Quick links: Kevin Keller, Soulless manga, zombie librarians
Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in Archie Comics, is getting his own mini-series this spring, and creator Dan Parent, talks about Kevin and his pals with Laura Hudson of Comics Alliance.
Yen Press has announced the artist for its manga-style adaptations of Gail Carriger’s Soulless novels: rem, who illustrated Tokyopop’s manga adaptations of Ellen Schreiber’s Vampire Kisses novels. She is also internationally recognized: She was the first winner of the Morning International Manga Competition, which was sponsored by the Japanese manga magazine Morning 2. Carriger has some of rem’s character sketches up at her LiveJournal.
Library Journal graphic novels columnist Martha Cornog has an interesting piece up at Graphic Novel Reporter on why kids like comics—and how they can be encouraged to read them. It includes lots of anecdotes about children who learned to read through comics, and there is a list of suggestions and helpful resources (including this blog!) at the end.
The folks at the Miller Library at McPherson College in Kansas have quite a sense of humor—they have made a a comic-book guide to using the library while being pursued by zombies. It’s cheeky, funny, and has a handy guide to the Dewey Decimal System and other library tools in the back.
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About Brigid Alverson
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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