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Archives - January 2010

Comics are a powerful learning and teaching tool. That’s obvious to many teachers, a lot of whom have had great success reaching their students through graphic books. And while grade schools and middle schools have been on the forefront of using comics in the classroom, they’re also a fantastic resource at institutions of higher learning. Randy Duncan and Matthew J. Smith have written the book on how to teach the history, impact, importance, and cultural significance of comics at the university and college level. Their book, The Power of Comics, delves deeply into the teaching of comics at the higher level and offers other professors a structure for setting up their own intensive comics courses, whether they be an Intro to Comics or something more specific.
January 20, 2010

Guys Read Succeeds

Greg Hill is the director of the Fairbanks North Star Borough public libraries
January 19, 2010

New YALSA List Announced

The American Library Association just announced its 2010 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list. It’s a huge list: 73 titles, to be exact! And it’s a very good list.
January 18, 2010

Award Winners

Tons of awards were handed out over the weekend at the American Library Association's midwinter meeting in Boston. And a couple were comics-related! Congratulations to RAW/Toon Books for two big wins. Benny and Penny in the Big No-No! by Geoffrey Hayes won the Theodor Seuss Geisel Award for beginning reader books, and Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith took a Geisel Honor.
January 17, 2010

In Case You Missed Them...

Earlier today, I was on San Francisco public radio KALW on their program Your Call, which was a fun experience. The topic was graphic journalism, and the in-studio guest was Joe Sacco. Joe's one of the best in the field, so it was an honor just to be on-air with him.
January 16, 2010

On the Radio

If you're in the San Francisco area this Thursday, January 14, I hope you'll tune in to KALW for the program Your Call. Their topic that day will be nonfiction graphic books, and I'll be one of their guests. Also on the show will be Joe Sacco (Safe Area Goražde), and I think it will be a very interesting discussion. The show runs from 11 to noon. Hope you can listen!
January 15, 2010

Storm Wins

Congratulations to Matt Phelan for winning the 2010 Scott O'Dell Award for Historical Fiction! His Storm in the Barn took the win this past week, which means he earns the $5,000 prize. Good job, Matt!
January 6, 2010

So Then What Happened?

Doré Ripley is a lecturer at Cal State East Bay and an adjunct professor at Diablo Valley College. She specializes in intensive writing and, this year, two of her students took first and second place in the CSUEB annual essay contest. You can visit her on the web at
Allen Porter is an English teacher in Michigan who recently implemented a graphic-novel curriculum. This is the story of how he accomplished his goal.
January 4, 2010

Making Spirits Bright?

I just realized I spent a good portion of my recent holidays in some very dark places. Namely: Creepy Archives, Volume Two, The Walking Dead, and Strange Suspense: The Steve Ditko Archives, Vol. 1. I'm not sure what that says about me. But I'm pretty sure it's a bit of an oddity that at a time of rest and relaxation I turn to the cold comforts of horror. Whether they're your holiday cup of tea or not, I still recommend all three to you. Reviews of these collections to come soon, too!