I just realized I spent a good portion of my recent holidays in some very dark places. Namely: Creepy Archives, Volume Two, The Walking Dead, and Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives, Vol. 1. I'm not sure what that says about me. But I'm pretty sure it's a bit of an oddity that at a time of rest and relaxation I turn to the cold comforts of horror. Whether they're your holiday cup of tea or not, I still recommend all three to you. Reviews of these collections to come soon, too!
Sari Wilson is a award-winning writer, editor, and educational consultant, and her work in graphic books has led her to become a valuable consultant for such clients as Diamond Books (Kids Group), Teachers and Writers Collaborative, Drawing Words & Writing Pictures (First Second/Macmillan), and Random House academic marketing. She’s also the wife of Josh Neufeld (A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge), and she herself has been published in Girls to Grrrlz: A History of Women’s Comics, Keyhole, SMITH Magazine online, and in the forthcoming anthology The Big Feminist BUT. Her prose work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and she’s also appeared in several literary journals.
January 2, 2010
Note: For the full teacher's guide, see the Random House website, from which the material here has been excerpted. The guide was written by Sari Wilson.
Jordan Boaz is a librarian at the Sam Garcia Western Avenue Library in Avondale, Arizona.
Just weeks after the sad death of Sheldon Dorf, Ken Krueger, who cofounded the world-famous San Diego Comic-Con, has also died. Krueger, who helped found the con in 1970, passed away from a heart attack in Lockport, New York, on November 21. Krueger had worked as a publisher and distributor, as well as a retailer, in the industry.
The current issue of Entertainment Weekly (December 4) has an interesting letter in it. It's from a guy named Roy in Springfield, Virginia, who describes himself as "a 57-year-old comics fan" and thanks EW for including a comics bestseller list in a recent issue. So far so good. But then comes the parenthetical: "and yes, I also have a life."
A few weeks ago, we sent out a request to writers, teachers, librarians, pros, and more to tell us the graphic novels they’d recommend as the best of the year. We keep getting their responses in, and we plan to unveil a more complete list in December. But just to give you a taste of the big books (and just in case you want to get a head start on your holiday shopping), we’re starting the list early. Here’s a sample of some of the responses we’ve gotten. Keep checking back to see more picks added for the best comics, manga, and graphic novels of the year!
Eric Federspiel is a middle school teacher living in Chicago with his wife, Stephanie. He's been using comics in the classroom (primarily with struggling readers) for the past eight years. His website is outfromthecomicshop.com, and you can find him on Twitter as well (@comicsteacher).
Yesterday, the judges for the 2010 Eisner Awards (which will be held at the San Diego Comic-Con on July 23 of next year) were announced, and yours truly is one of them. I'm really honored to be among these other great judges (get to meet them all here) and I'm looking forward to taking part in the whole process, which is going to be rigorous, challenging, and a whole lot of fun. Here's hoping I'm up to the task!
Two TV shows with comics-related content have caught my attention this season, one new and one old. The new one, which I'm enjoying quite a bit, is the new conspiracy puzzler FlashForward. I love it (and by the way, I'm going to say I love what ABC is doing this season by preparing for Lost's end with FlashForward and the new V...even if their execution isn't always perfect, I think it's great that the opportunity for good sci-fi on TV is there). Anyway, one of the mysteries of FlashForward is the identity of a person named "D. Gibbons." A nod to Dave Gibbons, one of the creators of Watchmen? It would seem so. I hope Dave is watching and enjoying.