Scott McCloud Lecture
MSU's Institute of Humanities hosted author and theorist Scott McCloud (Understanding Comics, Making Comics, Reinventing Comics, The Sculptor) on March 31st, 2015 as part of their Distinguished Scholar Series.
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Graphic Novel Reporter - Reviews
About This Guide
This guide serves as a resource for educators who use graphic novels in their classrooms, include them in their lesson plans and assignments, or simply want to learn more about this format. The guide includes sources for graphic novel reviews, lists of award-winning graphic novels, and resources about using graphic novels in curriculum and instruction.
Featured Book - April
"This massive anthology, with more than 150 women creators, has so far been better known for its funding and-raising over $100,000 on Kickstarter-than for its content. That should change now that the book is here. There's a wide variety of talented work on display, showing how many diverse styles and subjects can make for great comics. The different portraits and definitions of heroism encompass everything from caped fliers to historical allusions to quiet bravery. The tips scattered across the bottom of various pages on how to be a comics professional are helpful but seem to have wandered in from some other book. The editors have attempted to create an all-in-one book, showing what women can do in comics, with historical profiles and interviews with current creators. Although most would agree that women have already proven their place in the comics medium, the book does suggest an instant time capsule, a volume to look back at in five or 10 years and see art from who they were when. The reader is left wanting a lot more from the contributors than these short pieces, and that was undoubtedly the goal." (Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
YALSA names 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens
CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), announced its 2015 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list.
The list of 79 titles, drawn from 108 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for teens. The full list can be viewed at http://www.ala.org/yalsa/great-graphic-novels.
In addition to the full list, the committee chose the following recordings as its top ten:
- "Afterlife with Archie: Escape from Riverdale." By Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Illus. by Francesco Francavilla. Archie Comics.
- "Bad Machinery V.3: The Case of the Simple Soul." By John Allison. Illus. by the author. Oni Press.
- "47 Ronin." By Mike Richardson. Illus. by Stan Sakai. Dark Horse.
- "In Real Life." By Cory Doctorow. Illus.by Jen Wang. First Second.
- "Ms. Marvel: V.1. No Normal." By G. Willow Wison. Illus. by Adrian Alphona. Marvel.
- "Seconds: a Graphic Novel." By Bryan Lee O’Malley. illus. by the author. Ballantine Books.
- "The Shadow Hero." By Gene Luen Yang. Illus. by Sonny Liew. First Second.
- "Through The Woods." By Emily Carroll. Illus. by the author. Margaret K. McElderry Books.
- "Trillium." By Jeff Lemire. Illus. by the author. Vertigo.
- "Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki." By Mamoru Hosoda. Illus. by Yu. Yen Press.