The American Library Association (ALA) announced their list of Most Challenged Books in 2014, and three comics were on the list: Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples' Saga, and Raina Telgemeier's Drama. These comics were challenged for a number of reasons, but many of the complaints had a basis in trying to limit what books children have access to. It's important to note that the ALA is made up of more than just school libraries; public and academic libraries are also part of the ALA.
Brian Hibbs has put up his great yearly analysis of the Bookscan numbers over at Comic Book Resources, and they reflect a change that's slowly dawning on many people in comics right now: books for women and children are where the money is. Nine of the top twenty books sold and tracked by Bookscan last year were by women, and twelve of the top twenty were books for kids.
While the CBLDF's primary mission is legal defense (as per their name), they also offer valuable educational tools. This includes Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read, a guide aimed at parents and educators. Written by Dr. Meryl Jaffe and featuring art by Raina Telgemeier and Matthew Holm, this great resource teaches adults how to engage kids in the comics medium. While a US version has been available for a while now, the CBLDF is doing a new US printing as well as their first ever UK printing (in British English). Both versions will be available in May.
The recently released "X-Men: Misfits" by Raina Telgemeier, Dave Roman, and AnZu is the second book to come out from a deal allowing Del Rey to produce Original English Language manga stories starring Marvel characters. The first, "Wolverine: Prodigal Son," hit shelves last year, and while that book was based around the speed-lines and karate face-kicks of action manga, "Misfits" takes a different route entirely.
Yes, this one follows the path of the shojo, or "young girls'" manga, telling the story of a young Kitty Pryde trying to find love as the only girl at the Xavier Academy, and we're not gonna lie: as suckers for stories about high school drama mixed with super-powers, we love it. It's got a fresh take on old characters that includes some highly entertaining redesigns and a story that, while dramatic enough to make even the regular X-Men seem calm, is reallly engaging. What we love most about it, though, is just how darn shojo it is.
"Smile," the true story of how Raina Telgemeier ("The Babysitters Club," "X-Men: Misfits") knocked out her two front teeth when she was in 6th grade, is coming out this week as a graphic novel from Scholastic, after originally posting installments online. Based on what I've read, expect a fantastic little book that deals not only with a partic
As a kid who got into comics thanks, in part, to Archie Comics' "Sonic the Hedgehog," I have to say that Kotaku's glimpse into the innocence of sequential art creation is a wonderful sight.
The sixth grade students who attend comic creator Raina Telgemeier's Afterschool Comics Workshop (which, ironically, Kotaku misspelled as "Worship") were given a mission: Create a short comic based on your fa