If you're in the San Francisco area this Thursday, January 14, I hope you'll tune in to KALW for the program Your Call. Their topic that day will be nonfiction graphic books, and I'll be one of their guests. Also on the show will be Joe Sacco (Safe Area Goražde), and I think it will be a very interesting discussion. The show runs from 11 to noon. Hope you can listen!
Congratulations to Matt Phelan for winning the 2010 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction! His Storm in the Barn took the win this past week, which means he earns the $5,000 prize. Good job, Matt!
Doré Ripley is a lecturer at Cal State East Bay and an adjunct professor at Diablo Valley College. She specializes in intensive writing and, this year, two of her students took first and second place in the CSUEB annual essay contest. You can visit her on the web at www.RipleyOnline.com.
Allen Porter is an English teacher in Michigan who recently implemented a graphic-novel curriculum. This is the story of how he accomplished his goal.
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."