John Iona created this guide for staff at his school using Issuu, which can then be embedded in his VLE. What an amazing way to promote the library – I am off to create my own now!
The noted comic artist (Beano and Dr Who Adventures amongst other titles, and gifted Falsetto Socks Company creator) Kev Sutherland was the keynote speaker at the Stan Lee Excelsior Awards. This is what he had to say:
‘I was honoured and delighted to be part of the Stan Lee Excelsior Awards in Sheffield yesterday.
Organised by Paul Register, the Learning Resource Centre Manager (that’s Librarian in old money) at Ecclesfield School, this splendid award involved a number of local schools (10 I believe, Paul will correct me), whose pupils were given the opportunity to read, review and vote on a shortlist of 8 graphic novels and their votes would find a winner. A few hundred pupils, drawn from each of the participating schools, were in attendance at the presentation.
I did my small Comic Art Masterclass keynote speech, which kept them entertained for half an hour, then we had a presentation from the most marvellous special guest – Theodore “Ted” Adams from the Stan Lee Foundation, who had come all the way over from the States just to be here and give Stan’s seal of approval to the event. We watched some highly entertaining video by and about Stan, and the whole hall posed for a video clip of us shouting “Excelsior” which should wind up on Stan’s website.
Then the awards were presented. In 3rd place was the manga version of Twilight, in 2nd place was Bryan Talbot’s Grandville Mon Amour – Bryan was there to accept the award – and the winner, quite
overwhelmingly if the students’ applause was anything to go by, was Black Butler by Yana Toboso.
Bryan and Ben Heggarty, author of shortlisted title Mezolith, signed books, the guys from Sheffield Space Centre sold books, the whole event was filmed and should end up online, and I did drawings and signed comics for kids.
This was an absolutely excellent event, reaching precisely the sort of audience that I always wanted my Comic Festival events to reach. The school hall was full of kids who now read comics, some of whom did before but all of whom will do now.
Thanks Paul & congratulations.’
We have permission to print this straight from the website (in case you were wondering), which is here. Kev is an excellent visitor to have in your schools, as he will give comic masterclasses and enthuse your students, turning them on to the joy of graphic novels.
On Friday July 1st, the winners of this award, for the best graphic novel and manga books for young people, was announced. The award was the brainchild of innovative Sheffield school librarian Paul Register. Many schools took part, and the winner was Black Butler by Yana Toboso (Published by Yen Press). Second Prize went to ‘Grandville: Mon Amour’ by Bryan Talbot (Published by Jonathan Cape), and third prize went to ‘Twilight: The Graphic Novel’ by Stephanie Meyer and Young Kim (Published by Atom). There was also a special award for the school which returned the most rating forms, called the ‘True Believer Award’, and this was awarded to Fir Vale School in Sheffield. Photos and a report from the ceremony will follow on the blog later, but what a wonderful and innovative award this is – congratulations to Paul in particular, and every school which took part. If you would like your school to take place in the award next year, then you can contact Paul on this address: firstname.lastname@example.org You can also join the award’s Facebook site, and read a review on the Forbidden Planet blog.
Watch the video