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

Gene Luen Yang

Graphic Novel Friday Forum

June 24, 2017

The sessions were hosted by Pop Culture Classroom, the Children’s Book Council, and the French Comics Association (FCA). Yang, a MacArthur fellow and graphic novelist who also taught high-school computer science, used to tell his students that he also drew comics because he thought it would make him cool. It did not. But it did … Continue reading Graphic Novel Friday Forum

Attendees meet publishers at the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, May 13­–14, 2017.

Comics, Education, and Libraries

May 24, 2017

Sponsored in part by the Toronto comics shop The Beguiling (which also offers library vending services to school and public libraries throughout Ontario), this year’s Librarian and Educator Day featured a keynote from Charlie Adlard (UK comics laureate and artist of The Walking Dead). Several of the day’s sessions—such as “From Sidelines to Centre” and … Continue reading Comics, Education, and Libraries

Gene Luen Yang

Newsmaker: Gene Luen Yang

May 2, 2016

What got you into writing and drawing? Gene Luen Yang: I’ve been interested pretty much all of my life. My parents are avid storytellers, and I grew up listening to their stories. I also grew up drawing. Comics was a way of combining those two things. There are themes running through your work—of identity, of … Continue reading Newsmaker: Gene Luen Yang