round with this mini-series, Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse, in which the wee superheroes search for a new home base. Here’s an advance look at Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #4, [...]