Thursday, January 28, 2010

New Kid-Friendly Comics, 1/27/10



Here's the new batch of comics hitting the shelves this past Wednesday, January 27th.  Thanks to iFanboy for the list of new comics


A couple of adaptations are available this week -- great for younger students who find the original text too difficult to wade through.


Remember, click on the links to the single issues for previews courtesy of Comic Book Resources. Also, be sure to click on the links to the collected editions to go to my Amazon store, where books are available for big discounts! Stock up your classroom!


Single Issues

Collected Editions

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Kid-Friendly Comics Suggestions from iFanboy

The guys at iFanboy recently devoted an entire video podcast to kid-friendly comics.  These guys know their comics, and have introduced me to a ton of great comics over the past couple of years.  Enjoy!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Visual Literacy Vocabulary

I came across this great resource from an Australian organization for teaching students to use vocabulary associated with visual literacy.  The associated Word documents use kid-friendly phrasing, which means they could easily be put to use in the classroom right away.


This could be a valuable resource for addressing the actual images in middle school study of comics and graphic novels.

Friday, January 22, 2010

New Kid-Friendly Comics, 1/20/10


Since new comics are released every Wednesday here in the States, I thought I'd organize a list of kid-friendly comics available this week at local comic shops and bookstores. I've included previews when available. Thanks to iFanboy for the list of new releases, and to Comic Book Resources for the previews.

In the spirit of lateness (yes, this post should have come a couple of days ago), I failed to list a cool new graphic novel last week. It's called Lola: A Ghost Story, and you can find an 18-page preview here. It looks great!

Remember to click on the titles of any of the collected editions and you'll be taken to my Amazon store, where you can order the titles at big discounts!

Single Issues:
  • Amazing Spider-Man #618 ($2.99)
  • Batman: The Brave and The Bold #13 ($2.50)
  • The Brave and The Bold #31 ($2.99)
  • Free Realms #5 ($3.99)
  • G-Man: Cape Crisis #5 ($2.99)
  • Jughead #199 ($2.99)
  • Muppet Peter Pan #4 ($2.99)
  • Pals & Gals Double Digest #138 ($3.99)
  • Power Girl #8 ($2.99)
  • Project Superpowers: Chapter Two #6 ($2.99)
  • Simpsons Comics #162 ($2.99)
  • Sonic Universe #12 ($2.50)
  • Superman/Batman #68 ($2.99)
  • Tales of the TMNT #66 ($3.25)
  • Tiny Titans #24 ($2.50)
  • Transformers: Bumblebee #2 ($3.99)
  • Uncle Scrooge #387 ($2.99)
  • Web of Spider-Man #4 ($3.99)
Collected Editions:

Monday, January 18, 2010

Re-Post -- Star Wars: The Clone Wars for iPhone and iPod Touch


Here's a re-post of a blog entry I wrote last school year.  We're moving on from a Fantasy literature genre study to Sci-Fi, and I'll be using some of these resources again.  Enjoy!

Well, the Comic-Con International announcements keep poppin' up, and happily, more good news for teachers of comics. Comic Book Resources posted an interview with Dark Horse Comics' Star Wars editor in which it was revealed that an issue of Star Wars: The Clone Wars entitled "Shipyards of Doom" will be available soon for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Check out the preview here. Great news for me especially, as I've got 15 iPod Touches coming into my classroom this year.

The traditional print version of "Shipyards of Doom" (available now) is a 96-page story that features characters from the popular Cartoon Network television series. No word yet on a release date or price.

I've used the television series in class as part of a science fiction unit. The series' website offers awesome episode guides, which is a great help if you're looking for which episode to show in your classroom. Also, there are webcomics available for each episode that add another dimension of characters' experience to each story. I went with "Ambush", the very first episode of the series, so that my students didn't have to wade through any backstory.

Prior to viewing this episode, though, my students looked at these two articles about the science behind the Star Wars films and television show. In this way, they got to take a look at the genre characteristics of science fiction, which led to discussions of the advances of technology.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

New Kid-Friendly Comics, 1/13/10


Since new comics are released every Wednesday here in the States, I thought I'd organize a list of the kid-friendly comics available this week.  I've included links to previews where available.  Thanks to iFanboy for the list of new releases, and to Comic Book Resources for the previews. 

Lots of great single issues on the way, including a few number zeros and ones (Muppet Show, Cars, Super Hero Squad), all of which have free previews!  Pick 'em up -- you might just find a new series that your students love!

Remember to click on the titles of any of the collected editions and you'll be taken to my Amazon store, where you can order the titles at big discounts!

Single Issues:  
Collected Editions: 

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

New Kid-Friendly Comics, 1/7/10


Since new comics are released every Wednesday here in the States, I thought I'd organize a list of the kid-friendly comics available this week.  I've included links to previews where available.  Thanks to iFanboy for the list of new releases, and to Comic Book Resources for the previews. 

Issues of the series Female Force and Political Power are both available this week, as well as the Eisner-award winning Invincible Iron Man (in hardcover).

Click on the titles of any of the collected editions and you'll be taken to my Amazon store, where you can order the titles at big discounts!

Single Issues:  
  • Amazing Spider-Man Presents Jackpot #1 ($3.99)
  • Archie Digest #260 ($2.69) 
  • Cartoon Network Action Pack #45 ($2.50)
  • Donald Duck & Friends #345 ($2.99)
  • Female Force #10: J.K. Rowling ($2.99)
  • Looney Tunes #182 ($2.50)
  • Mickey Mouse & Friends #299 ($2.99)
  • New Mutants #9 ($3.99)
  • Political Power #9: Ronald Reagan ($2.99) 
  • Simpsons Super Spectacular #10 ($2.99)
  • Spider-Man Magazine #39 ($6.99)
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars #12 ($2.99)
  • Superman: World of New Krypton #11 ($2.99)
  • Veronica #198 ($2.99)
Collected Editions: