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Blast from the Past: Graphic Novels

Language ArtsDid you know that Language Arts published one of the first scholarly articles in graphic novel format in January 2008? That issue included Gene Yang's "Graphic Novels in the Classroom," identified by Yang as "an essay in panels." 

Something to think about:

ALA 2008 Top Ten Great Graphic Novels for Teens

  • Abadzis, Nick. Laika. First Second, 2007.
  • Carey, Mike. Re-Gifters. DC/Minx, 2007.
  • Fleming, Ann Marie. The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam. Penguin Group, 2007.
  • Giffen, Keith. Blue Beetle: Shell-shocked. DC Comics, 2006; Blue Beetle: Road Trip. DC Comics, 2007.
  • Iwahara, Yuji. King of Thorn, vol. 1. Tokyopop, 2007.; King of Thorn, vol. 2. Tokyopop, 2007.
  • Loux, Matthew. Sidescrollers. Oni Press, 2007.
  • Mizushiro, Setona. After School Nightmare, vol. 1. Go Comi!, 2006; After School Nightmare, vol. 2.” Go Comi!, 2006.; After School Nightmare, vol. 3. Go Comi!, 2007.; After School Nightmare, vol. 4. Go Comi!, 2007.; After School Nightmare, vol. 5. Go Comi!, 2007.
  • Mori, Kaoru. Emma, vol. 1. CMX, 2006.; Emma, vol. 2. CMX, 2006.; Emma, vol. 3. CMX, 2007.; Emma, vol. 4. CMX, 2007.; Emma, vol. 5. CMX, 2007.
  • Sis, Peter. The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain. Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 2007.
  • Tan, Shaun. The Arrival. Arthur A. Levine, 2007.  


Graphic NovelsFor more recent information on graphic novels, check out Douglas Fisher and Nancy Frey's  chapters in the NCTE book Building Literacy Connections with Graphic Novels: Page by Page, Panel by Panel ---"Altering English: Re-examining the Whole Class Novel and Making Room for Graphic Novels and More" and "Using Graphic Novels, Anime, and the Internet in an Urban High School."




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