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Review: The Woods Vol. 1: The Arrow

J. Caleb Mozzocco
the woods

The Woods Vol.1: The Arrow Written by James Tynion IV Drawn by Michael Dialynas Boom Studios; $9.99 The premise of The Woods will sound familiar to many teen readers, who have likely encountered more than one comic with which this new sci-fi high-school survivalist tale shares DNA. An entire high school—students, faculty, and facilities—is instantaneously [...]

Links: ‘Persepolis’ Challenge Fails in Illinois

Brigid Alverson
Persepolis 1

What is it about Persepolis? Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up in post-Revolutionary Iran has been pulled from classrooms in the Chicago Public Schools (but retained in their libraries) and challenged in Murphy, Oregon, and now a parent asked that it be removed from the reading list of Glenwood High School in Illinois. The [...]

This Week’s Comics: Musical Monsters on Ice

Lori Henderson
Musical Monsters

Enjoy both brains and brawn with this week’s new releases. Dial Books has the next volume of their Ordinary People Change the World series with I Am Albert Einstein. IDW Publishing releases the second volume of their new Samurai Jack series, as well as a new series based on the video game and toy franchise [...]

Review: Ghost of The Grotto

J. Caleb Mozzocco
ghost of the grotto

Ghost of The Grotto By Carl Barks Fantagraphics; $12.99 It seems almost silly to call this new Fantagraphics collection of Carl Barks’ Donald Duck comics, the first in a new format, a kid-friendly collection, if only because that implies that somehow the previous Barks books weren’t also kid-friendly. And all of Fanta’s duck comics collections [...]

Interview: Kat Kan on Graphic Novels in School Libraries

Brigid Alverson
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Kat Kan needs no introduction, but I’ll give her one anyway. Kat is a pioneer in our field, having worked with graphic novels and libraries since 1983. She has worked in both school and public libraries and is currently the librarian for St. John Catholic School in Panama City, Florida. She writes the “Graphically Speaking” [...]

Review: Library Wars: Love and War Volumes 5-9

Lori Henderson
Library Wars 9

It is the not too distant future, and libraries have armed themselves to protect books and other media from the federal government’s Media Betterment Committee. Iku Kasahara has settled into her job on the Library Task Force, but the MBC and other forces haven’t given up their battle to stop libraries from keeping speech, all [...]

Interview: Jessica Lee on Running a Graphic Novel Book Club

Brigid Alverson
Americus

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 [...]

This Week’s Comics: Treehouse of Ponies

Lori Henderson
Treehouse of Horrors 20

As the days get shorter, longer nights mean more time to read comics! BOOM! Studios has a double dose of fantastically feisty girls with new issues of Bee and Puppycat and Lumberjanes. DC Comics keeps up the superhero hijinks with a new issue of Batman ’66, and Fantagraphics releases the first in a new kid-friendly [...]

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. [...]