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It’s Comic-Con and We’re Teaching History Here

It's Comic-Con and We're Teaching History Here

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be a comics lover. And I’m honored once again to be on a Comic-Con panel thanks to the gratifying enthusiasm of Tracy Edmunds at Reading with Pictures, the foremost advocate for using comics and graphic novels in the classroom to promote literacy and learning for all students. The panel takes […]

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Illustrator Love: “Nothing is Purer Bostonese”

Illustrator Love: "Nothing is Purer Bostonese"

Researching my latest project, lately I have been (psychically if not physically) spending quite a bit of time in Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts—and contemplating how those cities should be drawn. This has been cause for me to reacquaint myself with a favorite illustrator, Barbara Westman. My new book (the details of which I will announce […]

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The Birth of a Comic about… Death

The Birth of a Comic about... Death

1. Lower your expectations. 2. Move back home to Ohio. 3. Realize your sister is now married to the Grim Reaper. 4. Lower your expectations MUCH MORE. That’s the fateful flowchart suffered by Elbridge Hanawalt, hero of Death in the Family—the latest Hennessey/McConnell comics joint now available for free on Tapastic and the Tapas app. […]

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Unobscured: “Miss Television” 1939

Unobscured: "Miss Television" 1939

Beauty contests may be as passé as the slide ruler or the horse and carriage. But a killer smile never goes out of fashion. And so I thank the late Caryl Arlene Smith-Givens — who was crowned “Miss Television” at the 1939 World’s Fair — for being the highest spike of the Charm-O-Meter in an […]

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Beer 1933: Back from the Dead

Beer 1933: Back from the Dead

Today—National Beer Day thanks to the crusading temperament and social media savvy of Richmond, Virginia’s Justin Smith—doesn’t mark the anniversary of Prohibition’s demise. But in 19 U.S. states it does mark the historic return of beer. Beer of 3.2% alcohol, anyway. But on April 7, 1933, suds of that potency had not been (legally) seen […]

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My NCBLA “Great Reads” Pick: Emil and the Detectives

My NCBLA "Great Reads" Pick: <i>Emil and the Detectives</i>

It was a true honor to have been tapped to pick a “Great Read” for The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance. I’d like to tell you a bit about my choice: Emil and the Detectives by Erich Kästner. I did not have the pleasure of being introduced to Kästner’s 1929 kids’ novel when I […]

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If You’ve Got the Time, We’ve Got the Beer (Graphic Novel)

If You've Got the Time, We've Got the Beer (Graphic Novel)

Several years ago I walked into Mayflower Brewing Company in Plymouth, Massachusetts, to visit a dear friend who had gone to work as head brewer there. Mike Smith graciously propelled me into an unforgettable brewery tour. It left me reeling with how ignorant I had been both about the making of beer and, more importantly, […]

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Lights, Camera… Epochalypse! [VIDEO]

Lights, Camera... Epochalypse! [VIDEO]

If you have been reading my dark-twist-on-time-travel series Epochalypse, or perhaps even the trade paperback graphic novel edition collecting Issues 1-6 that’s available now, you may remember a certain sequence from the second chapter. In this world, something has made 600 years of history collapse into a single timeline. And an embattled new leadership has […]

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