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Real Simple asked 31 authors to share their favorite books, and Jamie Ford (who is the author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet) picked a graphic novel for his selection. Blankets by Craig Thompson was cited by Ford as being "An expressive, ingenious graphic novel that also happens to be an unforgettable memoir about first love.” Couldn't agree more!  
Carrie Rogers-Whitehead contacted us recently using the Teachers/Librarians Contact Form, and this is what she had to say: "I order the majority of graphic novels for my library system and use them all the time in teen programs. Recently I have found other uses for them, giving them to refugee teens. I have started doing outreach to a refugee center in our community and have found that the teens really respond to them. These teens do not speak English as their native language and graphic novels help them understand the story better. I have also used them with autistic kids, teens in detention, and others who may not read on their grade level. It's a wonderful way to encourage a love of reading in those who find it hard to read." We were so intrigued by her work that we had to learn more.
Capstone and DC recently announced the winner of a grade-school contest winner that I think a lot of our readers will appreciate. See below for the press release.
As I walked through the doors of the San Jose Convention Center on Saturday, May 18, the first thing I encountered was a line --- it seems you can’t have a con without lines. After I figured out which line to get in, thankfully not the one for people who wanted tickets to meet Stan Lee, I was harassed, or I should say judged, by a couple of uniformed Judges from the Dredd series and found not guilty of cutting in front of dozens of other attendees waiting in the myriad snakes of people. Whew!
 This morning brings the welcome and pleasant news that Peter David, writer of stuff, will be doing an in-depth conversation about comics and art with Danny Fingeroth on June 5 at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art. This news is appreciated for two reasons: One, Danny and Peter will have an epic discussion on comics issues; and two, I'm so happy to hear that Peter is recovering from the stroke he suffered at the end of 2012. It's good to see these two comics luminaries preparing for a talk. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door; you can purchase tickets here.  
Congratulations to Archie Comics and writer/artist Dan Parent for winning Outstanding Comic Book at the GLAAD Media Awards, which were held this past weekend. It's wonderful to see this series getting recognized for its great contributions.
An overstuffed youngster in a Captain America costume grabs the cake and jumps back to his coveted position, trying to balance the plate, the fork, and his comic books.   “How do you spell your name?” Gene Luen Yang asks, his Sharpie hovering over the cover of the Free Comic Book Day edition of Avatar. “With an X or a C?”   “A-L-E-X.”   “You’re better than Space Mountain,” his mother tells the Printz Prize-winning author of American Born Chinese. “We only had to wait an hour for that ride. We waited two-and-a-half hours to get inside here so we could meet you.”   
Exclusive preview of Law of the Desert Born Bantam Books was kind enough to offer us an exclusive five-page preview of their new graphic adaptation of Louis L'Amour's Law of the Desert Born, which is being published this fall.
April 17, 2013

The 2013 Eisner Nominees

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 The nominees have been announced, and there are, as always, some surprises.
Chicago's public schools system CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett banned Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis last week, citing its graphic language and images as the reason for its removal from the seventh-grade curriculum. To make matters even worse, Byrd-Bennett also suggested the book may be removed from the curriculum for grades 8 throguh 10. Both PW and Shelf Awareness reported on the controversy recently and how the ban has made the graphic novel a hit at local bookstores, even if it's for all the wrong reasons.