Sheldon Dorf died on November 4 in San Diego. The 76-year-old passed away from kidney failure apparently due to complications of diabetes. We all owe Dorf a debt of gratitude for the magical thing he founded in 1970: the San Diego Comic-Con.
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!
November 16, 2009
Last month, the New Jersey State Library announced a new grant that will help 14 libraries across the state establish graphic-novel collections. In what seems to be a first, the grant—$3,000 for each library, all made possible by the Florence Taylor Tischler and Nathaniel Tischler Memorial Fund—will help the libraries build their graphic collections from the ground up.
In the foreword to his book 1,000 Comic Books You Must Read, Tony Isabella mentions that we indeed are. He asserts that, with the breadth of quality comics now being published, as well as the ready access to easily affordable reprints of classic works, this is the true Golden Age, one that’s better than any ever before. It’s hard to disagree, but I’ve been pondering it ever since reading it.
November 1, 2009
Greg Sadowski is one of comicdom’s great historians. As an editor, he’s won both the Harvey and Eisner Awards, and he’s just been nominated for YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list for Supermen: The First Wave of Comic Book Heroes. Recently, he’s just announced he’ll be doing seven new books for Fantagraphics, beginning in June 2010. The upcoming titles include Four-Color Fear: Forgotten Horror Comics of the 1950s; Setting the Standard: Alex Toth at Standard Comics 1952–1954; The Road to Plastic Man; The Comic Book Frankenstein; and more. Here’s your chance to get to know Greg a little bit better.
Carol sent me this story, and it moved me beyond words. It shows what the power of comics really is: The ever-inspiring belief in the best in yourself and the ability of that part of you to overcome whatever is thrown at you.
The Harvey Awards were held last night, and it looks like it was quite a star-studded event! I wish I could have attended, but alas... However, I was so happy to hear that Alex Robinson's Too Cool to Be Forgotten won Best Original Graphic Album last night. Robinson's book, about a late-30s guy who gets hypnotized to quit smoking and then suddenly finds himself transported back to high school (which is when he started smoking), is one of my recent favorites.
Quite often in the creating comics workshops that I teach, my students will hear me proclaim, “An artist reflects what they experience, see, or learn in life.” In other words, our views and feelings are what we bring to the table on any project.
We hear about it all the time: digital piracy. The scourge of the entertainment industry, digital piracy has been taken on by music companies, movie studios, and major publishers. But what of comic piracy? Does it affect the industry as a whole? We talked to three people in graphic publishing to see what the state of matters is and how they are combating illegal downloading.
Lisa Elliott is a young-adult librarian at the Tigard Public Library in Tigard, Oregon, who has the distinction of once having been mere inches away from Art Speigelman. She didn’t speak to him.