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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
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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 [...]

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. [...]

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 [...]

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: ‘Tropic of the Sea’

Lori Henderson
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In a small seaside town there is a legend: Once every 60 years the Yashiro family receives a mermaid’s egg. They protect and care for it, and in exchange, the mermaids give the town calm seas and good fishing. The tradition is threatened now by a large commercial developer that wants to turn the town [...]

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 [...]

This Week’s Comics: Witches Brew

Lori Henderson
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Fall is just around the corner, so enjoy the changing of the seasons with some of this week’s new comics. Archie Comics releases the next Mega Man trade. DC Comics ends their video game crossover title Scribblenauts Unmasked, and Oni Press releases the next volume of Mermin. The List: ARCHIE COMIC PUBLICATIONS Archie #659 (Mike [...]