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.
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.
March 5, 2013
Last week, the L.A. Times announced its nominees for its book prizes, to be awared at the L.A. Times Festival of the Book this April 19. Five nominees made the initial cut:
February 19, 2013
This interview “was just the ticket to get me really seriously thinking about promoting graphic novels at our school again,” says Joanie Proske, a teacher-librarian at Walnut Grove Secondary School in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. “I fired off a few emails to colleagues and managed to get two English teachers to bring down their classes in the next few weeks so we can introduce the students to this format. I also sold our ESL (ELL) teachers into using a graphic poetry collection from Scholastic with their beginning English readers. Great success here and perhaps a step toward incorporating other graphics into their ESL teaching in the future!”
I'm a huge fan of the Harry Potter series (15 years old this year!), as well as a big fan of Kazu Kibuishi's work. I'm thrilled that the two are being paired for a celebration of Harry's anniversary. Kibuishi is doing a series of seven new covers for each of the J.K. Rowling books, and the first one, for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, is a gem.