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Monthly Archives: July 2014
For the six people out there wondering why we used a dot screen for the last two panels and didn’t just shade the sky a darker shade of blue… We’re not strange modern day pointillists, but slaves to the daily newspaper where comics are still black and white (and dot gray). New fangled color is for the intertubes. Everyone else gets 2-bit color.
I don’t make the rules. I just stare at them until they get bored and go watch Adventure Time.
From the August issue of SLJ:
Gr 3-7–Much like Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid” books (Abrams), comic strip creator Fry’s latest series entry brings readers a middle school student low on the totem pole, with harebrained schemes that play out through a mix of text and imagery. Lead character and narrator, Nick, also has an astronaut who often appears in his reflective comments, acting like a blend of a conscience and a parent, reminding Nick that his ideas usually look better on paper than in practice. In this installment, Nick and his best friend, Molly, both members of the school’s “Safety Squad” (part hall monitors, part crossing guards), begin to worry about him, but not because Karl owns a talking bird who wears a top hat and spends much of his time talking to sea monkeys. Instead, they worry that a “secret” group, known as MELZ (after their school’s namesake Emily Dickinson) is recruiting him and not them. Nick also worries about state testing; caring for his grandmother after she “breaks her butt” dancing with her boyfriend, the school janitor; and his maybe crush on Molly. The story is a humorous blend of outrageous and believable. The content is young and the text simple, making this most likely a better fit for upper elementary students than for middle school.–Sarah Knutson, American Canyon Middle School, CA
Check out the first four chapters of Odd Squad: King Karl by clicking on the link to the right.