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June 1, 2016

Words, Pictures, and New York Comic Con

The annual New York Comic Con was this past weekend, and I spent a harried Friday morning trying to make it there early enough to not have to stand in line too long. (Spoiler alert: I did it!)

After a very windy walk down 34th Street, I made it to the Javits Center, press credentials in hand, ready for chaos. I was already making notes in my head:

Two Captain Americas

Three Captain Americas…

and a Pikachu

I found Carmen Sandiego!

I like to think of myself as a comics success story. I grew up on Archie and Calvin and Hobbes, with Peanuts and The Far Side, and they helped to turn me into the voracious reader that I am today. Generally speaking, Comic Con is one of my favorite times of year. I’m a huge graphic-novel nerd (I believe we’ve talked about it before), so being in a room full of graphic-novel nerds? Heaven.

What was really exciting was the number of kids I saw at NYCC this year. So many tiny fanboys and fangirls who are just starting their journeys into the world of words and pictures. Comics can sometimes get a bad rap in the world of education, but they’re becoming more and more accepted as a genuine way to spark interest in reading.

Happened to find a Hobbit cosplayer next to the life sized Lord of the Rings Lego models

We’ve had posts from one of my favorite organizations, Reading with Pictures, on here before about the merits of using comics in the classroom. And recently, the AV Club noted that at Book Clubs we’re carrying quality children’s literature that just happens to be in comic form!

Here are some wonderful graphic novels we have in Book Clubs right now:

TOON Books: Little Mouse Gets Ready, Just-Right Books [Teachers | Parents]

TOON Books: Silly Lilly in What Will I Be Today?, Club Shop [Teachers | Parents]

TOON Books: Otto’s Orange Day, Just-Right Books [Teachers | Parents]

Knights of the Lunch Table #1: The Dodgeball Chronicles, For Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Special Offer [Teachers | Parents]

Pokémon® Comic Storybook #1: Battle for the Bolt Badge, Lucky October [Teachers | Parents]

Big Nate and Friends, Lucky October [Teachers | Parents]

Big Nate Makes the Grade, Arrow November [Teachers | Parents]

Smile, For Fans of Diary of a Wimpy Kid Special Offer [Teachers | Parents]

Cardboard, TAB October [Teachers| Parents]

Drama, Club Shop [Teachers| Parents]

Amulet #5: Prince of the Elves, TAB November [Teachers | Parents]

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  1. I Love Pokemon can you by me one

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