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Archives - January 2014

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?

Interview: Nick Andors, author of A Frozen World

Jan 20, 2014

With his debut graphic novel, A FROZEN WORLD, Nick Andors creates a challenging and disturbing dystopian world known as Irongates. Life is horrifying in this troubled place, but somehow some small sliver of hope manages to survive…and people manage to cope. Here’s what Andors had to say about this world and how he came to create it.

Interview: Alexis E. Fajardo, author of Kid Beowulf and the Rise of El Cid

Jan 20, 2014

You may know BEOWULF, but do you know him as a boy? You do if you’ve read Alexis E. Fajardo’s fun-filled (and incredibly educational!) adventure series KID BEOWULF. The series, now three books in, has been chronicling what came before the epic BEOWULF and what led to creating the incredible hero (along with his twin brother, Grendel). We talked to Fajardo about putting a twist on a classic.