I've been a comic geek since the mid-80's when my dad brought me a Captain America comic upon returning from a business trip. I was immediately hooked, and after the 30th read-through, my mind was blown when it was pointed out I could probably obtain other comics as well! Hey, I never claimed to be a rocket surgeon. Long story short, I have way too many comics now. Story-telling through sequential art speaks to me, even as an adult. Comics, graphic novels, and story books are often thought of as a children's medium, which makes sense if you think about it, but I think what we're learning from these Kickstarter campaigns is that it doesn't have to stop at childhood, or even early childhood. There are a lot of great sequential art books for readers of all ages, and I personally feel no library is complete without a substantial collection of graphic novels.
Curiosities: An Illustrated History of Ancestral Oddity
The Silver Cord -- A Techno-Epic Graphic Novel
Now I will shamelessly plug Lerner's Graphic Universe imprint, which has a wide variety of graphic novels for kids of all ages. Many of the titles have an educational slant, and all of them are high quality. I am nearly finished with The Girl Who Owned a City, and I dig it. Browse our titles here.
Other internet shenanigans for this week:
- Teaching Innovation Is About More Than iPads in the Classroom [MediaShift]
The secret joy of reading [TeleRead]
- Why is 98.6 just right for your body but too hot for the weather? [BoingBoing]
- Are You an Optimist or a Pessimist? [The New York Times]
- Kumi Yamashita's Light & Shadow sculptures are awesome.
- Nobel laureate occasionally hangs out on street corners, answering physics questions [BoingBoing]
- You Chose Wrong, a tumblr that celebrates Choose Your Own Adventure failures.
Maker Camp is a great way to keep kids occupied (and learning!) during the summer.