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Webcomics Wednesday: As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman

Webcomics Wednesday: As the Crow Flies, by Melanie Gillman

This installment of Webcomics Wednesday features Melanie Gilman’s Eisner-nominated As the Crow Flies, a colored-pencil-only comic, now at more than 200 pages and still going strong. (Gillman uses up one and a third pencils per page. That’s a lot of pencils!) At the heart of this story is Charlie, the lone black teen at a Christian […]

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A Superhero with Rabbit Ears: El Deafo, by Cece Bell

A Superhero with Rabbit Ears: El Deafo, by Cece Bell

Lynn: If you were going to tell the story of what it is like to lose your hearing as a child, adjust to that bewildering loss, cope with friendships, school, loneliness and public ignorance, how would you tell it? Would you think to tell it through graphic storytelling using a cast of rabbits? I certainly wouldn’t […]

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Webcomics Wednesday: Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson
By September 24, 2014 0 Comments Read More →

Webcomics Wednesday: Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson

It’s been a while since our last Webcomics Wednesday post, and with the bold new look of our blog, we decided to make a bold new move and . . . do something we did a long time ago! But there’s never been a better time to pay attention to webcomics. More and more comics […]

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The Maltese Legacy: Spade, the Bird, and Beyond

The Maltese Legacy: Spade, the Bird, and Beyond

Dashiell Hammett and Sam Spade Born in 1894, Samuel Dashiell Hammett lived until 1961. As a young man he worked as an operative for the Pinkerton National Detective Agency, an experience that provided him with plenty of material for his future work as a writer of detective fiction. He served briefly in the U.S. Army […]

Book Trailer Thursday: Afterlife with Archie
By October 24, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Afterlife with Archie

Book Trailer Thursday this October has gone a little like this: scary, scary, franco (thanks, C!). In other words, all horror all the time. And this week, I will not back down! But I will give you animated scary, in the form of this trailer for the new graphic novel Afterlife with Archie. This ain’t […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Battling Boy
By September 19, 2013 0 Comments Read More →

Book Trailer Thursday: Battling Boy

In his starred review of Battling Boy in the September 15 issue of Booklist, Jesse Karp writes: “Comics’ sci-fi rock-god Pope synthesizes the mythologies of Superman, Batman, and Hercules and sends them crashing into a monster-infested dystopia in this rollicking blast of adventure, the first part of a larger tale.” Are you listening yet? Now, […]

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Book Trailer Thursday: Boxers & Saints

Book Trailer Thursday: Boxers & Saints

Breaking a complex story into two–a bloody conflict told via young protagonists on its opposing sides–and then putting it back together for a one-minute teaser couldn’t have been easy, but you wouldn’t know it from today’s BTT. The trailer for Printz winner Gene Yuen Lang’s simultaneously released companion graphic novels Boxers and Saints is simple […]

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Hostile Questions: Anne Elizabeth Moore

Hostile Questions: Anne Elizabeth Moore

Typically I start these things by listing a few accomplishments of the so-called “author.” Y’know, like: Anne Elizabeth Moore was co-editor and publisher of Punk Planet, founding editor of The Best American Comics, and is the author of Cambodian Grrrl. But, really, do you think I have all day for typing and hotlinking and whatnot? […]

A(nother) New Prize for ALA Annual

A(nother) New Prize for ALA Annual

And the winner is . . . you! (maybe) This week, the Will & Ann Eisner Family Foundation announced the formation of the Will Eisner Graphic Novel Prize for Libraries. Here’s a link to a PDF of the full press release, but for those on the go here’s the essential deets: The prize is a bundle […]

Who Fills out the Paperwork When Superman Drops a Train?

Who Fills out the Paperwork When Superman Drops a Train?

There are plenty of mysteries in superhero comics; DC, after all stands for “Detective Comics,” which is the name of the series featuring possibly the greatest superhero detective ever, Batman. Superheroes are constantly solving mysteries: figuring out who stole which nuclear launch code, which villain infected the town reservoir with mutagens this time, or which […]

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