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.John Hogan
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!John Hogan
New York Comic Con is coming this week. If you're one of the lucky ones attending, please consider coming to the panel I'm modering on Thursday, October 13 at 3:45 in Room 1A03. It'll be a lively talk about comics in libraries and the issues librarian face. All are welcome...I hope it'll be a fun and very informative experience!
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. Strange's Sanctum Sanctorum, The Baxter Building, and The Avengers Mansion.John Hogan
Next Friday, October 7, there will be a nice discussion surrounding Jim Ottaviani's book Feynman entitled "Feynman: Why We Did It and What We Left Out." The event takes place from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Columbia's Butler Library at 535 W. 114th St. in New York. I'm a big fan of this book and of author Jim Ottaviani, who will be there to talk about his book and then do a signing afterward. If you're in the area and have a chance to attend, be sure to check it out!John Hogan
Bouchercon, the convention celebrating mystery writing and publishing, is being held this weekend in St. Louis, and there's a nice graphic novel connection. This year's Anthony Awards includes a Best Graphic Novel category. Attendees to the conference are voting on the winners from the list of nominees in each category all weekend long. The awards will be handed out tomorrow (Sunday) morning at a special brunch. Good luck to all the nominees! We'll bring you the list of winners tomorrow when they're announced. Here's the list of nominees:John Hogan