Friday, November 22, 2019
The 50 Best Non-Superhero Graphic Novels
Disaffected hipsters, cyberpunk dystopias, cranky ducks and boy geniuses: Here are the greatest comic-story collections that don't feature caped crusaders
Former Evening Sun editorial cartoonist Mike Lane, known for 'free-flowing artistry and passionate advocacy,' dies
Baltimore Sun Nov 18, 2019
R.I.P. cartoonist Mike Lane: 'rude, vicious, tough'; we wouldn't have it any other way
|Coming Soon from HarperCollins Children's Books|
| Almost American Girl|
By Robin Ha
A powerful and moving teen graphic novel memoir about immigration, belonging, and how the arts can save a life—perfect for fans of American Born Chinese and Hey, Kiddo.
For as long as she can remember, it's been Robin and her mom against the world. Growing up as the only child of a single mother in Seoul, Korea, wasn't always easy, but it has bonded them fiercely together.
So when a vacation to visit friends in Huntsville, Alabama, unexpectedly becomes a permanent relocation—following her mother's announcement that she's getting married—Robin is devastated.
Overnight, her life changes. She is dropped into a new school where she doesn't understand the language and struggles to keep up. She is completely cut off from her friends in Seoul and has no access to her beloved comics. At home, she doesn't fit in with her new stepfamily, and worst of all, she is furious with the one person she is closest to—her mother.
Then one day Robin's mother enrolls her in a local comic drawing class, which opens the window to a future Robin could never have imagined. (January 2020)
DECEMBER 3, 2019
Cartoons, Controversy and Caricatures: Political Cartooning in the Age of Trump
Healey Family Student Center, Herman Room, 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Healey Family Student Center, Herman Room
Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019
Join POLITICO's Matt Wuerker and The Economist's Kevin Kallaugher for a workshop and open discussion on the theory and practice of political cartoons. Attendees will participate in the conversation and even learn to draw some famous politicians.
Sponsored by GU Politics and The Hilltop Show
In 2011, 3 issues of EHR Insights were published by the Defense Health Information Management System (DHIMS) which was based in Falls Church, VA at the Skyline complex. The comic book was built on the same lines as Will Eisner's WWII-and-beyond-era PS Magazine. The comic was "the new training booklet for the military's Electronic Health Record" which was designed by the Army to complement its pre-existing AHLTA system.
Unlike PS Magazine, EHR Insights survived for only a year and has mostly vanished without an electronic trace. ComicsDC writer R.M. Rhodes gave me a copy of issue 2 today and I started poking around looking for information on it. The main source of information online is a blog post by Brandon Carr who was the creator of the comic.
The comic itself is a mixture of single page comics and text, and a feature story. In #2 it's an Indiana Jones takeoff, "Montana Jackson on the Quest for the Golden Record."
Carr wrote that 10,000 copies of each comic were printed, but none are currently cataloged in WorldCat or the Grand Comics Database. although a set should theoretically be in the National Archives. My copy of this issue will be sent to Michigan State's Comic Art Collection soon, but it's also now scanned and available in the Medical Heritage Library.
Thursday, November 21, 2019
The best graphic novels, memoirs and story collections of 2019
While looking for information on military educational comic books, I went to a couple of websites for the P.S. Magazine, the Will Eisner-created longtime Army preventive maintenance publication.
Historical issues from 1951-2018 can be downloaded here.
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Here's a fun factoid for you: at least 70% of Earth's lithium reserves are in Bolivia — you know lithium, the stuff that's in the batteries in your phone, your laptop, your trendy electric car...?
Quite a happenstance for the US-backed fascist coupmongers there, huh?
"Bolivia, with huge untapped reserves, gears up for soaring lithium demand", Agencie France-Presse, 09.14.19
"Bolivia's lithium boom: dream or nightmare?" Open Democracy, 12.21.15
"After Morales ousted in coup, the lithium question looms large in
Bolivia" Popular Resistance, 11.18.19
More To Come 399: Bill Campbell Interview
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Get your copy of "Hey, Kiddo" signed by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Join the conversation about Hey, KiddoHey, Kiddo is a profoundly important memoir about growing up in a family grappling with addiction, and finding the art that helps you survive. Hear the story behind the story as told by bestselling author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka when he visits Riverside High School in Leesburg this Saturday. Arrive early for a book signing from 1-2 p.m.
1book 1community finaleWHAT: Presentation and Q&A with Jarrett J. KrosoczkaWHERE: Riverside High School, 19019 Upper Belmont Place, Leesburg, VA 20176ADMISSION: This event is free and open to the public. Admission is first-come, first-served.
"I use my imagination as my full-time job. But well before my imagination became a vocation, my imagination saved my life."
About the author: New York Times bestselling author-illustrator Jarrett J. Krosoczka creates books with humor, heart and a deep respect for his young readers — qualities that have made his titles perennial favorites on the bookshelves of homes, libraries and bookstores. Titles include several picture books, his wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels, and the Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novels. He also recently launched a new story arc in the Jedi Academy series with Star Wars: Jedi Academy: A New Class. His most recent book, Hey, Kiddo, was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature.
1book 1community is a countywide reading program organized by Loudoun County Public Library that promotes community dialogue and understanding through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book. Free copies of Hey, Kiddo were distributed this fall through Loudoun County Public Library branches and Loudoun County Public Schools, where they were incorporated into book club discussions and curriculum.
Loudoun County Public Library | 102 North St. NW, Leesburg, VA 20176