Fighting Censorship: Guidelines for Libraries
After learning that an adult graphic novel was removed from the shelves of a California public library because it was deemed inappropriate for children, three national organizations are teamed up to create guidelines for librarians on handling the increasing number of graphic novels aimed at an adult audience. The National Coalition Against Censorship has joined with the American Library Association and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund to create these guidelines.Read the whole article here
Give Up! (at least for the moment)
In his latest Podcast (lucky 13) Young Adult Novelest Arthur Slade enourages would be writers not to be afraid to give up and start over or to change the direction of thier story
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Manga for the Masses
In the latest Publishers Weekly interview Stuart Levy the CEO of Tokyopop discusses the impact of manga on the American comics market.
SAN DIEGO — The Continuum continues its series of interview with the voice cast of Kids’ WB!’s Legion of Super-Heroes with Shawn Harrison, who plays Timber Wolf. You may remember Shawn as Waldo Renaldo Faldo on the long running comedy Family Matters.
The Continuum: Describe your take on your character.
Harrison: My character is Timber Wolf. And for those of you who don’t know, I have a lot of wolf-like characteristics. My father experimented on me and sort of created this ultimate machine that I ended up being.
The Continuum: You have an episode basically devoted to you?
Harrison: It’s all about the discovery of who I am and how I am introduced to the Legionnaires. And then I become part of the Legion.
The Continuum: What’s your approach to his voice?
Harrison: Whenever, I do a character, I look at the graphics first and try to visualize what I think that person sounds like. And then I’ll start to play with certain timbres and tones in my voice to try to effect the voice. With him, I knew I wanted to go with something very understated and very dark – and sort of mysterious.
The Continuum: Are you enjoying the character?
Harrison: It’s a lot of fun. This is the first animated show that I’ve ever done, so this was a whole new world for me. I remember going to auditions and I was really nervous. I don’t know if you’ve ever been in the position where you think you’re going to be found to be a fraud, but that’s how I felt at auditions. “They’re going to find out I really don’t know how to do this. Oh God, oh God…”
The Continuum: Those voice recording sessions can be a lot of work.
Harrison: Right. It’s hard, but it’s also fun because we all record at the same time. We have a lot of banter going on and cracking jokes and stuff like that. So it’s fun.
The Continuum: Do you prepare for the sessions?
Harrison: You work on your material before your session. Mentally, you know what place you have to be in.