I was sitting in a beautiful hotel conference room when I heard the news that comics legend Dick Giordano had passed away today at the age of 77. Dick was a wonderful artist, creator, and leader at DC Comics and elsewhere throughout the industry, and he was, by all accounts, a truly gracious and wonderful man. I’m in San Diego taking part in the Eisner Award judging process, along with some really amazing comics fans.
Carol’s a huge fan of the Wimpy Kid books, so I was hoping she and I would both be able to attend the special preview of the movie held last Thursday night in Times Square in New York. Unfortunately, she’s traveling to the West Coast on business, so I was on my own for the movie. It might have been a good thing, because I ended up enjoying myself immensely and laughing hysterically.
Jim Gibbons spent two years working for Wizard before joining Dark Horse as their newest publicity coordinator. But what’s his history in comics really like? We found out.
It’s TokyoPop senior editor Lillian Diaz-Przybyl’s turn to get in the hotseat and answer our questions!
Michele Gorman is the teen services coordinator for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. She is also the “Getting Graphic” columnist for Library Media Connection, and her books include Getting Graphic! Comics for Kids, Getting Graphic! Using Graphic Novels to Promote Literacy with Preteens and Teens, and both the third and fourth edition of Connecting Young Adults and Libraries: A How to Do It Manual. Michele is also the editorial director for Neal Schuman’s “Teens @ the Library!” series. You can find her online at www.comixlibrarian.com.
As comics reach an ever-growing audience—and as styles from around the world, like manga and manhua, permeate the American marketplace and help shatter cultural boundaries—it seemed like an important time to look at where comics have come from and where they’re going, in terms of diversity. It seemed a perfect time to open a dialogue, even a small one, dealing with issues related to race in comics, specifically how comics appealed, portrayed, and were created by the black community.
It’s been 30 years since the Los Angeles Times began hosting their own set of awards, and 14 since the advent of the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books. This year, both take an important step forward in terms of comics and graphic-novel coverage.
Lisa Coxson is a ninth-grade English teacher at Bronx School of Law and Finance in Bronx, New York. Her favorite members of the Justice League were the Wonder Twins. Her favorite cartoon is a tie between Pinky and the Brain and the Grim Adventures of Billy and Mandy. Her favorite graphic novel is currently American Born Chinese.
Rich Young Do you remember your first comic book or graphic novel? If so, what was it? It was probably an old Disney Uncle Scrooge. I had an uncle who had a bunch of those I remember reading. I was also always into the Sunday funnies…so Peanuts was big for me. Those were some of the earliest memories. What do you love about the graphic novel as a format for storytelling?
Our good friend Peter Gutierrez, writer and reviewer and graphic novel columnist, is putting on a great new panel this coming Tuesday, March 9, for the New York Center for Independent Publishing. The panel, "New York, the Super City," will focus on how New York City inspired some of the greatest comics writers and artists in their efforts to create some of the best comics characters of all time. That includes Batman's hometown of Gotham City, Superman's Metropolis, Will Eisner's take on The Spirit, the web-swinging adventures of Spider-Man.