Wednesday, February 29, 2012
"One Million Moms" Organization to Boycott Toys R' Us Over Gay Marriage Archie Comic
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Oprah.com Calls Craig Thomspon's _Blankets_ One of Best Love Stories of All Tme
That's high praise. I was late to the Blankets train, never really liking it enough to purchase it and not believing the hype until I finally sat down and read the entire thing rather than what I saw in previews, etc. Not sure if this endorsement will do anything to help get high school teachers to put the books in their shelves, though it's a clear example of Young Adult lit, but the power of Oprah works in mysterious ways.
And for what it's worth, I'm a total Blankets fan now. Anything Craig Thompson, really.
Sunday, February 12, 2012
John Carter of Mars is Coming to the Big Screen. In the Meantime...
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Friday, February 10, 2012
Belgian Court Makes Weird Legal Decision; TinTin Not Banned
The books will not be banned, as was the complainant's desire, but the court essentially ruled that the volumes could remain widely available because it, and Herge's intent, was not inherently racist.
Had the court felt otherwise, the decision might have not been the same, so while this is not exactly a victory for free speech, it is a victory for proponents of the notion that anyone should be able to read whatever they like from the past, when "historical context" regarding what is racist and what is not was different from what it is today.
Yeah, it's a muddied situation. Read more about it here.
Wednesday, February 08, 2012
GNR Publishes discussion Guides for 3 Graphic Novels
Monday, February 06, 2012
Dylan Horracks PSA for New Zealand Writers in Schools Program
Wednesday, February 01, 2012
Literacy Expert Stephen Krashen: " For Me It Was Comic Books"
"For me... it was comic books, and I gotta confess, it's still comic books.... Batman, Superman....What a wonderful foundation that gave us for higher levels of literacy, and we treated it as literature...."
He then talks about having Stan Lee taking him to lunch -- and paying! :)
Continuing on, he says, "I've never gotten over comic books. There's nothing like a new graphic novel."
His basic thesis is that language acquisition, especially academic language acquisition, is best facilitated by lots of reading in the forms and genres that you love best.
Krashen's synthesis on many studies and writings on comics and reading in The Power of Reading should be among the first things comics-and-literacy scholars read, in my opinion.