Garfield’s Guide to Creating Your Own Comic Strip

By Sara E. Hoffmann, School & Library Series Managing Editor

Calling all Garfield fans—and all fans of comics in general! Lerner and Paws, Inc. (the company behind everyone’s favorite orange feline) have published an exciting new book about comic strips and the elements that go into them, from characters and settings to plots and punchlines. And the best part? The  information is peppered with hilarious jokes, asides, and snarky comments from Garfield himself! Read More

Flying Your Way this August: The Epic Origin of Super Potato

Super Potato Cover

A Superhero, Pre-PotatoBy Greg Hunter, Associate Editorial Director, Graphic Universe

The history of superhero comics is full of stories that tease—or even appear to implement—drastic changes to a character’s status quo. The goofiest versions of these stories took place during the 1950s and 1960s. During those times, comic book heroes would routinely transform into turtles or werewolves. They’d turn purple or split in two. Their friends and loved ones would react with alarm. The heroes themselves would wonder if their careers as crime fighters were finished. And the problem would find a hasty resolution by the end of an issue.

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Breaking the Rules with Graphic Novels

By Greg Hunter, Editor

Graphic novels are a great storytelling form for rule breakers. That’s not me encouraging anybody out there to get in trouble. What I mean is that each story tends to follow certain conventions, and it might have a subset of rules specific to the book too. And that’s a good thing—graphic novels tend to be a welcoming form for reluctant readers, because the rules are pretty simple. Read More