American Library Association has compiled a lengthy reading list of graphic novels that draws attention to the Black experiences of the past and present. Supporting the Black Caucus of the American Library Association as well as the Black community at large, they created this list of books to demand a new future for our Black friends and neighbors.
As The Crow Flies is on ALA-curated list of recommended feminist lit for young readers
Congratulations to Melanie Gillman ′13 yet again! The first volume of As the Crow Flies (Iron Circus, 2017) appears on the 2019 Amelia Bloomer list for Young Adult Fiction. The Amelia Bloomer list is an ALA-curated list of recommended feminist lit for young readers.
Libraries nationwide might soon carry more comics and graphic novels, thanks to a move by The American Library Association (ALA). The ALA, which promotes libraries and library education around the globe, with over 45,000 members, has reorganized their Graphic Novel and Comics Member Initiative Group into the Graphic Novel Round Table. This new round table is the first approved ALA designated focus area in five years.
Alum Spotlight: Melanie Gillman’s ALA Stonewall Award
Melanie Gillman with their Stonewall Book Award
The first volume of Melanie Gillman’s As the Crow Flies (Iron Circus) recently won the Stonewall Book Award from the American Library Association (ALA). The comic, originally published online where it is still updating, is about Charlie Lamonte, a thirtee-year-old, queer, black girl spending a week of summer vacation at an all-white Christian youth backpacking camp where they learn to question the rhetoric. Melanie ′12 gave a speech at the ALA Annual Conference and Exhibition upon receiving the award in New Orleans. You can view their heartfelt speech on Twitter. They discuss how important comics in particular are in sharing experiences:
Drawings are still, even in our advanced stage of technology, the most direct way that we have as human beings to be able to see visually through another human being’s eyes.
Vermont Teens: Win A Scholarship Create Comics Workshop!
For the eighth year in a row, The Center for Cartoon Studies (CCS) has donated a full scholarship to the Vermont Department of Libraries so a Vermont teen can attend the Create Comics summer workshop camp.
Create Comics is a ‘boot camp’ for cartoonists. The 5-day workshop packs in the essentials for producing your own comics. Through lectures, exercises, and group projects, students learn about story structure, page composition, pacing, materials and techniques, character design, drawing, environmental drawing, and production. Students collaborate on a comic anthology that they self-publish during the workshop. Create Comics is for both beginner and advanced students age 16 and over.
Any Vermont student age 16 or older is eligible. This year the workshop will take place in White River Junction, Vermont, June 20-24 or July 11-15, 2016.