Thursday, January 17, 2008


Classics Illustrated is back! Starting in 1941, these graphic novels became very popular. They introduced abridged versions of traditional literature. The successful line of comics is back, thanks to Papercutz, starting with THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Should be fun.

Speaking of traditional literature, Marvel is continuing in its miniseries of traditional literature, this time with THE ILIAD and THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY. If Marvel continues the trend, then eventually these will be collected into one volume.

You may notice that I have listed THE MANGA BIBLE on the list this week. I think it is very appropriate to talk about religion in the classroom, and Jeremy Gunn, of the ACLU, agreed in his speech at Missouri State University in 2007 when he talked about the role of religion in the 21st century public school. His opinion was that religion can be and should taught in schools so long as the discussion is academic and the teacher does not promote any religion or non-religion. I do not know if this version is appropriate for children, but I do hope to collect graphic novels on various religions or religious persons and make them available in my classroom, if students wish to read them. I will not, however, push, promote, or punish based on any religion or absence of religion. I hear tell there is a book on Buddha coming out soon and I would love to get my hands on it too.

There’s more comics than those listed above. Take some time and check out all of these titles that came in this week:
  1. Blast to the Past
  2. Blackbeard’s Sword: The Pirate King of the Carolinas
  3. Buzz Beaker: Billions of Bats
  4. Cemetery Blues #1
  5. Classics Illustrated: The Wind in the Willows
  6. Eek & Ack: Invaders from the Great Goo Galaxy
  7. Full Frontal Nerdity: Big Book of Epic Fail
  8. The Iliad #1 (of 8)
  9. Jimmy Sniffles: Dognapped!
  10. Journey to the Center of the Earth
  11. Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century #10
  12. The Manga Bible: From Genesis to Revelation
  13. Marvel Adventures: The Avengers #20
  14. The Monster of Lake Lobo
  15. Night of the Homework Zombies
  16. The Picture of Dorian Gray #1 (of 8)
  17. PS 238 Vol. 1-3
  18. Ridge Riders: Snow Bored
  19. Thor #1 & #5
  20. Tiger Moth Insect Ninja
  21. The Time Machine
  22. Wonder Girl #3 - #5 (of 6)

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