In celebration of the 97th annual Children's Book Week (May 2-8, 2016), Macmillan Children's Publishing Group is running an all-star kids comics blog tour, featuring interviews by John Patrick Green and beloved comics creators. The series launches today with acclaimed graphic novelist and current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang over at Forever YA!In the first post, Green chats with fellow graphic novelist Yang about his favorite books and the appeal of the comics medium for young readers:
Stay tuned for more great interviews every day this Children’s Book Week!
When it comes to education, the comics medium has a number of strengths. I’ll give you just two. First, the comics medium is visual. Our students are immersed in visual media. They’re used to visual information. Comic books speak their language…Second, unlike other visual storytelling media like animation and film, the comics medium is permanent…By ‘permanent’ I mean that in comics, past, present, and future all sit side by side on the same page. Because of this, the reader can read as quickly or as slowly as she wants. (Forever YA)