background preloader

Graphic novels

Facebook Twitter

University of Virginia - James Bucky Carter holds a Ph.D. in English Education from the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.

University of Virginia -

He studies the intersections of comics and literacy, multimodal and media literacies, and critical theory and Young Adult Literature, and has published and presented work to that effect in state, regional, national and international platforms. His major works include the edited collections _Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels_ (an NCTE best-seller) and _Rationales for Teaching Graphic Novels_ (Maupin House). and _Super-Powered Word Study_ (a Next Gen Indy Book Award nominee for Maupin House), which he coauthored with Erik Evensen. Nature Moscow Best List. 3 Tools for Creating Comics on iPads.

This morning I received an email from a reader who was looking for suggestions for tools that her students can use to create comics on their iPads.

3 Tools for Creating Comics on iPads

I recommended some paid and free apps to her. The free tools that I recommend are featured below. Make Beliefs Comix is a free multilingual comic strip creation tool that I’ve featured many times over the years on Free Technology for Teachers. How comics became literature — and entered serious world of academics: ‘The battle has been fought, and won’ Nick SousanisThe cover from the comic book, Lockerman, that Nick Sousanis created when he was in high school.

How comics became literature — and entered serious world of academics: ‘The battle has been fought, and won’

As a toddler, Nick Sousanis’ first word was Batman. In high school, he produced and sold his own comic book called Lockerman. Then reality set in. At university, he traded in his pencils for a calculator and studied math. After all, who studies comics at university? But a career in numbers just didn’t compute. “When I was a student, despite being deeply interested in comics and making them, it never occurred to me to do something with them as my work. How Times Have Changed: The Graphic Novels Amazon Is Promoting – Comics Worth Reading.

It’s just past Christmas, so time to get people to spend those gift cards!

How Times Have Changed: The Graphic Novels Amazon Is Promoting – Comics Worth Reading

Amazon sent out an email this morning promoting Graphic Novels, and I found their organizational system fascinating. There were six categories listed: Media Tie-In Graphic NovelsReligion & Spirituality Graphic NovelsEducational & Nonfiction Graphic NovelsContemporary Women Graphic NovelsRomance Graphic NovelsLiterary Graphic Novels All the superhero, zombie, or science fiction stories lumped into only one “tie-in” category! Christmas 2015: The best 7 graphic novels. Nick Sousanis's Unflattening (Harvard, £16.95) started life as the author's Columbia University PhD thesis.

Christmas 2015: The best 7 graphic novels

Entirely non-narrative, the book takes on the dichotomy between words and images in Western thought and argues that both are simultaneously involved in the production of meaning. Executed in sharp black-and-white diagrams, and abstract and geometric images, this scintillatingly intelligent book succeeds in the great feat of holding the reader's attention not through a story but through ideas. Sousanis's own book is the perfect illustration of the inextricability of the verbal and the visual. Money, Sex, Power: Should You Be Reading 'Lazarus'? When you look at the sheer range and number of original stories being told in comics form today, it’s hard to imagine a better time to be a comics reader.

Money, Sex, Power: Should You Be Reading 'Lazarus'?

Online and in print, from all around the world, artists and writers are telling stories with their own voices and styles, and there’s so much to choose from that it’s sometimes difficult to know what to read next. With Should I Be Reading… ? , ComicsAlliance hopes to offer you a guide to some of the best original ongoing comics being published today. Lazarus is the current ongoing collaboration between Greg Rucka and Michael Lark, a dystopian sci-fi series about family, class, and poverty, which launched in 2013 from Image Comics. Three collected editions are currently available, and the 20th issue of the series comes out later this month. Lazarus takes place in the near future, where the countries we know have been abolished, and the world is governed by 16 wealthy ruling families.

The Comic Book Story of Beer. First off, I love both comics and beer, so this book should be right up my alley.

The Comic Book Story of Beer

Second, even if I did not love both of those things I would have to admit that this book is impressive, both in its scope and execution. There are just so many things jam-packed in here about the history of human civilization: the role beer probably played in the first agricultural settlements, literary allusions to the beverage from the epic Gilgamesh and beyond, and pointed historical analyses such as how Prohibition killed off all the small breweries and led to a few monolithic companies that controlled people's tastes. Just look at the excerpt below and notice how much they manage to fit in without overwhelming the reader: As you can see, the artwork is clear, concise, and well paced while the writing is simultaneously dense and easily navigable. Also, interspersed in all of this history is some science in the form of the chemistry behind how beer is made: