Library Media Connection on Networked and Dungeon +more

“Recommended. Teens will devour the action, suspense, and drama. The illustrations are amazing and add to the thrill of this graphic novel.”

So says Library Media Connection of Networked. They also say of Dungeon, Twilight vol.3:

“The artwork is lively, exciting, and full of details.”

“The mix of comedy and drama is welcome and feels truer to life than books that are one or the other. The artwork may be simplified but detailed enough to give us a strong sense of time and place.”

ComicMix on Salvatore

Miami Herald on Networked

“This cautionary tale for teens and others about the dark side of social networking and privacy is a bit over the top, but why not? What was once science fiction is now part of everyday life, and veteran comics creators Jones and Badger do a masterful job of keeping things light and frothily entertaining on the surface, despite the foreboding and seriousness of their message.”

Richard Pachter, The Miami Herald  On Networked, Carabella on the Run

Salvatore, Dungeon reviews & more

On Salvatore:

“It’s fairly rare to find a book that effectively balances comedy and tragedy, but De Crecy’s peculiar gift is to find pathos through absurdity, which to my fairly well-seasoned eye comes off as unique. Comes with a high recommendation for the curious and the adventurous.”

FA- the comiczine

“This is clearly not a fuzzy bunny story…
Dungeon regulars — or readers like myself who’ve been working to catch up — will find it a fascinating, if not always pleasant, expansion of Sfar and Trondheim’s rich graphic novel fantasy world.”
Bill Sherman, Blogcritics reposted on The Seattle Post-Intellligencer site, on the latest Dungeon Monsters 3;
And many reviews echo this… this volume is probably the darkest of ’em all…
“Plenty of fun action and pop-culture references. This book may be useful in classroom situations, especially when discussing online privacy issues and how much personal information is available, whether one wants it to be or not.”
Voice Of Youth Advocates

Library Journal on Networked

“This fast-paced, engrossing read should appeal to teens and up while pushing them to grasp ominous possibilities associated with social networking, cellphones and such. Carabella is such an engaging action herione that she holds interest and empathy. With loose, enthusiastic color art.”

So says Library Journal about Networked.

Booklist on Networked & more

“This cautionary tale outstrips simple purposefulness to provide a rip-roaring good story. Without resorting to didacticism or slowing the action, each character provides a point of view that requires careful reader evaluation to weigh the thoughtful mix of fact and opinion. This package offers much for casual readers as well as book groups and curriculum designers.”

Booklist about Networked.

And Blogcritics has this to say about it:

“In the world of Networked, the enemy of personal freedom is less our government and more avaricious moneymen (in collusion with the gummint, of course) looking for ways to mold a compliant consumer class. In its way, this book reads like a lighter updating of seventies era paranoid movie thrillers like The Conversation. Some story conflicts never lose their relevance — unfortunately.”

Alternative Views on ‘Networked’

From ComicMix, picked up by the big site IMDb:

Privacy Activism is a non-profit company designed to make people aware and give them knowledge and tools to determine how much they want to share or to protect. To educate the younger masses, they created Carabella, a hip, blue-skinned college-aged woman and have used her in several outreach programs. For her third appearance, she has been turned over to master graphic novelists, Gerard Jones and Mark Badger, for Networked: Carabella on the Run.

There are some strong messages here and plenty of food for thought. Presenting this information embedded within an entertaining graphic novel was a great approach. With luck, we’ll be seeing Carabella again.”School Library Journal was not so complimentary, calling it possibly heavy-handed but did allow: “For classes that are exploring the topic of privacy, Carabella and her college-age buddies can offer students a valuable lesson. A Teachers’ Guide is offered at PrivacyActivism to assist.”

Making Comics with Gerard Jones

Creating comics as everyone knows, is the integration of words and pictures. The craft of putting words and pictures on the page to tell a story sometimes takes more then one person. Of course comics grow out of the sweatshops of the lower East Side and the factory mentality so no one person is responsible for the ongoing flow of comics you usually see.  In the corporate “comics biz” writers dominate, mainly because they can edit and write since neither involves much time. It takes time to draw a page and artists are usually looked on as dumb laborers.

But that’s the jaded old person view of comics, when I was young and naive and starting out in 1985., I thought making comics was more like this-

jackStan

This is a back up story from Fantastic Four Annual 5 by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. I must have been about ten when I read this in color. It’s probably when I decided to grow up and draw funny books for a living. This really wasn’t far off from the games and stories my friends and I made up on our porches in Cleveland Heights.

I was introduced to Gerard Jones over the phone, that pre-internet mode of communication. He had made a name for himself by making fun of fanboys and the biz in a print magazine, another ancient mode of communication. We talked plot a little bit, and then some football, then some politics, a little jazz, a little more jazz, even modern art . When we started about doing comics with Paul Klee imagery and superheroes,  I think I had finally found someone who had the right ideas about comics.

We didn’t smoke cigars or fight with swords, but coffee and plotting and talking was the bond. So for the pleasure of working together, the careful thinking he’s revealed in his actual books,  Men of Tomorrow and Killing Monsters he really was the first guy I thought of when it came to creating a graphic novel for Privacy Activism. Because I knew that it was a weird project and it was going to be lots of coffee to clarify it so we started drinking and talking and processing; what is privacy?