Just a quick potpourri here to let everyone know what I'm up to; I'm really heartened by all the graphic novel and film folks here -- as well as all the great resources that Ryan and others keep posting.
1. First, I have a new piece in Screen Education magazine that's for primary and middle level educators: "Using Genre as a Springboard: A New Approach to Critical Analysis." If you're unfamiliar with this magazine, it's absolutely amazing -- wish we had something like it in the U.S. (http://www.metromagazine.com.au/screen_ed/). Many thanks to Frank Baker, who has also written for SE, for really bringing this resource to my attention.
2. New York Comic Con... wow, really surprised me how many people showed up to hear about a critical approach to studying superheroes across media -- and was so happy to let many of these folks know about media literacy education for what was clearly the first time. Kind of strange and subversive to run this workshop at Comic Con, a fact that School Library Journal has commented on, but I am very grateful for the opportunity. I wish that NAMLE and other organizations actually had more of a presence at, or made in-roads into, the actual pop culture world like this, but they do not seem that interested in the possibilities. Or am I wrong about this... or just foolishly generalizing? Let me know.
Anyway, I'm hoping to bring part of this presentation to the NCTE media gallery with Katie Monnin, and look forward to getting more feedback there from those who work in this area.
3. I'm also putting together both an educator workshop and a live Readers' Theatre for Kids Comic Con in April featuring the work of one of my favorite clients, Toon Books. So if any of you are at all near the New York area, please consider coming by and supporting this event -- admission is only $5. More info here: http://www.kidscomiccon.com/
4. Soon after, in early May, I'll be speaking on graphic novels to the joint annual conference of the Massachusetts Library and School Library Association. So if you're based in MA, please let me know. My talk here is of the most general kind -- on all of the educational goals that can be accomplished with graphica. (I know, good luck covering this in about an hour.)
All right, that's all for now. I post this sort of stuff partly for self-promotion and to share ideas/events/venues with folks, but also largely out of the hope that I can actually meet some of the interesting people in this Ning face to face at some point, not just online.