News and Notes CBLDF Offers Two New Graphic Novel Resources The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund offers two new resources for parents, librarians and educators, and fans of comics. Raising a Reader! How Comics & Graphic Novels Can Help Your Kids Love To Read! offers information for parents and educators, including a look at the skills that comic reading imparts on kids, how comics can be used in classroom lessons, and more. The 12-page guide is written by Dr. Meryl Jaffe, a teacher of visual literacy and critical reading at Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth OnLine Division, and features an introduction by Newberry Award winner Jennifer L. Holm, co-creator of the Babymouse series. Raising a Reader! is available through ComiXology or the CBLDF’s website at www.cbldf.org. The CBLDF has also teamed up with Dark Horse Comics to publish the handbook CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices ($15.99, 978-1-61655278-7). The book offers a concise overview of manga, including its history, genres, and challenges, and is designed for librarians, booksellers, or just fans of the format. The guide assembles contributors from both Japan and North America and features both scholars and manga creators, including School Library Journal’s Robin Brenner and Katherine Dacey, Vertical Inc. Marketing Director Ed Chavez, Viz editor and Otaku USA contributor Shaenon Garrity, and edited by Manga Bookshelf editor Melinda Beasi. CBLDF Presents Manga: Introduction, Challenges, and Best Practices will be available for purchase in December.
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PBS to Air Superhero Comic Book Documentary This Fall This October PBS will air the three-part documentary Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle from filmmaker Michael Kantor, offering a look at the superhero genre from its creation in the 1930s up to the present day. The series is scheduled to air in three hour-long segments, and will feature interviews with a number of comic luminaries including Stan Lee, Joe Simon, Jim Steranko, Neal Adams, and Jules Feiffer, and will be hosted by actor Liev Schreiber, who played the mutant villain Sabretooth in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Accompanying the documentary will be the book Superheroes! Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture ($40.00, 978-0-38534858-4), told Publishers Weekly, is to be the first “really comprehensive illustrated history of comic books.” The first segment of Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle, “Truth, Justice, and the American Way” will air October 8 at 9 p.m. ET, with the following two segments, “Great Power, Great Responsibility” and “A Hero Can Be Anyone” airing the subsequent two weeks. Superheroes! Capes, Cowls, and the Creation of Comic Book Culture will be released by Random House imprint Crown Archetype October 1.
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