Martha Cornog

About Martha Cornog

Martha Cornog is a longtime reviewer for LJ and, with Timothy Perper, edited Graphic Novels Beyond the Basics: Insights and Issues for Libraries (Libraries Unlimited, 2009).

Q&A: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Sports Icon, Novelist, Comics Creator

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA superstar and Sherlock Holmes aficionado for most of his life, has described applying Holmes-style deduction techniques to his own game strategy. Intrigued by the notion of creating Victorian sleuthing adventures himself, he’s focused two new books on Sherlock’s older and lesser-known brother, Mycroft.

“Fire!!” Peter Bagge Takes on Zora Neale Hurston

Acclaimed for his biography Woman Rebel: The Margaret Sanger Story, Peter Bagge has taken on the author of Their Eyes Were Watching God with Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story. In an email interview, LJ asked Bagge to share insights about this remarkable woman.

Q&A: RESIST! Cartoonists Respond to the Election

After Election Day, November 8, 2016, Gabe Fowler had to do something. As owner of Brooklyn’s Desert Island comics shop and editor of the quarterly comics tabloid Smoke Signal, he decided to devote a special issue of that publication to cartoonists reacting against the forces of intolerance.

Superheroes & Heroic Struggles: 21 Graphic Novels for February, Black History Month

The remarkable life of Jamaican-born Bessie Stringfield; Okupe puts Africa on the map when it comes to superhero stories; Cyborg‘s beautiful artwork turns biometallic limbs into things of wonder; the meaning and cultural impact of cartoons by and of women of African descent

Q&A: Olivier Morel & Maël

Morel and Maël’s new graphic novel, Walking Wounded, deals with issues that rarely make the headline news…. It is about resilience, survival, about how it is possible to overcome the greatest challenges in life

Diverse Heroes, New Series: Seventeen Graphic Novels for February, Black History Month

Long live the king—the King of Wakanda! T’Challa, aka the Black Panther, will have superstar journalist and comics fan TaNehisi Coates (Between the World and Me) as writer for Marvel Comics’ new “Black Panther” series beginning in 2016.

Q&A: Kate Beaton

This month, Beaton celebrates a second collection of her educationally flavored humor with Step Aside, Pops: A Hark! A Vagrant Collection

The Eisners: Winning Cartoonists, Winning Libraries | Eisner Awards 2015

Congratulations to the winners of the 27th annual Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards and the Will Eisner Graphic Novels Grants for Libraries

21 Illustrated Books for African American History Month | Graphic Novels Short Takes

In 2014, the comics world saw a new focus on diversity. Superhero comics–wise, we now have a black/Latino Spider-Man, a black Captain America, and a black president Superman.

Graphic Novels for African American History Month

Graphic novels with a message: from John Lewis & Andrew Aydin’s March to 1970s hip-hop artists in Ed Piskor’s Hip Hop Family Tree; 18 titles that should appeal to patrons of all ages.