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Marvel and Scholastic Team Up for Stories Aimed at Young Readers


Marvel and Scholastic have announced a multi-year deal to introduce new original stories featuring Marvel’s most iconic Super Heroes to young readers around the world. With a shared commitment to representing all types of characters and stories, Marvel and Scholastic will work together to craft exciting, relatable stories with characters who resonate with the millions of kids Scholastic reaches.

Starting in 2020, Scholastic will publish two new Marvel prose middle-grade novels, kicking off with Shuri: A Black Panther Novel, written by New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone, followed by an original middle-grade series, Avengers Assembly, by Preeti Chhibber.

More information will be released in the coming weeks.

Review: Drawing From Memory

Drawing From Memory

When it comes to Prince, no one could deny his genius. His early demise made many music fans truly appreciate just how skilled he was, and how underrated he was as a guitarist. He was one of the main architects of the “Minneapolis sound”.

His magnetism was further amplified in the semi-autobiographic Purple Rain. It was a movie that is known as much for its theatrics as is it is for its music. The struggle between him and his father was probably one of the few times a novice actor pulled off a believable portrayal. Some of it he actually drew from in his personal life. His father was a musician and a major influence on his life but never was a mentor. In Allen Say’s Drawing From Memory, we find a creator who is reexamining his life through his relationships with his father and his mentor.

We meet the author as we find about his upbringing in Yokohama, Japan, near a fishing village, where the sea called for most, but not him. As his attraction to drawings, specifically comic books, that grabbed on to him, and before his family knew it, he was drawing everything and everywhere. Then in 1941, World War II broke out and everyone around him were affected, as his family left the area, as bombs started to fall on their city. Four years later the war was over, American allied forces occupied the country and his family moved to Sasebo, where his father found work and the first teacher to see his talent, Mrs. Morita, encouraged his work. After they moved, his parents would get divorced, and he would live with his grandmother until his family saw he can live on his own, where they rented him his own apartment. Soon his work would catch the attention of Noro Shinpei, one of the famous cartoonists in Japan at the time. He would move to Tokyo and learn under Shinpei, where he drew every day and everything he saw, as he would learn to draw in every style imaginable. By book’s end, his father and his new family would move to America, taking Allen with them, and leaving behind everything he knew and loved.

Overall, a beautiful coming of age story showing how cartoonists actually learn their craft. The story by Say is heartbreaking, true to life, and powerful. The art by Say is gorgeous. Altogether, a heart rendering story of love through art and the sacrifices most readers never get to see from their favorite creators.

Story: Allen Say Art: Allen Say
Story: 9.0 Art: 9.0 Overall: 9.0 Recommendation: Buy

RWBY Gets an YA Series from Rooster Teeth and Scholastic

Rooster Teeth has announced a RWBY YA series published by Scholastic. Featuring brand new RWBY content in the form of original novels, the first book in the series, After the Fall will be available in 2019. The series will be written by award-winning author E.C. Myers with consulting writing from RWBY head writers Kerry Shawcross and Miles Luna.

After Beacon Academy fell, Coco, Fox, Velvet, and Yatsuhashi made a vow: No one else is getting left behind. It’s been more than a year since Team CFVY saw their school destroyed by the Creatures of Grimm, their friends felled in battle or scattered across the world of Remnant. Since then, they’ve been settling into life at Shade Academy in Vacuo, fighting hard to finish their training so they can reunite with their friends and save their world.

When a distress message comes into Shade, asking for huntsmen and huntresses to defend refugees from a never-ending stream of Grimm, Team CFVY answers the call without hesitation. But in the heat of the desert, they’re forced to relive their former battles, both from the Fall of Beacon and from everything that came before.

RWBY is the first western-style anime to be distributed in Japan and is produced by Rooster Teeth in Austin, Texas.

Review: NewsPrints

As technology progresses, increasingly science fiction is now becoming science reality. I remember watching Back to The Future II back in the day, and hearing on the news that director was saying in an interview, that hoverboards were real. To any 13-year-old who had watched the movie, the fact that this existed, was a delight to hear. Unfortunately, as I have found a weeks later and a myth is still being debunked, Robert Zemeckis, was playing the media outlets as a cross promotion for the movies.

Also, as we know now, we are closer to that technology now more than ever, as a number of hoverboard prototypes have popped all over the world. This brings me to artificial intelligence, which has been portrayed in several books/comics/tv shows and movies, as something to be feared. The truth is, that the technology exists but not to the hyperreality that has been shown, but at a macro level. The most sinister example, is in Ex-Machina, where the AI realizes the exactly what type of demoralized acts has been enacted upon the its physical body, and exacts revenge. This brings me to Ru Xu’s Newsprints, which is the total opposite of this last example and the general attitude towards artificial intelligence, in a steampunk setting.

In the opening pages, we meet Blue, an orphan who works as Newsie, and is secretly a girl, living a small town, Nautilene, which is heavily affected by the war. This way of living would crush lesser characters, but Blue strives, in it, as she loves her life and loves working for the newspaper, which gives the reader the unfiltered truth. Her whole life changes, when she meets Crow, a recluse who also lives on the streets, but who is hiding a secret, that the war barons who run the city would love to get their hands on. By books end, not everyone gets a happy ending, much like life, but as with all things, one of the characters gets to live life on their own terms.

Overall, an excellent debut by a creator that the world will soon celebrate as her genius is brimming all throughout this book. The story by Ru Xu is balanced with heart, humor, and melodrama. The art by Ru Xu feels like a matte painting, just beautiful. Altogether, a book that will take you on a whirlwind adventure in a city that feels so familiar yet new.

Story: Ru Xu Art: Ru Xu
Story: 10 Art: 10 Overall: 10 Recommendation: Buy

Princess Princess Ever After Rushed Back to Print and Licensed by Scholastic

Oni Press has announced that Princess Princess Ever After by Katie O’Neill has been licensed by Scholastic for their Reading Club program. Scholastic’s value-priced club edition will be distributed in paperback format to exclusive Scholastic book clubs and to non-exclusive fairs and schools.

The critically-acclaimed Princess Princess Ever After, released on September 7, immediately sold out of its initial print run and has been fast-tracked for a second printing, which will hit store shelves on December 7, 2016.


Scholastic Fosters the Next Generation of Great Comic Artists

Courtesy of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers

Courtesy of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers

Scholastic and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers are calling for submissions for the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The contest is open to students in grades 7-12 to submit original artwork and writing.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens. Through it, it has helped promising young artists and writers to pursue a variety of creative career paths and endeavors. In 2015, over 300,000 works were submitted, with more than 1,900 public, private and home-schooled students receiving national recognition. Each year, exhibition, publication and scholarship opportunities are made available to students honored through the program for their creative work in 29 categories, with opportunities expanding each year.

New Scholarship Opportunities for the 2016 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:

  • A special Editorial Cartoon category sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation to promote awareness of the editorial cartoon medium and provide three young artists with $1,000 scholarships for their outstanding work;
  • The Neiman Marcus Fashion Award and The Neiman Marcus Jewelry Award to provide one artist in each category with $1,000 scholarships; and
  • The RBC Flaunt It Award to provide two $1,000 scholarships to students whose work showcases and celebrates individual differences.

How to Enter the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:

  • Students in grades 7–12 in the U.S. and its territories, as well as American schools abroad, are invited to submit creative and original work to any of the Awards’ 29 art and writing categories, including architecture, photography, flash fiction, poetry, painting, video game design and more.
  • All works are evaluated through a series of blind adjudication, first on a regional level by more than 100 local affiliates of the Alliance and then nationally by an impressive panel of creative-industry experts. This past year’s group of distinguished jurors included artist Andres Serrano, poet Nikki Giovanni, Warhol Museum Director Eric Shiner, artist Wangechi Mutu and comic artist Dash Shaw.
  • At each level of judging, all works are selected to move on to the next stage based on the same three criteria that have represented the program since its founding in 1923: originality, technical skill, and emergence of personal vision or voice.
  • Students who submit their original work to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards walk in the footsteps of notable Awards alumni including Andy Warhol, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Stephen King, Richard Linklater, Zac Posen and Lena Dunham.
  • Deadlines for submission vary by region throughout the winter months, with National Medalists announced in March 2016. Void where prohibited or restricted. More information is available online.

Exhibition, Publication, and Scholarship Opportunities, and More: 

  • Across the country, regional Gold Key, Silver Key, Honorable Mention, and American Visions & Voices Nomination recipients are honored locally through community ceremonies and exhibitions.
  • On the national level, 16 high school seniors are annually awarded the Portfolio Gold Medal—the program’s highest honor—accompanied by a $10,000 scholarship.
  • Additional cash awards are available for both students and teachers through the Alliance’s Sponsored Awards, and academic scholarships are available to National Medalist seniors through partnerships with various schools and universities.
  • Selected 2015 National Medalists’ works will be highlighted in the Art.Write.Now.Tour, a traveling exhibition publicly displaying stunning examples of teen-produced art and writing. The 2015–16 Tour will make stops in St. Petersburg, FL; Indianapolis, IN; Vermillion, SD; and Las Vegas, NV.
  • National Medal recipients in writing may have their work published in The Best Teen Writing, an anthology showcasing the stories, essays and poetry of teen authors.
  • In June 2016, students who receive National Gold Medals along with their families, teachers and celebrities, will congregate at the world-famous Carnegie Hall in New York City for a celebration of their artistic and literary accomplishments.
  • The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partner annually to select five poetry ambassadors for the National Student Poets Program. Open exclusively to National Medalists in Poetry through the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in grades 10–11, these students serve for one full year, each representing a different geographic region of the country.

Sponsors who provide funds to support and produce all the program, including the Awards include Scholastic Inc., The Maurice R. Robinson Fund, Command Web Offset Co., The New York Times, Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP, The Herb Block Foundation, The National Endowment for the Arts, Blick Art Materials & Utrecht Art Supplies, The Gedenk Movement, RBC Capital Markets, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Neiman Marcus, Golden Artist Colors, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, numerous other individual, foundation, and corporate funders; and, for the National Student Poets Program, the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

Small Press Expo 2014: Lynda Barry, Raina Telgemeier and Charles Burns Lead Authors Debuting Books

spx-logo-240This year marks the 20th Anniversary of SPX, which will be held September 13 and 14, 2014 at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. SPX is honored that over 150 different graphic novels and comics will be making their publishing debut at this years show to start off the Fall book buying season. A complete list of debuts, including cover images and publishing information, can be found on the SPX web site.

Here are some highlights of the new releases and their creators that will be at SPX 2014:

Syllabus: Notes From An Accidental Professor is the latest from Lynda Barry and Drawn and Quarterly that reveals how Ms. Barry teaches the world of writing and comics in her own creative and humorous way.

Raina Telgemeier follows up the her best selling books Smile and Drama with the autobiographical Sisters from Scholastic/Graphix, explaining the long and complex relationship she has with her younger sibling.

Charles Burns Sugar Skull from Pantheon completes the nightmarish dream world trilogy that began with X’ed Out and continued in The Hive.

Ben Hatke’s heroine Zita returns in returns in Legends of  Zita the Space Girl from First Second.

Through the Woods is Emily Carroll’s first print book that collects her award winning web comics.

Roman Muradov’s (In a Sense) Lost and Found, published by Nobrow, is the first full length graphic novel from this Society of Illustrators Gold Medal winner.

Drew Friedman turns his caricaturing genius to the great comic book creators in the Fantagraphics release, Heroes of the Comics: Portraits of the Legends of Comic Books.

Michael DeForge debuts Lose #6, the latest installment of his award winning comic from Koyama Press.

Invincible Days is a collection of short stories by Patrick Atangan released by NBM.

Scholastic Releases Comic Art Highlighting the Next Generation of Writers and Illustrators

Comic_cover-page-001-193x300This November, Scholastic released Comic Art, a collection of Award-winning comic artwork from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. The booklet features a foreword by renowned comic book writer Stan Lee, Q&A with cartoonist Ellen Forney and stunning comics illustrated by students from across the nation.

The Awards, presented by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Writers & Artists, is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition initiative for creative teens. Thea program encourages and awards young aspiring comic artists.

Comic Art is a great way to connect with the next generation of talented writers and illustrators.  The comic art featured in the booklet explore themes of friendship, finding oneself, exploring the world and bullying, amongst others and is available online at artandwriting.org.

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards call for submissions is now open for the 2014 edition! You can find the full details about how you can submit material here. Any public, private, parochial or home-school student in grades 7 – 12 in the U.S., Canada or an American school abroad may participate in the Awards.

President-in-Geek Obama Mentions His Love of Comics and Spider-Man on Video

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In preparation for the return to school, Scholastic had student journalists interview President Obama about topics like his reading habits growing up and  the 9-11 attacks.

Below is the video excerpt where he admits (though it comes of shamefully) he read comic books growing up, and his specifically Spider-Man.

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I think I was getting into, like The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and stuff like that. And I confess that I did read comic books as well, like Spiderman was one of my favorites. And then I read what I was assigned at school.
….But by the time maybe I was Malia’s age, I was starting to read more serious books like, To Kill a Mockingbird, or some of the things that I see her reading now that made you think a little bit more. They weren’t just kind of adventure stories, but they were also stories that taught me about social problems and taught me about how people interact with each other, and how some people are kind and some people are cruel. And history sweeps them along, and people have a lot of challenges in their lives.