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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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Novel Approaches

What novel approach to writing may you find on your next library or bookstore visit? Here is one you already may have encountered … Part graphic novel, part prose: this mixed-genre form of writing has gained popularity since the debut of … Continue reading

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War-Torn Pages Ripped from History

World War II is making headlines again. A 94-year-old man, living just a few miles from me here in Minnesota, has been revealed as a probable war criminal. Michael Karkoc was an officer in two Nazi-led Ukrainian military units. He … Continue reading

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