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Attendees of the recent Texas Library Association (TLA) annual conference—which took place April 12–15 in Austin—were greeted with a nice graphic-novel welcome this year: Besides panels about graphic novels and a forum featuring some well-known creators and the $20,000 Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway, the book selected for the One Book, One Conference reading group was Audrey Niffenegger’s The Night Bookmobile. The graphic novel, which tells the story of a woman who one night discovers a supernatural library that houses every single thing she’s ever read and who subsequently spends the rest of her life looking for it again, is a beautifully illustrated and haunting story. It’s also a book that contains its fair share of controversy and discussion points, as evidenced by the healthy, invigorating discussion that took place when TLA attendees got together to talk about the book. Here, Texas Tech University Associate Humanities Librarian Rob Weiner, who moderated the One Book, One Conference panel at the show, gives us the scoop on the book and the discussion around it.
April 26, 2011

Photo Gallery: Share the Excitement of TLA

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Even if you weren't at last week's annual TLA conference, you can still get a look at the fun times that that went on at The $20,000 Great Graphic Novel Library Giveaway in our photo gallery here. Click here to see photos from TLA.
The annual MoCCA festival, a fund-raiser for the Museum of Comics and Cartoon Art in New York, is not a comic convention; it's more like a craft show. Marvel and DC aren't there, and nobody is pushing a movie or a video game. It's simply table after table of small publishers and individual creators, all eager to show you their latest creations. At MoCCA, small is beautiful.
Maureen Bakis is a 12th-grade English teacher at Masconomet Regional High School in Topsfield, Massachusetts. She’s also been using comics in her classroom for a while now, to great success. We talked to her to glean her expert advice on how to use comics to reach students.
April is Autism Awareness Month, and so it’s a perfect time to draw attention to one mother’s recent compilation of an excellent list of graphic novels for her autistic son. This extensive list was published on AutMont, an autism resources site centered in Montgomery County, Maryland. This is a pretty comprehensive assortment of titles, and it ranges from such classics like Bone and Tintin to newer bestsellers like Babymouse, Copper, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Asterix.