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October 20, 2011

Toon Books Gets a Shout-Out

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There's a nice article about Toon Books and publisher Francoise Mouly here on the Daily Record site, and it's a nice little encapsulation of what Toon Books stands for. It's a short piece, but it's a good brief overview of what these books do for kids and the need for graphic novels aimed at the youngest readers. Check it out when you can.
Congratulations to Lauren Redniss for making the National Book Award's short list for nonfiction books of the year for Radioactive: Marie & Pierre Curie, A Tale of Love and Fallout! This is not only a huge achievement and recognition for Lauren, but it's also the first time the NBA has ever recognized a graphic work in this category, so it shows the huge steps this category has made in the past few years. Congratulations, Lauren, on a job well done!
Just in time for New York Comic Con and the many comics-loving tourists who will be flooding the city for it comes this extensive guide to the city from a nerd's perspective. It's not entirely devoted to comics (Mario makes an appearance, as do The Warriors and the Planet of the Apes), but it's got plenty of four-color favorites...like Dr.
Writing this monthly teacher feature has broadened my understanding about the variety of comics instruction that exist for students of all ages across America. Whether it be a K–12 curriculum, after-school program, study-abroad, or community enrichment, comics education is spreading its tentacles in a lot of directions. John Isaacson is doing his part to spread the appreciation for comics as a powerful medium of storytelling out in Portland, Oregon. I visited John’s website and blog after having received an email from the teacher-cartoonist, who wrote to me about his comics and education experiences as an instructor for a grade k–5 after-school program, in a pre-K–5 summer camp, and through Writers in the Schools (WITS), a nonprofit that places professional writers in high school classes.
There's a much more detailed and informative writeup of this news in Heidi MacDonald's Publishers Weekly article, but the quick news is that DC Comics is offering 100 graphic novels for sale exclusively on the new Kindle Fire, which was announced this week.
This past Monday, artist Minck Oosterveer passed away tragically and unexpectedly. Boom! Studios is honoring the late artist and his work by offering all of his work with writer Mark Waid on The Unknown and The Unknown: Devil Made Flesh for free download. All of Boom!'s digital partners, including  comiXology, iVerse, Graphicly, and mydigitalcomics, are offering the books for free right now. Check them out and help keep this talented artist's creative work alive. Rest in peace, Minck.