Monday, August 8, 2011

Another Comic Me

When you read this, I will be in Jamaica at the International Association of School Libraries conference. Next week, I hope to relay to you some of the information I will learn from meeting school library professionals from around the globe. In the meantime, I thought you might be interested in reading and seeing another comic version of me. This one is done by a professional comic artist as an illustration to an article from This Magazine. I wish I looked as glamorous and long-legged as the comic version of me! I originally gave this interview two years ago and the writer came to visit our school's graphic novel club. I was re-contacted this past June to ensure that some of the information I gave back then was up-to-date. I am both proud and slightly embarrassed that so much of the article referred back to my interview and the school visit. It's a long article and covers a lot of ground. It's well-written too, although some information was embellished or downplayed a bit for impact. For instance, I doubt that I'm one of the few schools in Canada to have a comic club; an even better one exists at Sir Robert L. Borden Business and Technical Institute in Toronto. I also indicated that I've never really had any problems with my parents or fellow teachers except for the "all manga is porn" comment from a teacher who retired and a couple of "I wish my child didn't just take out comics"; the exceptions were mentioned prominently. Despite those slight quibbles, all those opinions expressed are mine (and do not necessarily express those of my school board). Let's hope there's no negative feedback from it!

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