- Teaching the Graphic Novel - For all the bellyaching about fiction MFA programs and the question many love to ask again and again ("Can writing be taught?"), I found it interesting to think more specifically about how/if writing a graphic novel can be taught. In this great post, Alexander Chee talks about his graphic novel course at Amherst.
- Ink Plots: The Tradition of the Graphic Novel - Publisher's Weekly XYZ blog pointed me to this exhibit that celebrates the work coming out of Manhattan's School of Visual Arts. A quick scan of current and past faculty for the program demonstrates the depth of learning possible: Sal Amendola, R. O. Blechman, Sue Coe, Will Eisner, Tom Gill, Edward Gorey, Burne Hogarth, Klaus Janson, Frances Jetter, Ben Katchor, Peter Kuper, Harvey Kurtzman, Keith Mayerson, David Mazzucchelli, Jerry Moriarty, Mark Newgarden, Gary Panter, Jerry Robinson, David Sandlin, Walter Simonson and Art Spiegelman. Should be a fantastic exhibit if you're in NYC, definitely try to see this.
- Lit Graphic: The World of the Graphic Novel - A piece last week in The Morning Call pointed me to the Lit Graphic exhibit at the James A. Michener Art Museum that celebrates - you guessed it - the graphic novel.
All this graphic novel coverage got me thinking about the online search volume surrounding graphic novels - has it really increased or am I just noticing the coverage more?