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Re-Gifting? Classic Novels and Plays Gone Graphic

“Re-gifting” is the joking term for re-wrapped presents—those little-used or unwanted items that are sometimes conveniently handy as last-minute choices to give to someone else.  When classic novels and plays are re-packaged, so to speak, as graphic novels by publishers, … Continue reading

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Weddings–Long Ago and Far Away

Spurred by invitations to weddings this June, the traditional month for them in Western society, I took pleasure this past week in reading vivid, skillful graphic novels about non-Western weddings and ways. Just published, Danica Novgorodoff’s The Undertaking of Lily … Continue reading

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No Joking Matter: Comic Book Creators and Manga Makers

It’s April Fool’s Day, but—funny papers aside—comic books have often been no joking matter. Today, I am going to introduce biographies and autobiographies revealing the serious matters that motivated some comic book creators and manga makers. Some of their works … Continue reading

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Story Times: Kamishibai, Manga, and More

When my son (now 27) was a tot, library story time was an important part of our week. We both looked forward to that circle of eager kids, listening and watching as the librarian dramatically pointed out scenes in the … Continue reading

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Halloween All Year Long—Manga Style

Perplexed by that drawing of a shaggy-headed, one-eyed boy, with an eyeball-shaped critter perched on top of his head? You may be amazed to discover that Japanese storyteller Shigeru Mizuki has spun hundreds of tales about this cartoon creation of … Continue reading

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Being Different: Artists and Other Outsiders

I am celebrating! Last month, the state of Minnesota legalized same-sex marriage, removing one layer of hurtful, official “difference” from our local landscape. As emotional and social landscapes continue to shift, too, we may see some changes in how graphic … Continue reading

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