Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Trying To Do Right By Marvel Comics’ First Black Superhero | Kotaku #authors #graphicnovels #comics #storytelling #diversity #books


It’s 2 A.M. on March 20 in France and Ta-Nehisi Coates is not sleeping. “I’m up learning to make maps so I can make one of Wakanda, believe it or not.” The award-winning writer who’s steering the future of one of Marvel’s most important characters is taking his job very seriously. READ MORE: Ta-Nehisi Coates Is Trying To Do Right By Marvel Comics’ First Black Superhero | Kotaku

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10 Fantastic Comic Books That Tell Women’s Stories | Flavorwire #women #comics #books #diversity #comicbooks #feminism


It’s practically an epidemic that women in comic books are relegated to minor (sexist) roles, often introduced only to be killed off … The disproportionate number of leading women in graphic novels on a mainstream level is troubling, but there are stories that speak to women in complex and beautiful ways, and feature female protagonists. READ MORE: 10 Fantastic Comic Books That Tell Women’s Stories | Flavorwire

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A Woman Made A Comic Book About #Abortion And It’s Awesome | HuffPost #comics #graphicnovels #women #books


One woman is on a mission to demystify the realities of abortion — using illustrations. Writer and artist Leah Hayes created an illustrated book, Not Funny Ha-Ha: A Handbook for Something Hard, which takes readers through the thought processes of two women who choose to have abortions — one medical, the other surgical. She hopes the book will chip away at the stigma that often surrounds abortion. READ MORE: A Woman Made A Comic Book About Abortion And It’s Awesome | Huffington Post

Student Calls For Eradication Of Graphic Novels From English Course | io9 #censorship #books


A student enrolled at Crafton Hills College has protested the inclusion of a number of graphic novels in the curriculum for her English 250 course. Tara Shultz, along with her parents and friends have called for the “eradic[ation] [of the books] from the system,” and have complained to the College’s administrators over their inclusion.

READ MORE: Student Calls For Eradication Of Graphic Novels From English Course | io9

How Can You Prevent Sexual Assault? Web Comic ‘Game’ Has Advice | CNET + Can #Wearable #Tech Prevent Sexual Assault? | FastCompany


How Can You Prevent Sexual Assault? Web Comic ‘Game’ Has Advice | CNET. With this choose-your-own-adventure online comic [interactive graphic novel], students discover how their decisions can ignite or diffuse uncomfortable sexual situations.

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Librarians Portrayed in Comics | CCGC in Libraries


Graphic novel and comic book fans are book lovers, so it is no surprise that libraries and librarians are portrayed fairly frequently in all sorts of graphic works. Here are some comics that feature libraries and librarians and are perfect for some light reading or for a fun library display. READ MORE: Librarians Portrayed in Comics | CCGC in Libraries

25 Essential Graphic Novels | Flavorwire


Best Graphic Novels – Flavorwire

Long dismissed as a less serious art form, graphic novels have finally started to gain more mainstream credibility over the last 20 years. There are many, many excellent examples out there, but if you’re looking for a place to start, start here! The world of the graphic novel is one that spans a wide range of authors, artists, styles, and subject matter, and this primer covers all the bases. While the distinction between graphic novels and comic books gets dicey the term “graphic novel” was only introduced in the late 1970s, for the purposes of this list, they are lengthier, meatier book-like works — and they’re all brilliant for both their literary and visual merit.

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Digital Comic Books Offer Students New Ways of Learning | Mashable


Comic book lovers and educators got on stage for two different panels at New York Comic Con yesterday to talk both about how comic books can ignite classroom discussion and how librarians can digitally bring those beloved books into schools.

Common Core, a new set of national curriculum standards that teachers nationwide are advised to follow, accepts graphic novels as a medium that instructors can use to teach students. But Nathan Tubbs, a sixth grade science teacher in Brooklyn, is excited by how comic books can turn kids who would otherwise never pick up a book into avid readers, even if that reading isn’t directly associated with class.

Read the full story: Digital Comic Books Offer Students New Ways of Learning | Mashable.

Hello Kitty gets her first comic, launches fan-fiction contest | Hero Complex | Los Angeles Times


Exclusive: Hello Kitty gets her first comic, launches fan-fiction contest | Hero Complex – movies, comics, pop culture – Los Angeles Times.

Japanese merchandising company Sanrio is making its debut at San Diego’s annual pop culture expo this year, complete with a Hello Kitty graphic novel, a fan hub and pop-up shop at Petco Park’s Comic-Con Interactive Zone, a fan-fiction contest, a booth on the convention floor, Comic-Con-exclusive collectibles and appearances by Kitty White herself.

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For the First Time, You Can Actually Own the Digital Comics You Buy | Underwire | Wired.com


SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — If you’ve ever bought a digital comic book, your experience probably went something like this: You opened up an app like ComiXology, paid around $1.99 to $3.99 — likely, the same price as a print issue — but never downloaded the file for the comic to your hard drive. That’s because you don’t really own it — you’ve simply licensed the right to look at it in someone else’s library.

It’s a digital sales model that has been adopted by every major U.S. comics publisher and was inspired by fears that piracy of digital copies could hurt not just digital but also print sales. It has also essentially prevented the comic book readership (or at least, the legal comic book readership) from truly owning any of the books they buy. At least until this morning, when comic book publisher Image Comics announced that it will now sell all of its digital comics as downloadable via its website for both desktop and mobile users, making it the first major U.S. publisher to offer DRM-free digital versions of comics.

See the full article: For the First Time, You Can Actually Own the Digital Comics You Buy | Underwire | Wired.com.