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Presentation: Adult Graphic Novels for Teens

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On Tuesday, I had the privilege of attending the Mass Library Systems Teen Summit, where I made a presentation on “Adult Graphic Novels for Teens.” Here’s the PowerPoint deck, which is mostly book recommendations. I started out with a brief discussion of the topic and what sorts of adult books work well for teens—keeping in […]

Trailer: ‘Spooky & the Strange Tales: Monster Inn’

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We’re kicking off the first week of October with a spooky book trailer to get us into the Halloween spirit! Spooky & the Strange Tales: Monster Inn by Carine-M and Élian Black’mor, a lighthearted story about a mysterious little girl staying in a boardinghouse for monsters. Check it out: Carine-M and Élian Black’mor are a […]

Review: ‘Calla Cthulhu’

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Calla Cthulhu Writers: Evan Dorkin and Sarah Dyer Artists: Erin Humiston and Mario A. Gonzalez Dark Horse Books; $12.99 Rated 14+ The mythos of cosmic horror that H.P. Lovecraft created and curated during his short writing career has always proved a curiously inviting and creatively fertile milieu for other writers to work in, on, and […]

Review: ‘Dinosaur Empire’

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Dinosaur Empire Writer/artist: Abby Howard Amulet Books; $15.99 What are two of the most awesome things to ever exist in the entire history of the planet Earth? If you answered dinosaurs and comic books, then you and I are on the same wavelength, dear reader, and I therefore feel quite confident in recommending Dinosaur Empire […]

Interview: Falynn Koch on Bugs and Bats

Falynn Koch’s newest book in First Second’s Science Comics line, Science Comics: Plagues, came out last week, so I figured it’s a good time to post the interview I did with her at C2E2 last April. Koch is also the author of Science Comics: Bats, so we started with that. You can keep up with […]

Review: ‘Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point’

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Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point Writer/artist: Kim Dwinell Top Shelf Productions; $19.99 Former real-life surfside girl turned animator Kim Dwinell makes her graphic novel debut with a pretty powerful argument for the old saw that you should write (and, here, draw) what you know. Surfside Girls: The Secret of Danger Point is a […]

Review: The Wendy Project

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I particularly adore when authors (and artists) take a (classic) work and they tear it apart and create something new—but recognizable. There’s Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, countless fractured fairy tales, and this year I read a dystopian version of Peter Pan. So picking up a copy of The Wendy Project was a natural choice […]

Review: ‘Cosmic Commandos’

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Cosmic Commandos Writer/artist: Christopher Eliopoulos Dial Books; $13.99 Jeremy is loud, arrogant, and always ready to leap into action without thinking. His likes include video games and complaining about the unfairness of his life, while his dislikes include school (especially homework), reading, and his brother. Justin is quiet, polite, and thinks before acting. His likes […]

Interview: Eric Kallenborn on Graphic Novels in the Classroom

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I spoke to Eric Kallenborn when I was researching The People’s Comics: Using the Graphic Format to Teach About Current Events, which is the cover story of this month’s School Library Journal. Eric is an English teacher at Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights, Illinois, and he has a lot to say about […]

Review: ‘Mega Princess’

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Mega Princess Written by Kelly Thompson, illustrated by Brianne Drouhard KaBoom! (Boom! Studios), $14.99 Ages 8 and up Kelly Thompson (Jem and the Holograms, Hawkeye) brings her energetic, aware writing style to a wide-ranging fantasy adventure for kids. The mega princess of the title is Maxine (who prefers Max). It’s her tenth birthday, which means […]