Monday, March 23, 2009

New Website:

I was recently informed about a great new website devoted solely to graphic novels, Graphic novels have been entering the literary mainstream recently with best-selling books such as Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (GraphicNovelReporter's review here).

Here is some more information about

This is the latest website from The Book Report Network, which now includes eight editorial websites devoted to helping readers explore their passion for books online.

Edited by John Hogan, former editor of Pages magazine and a lifetime fan of comics and graphic novels, features insightful reviews that will guide readers to books they will enjoy, as well as interviews and roundtables with the top creators, publishing professionals and academic librarians in the field today. Opinion pieces, a blog, news on upcoming releases and movie and DVD releases based on graphic novels will round out the editorial coverage and offers readers a fresh, in-depth look at graphic novels and their creators.

This month, capturing the enthusiasm for the theatrical release of Watchmen, is offering readers the chance to win one of three sets of two Watchmen books --- Watchmen: The Art of the Film and Watchmen: The Official Film Companion, both of which delve into the magic behind this much anticipated film. Between now and March 31st, readers are invited to share their thoughts on the movie to enter the contest. is updated every other Wednesday and it includes content for adults, kids and teens. Readers can subscribe to a newsletter at or subscribe to an RSS feed that will alert them to updates about the site at .

Recent creator interviews on include Alan Davis (Captain Britain, Marvelman), Gerard Way (The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite), Nate Powell (Swallow Me Whole), Dan Goldman (08, Shooting War), David B. (Nocturnal Conspiracies) and Dean Motter (Mister X).

There are more than 130 reviews already on the site. In the weeks and months to come, even more compelling content is coming:

A roundtable with academic librarians about the challenges and issues they face today

A sneak preview of the three stories in Gene Luen Yang's new book, Eternal Smile (First Second)

Interview with James Sturm, author of Adventures in Cartooning (First Second)

Interview with artist Zid about the process he used to create the artwork for City of Dust (Radical)

An op-ed piece on animation in the autobiography genre by Ellen Besen, award-winning animator and author of the new book Animation Unleashed: 100 Principles Every Animator, Comic Book Writer, Filmmaker, Video Artist and Game Developer Should Know

Graphic novel lovers be sure to check out the website!

Also, keep a lookout for my review of "Unlovable" by Esther Pearl Watson , a hilarious graphic novel loosely based this graphic novel on a teenager's diary from the 1980s found in a gas-station bathroom, published by Fantagraphics Books!

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