• Before the Hulk was Green: Pop Culture Literacy in the Composition Classroom

    Before the Hulk was Green: Pop Culture Literacy in the Composition Classroom0

    (This article was adapted from a presentation given at the TYCA-Northeast Conference in Fall of 2012) What is this professor talking about? I teach at a community college, which means I teach a lot of introductory classes. I can assume I’ll be teaching several sections of Standard Freshman Composition every Fall, and Writing about Literature

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  • Comics and YA: How Shelving Creates Access

    Comics and YA: How Shelving Creates Access0

    I think that I’ve got a pretty great job. On any given day I could be helping a teen find a read-a-like for her favorite fantasy series, telling another teen that no they can’t eat buffalo wings at the public computers, doing a Harry Potter-inspired craft program, or reminding someone that not everything you read

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  • Comics Academe Roundtable: Teaching Bitch Planet

    Comics Academe Roundtable: Teaching Bitch Planet0

    Since the publication of the first issue of Bitch Planet by Kelly Sue DeConnick and Valentine De Landro in December of 2014, many people, inside and outside of academia, have pointed to the comic, the related backmatter and essays, and even the community that has formed around it–as embodied by the many tattoos of the

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  • The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (in Comics Academia)

    The Unbearable Whiteness of Being (in Comics Academia)2

    June 2015. The run-up to my first conference abroad as an official comics scholar — and I don’t want to go. I’m panic-crying after reading a chain of emails which, on the face of it, have little to do with me. Short background: we were supposed to have a panel on Charlie Hebdo. A month before

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  • Windows and Mirrors: Youth Media Awards and Diversity in Library Collections

    Windows and Mirrors: Youth Media Awards and Diversity in Library Collections0

    • March 10, 2016

    I have a confession to make as a youth services librarian: I generally don’t put a lot of stock in ALA’s Youth Media Awards. The Youth Media Awards cover several areas and niches in children’s and young adult publishing, but the primary ones are the Michael C. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature,

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  • YA? Why Not?! What Does “YA” Mean Anyway?

    YA? Why Not?! What Does “YA” Mean Anyway?2

    • February 9, 2016

    If somehow you’ve emerged from a Cold War-esque bunker or have otherwise been under a rock for the last ten to fifteen, you may be wondering, “What is all of this ‘YA’ hullabaloo anyway and why would I care?” If you are, that’s okay! YA as a category has seen an “explosion of books” in

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