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Archives - July 2009

Interview: Nick Tapalansky, author of Awakening

Jul 29, 2009

When Nick Tapalansky and Alex Eckman-Lawn’s Awakening debuted in 2007, it quickly became one of the most talked about new projects around. Its young creators took the standard “zombies attack a remote town” theme and turned it around, making it more about the investigation of hard-living detective Derrick Peters. No zombies are ever seen (at least not yet), and there’s no guarantee that we ever will. No matter. What we do see, and relish, is Eckman-Lawn’s magnificent artistry on every page.

Interview: Makoto Tateno, author of Angelic Runes, Volume 1

Jul 28, 2009

 Makoto Tateno debuted as a manga creator in 1986. Since then, she has created over 30 series, most in the shojo (girls) and yaoi (boys love) genres. Many of her boys love series have been released in the United States and her title Yellow (from Juné/Digital Manga) is a fan favorite. Recently, she was an industry guest at Yaoi Con 2009, where Graphic Novel Reporter was able to speak with her about her work.

Interview: Jarrett J. Krosoczka, author of Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute

Jul 28, 2009

Jarrett J. Krosoczka was already an author of children’s picture books when a visit to his old school inspired a new character: Lunch Lady. His yellow-gloved heroine uncovers mysteries at her school with the help of three inquisitive children and an arsenal of foodie gadgets—a lunch-tray laptop, a spatula helicopter, and a banana boomerang, among others. She even stops a getaway car with a flood of sloppy Joe mix.

Interview: Kevin Cannon, author of Far Arden

Jul 14, 2009

Far Arden is a very different kind of adventure comic, and fittingly, it was created in a unique manner. Writer-artist Kevin Cannon used a series of “24-hour comic days” to build the short story he had been mulling over for years into an epic, nearly 400-page tale of the high Arctic seas.

Interview: Randy Duncan, author of The Power of Comics

Jul 10, 2009

Comics are a powerful learning and teaching tool. That’s obvious to many teachers, a lot of whom have had great success reaching their students through graphic books. And while grade schools and middle schools have been on the forefront of using comics in the classroom, they’re also a fantastic resource at institutions of higher learning. Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith have written the book on how to teach the history, impact, importance, and cultural significance of comics at the university and college level.

: Randy Duncan, author of The Power of Comics

Jul 10, 2009

Fall Semester 2009

Matthew J. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Communication

Course Description

: Randy Duncan, author of The Power of Comics

Jul 10, 2009

Randy Duncan
 
 
Course Objectives: This course is designed to help the student
Appreciate the diversity and potential of the comic book/graphic novel medium;  Understand comic books/graphic novels as a unique medium of communication;
Discover the governing principles of comic books/graphic novels as an art form;
Apply knowledge of the medium to the creation of comic books/graphic novels;

Interview: Brian Fies, author of Whatever Happened to the World of Tomorrow?

Jul 1, 2009

“I don’t know if Jack Kirby went to the World’s Fair, but it wouldn’t surprise me if he did,” says Brian Fies. He’s talking about the impact the 1939 World’s Fair in New York had on Americans in general and comic creators specifically. In fact, decades after the fair, it would continue to have a place in comics: Readers of Roy Thomas’s All-Star Squardon in the early ’80s may remember the team made its headquarters in the fair’s Trylon and Perisphere.