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Blankets by Craig Thompson

Teaching Comics–A Reading List

Many of my students and former students have asked me which graphic novels they should consider teaching in their middle and high school English language arts classes. I’ve also been working with students in the GVSU MA to formulate reading lists for comprehensive exams. The result is a compilation, included below, of works that I […]

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from Habibi by Craig Thompson

Graphic Novels are the New . . . Books

Teaching a course on graphic novels has allowed me to spend these opening weeks of summer immersed in comics. I’ve visited quite a few comics stores in Grand Rapids. By far the best bang for the buck is the Grand Rapids Public Library, which has a huge selection of graphic novels by classic and contemporary […]



What I Learned at NCTE 2011

My stay at NCTE 2011 was uncharacteristically brief–only two days at a conference that lasts almost a week. Still, I attended some valuable sessions, networked with friends, and got a better idea of how to pitch a new book I’m working on. A few random observations from my experience at the centennial convention: Graphic novels […]



Blankets by Craig Thompson Beautiful, Sad

This graphic novel has been around for nearly a decade, so I am a little late to the party here. I’ve seen Blankets mentioned on many top ten graphic novels lists, and I finally got around to reading it today. It was worth the wait. Blankets is a terrific graphic novel about first love and […]


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