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Archives - April 2011

In order to help teachers better serve their students through the use of comics in the classroom, we begin this new series of in-depth interviews with teachers who vast experience in this arena. First up, we talk to John C. Weaver, an English teacher at Williamsport Area High School in Pennsylvania. Weaver has written for GNR about his experiences teaching comics in the past, and so we knew he'd be a great teacher to help us kick off this series.
Last month, artist Shaun Tan won an Academy Award. This weekend, he won the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in Sweden, the largest children's literature award. (It comes with a significant monetary prize as well, so good for you, Shaun!) Here's the full story.
It was sad news to hear that Joanne Siegel, wife of the late Jerry Siegel, who cocreated Superman, passed away last month. She was a remarkable woman, and reportedly the inspiration for the fiesty, hard-hitting Lois Lane, the one and only earthwoman who could conquer Superman's heart. But this weekend brought a new column by Nikki Finke showing just how much of a fighter Joanne Siegel really was, even as she was in her early 90s and suffering from several health problems.
I'm a big fan of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid books, and I really loved the first film adaptation. So I'm thrilled to see that the sequel, Rodrick Rules, made a huge impact at the box office this weekend. It's such a funny, delightful series that I hope its $24.4 million weekend (beating out Sucker Punch) will draw a lot of attention to these worthwhile books.