What is Get Graphic?
Get Graphic: The World in Words and Pictures started off as a community wide two year project designed to introduce teens, parents, librarians and teachers to the exciting and extremely popular literary format of graphic novels. The program was made possible in part by a Family Literacy Library services grant from the New York State Library, New York State Education Department. Partners of the program included Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, the Nioga Library System, UB Libraries, UB Department of Library and Information Studies, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, The Buffalo News Next Magazine, Erie I Boces School Library System, Hein Publishing, Buffalo Public Schools Library System and WBFO radio.
Today, Get Graphic is continuing to strive toward being a source of information on graphic novels and the part they can play in improving literacy. Visit this website often for up-to-date information about Get Graphic events, graphic novel news, and ideas on how to use graphic novels as a literacy tool.
I Kill Giants
Joe Kelly (Author), J. M. Ken Niimura (Illustrator)
Barbara is an angry elementary-school girl who is known as a freak and claims to be a killer of giants. She faces bullies and storms with no fear, but cannot face what she hides from at home. The story is heart wrenching and wonderful at the same time. This work is an example of why comic books are not only art, but a necessary medium to tell a full story. The art blends so well with the writing you will find yourself thinking “Did I just read a comic or a small beautiful novel ?” Truly an example of why comic books/graphic novels are great.