Clishmaclaver – Brechin High Library Blog

April 21, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Curating diversity…

A recent School Library Journal article made Clishmaclaver pause for thought. 😉 This inspiring success story – about guiding reading via enabling technologies – really adds something to current diversity dialogues  – College Student Creates App to Lead Young People To Diverse Books … Continue reading

April 20, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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6 Gateway Comics for Noobies!

Like the idea of trying a comic but don’t know where to start with this vast, sprawling medium; full of story-arcs and mini runs? 😮 This article from Book Riot’s Booknerdlandia opens a window into some top notch, well-written – … Continue reading

April 18, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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The long read…

But Woolf’s ideal reader, who disappears as she reads and tries on alternate identities, is now under siege. Our stories are going social and, as new platform technologies remake the reading experience into something increasingly interactive, we now must ask what we’re giving up in the bargain. Continue reading

From Gotham to Glasgow…

April 17, 2017 by Miss Stewart | 2 Comments

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As previously posted, Clishmaclaver popped down to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum’s exhibition, Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics, this Easter weekend – and it was every bit as good as anticipated. 😀 More than just a breathtaking portfolio of Quitely’s amazing skill and range, and the seldom seen craft – scripts, proof sheets and original sketches – of comic-making, “The Art of Comics also shows influence and context for this genre from the historical, with the universal structure of the heroic myth and the Scottish tradition of storytelling, through to the modern, with current affairs and technological development.” – Kelvingrove AGandM.

“Frank Quitely is the alter ego of Glasgow born artist Vincent Deighan. Deighan took on the mantle of Frank Quitely in his early career to hide his identity while he drew for the Scottish publication Electric Soup. Now the name Frank Quitely is synonymous with iconic characters such as Superman, Batman and the X-Men. A world renowned artist in hot demand he’s currently finishing off the epic story Jupiter’s Legacy with fellow Scottish comic book legend, writer Mark Millar.

The exhibition at Kelvingrove will be the largest collection of his work ever displayed. You can get up close and personal with the painstaking detail in every iconic frame. There will also be original artwork from titans of the comic book industry such as Frank Millar and Neal Adams as well as an original Batman comic strip by Batman creator Bob Kane. And of course the exhibition wouldn’t be complete without including the strip that inspired it all, The Broons!” – Kelvingrove AGandM.

I just loved this exhibition! It is an absolutely mesmerising display of the development of Quitely’s unique style, curated across an array of the most famous comic book characters of all time: Batman and Robin, Superman, Judge Dredd, Wonder Woman, The X-Men, etc. It was a shock for me to discover that Quitely had even illustrated a ‘Destiny’ story for Neil Gaiman’s The Sandman: Endless Nights graphic novel, back in 2003! 😮 I read – and loved – all the Sandman comics back in the day, but that Gaiman was included in Quitely’s body of work just hadn’t clicked with me!

And, I confess I made use of the gallery’s superhero props (!) to pose for photos, but I’m definitely not sharing any of those here! 😀

Frank Quitely: The Art of Comics is on until October. If you’ve got the time and means to go see it, I highly recommend it to you. You don’t have to be a comic book aficionado to get a lot of pleasure out of viewing this exhibition – or engaging with the interactive digital displays that accompany it –  you just have to be someone who appreciates art, and storytelling. Oh, and maybe The Broons too!

Art credit: The Daily Record; The Evening Express; a mate’s camera! 😉

@Kelvin.GlasgowMuseums  @KelvingroveArt

April 10, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Sneak peak…

As per previous post, Clishmaclaver’s BOTM for April is The Hate U Give. Fancy a wee taster of what’s in store for you if you read this incredible debut by Angie Thomas? Well, you’re in luck! The lovely people at … Continue reading

April 7, 2017
by Miss Stewart
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Star in a comic!

Check out The Phoenix comic‘s amazing new competition! 😮 Create/draw a new comic character and our favourite will become the star of a brand new four part story in The Phoenix and be illustrated by the brilliant Neill Cameron! To … Continue reading

Human Rights and Children’s Books

April 7, 2017 by Miss Stewart | 0 comments

Well, this is interesting. A Short History of Human Rights and Children’s Rights popped onto my FB feed yesterday. This is the second year of the Amnesty CILIP Honour, an “extra commendation” for two books on the CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medal shortlists that best uphold, illuminate or celebrate human rights. Amnesty shadowing resources are available for all the shortlisted books, and enable readers to explore human rights issues related to the stories.

The eight decades of the CILIP Carnegie Medal have encompassed war and devastation, human upheaval and suffering. The same years have also seen great moves to make the world a better place, growing international understanding of rights, freedom and equality, and profoundly life-changing human rights laws. These values emerge in contemporary children’s books, which are often beacons of social change. Arguably the most important and least valued of all forms of literature, they influence and shape children’s attitudes to life…
              

…Chris Riddell won the CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for The Sleeper and the Spindle, including an image of a same-sex kiss that still has the power to startle us nearly half a century after the decriminalisation of homosexuality. Sarah Crossan won the CILIP Carnegie Medal for One, scrutinising the impact of the loss of the right to privacy on the story’s main characters, a few months before the draconian anti-human rights UK Investigatory Powers Act heralded one of the most sweeping surveillance laws in Europe.Carnegiegreenaway.org.uk

Read the full article or download the pdf.

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