History Repeats Itself

June 24, 2019

“I feel like I’m at a Star Trek convention,” he said in his trademark baritone, before laughing heartily. Takei’s tone changed, however, as he began to describe a childhood spent in internment camps for Japanese Americans during World War II—an experience that he details in his new YA graphic novel, They Called Us Enemy. With a … Continue reading History Repeats Itself


Frank Miller and Tom Wheeler

A New Twist on an Old Tale

June 23, 2019

In a talk moderated by Todd Krueger, 2019–2020 president-elect of the Young Adult Library Services Association, Miller and Wheeler explained the genesis of the project. Miller said that as a kid, after discovering Superman, his other big love was Disney’s The Sword in the Stone. That continuing fascination was a driving factor in wanting to … Continue reading A New Twist on an Old Tale


Julia Billet and her translator, Wilfrid Lupano, Ezra Claytan Daniels, and Amy Chu

The Words Behind the Images

June 23, 2019

Moderator Heidi MacDonald, editor-in-chief of comic industry blog The Beat, began by asking the panelists to describe the inspirations behind their most well-known works. Speaking through a translator, French writer Julia Billet said that the story detailed in her graphic novel Catherine’s War, which follows a young Jewish girl during WWII as she journeys across France … Continue reading The Words Behind the Images


Dav Pilkey (center) with his Dog Man and Captain Underpants characters

Newsmaker: Dav Pilkey

April 16, 2019

Pilkey struggled with dyslexia and ADHD as a child. But being encouraged by his mother to read whatever he liked—”it didn’t matter if it was a magazine, or a comic book, or a bunch of Snoopy cartoons, or the Guinness Book of World Records,” he says—changed his life. He started drawing his Captain Underpants character … Continue reading Newsmaker: Dav Pilkey



Panelists Mairghread Scott, Vera Brosgol, and Melanie Gillman respond to a question in the "Great Graphic Novels for Kids" session at Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle, March 1, 2018. Illustration by Melanie Gillman.

Comics, Education, and Advocacy

March 6, 2018

Creating a community of practice for librarians and educators around comics collection, education, and advocacy was a major theme of the program, which included sessions such as “Censored: The Comics They Don’t Want You to Read (and How to Keep ’Em Circulating),” “The Representation Bookshelf,” and “What Do I Say When?: Tough Questions about Comics and How to … Continue reading Comics, Education, and Advocacy



Emil Ferris

Newsmaker: Emil Ferris

November 1, 2017

You worked on this story for several years while recovering from West Nile virus, getting a master’s at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and raising your daughter. Then this nearly 400-page book comes out, and cartoonist Art Spiegelman is calling you “one of the most important comics artists of our time.” How … Continue reading Newsmaker: Emil Ferris


Members of the “Hot Off the Press in Children’s Books” panel, from left: Candice Mack (Los Angeles Public Library), Sayantani DasGupta, Laura Terry, Gale Galligan, Jennifer L. Holm, and Tui T. Sutherland.

Professional Day at the Comic Con

October 10, 2017

A wide variety of panels and workshops offered practical advice on using comics in the classroom, getting involved and engaged as professionals, and getting the scoop on highly anticipated new titles. The day started with a conversation between Laurie Halse Anderson (Speak, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, February 2018) and Ngozi Ukazu (Check Please!, First Second, … Continue reading Professional Day at the Comic Con




The convention floor at San Diego Comic-Con, held July 19-22.

Comics in the Classroom: Beyond Maus and Persepolis

July 28, 2017

One prominent theme at this year’s SDCCEL was how to “level up” comics readership and support in schools and libraries. How do we move beyond excellent but well-known titles like Persepolis and Maus to include more diverse titles and ensure systematic buy-in with key stakeholders like principals and school board members? The July 20 session … Continue reading Comics in the Classroom: Beyond Maus and Persepolis