Gene Luen Yang on creating comics

Panels is the sister service of Book Riot, in this case focused on comics. Gene Luen Yang, author of American Born Chinese or the Shadow Hero among others, is contributing with a series of posts about his creative process; the last one is about scripting. He comments on the different styles and approaches to scripting and how he uses heavily the Dark Horse script format.


Fun Home: The Musical

Fun Home Cast

Not sure if this would help at all situating the discussion will have tomorrow about the adaptation we saw last week, but Alison Bechdel created a one page comic summarizing her experience of watching the musical…and waiting for the NYT review.

The field of Adaptation studies is moving away form issues of fidelity (as you have probably see reading Hutcheon),  so I have created some questions to guide our thinking and discussion, but please, feel free to come with your own or add them in comments and I will bring them to class:

  • Does the adaptation in question betray its source in any way?
  • Is it completely independent (self-reliant) from it? How?
  • How does it relate to the comic and how it can potentially affect it?
  • Is it the musical a transcription of the comics or an interpretation? Perhaps something else? (See Hutcheon for that)
  • How does the present political or social context makes the reception of each work similar or different (or unique)?
  • Does the musical makes you want to revisit the comic? Why and how?

Underrated comics?

As you have heard me saying, it is more and more difficult to keep up with all the different comics that are being published, especially with Kickstarter projects or Comixology Submit. This is why sometimes articles like the one recommended here become important. Although the article  I recommend here does not look at indie/self-published comics, it is still important to highlight efforts to expand libraries scope on comics.

The last issue of American Libraries Direct shares this article from I9 about some comics that are not receiving as much attention as they should. They are  Some titles/characters/authors have been mentioned in class, either in lecture, in relation to other comics or during seminars. If you have difficulty finding some of the comics, I own a volume of The Descender and I am planing to acquire some of the Paper Girls so, as always, feel free to ask and explore!

An event and a piece of news

An exhibition to visit about digital Korean comics at Stony Brook University. The talk on April 14th about the exhibition is at 1pm so not sure if any of us can attend but maybe we can plan a group visit on a weekend?

An entertaining and insightful look at one of the authors I briefly introduced last week, Daniel Clowes. One of his most famous characters (and comics) Wilson will become a movie. Enjoy the visuals that accompany the interviews, you might recognize some of the artists!

Enjoy this lovely Sunday!

Comics + libraries podcast

A great podcast about some issues of comics in libraries: labeling and categorization, the challenge of hybridized texts, community outreach and comics, the interaction between the classrooms and libraries, explicit content and censorship, the issue of canon formation, librarians as comics curators, mainstream versus “alternative” comics acquisitions, and the role of librarians as comics educators.

The speakers are two well known LIS scholars: Carol Tilley, an associate professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Robert G. Weiner, a humanities librarian at Texas Tech University.

Canada Reads, Essex County and prejudice

Canada Reads is an annual “battle of the books” competition organized and broadcast by Canada’s public broadcaster, the CBC. It is an important event that often inspires people to read and discuss some of the nominated books. In 2011 Essex County was part of last the last five contenders, first and last time that has happen. Some years before Skim, by the Tamaki cousins, was part of the long lists but did not make it to the last five.

Each of the books has a “defender” who makes the case for the book to stay in the next round. In this video you can see the first round, where Sara Quinn (from Tegan and Sara) defends Essex County, as well as educates the rest of defenders about the quality of this comic and comics in general. It is both entertaining and infuriating. Enjoy!