2011 Hugo Award nominations announced

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The Hugo Award nominations for SF have been announced, and they include not only the traditional Graphic Novel category, but a few comic-centric nominations in other categories, notably, SCOTT PILGRIM Vs. THE WORLD in the Best Dramatic Presentation, Long Form category. The compleet list below.

Los Angeles Times Book Award Graphic Novel finalists announced

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Speaking of literary awards, the LA Times Book Awards announced their finalists yesterday and the new graphic novel category yielded the following honorees:

Essex County's near-win points up anti-GN prejudice

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New Shanower comic in CLASSICS AND COMICS

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Get an exclusive peak at a new comic by Eric Shanower.

To watch: ALA’s Graphic Novel webinar

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When you have an hour to spare you could do worse than watch this webinar presented by Booklist and the American Library Association on the subject of “graphic novels and their increasing importance for the mix of reading material in public and school libraries, including contributions from folks from Lerner Publishing and SLG.” Via Forbidden Planet International

The ALA covered a lot of comics

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The annual American LIbrary Association wrapped up its annual meeting yesterday and, as the above photo suggests, there was abundant graphic novel programming and presence. Our own Torsten Adair was there, and he blogged of many things, like the Dabel Brothers new imprint, Sea Lion Press:

Core list of graphic novels covers the basics

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Graphic Novel Reporter, the resource site for book industry professionals, has released a list of “core” graphic novels that librarians and store owners should consider basics to carry. The list starts with a basic ten book list:

School library votes to keep BONE on the shelves

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After a Minnesota mother challenged her school library on keeping Jeff Smith’s BONE on its shelves — citing smoking, drinking gambling and sexy innuendo as reasons it wasn’t fit for kids — the library board voted 10-1 to keep Bone on the shelves. The mother still objected to the books, but brought her two sons to the meeting, explaining that “It’s important for them to see the process of how books are chosen,” she said. Removing the book from 12 of the the Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan school district’s 18 libraries would have been a very rare step — only 20 books have been challenged in the past 20 years, the last being “All But Alice,” by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor, which was removed in 1997.

C2E2: Reading with Pictures

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Tweet Reading with Pictures (Booth 1468), an advocacy organization which promotes learning to read via comics, has a pretty big slate of programming at C2E2: FRIDAY Room E352, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM A Brief History of Cartoons,Comics and Graphic Novels: Putting It All Into Context It may seem like the term “graphic novel” has […]

YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens list announced

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Tweet The Young Adult Library Services Association has released a list of 73 Great Graphic Novels for Teens The list of 73 titles, drawn from 127 official nominations, is presented annually at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. The books, recommended for those ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and appealing reading for […]

ALA awards include graphic novel nods

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Tweet The American Library Association Youth Media Awards were handed out this morning, including the Newbery (won by Rebecca Stead for When You Reach Me) and the Caldecott (won by Jerry Pinkney for The Lion & the Mouse.) In addition, many awards for books for younger readers were presented — you can see the entire […]

Evangelist: If Alan Moore isn’t porno, what is?

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Tweet Even as our previous story on the Jessamine County Library LoEG controversy was getting Boing Boinged — on Alan Moore’s birthday no less — and stirring up a whole new round of observations, events were heating up at a library board meeting, as reported by Amy Wilson. And this time, we even got the […]

Study: 1 in 10 readers read comics

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Tweet But wait! Maybe comics are not ruined. The brief of some kind of data crunch by Simba Information suggests that things may be better than ever as far as “comic books” are concerned: Study: One in 10 Adult Book Buyers Read Comics From the outside, comic books may appear like a peculiar subculture. But […]

Alan Moore, destroyer of library workers

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Tweet Amy Wilson in the Lexington Herald-Leader has an in-depth story on just what went on when two Lexington, KY librarians library workers were fired for withholding a copy of THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN: BLACK DOSSIER from an 11-year-old girl. What followed has become a battle of principles that is larger than the women […]

Comic books do SO help children learn!

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TweetIt’s official! The battle has been won, according to the Telegraph: Professor Carol Tilley, from the department of library and information science, said that comics are just as sophisticated as other forms of reading, and children benefit from reading them at least as much as they do from reading other kinds of books. She said […]

YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teen nominations

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TweetThe Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has their nominations for their annual great Graphic Novels for Teen list up. The list of recommended graphic novels and illustrated nonfiction for those ages 12-18 is prepared yearly. A shorter list of recommended titles will be made later in the year, with a Top Ten list released later […]