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Interview: John Lewis, author of March: Book Two

Jan 14, 2015

Recently, John Maher of The Book Report Network interviewed Representative John Lewis, the author of the graphic memoir MARCH: Book Two, the second in a series about his experiences during the American Civil Rights Movement. The former chairman of the Student Nonviolence Coordinating Committee, Lewis was one of the leading voices for nonviolent protest and civil disobedience in the 1960s. He is the only living member of the "Big Six," and one of 10 activists to speak to the more than 250,000 Americans gathered at the Lincoln Memorial during the March on Washington in 1963. Lewis has served as the U.S. Representative for Georgia's 5th congressional district since 1987, and is a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Interview: Bill Kartalopoulos, author of The Best American Comics 2014

Oct 6, 2014

The Best American series, published yearly by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, collects a number of the year's best pieces in a particular form, which are selected and curated by a guest editor in conjunction with the series editor. This year, THE BEST AMERICAN COMICS anthology has a new series editor, Bill Kartalopoulos. Read our interview with Kartalopolous, conducted by Dr. Katie Monnin, Associate Professor of Literacy at the University of North Florida, below:

Interview: Paul Rivoche, author of The Forgotten Man Graphic Edition: A New History of the Great Depression

Mar 19, 2014

Paul Rivoche is a freelance illustrator, animation designer and professional comic book artist/writer working out of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. His career traces back to the early 1980s, when he worked on Mister X, published by independent Canadian publisher Vortex Comics.

Interview: Carrye Kay Syma, author of Graphic Novels and Comics in the Classroom: Essays on the Educational Power of Sequential Art

Jan 29, 2014

GRAPHIC NOVELS AND COMICS IN THE CLASSROOM is an ambitious book, not simply because it tackles the sometimes tricky topic of using comics for education --- but also because it quite simply covers a lot of comics and comics history. It’s an inclusive academic work featuring essays from more than two dozen educators and experts in the field.

Interview: Jimmy Gownley, author of The Dumbest Idea Ever!

Jan 29, 2014

For Jimmy Gownley, life after AMELIA RULES! looks a lot like life before it. Gownley ended his much-beloved YA graphic novel series after 2012’s HER PERMANENT RECORD, and now he’s back with a brand-new book, THE DUMBEST IDEA EVER! In this one, he draws on his own personal experience, detailing his difficult transition from grade school --- where he was tops in his class, both academically and on the basketball court --- to high school, where illness and increased academic pressures took their toll. Gownley’s solution to his falling social status?