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Maureen Bakis is a teacher at Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Massachusetts.
Leigh Brodsky is a teacher at Watchung Hills Regional High School in Warren, New Jersey.
October 20, 2010

Photo Gallery! The GNR Comic Con Party

Posted by tom
Illustrator Jamar Nicholas talks to Calvin Reid of PW Comics Week. In the background, John Gallagher (Buzz Boy) chats with Harold Buchholz of Renaissance Press, Inc.
Dr. Katie Monnin is an assistant professor of literacy at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville, Florida. She is also the author of Teaching Graphic Novels and the upcoming Teaching Early Reader Comics & Graphic Novels.
October 18, 2010

The Walking Dead Are Coming

I'm a huge fan of Walking Dead, so I'm understandably excited about the upcoming TV series on AMC. It's debuting, appropriately enough, on Halloween (if you couldn't guess by the title, it's a series about zombies). It's also a graphic and emotionally shocking series (at least in comics; I'm incredibly curious to see how closely the TV show will hew to the source material and how well that will play out with a TV audience if they do). Actor Andrew Lincoln seems like a nice choice to play the lead.
I'm a little late in getting this posted (due to an unfortunate week without internet connectivity), but I wanted to post some brief musings on the wonderful world of comics that occurred last weekend. It began with the excellent ICv2 conference on Thursday (put on by Milton Griepp), which covered the current state of the industry. In brief, it turns out individual monthly comics sales are up slightly, manga sales are down for the third year in a row, and digital sales are up tremendously. (More about that manga number in a minute.) PW Comics Week did a nice job covering this conference; check it out for more info.
October 4, 2010

Behind the Scenes with Peter Tatara

Posted by tom
Peter Tatara works for New York Comic-Con overseeing all the various panels, screenings, special events, and other goings-on at the big show. He does similar work for the New York Anime Festival, C2E2, and the Star Wars Celebration. In preparation for this week’s New York Comic-Con, we asked him our Behind the Scenese questions to get to know him a little better.
Mark Waid, editor-in-chief of Boom! Studios, has partnered with The Hero Initiative for a new program that will help a very worthy cause. The venture allows comics fans (and their friends and family) in California, Nevada, Illinois, and Indiana to align their supermarket rewards cards (including Ralphs, Food4Less, Cala Foods, and Bell Markets) with the Community Contributions program to help comic book creators in need of emergency medical aid, financial support, and other needs.
Two of my childhood comics idols, Chris Claremont and Paul Levitz, will be appearing together next week at Columbia for a talk entitled Claremont & Levitz: Jewish Influences & Themes in American Comics. Presented by the Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, the talk will take place at Columbia University's Schermerhorn Hall from 8:00 to 10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 13.
This isn't exactly graphic-novel related, but it's close enough. If you were blown away by Danny Elfman's soundtrack work on Batman way back in 1989, you'll be interested in hearing that Elfman's long collaborative history with Burton is about to get a huge retrospective (with a huge price tag to match). The Danny Elfman & Tim Burton 25th Anniversary Music Box is being released in a limited-edition box set (only 1,000 copies are being made) that will be available in December.