Links: An app for the teacher
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Eric Federspiel has a very interesting post on the use of iPod Touches as comics readers in the classroom. While adult readers may bemoan the way a comic is chopped into panels to be read that way, losing the composition of the entire page, it seems to be a plus for his seventh-graders:
Viewing one panel at a time, my students do not need to focus their attention on decoding the organization of multiple images on one page. Instead, they can focus on the simple relationships between text and images within each panel.
He also writes about an app for creating comics on the iPod Touch. And speaking of that, I reviewed two all-ages comics on the iPod Touch, Where Grows the Bitter Herb and Turtle Guitar, at Robot 6.
Eric also posts this week’s crop of kid-friendly comics at his home blog, Out from the Comics Shop.
Meanwhile, Christopher Butcher posts more thoughts and opinions on kids’ comics and comics retailing at Comics212.
Jay Piscopo will release a new Commander X comic as a free download on his website beginning on December 15.
The Archie folks continue to do some interesting things with their stable of characters, including having Archie return to the real world and adjust to having been married to both Betty and Veronica. Read all about it in the latest Archie News post.
Kazu Kibuishi gives us a sneak peek at his works in progress, the advance copies of Copper and the stack of pages for vol. 3 of Amulet. Copper has already been named a Junior Library Guild Selection for fall 2009, and Kazu is also pleased that Amulet showed up as a book teens were eager to see in this Booklist article.
Greg McElhatton on vol. 3 of Beanworld (Read About Comics)
Tom Mason on The Marvelous Land of Oz (Comix 411)
Tangognat on vols. 10 and 11 of Swan (Tangognat)
Henry Chamberlain on Thoreau at Walden (Blog@Newsarama)
Sterg Botzakis on T-Minus: The Race to the Moon (Graphic Novel Resources)
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Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good E-Reader.com. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.
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