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christmas tara
Posted on 2008.11.18 at 09:33
Sorry for not posting last week, but I think I used up all my reserves of sociability on an interview for a TV show called The Circuit*. There's only so much an introvert can handle before she needs to crawl into her cave for awhile, y'know? ;-) I'll try to be better next week!

So, in case you missed it, there was a new Galaxion page last week, and there's also a new Galaxion page this week!




And on the topic of getting my introverted little self out into public, I also made an appearance at the Guildwood Library (our local branch of the Toronto Public Library system), talking to 5th and 6th graders about making comics!



Guildwood is a small branch, and there were about 60 kids who came out from a nearby Elementary school, so they really had to sit tightly packed. Considering they had to sit so uncomfortably for an hour, they were extremely well-behaved! And they had lots of questions, mostly about working for the big comic companies, which of course I have no experience with. Yeah, I remember when I thought comic creators were swimming in fame and fortune, too! But what impressed me most about these kids was how many raised their hands when I asked them if they'd ever read a comic. I know I wouldn't have gotten that many positive responses ten years ago! I know we always hear about how the comic market is slowly growing and reaching a younger audience, but for me, that is proof. And I strongly believe it is the teachers and librarians, and their ever-increasing willingness to put comics in front of kids, who we must thank for this. So: thank you!




*OK, you wanted to know about this TV thing. If you happen to get the cable channel SPACE: The Imagination Station, and I suspect you have to be in Canada to get it, you can tune in to their weekly sci-fi/media/games news show called The Circuit. I am told that this Friday's episode, 7:30pm EST, will have the segment about ebooks, which I was asked to speak about. No, I don't own a Kindle ('cause I'm in Canada), or any other sort of ebook reader, but I was asked for my opinion anyway. The interview was filmed on location at the Silver Snail. I don't know if I'll be able to work up the nerve to watch it (though I'd have to go over to a friend's house to do it, since we only get "basic" cable), because I expect I will look and sound like a doofus. :-P


Comments:


Stormsdotter
stormsdotter at 2008-11-18 15:41 (UTC) (Link)
My dad handed me my first comic (ElfQuest) when I was 8, but it took me until college to find others I enjoyed, and I now read many comics and webcomics. I think a lot of this is due from comics changing from being all superhero-action with little to no plot to a storytelling style which incorporates images as well as words. It also helps that comics are now accepted as something that both boys and girls can enjoy, and the idea of "Comics are just for kids" is fading.

Heh. And I'm far enough out of school that this sounds like a fascinating paper topic (or three.)
ttallan
ttallan at 2008-11-18 22:30 (UTC) (Link)
I think for a long while there, comics that weren't superhero fare just weren't readily available. When I was a kid you used to be able to pick up a variety of comic books at the corner store. Not so much in the '90s, so most kids didn't get exposed to comics. Now that comics, in book form, are in bookstores and libraries all over the place, kids (of all ages) can enjoy this entertainment again. And so much more to choose from! Yay!
jimsupreme
jimsupreme at 2008-11-18 15:51 (UTC) (Link)
hey Tara, would you like me to record your segment? I can do so and send it to you in mpeg or, on a DVD
ttallan
ttallan at 2008-11-18 22:32 (UTC) (Link)
Oh hey, thanks for the offer, that's very nice of you! But the producer promised to send me a DVD copy of the show, so I'll get to see it. Eventually. If I can open my eyes long enough. You know. :-S
vonandmoggy
vonandmoggy at 2008-11-19 01:31 (UTC) (Link)
Getting kids to read comics is a very nifty goal. It's partially why Moggy and I give out comics at Halloween (along with candy). My only complaint is I need to find a better way to find age appropriate comics that are very cheap. Haven't quite solved that!

I've given a few talks at high schools and I find the Q&A part a little lacking - it's more me yabbering on for an hour and who wants that? I think the younger kids might be more fired up about comics where the older ones are a little more jaded. Or just have more divergent interests. Or something. I haven't figured it out yet.

Yay for TV! nnd I'm sure you did a bang-up job, too! I haven't actually watched The Circuit yet, so giving it a try with a segment with you sounds like a good introduction. I have to admit that I actually don't watch Space nearly as much as I used to (for a variety of reasons). But I'm curious: is this a show done by Mark Askwith? Or is someone else creating it?

Von
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