01.26.07

YALSA's 2007 Great Graphic Novels for Teens has been announced. And to my excitement, EMILY EDISON is on that final list.

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), the fastest growing division of the American Library Association (ALA), has announced its 2007 recommended list of Great Graphic Novels for Teens. The list, to be prepared annually, was released for the first time during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington, held January 19-23, 2007.

In beautiful downtown Seattle the 11-member committee worked hard to narrow its 141 official nominations down to the final list of 67 excellent adult and young adult graphic novel titles. The books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and reading appeal for teens.

The inaugural committee was dedicated to making a strong list that showcases a wide range of quality materials. The list includes everything from serious non-fiction to high fantasy, romantic manga to superhero parodies.

Committee chair, Dawn Rutherford, noted "We are very proud of how this list came together. This is an exciting time for graphic novel publishing and it is wonderful to be a part of the first ALA division to recognize this growing field of literature."

It's a real honor to be included on the list, and especially with another Viper book, MIDDLEMAN by Javi and Les. I love libraries. I love the idea that any kid could walk into a library; and regardless of how much money is in his or her pocket, they could pick up EMILY EDISON, read it, and enjoy it. Brock and I created a hero/adventure story that would be fun and exciting for all-ages. YASLA's recognition our efforts (and by way of commitee too!) is very, very encouraging.

In other good news, KARMA INCORPORATED (2nd series) will be featured in this year's Viper Comics Presents for Free Comic Book Day, as mentioned at Newsarama.

VIPER COMICS PRESENTS: JOSH HOWARD'S SASQUATCH AND MORE-FCBD EDITION
Nowadays getting something for nothing is harder than ever, but apparently Viper Comics doesn't believe so! Enjoy a sneak-peak of upcoming Viper hits in their Free Comic Book Day exclusive, including Josh Howard Presents: Sasquatch, The Underworld Railroad, Oddly Normal Vol. 2, Karma Inc. Vol. 2, The Middleman Vol. 3, and future excerpts of the Dead@17 ongoing series... all for the low price of NOTHING, ZILCH, NADA!
32pgs, B&W FREE


One last thing, my friend Jeff Elden has a new blog and art site, THE MIDDLE CHILD. Great stuff, so check it out!