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Will Eisner’s Instructional Books: Comics and Sequential Art, Graphic Storytelling, Expressive Anatomy

At the end of 2008, W.W. Norton issued updated editions of Will Eisner’s classic instructional manuals on creating comics. Comparing the revised Comics and Sequential Art to the original edition (first published in 1985) showed me immediately how much of an improvement the new printing was. The presentation is much sleeker and more modern, with a layout that looks like it was created by a professional art designer, instead of the high school research paper appearance of the original. There […]

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Dignifying Science

In this collection of “Stories About Women Scientists” (as the subtitle runs), the lives of female scientists are illustrated by talented female artists. Most of the subjects will unfortunately be unknown to the casual reader, which makes the stories even more enjoyable and enlightening. Dignifying Science includes stories illustrated by Donna Barr, Stephanie Gladden, Roberta Gregory, Lea Hernandez, Carla Speed McNeil, Linda Medley, Marie Severin, Jen Sorensen, and Anne Timmons, with a cover by Ramona Fradon and Mary Fleener. All […]

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The Science of Superheroes

This readable popular science book has an interesting hook: superhero stories are used to introduce discussions of various scientific questions. Batman brings up gadgets and jetpacks; Spider-Man means spiders and cloning; Green Lantern, black holes and color theory. There’s also a chapter in The Science of Superheroes on the EC science fiction comics — although it sounds as though it’s more accurate to describe them as science-less morality tales — and DC’s Strange Adventures and Mystery in Space. The latter […]

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The Science of Supervillains

The Science of Supervillains opens with a preface that gives the reader the basics of the Silver Age of superhero comics. After that comes an introduction by Chris Claremont where he talks briefly about Magneto and the problems of writing plausible villains. Then the chapters, one each for Lex Luthor, Dr. Doom, Brainiac, The Vulture, Poison Ivy, Doctor Octopus, The Lizard, Venom, Gorilla Grodd, Magneto, Vandal Savage, The Silver Surfer, Sinestro, Mr. Mxyzptlk and Bat-Mite, and strangely, the Crisis on […]

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What I’ve Done at Toronto Comic Arts Festival (TCAF) 2019

The show is still going on — I’m taking a short break before my final panel (and the final panel of the show), “History Though Comic Eyes” — but I wanted to take a few minutes to capture TCAF memories so far. First, the workshop went well! I’d been wanting to do a session on how to get publicity for newer comic professionals for a while (based a good amount on my PR: What Not to Do category). I was […]

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Where to Find Me at TCAF

It’s TCAF Time this coming weekend! If you’ll be in Toronto May 11-12, 2019, come by the Toronto Comic Arts Festival! I will be moderating two panels: It’s Science! in Comics (Saturday, 12:15 PM) — She blinded me… with science comics? On the contrary, graphic non-fiction is enlightening, particularly for educating young adult readers. Nothing’s as easy to understand as when we see it explained with amusing pictures. Alison Wilgus, Maki Naro, Margreet de Heer, and Mike Holmes will share […]

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First Second Launches Another Non-Fiction Graphic Novel Line

To go along with their non-fiction graphic novel lines Science Comics and Maker Comics, First Second has announced at EW.com a new imprint, World Citizen Comics. They aim to excite and inform readers about how they can fight corruption in elections, blast fake news with truth-telling, and even battle would-be dictators both near and far through a better understanding of constitutions and the rule of law. They plan to release seven books beginning in 2020, focusing on civic involvement and […]

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Best Graphic Novels of 2015

No, that’s not a typo. I enjoy looking back at my yearly summaries, so I’m filling in those I missed as I can. And 2015 was a good year, with plenty of diverse, entertaining, substantial reads. (Plus, with more time to look back, I can better know which works are longer-lasting, instead of the hot thing to talk about that year.) Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova — An outstandingly good graphic novel for and about kids, with surprising depth regarding motivations […]

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