Reminding us that the holiday-shopping season is closer than we think, the editors of Amazon.com have announced their Best Books of 2014, which naturally includes comics and graphic novels. Roz Chast’s graphic memoir Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, a National Book Award finalist and winner of the inaugural Kirkus Prize for nonfiction, we …
Karen Gray a primary school teacher librarian looks at how graphic novels can be used across the curriculum and how the TL must advocate their value via sound professional knowledge of literacy and literature.
Yildirim (2013) writes, “The increasing popularity of graphic novels has transformed it into a powerful medium of expression. Once regarded as only a means of amusement lacking literary insight and merit, graphic novels have evolved into a respected and well-regarded genre of literature which deserves a permanent place in the literary world” (p. 122).
Despite the increase in popularity of graphic novels, the literature and my own research suggest that teachers' lack of familiarity with the format is hindering the uptake of graphic novels as classroom texts.
"Comic books, or some refer to them as graphic novels, are an underrated resource for developing literacy.... I’ll give you five reasons why students should be reading comics to improve their reading skills."
"Teachers can use the novels for traditional literacy, such as analyzing transitions, character development, dialogue and structure but students can also analyze the pictures, how people are portrayed, how the author uses the panels to convey time, transition and motion."
It is undeniable that we live in a new media age. In this age, literacy requires students to be able to make meaning from information in a wide variety of formats, one of the most prevalent being v...
Fabulous post from Kay Oddone (@KayC28) on graphic novels and how they can be used in the Australian Curriculum (or any classroom). Chock-a-block with resources for both the novice and veteran user of graphic novels for the classroom.
"In just three to four comic panels, you can utilize three-act structure to tell a story. If there’s conflict and a character reacting to that conflict then you’ve got a story and that can easily fit within three or four comic panels."
Try something like Pixton (free) or Comic Life (commercial) to use this framework to construct a simple comic strip. Thanks to @aliceleung on Twiiter for this resource.
The Key, a comic strip written by Grant Morrison and drawn by Rian Hughes, was created for the BBC's Freedom 2014 season.
Set in a repressive future society, everything not forbidden is compulsory.Individuality is defined by a key, and the state - represented by armed soldiers and hovering drones - is intent on replacing each person's unique key with a standard grey one.
Article provides link to the webcomic. This would be an excellent resource to use as a concept study and/or to consider some of the codes and conventions of comics. And it's free!!!
“Innovation can be expensive so it is helpful when you know that what you are doing is driven by demand, that people are potentially interested in it. We didn’t develop this for the sake of having something new, but as a way to add more value that people wanted to what we were already doing.”
The Classical Comics versions are great. If you want to try before you buy, go to their website, where various Acts from a number of plays can be downloaded.
The premise Secret Coders may sound familiar to fans of young adult literature: Two students discover a mysterious school hidden just beyond the limits of their humdrum lives, and are ushered into a world of secret knowledge and power that they never imagined possible. However, unlike Harry Potter's Hogwarts, the school in this graphic novel teaches a form of magic that readers can learn right alongside the fictional students. That's because they're not learning how to levitate objects or charm mythical beasts—they're learning how to code.
Gene Yang helps address the current call for students to be taught coding.
"We chose a graphic novel for study to stimulate readers to explore new forms of literature. Graphic novels appeal both to adults and teenagers and use themes and subjects important to many. The choice of Maus was based on its critical acclaim, its artistic excellence, and its universal themes.
This website provides teachers and students with approaches to reading and studying the novel through a host of on-line resources."
Fabulous resources from teachers at Melbourne High School.
"In general, what attracts me to artists is a sense of fun, commitment, and flexibility. There is a change over time that you see when artists express their own growth and learning through their performances. Gene Luen Yang is a graphic novelist that is in the same category."
Led by book format comics with $415 million in sales, the North American comics and graphic novel marketplace generated $870 million in sales in 2013, according to a new estimate by ICV2 and Comichron.
"The $870 million estimate is the comics category’s highest dollar value since 1993. He also said that all comics format—digital, periodical and graphic novels—are growing. “When all the formats show steady growth, then there’s no pirating between each of the formats. We’re serving three different kinds of customers.”
“This year we spotlight graphic novels because, despite their serious literary merit and popularity as a genre, they are often subject to censorship,” said Judith Platt, chair of the Banned Books Week National Committee.
In this module, you will look at: graphic novels; how they differ from conventional novels; how people read them; how they represent characters, settings and events; and how readers respond to them.
An excellent site, sponsored by the West Australian Government. The module designed to assist teachers in the use of graphic novels is chock-a-block with examples and questions to generate critical thinking in students.
This is a comprehensive list of all the HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and RECOMMENDED comics that we have reviewed. It is categorized by grade level to help teachers and librarians pick the best comic literature for students.