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THE 99

THE 99

Wham! Bam! Islam! | Non-Traditional Superheroes | Independent Lens Most superheroes and other main characters in comic books are straight, white men (albeit often with superhuman powers or abilities). Since the very first comic books in the 1930s, minority characters were generally cast as villains, or caricatures with stereotypical traits. But even in the beginning of the industry there were a few minority characters that were cast as both heroic and dignified. These are a few of the notable breakthrough comics characters in history. Use your arrow keys or the navigation below to scroll through the photos. NorthstarUntil 1989, the Comic Code Authority in the United States strictly forbade comic publishers from mentioning homosexuality. The ThingFantastic Four hulk The Thing, aka Ben Grimm, was the first comic book superhero to reveal that he is Jewish.

Striphelden nemen het op tegen de radicale islam - Buitenland Van onze verslaggeefster Sacha Kester − 23/10/09, 19:54 De superhelden van de Koeweitse auteur Naïf al-Mutawa bidden niet en dragen geen sluier, want ze moeten iedereen aanspreken. Jabbar was een doodgewone tiener, maar na dat nare ongeluk waarbij de scherven van een bijzondere steen zich in zijn lichaam nestelden, groeide hij uit tot een gigantische man die over zo veel kracht beschikt, dat hij een baksteen al met een lichte aanraking verpulvert. Jabbar de Machtige is een van de populairste karakters van The 99, een comic die Forbes Magazine een van 20 belangrijkste trends in de popcultuur noemde. De stripfiguren zijn gebaseerd op de 99 eigenschappen die Allah worden toegedicht (van wijsheid tot vrijgevigheid), maar toch is het geen islamitische cartoon. Het succesverhaal begon toen Al-Mutawa (die zelf in Koeweit is opgegroeid) met zijn moeder en zus in Londen in een taxi zat. Het verhaal van The 99 gaat terug naar het jaar 1258, toen de Mongolen het rijke Bagdad veroverden.

Using Graphic Novels with Children and Teens: A Guide for Teachers and Librarians Graphic Novels Are Hot! No longer an underground movement appealing to a small following of enthusiasts, graphic novels have emerged as a growing segment of book publishing, and have become accepted by librarians and educators as mainstream literature for children and young adults — literature that powerfully motivates kids to read. Are graphic novels for you? What are graphic novels? In this context, the word “graphic” does not mean “adult” or “explicit.” Are graphic novels suitable for the young, and how do I evaluate them? Some parents, educators, and librarians may associate the term “graphic novel” with content that is not suitable for young readers. How do graphic novels promote literacy? Motivation Graphic novels powerfully attract and motivate kids to read. Reluctant readers Graphic novels can be a way in for students who are difficult to reach through traditional text. Benefits to struggling readers, special-needs students, and English-language learners Overcoming prejudices Poetry

A Brief History of Documentaries That Changed the World A couple of weeks ago, an interesting comment popped up in one of our posts. On Tuesday, January 25th, we wrote (as countless other blogs did) about that morning’s Oscar nominations — the snubs, the surprises, etc. The next day, this comment from “ANGA” appeared: “Claims in the film Gasland have been widely documented to be untrue. At risk of getting ourselves mixed up in this controversy over the accuracy of Gasland, we will merely note that we’ve seen the film and it seemed awfully convincing to us; that Fox has responded to each of the claims being lobbed against him; and that ANGA is a high-profile natural gas company which certainly benefits from Fox’s reportage coming into question. Whether Fox’s film ends up actually changing the way ANGA and other natural gas companies do business remains to be seen. Harvest of Shame (1960) The great Edward R.

2011 Great Graphic Novels for Teens The list of 63 titles, drawn from 89 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 teens. In addition, the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee created a Top Ten list of titles that exemplify the quality and range of graphic novels appropriate for teen audiences. “There were many fantastic graphic novel titles this year,” said Candice Mack, committee chair. “This allowed the committee to create a diverse list featuring a variety of artistic styles, perspectives and settings. Members of the Great Graphic Novels for Teens Committee are Candice Mack, chair, Los Angeles Public Library; Emily Brown, Harry Kizirian Elementary School, Providence, R.I.; Lisa Goldstein, Brooklyn (N.Y.) *denotes top ten selection Nonfiction Canada, Geoffrey and Jamar Nicholas. Dembicki, Matt (ed.), and Various Artists. Hinds, Gareth. Mucci, Tim and Ben Caldwell.

projeqt \ how great stories are told Swallow Me Whole / Top Shelf Productions Winner of the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Novel.Nominated for three Eisner Awards including Best Cartoonist and Best Lettering.WInner of the Ignatz Awards for Outstanding Artist and Outstanding Debut.One of YALSA’S "Great Graphic Novels for Teens."Finalist for the LA Times Book Prize. (Swallow Me Whole was the first graphic novel since 1992’s Maus to be nominated for this prize in any category.) "Nate Powell’s Swallow Me Whole, a disturbed, haunting book, is impossible to describe... It’s not an easy book, but its dark brilliance marks its creator as a writer-artist of genius." --Neel Mukherjee, The Times (UK) "Scaldingly dark ... "Honest and lovingly portrayed. "Darkly sublime." "His layouts, his touch with shadow and darkness, the way he brings you close enough to Ruth that you can watch her sleep without disturbing her dreams, all that stuff is amazing. ... "[Swallow Me Whole] achieves some stunning effects with the art and the lettering ...