There are a number of ways in which one can get to know Emily Carr.
Groundwood Books – House of Anansi, 2003
First, for the bookish, via her own writing.
Klee Wick (1941), The Book of Small (1942), The House of All Sorts (1944), and, published posthumously, Growing Pains (1946), Pause (1953), The Heart of [...]
As if it wasn’t enough to take The Ramayana and present it in images, this volume retells the ancient epic through the eyes of a woman. This is Sita’s Ramayana.
House of Anansi, 2011 Artwork by Moyna Chitrakar
The original Sanskrit text is attributed to the poet Valmiki, and it is comprised of 24,000 verses which [...]
On occasion, I have to wonder if perhaps my grandmother and great-aunts didn’t have a point.
How many times did they instruct me that I should not, so often, have my nose in a book.
Because sometimes I really wonder how I missed something huge.
Like, for instance, Robert Lepage’s Dragon Trilogy playing at the [...]
“Being 16 is officially the worst thing I’ve ever been.” That’s Kimberly Keiko Cameron (aka Skim) speaking.
Groundwood Books – House of Anansi, 2008
“Why do the students call you Skim?” her English teacher, Ms Archer asks.
“Because I’m not,” Skim answers.
Adolescence is such a horrid time: you’re called what you’re not, you [...]
What does Captain Trips mean anyway?
NY: Marvel Publishing Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Writer Mike Perkins, Artwork Laura Marin, Colourist
If you could ask General Bill Starkey he would NOT say 99.4% communicability, 99.4% excess mortality.
He can’t say that: he works for the government.
But that’s what it means.
Readers of the graphic novel version [...]
We want that “paradoxical search for familiarity combined with strangeness; want more of the same – but with a difference,” says Victor Watson in Reading Series Fiction.
Watson’s book considers series written for children, but it still applies, doesn’t it? There’s nothing like reading a series.
Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead is one of my [...]
In eleventh-grade English class, we studied “Oedipus Rex” and I fell in love with the idea that a story so old could still be compelling.
But the idea of reading these classic texts outside a classroom seemed unthinkable. You know how some books become all-the-more intimidating the longer you leave them unread?
That’s how it [...]
In the mid-90s, the Lairds were used to publishing 36-page comic books; they were all about entertainment, not about a one-stop volume of African American history.
It was quite a challenge for Roland and Taneshia Nash Laird to move from that kind of production, to a full-length book, and with a publisher who [...]
Image Comics 2010
I first made the acquaintance of the series during my first Dewey’s Read-a-Thon, when I was looking for graphic novels to entertain Mr. BIP; we’ve both become completely hooked.
I was struck by the comments in the introduction, including this one: “This is a very character driven endeavor. How these characters [...]
Shaun Tan’s The Arrival Arthur A. Levine Books – Scholastic Books, 2006
The wordless images in The Arrival are often breath-taking, sometimes sad and always evocative. (You can see one of them here, on the author’s page.)
Tan says: “I see each book as an experiment in visual and written narrative, part of an ongoing exploration [...]