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Comic Books for Grown-Ups: 10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction

Comic Books for Grown-Ups: 10 Masterpieces of Graphic Nonfiction
by Kirstin Butler Seeing the world in six-panel strips, or what Allen Ginsberg has to do with the wonders of zygotes. Who doesn’t love comic books? We’ve long loved authors Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. The Beats invokes the immediacy of 1940s and 50s art, music, and writing; even better, it provides political context and introduced us to an entire panoply of artists whose contributions to the era are lesser known. How do you make 500,000 declassified documents yield up their stories? Upton Sinclair-style muckraking for our modern era, Edible Secrets covers the CIA’s milkshake assassination plot of Fidel Castro, popcorn mind-control schemes, and how a box of Jello led to two death sentences during the 1950s Communist red scare. Whether you’re an activist, foodie, or history buff, Edible Secrets is a fascinating and fun creation about acts of agriculture — something each one of us, consciously or not, commits every day. Read our full review of the SmarterComics series here. Related:  ThoughtsGeekery

Kurt Vonnegut - The Shapes of Stories The Shapes of Stories by Kurt Vonnegut Kurt Vonnegut grained worldwide fame and adoration through the publication of his novels, including Slaughterhouse-Five, Cat's Cradle, Breakfast of Champions, and more. But is was his rejected master's thesis in anthropology that he called his prettiest contribution to his culture. The basic idea of his thesis was that a story's main character has ups and downs that can be graphed to reveal the story's shape. The shape of a society's stories, he said, is the least as interesting as the shape of its pots or spearheads. Man in Hole The main character gets into trouble then gets out of it again and ends up better off for the experience. Boy Meets Girl The main character comes across something wonderful, gets it, loses it, then gets it back forever. From Bad to Worse The main character stats off poorly then gets continually worse with no hope for improvement. Which Way Is Up?

Doctor Who - Howe's Transcendental Toybox 7 More Alan Moore Comics That Could Get Librarians Fired | Underwire A library employee in Kentucky was so offended by Alan Moore’s The League of Extraordinary Gentleman: The Black Dossier that she effectively took it out of circulation, and was recently fired for her efforts. But God knows what the amateur comics censor would have thought of the prolific Moore’s other titles, some of which make The Black Dossier look like Harold and the Purple Crayon. Here are seven arguably more controversial works that might have burned bigger holes in her pious backpack. From Hell Most everyone knows the story: A deranged madman named Jack the Ripper terrorizes England, immediately rendering it less jolly. (Warning: Some might find the following images from adult comics shocking. Lost Girls, the 2006 epic by Alan Moore and Melinda Gebbie, redefines comic porn. Lost Girls By design, of course. “Pornography is such a degraded genre with absolutely no standards,” he added. It’s charged territory, the sexual plane. Swamp Thing Watchmen How do two people have a threesome?

14 Ways to Present Information Visually Lots of information to share? Making an infographic? Here are 14 ways to visually organize your information, with examples and tips on when to use them. There are two ways to discover the best way to go about presenting information or a story visually: Get to know your data or story intimately. Rake your zen garden, and ask yourself “what does my data want to look like?” For this post, I’ve tried to do the latter for you (if you want to cultivate your zen garden, I can’t do anything for you). The process: I went to (an excellent source for infographics, and the community around them) and reviewed a couple hundred of the most popular infographics by pageviews. When does a particular visual approach really work? Anatomy An anatomy visual or infographic provides an annotated exploration of the contents of a large and complicated object or idea. When do you use it? Some examples: SEOMoz Anatomy of a Search Marketer, Anatomy of a Perfect Website Timeline When do you use it? Taxonomy Map

Look at this Frakking Geekster evandorkin: Found an unfinished Batman Drawing, so I finished it. fetts: #HuyFong #sriracha (at Huy Fong Foods Inc.) I did it. ewewsashaew: ewewsashaew: Omg I’m in love. Guys… Just look at my new tattoo again. graphic novels NOTE: This site is no longer active. Please visit Graphic Novels in the Classroom, my site where I'm now curating articles that focus on working with graphic novels in the the classroom. For a detailed list of my publications and presentations, please visit my Professional Profile. (Just a couple of articles and papers are offered here) I'm happy to come and speak with teachers about graphic novels and their use in the classroom. Developing a graphic novel collection An article examining the issues surrounding the development of a graphic novel collection in the school library. My most recent presentation General ResourcesGraphic Novel LibGuide This guide from the Phillips Library at Aurora University will help you locate graphic novels, information for teaching with graphical materials, and caricatures and cartoons used in novels and stories. Graphic novels @ Barker A list with reviews of 50 or so of the most popular graphic novels in our secondary library (posted Nov, 2009).

5 Characteristics of a Change Agent cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by visualpanic (change agents) – People who act as catalysts for change…2 In my work through school and organization visits, I have been fascinated to see the correlation between the speed of change and an individual who is “leading” the charge. The schools that have someone (or a group of people) helping to push the boundaries of what can be done in schools seem to move a lot quicker with a larger amount of “buy-in” through the process. As Malcom Gladwell describes in his book, “The Tipping Point“, he states: The success of any kind of social epidemic is heavily dependent on the involvement of people with a particular and rare set of social gifts.7 Although Gladwell talks about the “Law of the Few” (connectors, mavens, salesman), I do not believe change is solely dependent upon their skills, but also the culture in which they exist. 1. Should every school/district administrator have these qualities? What qualities from this list did I miss?

Nerdly The Super Dictionary One of the parts of his hand? Not even, “one of the long parts of his hand”? I mean, for all I know, you could be talking about Green Lantern’s knuckles! Lucky for you, Super Dictionary, that we know what you meant. And yeah, I guess Hal wears one ring. Then he had nine rings! Don’t even ask me what’s going on with Hal’s arm muscles. (Gif credit to themaskedman)