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Graphic Novels & Manga

Politics, Religion and Comic Books


[caption id="attachment_41105" align="alignleft" width="100" caption="Wertham"]WerthamPhoto01[/caption] Superhero comic books are a perennial target for self-appointed moral authorities of all stripes, and not always for the best reasons. Some, like Senator Robert Hendrickson (leader of 1953’s United States Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency) and comic book scare-monger Fredric Wertham (author of the 1954’s infamous Seduction of the Innocent) saw them as a source of perversion, violence and moral decay. (Check out David Hadju’s The Ten Cent Plague for a history of Wertham and Hendrickson’s shenanigans and the formation of Comics Code Authority.) Priests and pastors of all sorts heard Wertham’s spurious message and followed suit with mass comic book burnings.

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Graphic Novels & Manga

Poll: Which Graphic Novel Should I Read?


marvel-daysoffuturepastI love comic books but I haven’t read every great story that has been created.

So I need your help—a cage match of sorts. Vote for a winner and that’s the one I will read!

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SF & Fantasy

An Interview with ‘House of Odd’ Artist Queenie Chan


An Interview with ‘House of Odd’ Artist Queenie Chan

As a teenager, Queenie Chan started drawing out of boredom, but what started as a pastime became a professional career after Chan submitted a portfolio to manga publisher TokyoPop. After a stint working on The Dreaming, Chan found her work in high demand. Among her many projects has been a series of graphic novels based [...]

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Graphic Novels & Manga

Why Are Graphic Novels Still a Step Too Far for Some Fans?


Why Are Graphic Novels Still a Step Too Far for Some Fans?

“I’ve outgrown picture books…” one reader commented, dismissing the graphic novel format outright on a blog I frequent.
Frustrating, right?
How many people do that? And why? Are there some people for whom the comic book – or the graphic novel, to use the medium’s more sophisticated nomenclature – is simply a bridge too far? Why do [...]

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Graphic Novels & Manga

15 Minutes of Fiction…with Fictional Frontiers, featuring Chris Ryall


Fictional-Frontiers-LogoEach week on 15 Minutes of Fiction…with Fictional Frontiers, Host Sohaib Awan will highlight the best in genre entertainment. Dedicated to a serious discussion on pop culture, industry leaders will provide their unique takes on science fiction and fantasy.

This week…enjoy our segment with the “Master of Ryalltime”, Chris Ryall, IDW Publishing’s Editor-in-Chief and Chief Creative Officer.

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Graphic Novels & Manga

A Look at Epic Graphic Novel Series Flight – Plus an Excerpt


A Look at Epic Graphic Novel Series Flight – Plus an Excerpt

There it was, standing on a book shelf. I was immediately drawn into its world. For me, it was not just a cover for a comic book. Instead it was a door to an epic adventure. I’m speaking about Kazu Kubuishi’s beautiful cover illustration for Volume One of a graphic novels series that should soon [...]

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Suvudu

San Diego Comic Con 2011: Interview with Craig Thompson, ‘Habibi’


San Diego Comic Con 2011: Interview with Craig Thompson, ‘Habibi’

While San Diego Comic Con has come and gone, we’re still rolling out some of the fantastic footage we gathered during that wild week. On tap today is my interview with graphic novelist Craig Thompson, author of Blankets and Good-bye, Chunky Rice. His newest book, Habibi, a story of cross-cultural conflict, apocalyptic romance and the [...]

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Paranormal

Giveaway contest! Win these amazing boots!


Blood Work coverWin these amazing boots in our Kim Harrison giveaway contest!

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Graphic Novels & Manga

Gene Luen Yang’s ‘Level Up’ a Tale of Video Games and Family Obligations


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Dennis Ouyang’s immigrant parents raised him to become a gastroenterologist, and he’s devoted his life to his studies in an effort to win the approval of his emotionally distant father. His only outlet is playing video games – something his parents strongly disapprove of as a distraction from his “destiny”.

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Graphic Novels & Manga

Cover Artists Announced for ‘A Game of Thrones’ Comic Book Series!


Cover Artists Announced for ‘A Game of Thrones’ Comic Book Series!

This just in!
Bantam Books, an imprint of the Random House Publishing Group, announced today Alex Ross and Mike S. Miller as the cover artists for the comic adaptation of George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones series.
The series will be illustrated by Tommy Patterson and adapted and scripted by Daniel Abraham, the award-winning and bestselling author [...]

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