Center for Cartoon Studies announced new MFA track in “Applied Cartooning”

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The Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction has just announced a new MFA course in “Applied Cartooning”, which is a word I hear a lot hat talks about using comics for educational and informational purposes. When the cartoon Illuminati gets together they are all about Applied Cartooning, trust me. According to the announcement, this program will explore “how comics can impact such diverse fields as health, business, public policy, and education.”

Course alert: Social Issues Through Comic Books

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It’s a booming time for more scholarly looks at comics, and Ball State doctoral candidate Christina Blanch is one of the most important figures in this movement. last year she held a MOOC (massive online open course) on Gender in Comics that drew some 7,000 participants, and she’s at it again with Social Issues Through Comic Books a six month online course that will examine “current social issues through comic books while understanding how popular culture is shaped by it’s surroundings.” Guests include Denny O’Neill, Shaenon Garrity, Scott Snyder, Gene Yang, Warren Ellis, Jonathan Hickman, Mark Waid… the list goes on. NOW how much would you pay? Well, it’s FREE. Yep.

AMP! to publish READING WITH PICTURES: THE GRAPHIC TEXTBOOK

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Reading with Pictures, the long running drive to create a school-certified textbook using comics, has entered into an agreement with Andrews McMeel to publish READING WITH PICTURES: THE GRAPHIC TEXTBOOK this August. The book, which is the brain child of RWP’s Josh Elder, includes stories that address issues in Social Studies, Math, Language Arts, and […]

You have a few hours to help support the Sequential Artists Workshop in 2014

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SAW—the Sequential Artists Workshop in Gainsesville, FL founded by Tom Hart and Leela Corman— has been doing some great work educating cartoonists, publishing mini comic, giving out micro-grants, and in general being a benefit to the comics community. They’ve been running an IndieGogo campaign for the last month or so, and it’s in its final hours — if you haven’t thrown a few bucks their way, now is the time.

More comics on TV: Mission in a Bottle on Nightly Business Report tonight

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Hype Alert: You may (or may not) see some of this year’s New York Comic Con panel on MISSION IN A BOTTLE, the Honest Tea graphic novel, on tonight’s Nightly Business Reporton PBS, but you will definitely see author Barry Nalebuff, who spoke on the panel about using graphic novels for educational purposes. The show […]

Al Jaffee archives going to Columbia University

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Librarian Karen Green has done it again! She’s gotten venerable cartoonist Al Jaffee (The Mad fold-in guy) to give his archives to the growing collection at Columbia University. : Karen Green, a Columbia librarian, approached Mr. Jaffee at last year’s New York Comic Con, a gathering place for popular-culture fans, and asked him if was […]

The Hulk comes to The Northlake Library

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We’ve been covering the thrilling saga of the Nine Foot Tall Hulk Statue and the Northlake Library for months, and we’re happy to say it finally reached it’s destination and was unveiled for the local crowd. Here’s several pictures of the happy event from the local paper. Mastermind librarian Tom Mukite, who started the whole […]

The epic journey: Nine Foot Tall Hulk statue makes its way to Illinois library

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We’ve been reporting for some while on the saga of the Northlake Public Library in Illinois and its quest to attain a 9-foot-tall statue of the Hulk. At first it was just a crowdsourced pipedream of one man, librarian Tom Mukite. But then it turned out a guy in California happened to have a statue […]

Diamond announces their Common Core list

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While many of you many be wondering “What’s a common core?” if you’re in the publishing business it’s been the buzzword of the year. Simply put, it concerns basic standards in learning for all schools in the US, and a curriculum based on materials that fit those standards and topics. A list that could very […]

The Hulk statue, the library and the miracle

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Okay, so there was this library in Illinois that got the idea to build a 9-foot tall statue of The Hulk out front. As you do. In order to accomplish this, The Northlake Public Library, led by mastermind librarian Tom Mukite, started an Indiegogo campaign to raise the cash. They sought $30,000 but have only raised […]

A very brief guide to TCAF 2013

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This weekend it’s the Toronto Comic Arts Festival 2013, with the actual event to be held May 11-12 at the Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street in Toronto. Normally I would be listing debuts and parties and whatnot, but the TCAF site already has just about every shred of info you will need.

MIX: call for proposals

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MIX is a comics confab held each year in Columbus, OH by the Columbus College of Art and Design. This year’s event will be held September 27-28th, and they are currently accepting proposals for panels and presentations. All the info you need is below, but there’s more here. The keynote guest is Jeff Smith, and […]

Today’s big read: “The oral history of graphic novels in libraries.”

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Well that’s what my copy editor called my story for PW How Graphic Novels Became the Hottest Section in the Library. Over a couple of months I talked to many of the major players in the GN/library connection like Robin Brenner, Mike Pawuk, Karen Green, Christian Zabriskie, Tina Coleman and so on to get a picture of where graphic novels got started in libraries and where they are going.

Library hopes to build 9 foot statue of the Hulk and you can help

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The Northlake library in Illinois has hatched a scheme to build a large scale— 9 foot tall—statue of The Hulk. To do so they have fashioned an Indiegogo campaign. So far they have raised only $920 of the $30,000 needed, so you better get your ass over and there and pledge because it’s pretty obvious that the world needs more giant statue of the Hulk outside libraries.

You don’t know who Walter Biggins is but he’s fantastic and now it’s too late

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Confession: I did not know the name of the editor of the University Press of Mississippi’s excellent line of books about comics—spanning scholarly works on Chris Ware, Alan Moore, Osamu Tezuka and everyone in between—but his name is Walter Biggins and now he’s leaving. But luckily Jeet Heer, who wrote several books for the line, catches up with him first —hopefully USM’s strong comics list will continue:

To do this weekend, East Lansing, Michigan: MSU Comics Forum

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Wow did we miss the boat on this. Two days in and we finally link to it. Shameful. On the other hand, it’s a sign of comics ongoing academic respectability that a three day comics symposium featuring Nick Bertozzi, Josh Neufeld, Erin Polgreen and more could be taking place and there would be so much other comics stuff going on that it would only be the most serious of six or seven other top notch events. Anyway read all about it here, and there’s still time to get in on the fun with tonight’s keynote and tomorrows panels: