Archive for January, 2014

MARCH receives Coretta Scott King Honor

The American Library Association announced today that our next title, John Lewis’s March: Book One, is one of three Coretta Scott King Book Award’s “Honor Books” for writing. The award is given to African American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. The winner this year is Rita Williams-Garcia’s P.S. Be ElevenAlong with March, Walter Dean Myers’ Darius and Twig and Nikki Grimes’s Words With Wings also received honors.  Myers, Williams-Garcia and Grimes are all highly acclaimed writers, so this nomination not only speaks highly of March, but to the depth of quality work produced by African American authors for young adults.

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NEXT MEETING: MARCH on FEBRUARY 7th

New Year means New Meeting!

Our next meeting will be on February 7th; the exact time has yet to be determined, but will likely be later in the afternoon (4:00). Please let me know if this time is generally convenient.

We will be reading John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell’s March. In addition to the slim(ish) volume, we will read and discuss Sheena C. Howard and Ronald Johnson II’s introduction to Black Comics: Politics of Race and Representation (the whole book is available through the UO library and Summit, but we will be providing a PDF through the email list later this week).

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Return from the Dead!

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Forgive our inexcusably long hiatus (attempted excuses: comprehensive exams, prospectuses, the terror of starting our dissertations). We’re back, and dedicated to being better bloggers. Call it a New Year’s resolution.

Despite the absence here, Comics Studies at the University of Oregon has been growing exponentially. In the past two years:

I hope this gives us a little leeway. Here’s to 2014!