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I still remember the morning I got the call. Axel Alonso, the executive editor at Marvel, had asked the question, but my mouth was still hanging open. “Well?” he said.
June 17, 2009

Behind the Scenes with Joe Hill

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The acclaim for Joe Hill’s work continues! His bestselling series Locke and Key has just been nominated for two Eisner Awards: Best Limited Series and Best Writer. Now, get to meet Hill yourself in our Behind the Scenes interview. Plus, don’t miss our review of Locke and Key: Welcome to Lovecraft. And while you’re at it, look for the new monthly Locke and Key series on sale right now.
Schools librarians today face more challenges than ever. At the same time, growing respect and acceptance for graphic novels and manga coupled with high demand from young readers have all increased the need for graphic literature in school libraries. This special series of roundtable discussions will delve into the issues school librarians are facing, how they’re succeeding, and what lessons they’re learning as they establish and run their graphic novel and manga programs. We begin with elementary schools (check back for our upcoming roundtable discussion with middle school and high school librarians).
Teacher, Watchung Hills Regional High School, Warren, New Jersey   During my first year teaching at Watchung Hills Regional High School, I was approached by my supervisor with a very interesting question. “If you could teach any topic as an elective, what would it be?” At first I was very surprised by the question. This was only my second year of teaching, and I was not sure how much impact a 23-year-old novice teacher would have on the curriculum.  
Diamond's John Shableski hosted a panel on the Hot Fall Graphic Novels this Saturday at BEA. He was joined onstage by librarians Eva Volin, Christian Zabriskie, Jesse Karp, and Barbara Moon, and together the panel put together a very comprehensive list of the biggest books coming this fall. Thanks to them all for putting together such a nice spectrum of titles, and for conveniently grouping them according to age group. Here's the complete list of graphic novels they picked.
June 2, 2009

Top Shelf 2.0 Turns 1

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Congratulations to Top Shelf for the one-year anniversary of its webcomic anthology Top Shelf 2.0!  The site is posting a new comic every day from Monday through Friday, a huge endeavour considering it's got some of the most eclectic and interesting material, ranging from kids' stuff to adult fare. Go there and be sure to check out Kagan McLeod's Infinite Kung Fu series, a fun ride with gorgeous art to boot.
I recently managed to get around to a book I've had for a while: Locke & Key: Welcome to Lovecraft. It's by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez and published by IDW, and aside from being a nice little tribute to H.P. Lovecraft, it's got some of the most genuinely chilling and creepy moments in comics in a long time. The second and third pages alone were just plain frightening, and the book is made even scarier by the little nuances the creators throw in along the way.