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Françoise Mouly’s Toon Graphics Takes Comics to Classrooms

Françoise Mouly’s Toon Graphics Takes Comics to Classrooms | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Toon Graphics, aimed at children in the fourth grade and up, is a new imprint of Raw Junior, an independent publishing house created in 1998 by Françoise Mouly who said she was a huge believer in the power of comics to create better readers. “Theseus and the Minotaur” came out on Tuesday.

 

Ms. Mouly started Toon Books, which publishes comics for children as young as 3, in 2008. Its books are listed on several prominent recommended reading lists (including the American Library Association’s) and are included in state and national school programs and initiatives, which is where the teachers who take them into the classrooms often hear about them in the first place. The books are taught across the country, with the help of 200-page illustrated lesson plans that cover topics from literary interpretation and story arcs to “comics as a genre.” Their use in classrooms made immediate sense, given their similarities to the picture books that children that age were already reading in school.

 

With Toon Graphics, Ms. Mouly said she hoped to extend this learning process to older children. Though the books also have accompanying lesson plans and follow national Common Core standards, the battle for acceptance, Ms. Mouly admits, may be uphill. Plenty of fourth and fifth graders love comics, of course, but that’s also the time when many teachers and parents are trying to wean children off them.

 

 

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Committed: In Love with Art – Françoise Mouly’s Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman by Jeet Heer | Comics Should Be Good!

Committed: In Love with Art – Françoise Mouly’s Adventures in Comics with Art Spiegelman by Jeet Heer | Comics Should Be Good! | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it

Jeet Heer’s delightful little book about Françoise Mouly’s journey from comic book-loving girlhood through to editor of The New Yorker is absolutely marvelous. It’s such a fun, easy read that I had to forcibly slow myself down so that I could savor it, and the only complaint I really have about the book is that I wish it were longer, because I would love to have read more anecdotes about all of the adventures Mouly had on her path to publishing.

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The Rumpus Interview with Françoise Mouly

The Rumpus Interview with Françoise Mouly | Ladies Making Comics | Scoop.it
Comic publishing pioneer Françoise Mouly discusses bringing comics to the mainstream, life at The New Yorker, and the burdens of being legendary.
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Best American Comics 2012

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Herewith is the table of contents of the new Best American Comics, edited by Françoise Mouly, and out in September of this year.

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