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Going Nuclear

Going nuclear?  A recent, award-winning picture book; another acclaimed, older picture book; and some classic and in-progress graphic novels remind us just how terrible this military choice has been.  These works center upon the World War II atomic devastation of … Continue reading

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Vantage Points: Staring into 2017

Two new graphic works have helped me deal with my thoughts and feelings about the recent presidential election.  How could so many people have voted for Donald Trump, when so many more of us are dismayed and frightened at his … Continue reading

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More or Less Grimm

Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Winter Solstice, and other festive occasions . . . . Two recent, compelling fairy tale volumes would make excellent gifts this holiday season.  Matt Phelan’s Snow White: A Graphic Novel (2016) and Shaun Tan’s The Singing Bones … Continue reading

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Teachable Moments

Now that it is summer vacation time in North America, more of our young people’s teachable moments will take place outside of school.  Graphic works can play a part in the lessons they learn—especially in areas often given shorter shrift … Continue reading

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Diversity: The December Dilemma and Beyond

The month of December has long foregrounded issues of diversity in multicultural countries.  As Christmas approaches in predominantly Christian countries, how do we acknowledge the presence and holidays of other religious groups?  Some non-Christian parents even call the problems raised … Continue reading

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“Larger-than Life”? Art, Fame, and Family

Does the expression “larger-than-life” bring images of Mt. Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, or Michelangelo’s David to mind?  This term is often used to describe the scale of public art, designed to impress viewers with its grandeur even alongside natural … Continue reading

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Jews, Muslims, Christians: The Rabbi’s Cat Speaks

A skinny, big-eyed cat stands out among the responses cartoonists world-wide  drew to last month’s  terrorist attacks on the French magazine Charlie Hebdo and a kosher grocery store in Paris.  Sixteen people were slaughtered and others injured—all to honor those … Continue reading

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