Graphic Novels and Manga for Young Adults

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a comic book! – powerpoint

It’s a bird, it’s a plane!: Report on graphic novels and manga for young adults – essay

This is a presentation I gave on graphic novels and manga for young adults, and some of the issues and challenges that face any library that offers them as a part of the collection. The first link is to my powerpoint presentation, and the second link is to the accompanying essay.

Plan for Library Program

Make Your Own Pet Monster!

Corrina McGill

 Make Your Own Pet Monster is a craft program intended for children ages 9-12. Participants will use fabric scraps and buttons/beads/etc. to design and sew their own stuffed toys, which they will then be able to take home. Materials will be partially donated—local craft stores and chain craft stores such as Fabricland and Michael’s will be approached about donating fabric scraps that they are unable to sell, as well as promoting the program within their stores through use of flyers.

The goal of this program is to promote the library as a community center and encourage children in developing creativity, a love of the arts, and the practical life skill of sewing, as well as promoting the library’s collection of resources on the subject of handicrafts. The objective of the program is to hold a single three hour session during which children will design and create their own stuffed toy which they can then take home. The program will also promote recycling and repurposing of materials by using fabric scraps and other found materials. This program may help to fill in the gap left by the defunding of arts programs in schools that has been going on recently.

            This program is aimed at children aged 9-12, since they should be capable of the manual dexterity required for sewing. Since the crafting session should last at least three hours in order for there to be enough time to teach basic stitches and to design and craft the toy, it is recommended that the program be held on a weekend or else during the summer or other holiday from school. Since materials are required, registration is recommended so that there will be enough materials for everyone. However, the program should be free to all participants.

            The timeline for planning should be approximately one month. This will allow for time to approach potential businesses for sponsorship and community partners for volunteers. Local sewing groups may be an excellent source of expertise to teach the children. In addition, this could be an opportunity for a student with sewing experience to gain some volunteer hours for high school. This time will also allow for promotion of the program.


  • Basic sewing materials: needles, sewing thread, embroidery thread, fabric scissors, stuffing, paper, pens, fabric glue, glue gun, etc.
  • Anything that can be found or donated: fabric scraps, loose buttons and beads, old worn-out clothing, bits of broken jewelry or toys, anything that could be used to decorate the toys
  • Space: a room with tables and chairs
  • Display: books and other collection resources about crafts—sewing in particular, but there is no reason to limit the subjects to sewing alone. The point is to be creative!

Roald Dahl display

Dahl Display

This is a display showcasing the work of Roald Dahl that I made for class. I’ll confess, I chose the topic just so I could include the quote from “Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf”. One of my favourite versions of the story.

I’m not watching tv, I’m doing homework!

I’m not watching tv, I’m doing homework! – Corrina McGill

This is an ebook I made in Sigil consisting of original essays on science fiction and social issues. It was originally an epub, but apparently WordPress doesn’t like that format so I had to change it to pdf.

Still, it’s kinda cool to look up my own ebook on my Kobo. 🙂

Stargate: SG-1 and the Quest for the Long-Lost Library of TBN

SG1 and the Quest for the Long-Lost Library of TBN

This is an online graphic novel project we had to do for school. It was actually kinda fun, especially when I was taking pictures of my action figures out in the garden and all of my elderly neighbours out for their evening walks were stopping to stare at the grown woman playing with toys in the dirt.

Review #2: The Neverending Story by Michael Ende

Ende, Michael. The Neverending Story. Translated by Ralph Manheim. Puffin Books,
1997. 445 p. $11.99. ISBN 0140386335.

VOYA review code 4P. Highly recommended.

Bastian Balthazar Bux loves to read, but he
knows that stories are only stories, and eventually the story ends and he has
to go back to a reality filled with bullying classmates and a grieving father. Then
one day he finds a book called The Neverending
, about a magical land called Fantastica, and Atreyu the warrior, and
Falkor the luckdragon, and the Childlike Empress, and the Nothing that
threatens them all. Bastian learns that sometimes a story isn’t just a story,
and sometimes a story isn’t safe, and sometimes a little boy is needed to save
the world.

Michael Ende crafts a beautiful tale that
will appeal to anyone who has ever gotten lost inside a book. Bastian is a
character who initially hides from his life in his books, but gradually begins
to find himself and who he wants to be, and to integrate his self from
Fantastica with his self from his real life. This book is recommended for
practiced readers, particularly those who enjoy fantasy and the invented words
common to the genre. Even though the original novel was published in German in
1979, the timeless feeling of the book and the lyrical translation make it
suitable for a modern audience. Ende’s commentary on how the lack of dreams and
fantasy can be highly destructive to people might be a bit complicated for
younger readers, but he makes a valiant attempt to explain it through the idea
of the Nothing, the threat to Fantastica which is the terrible void left behind
when people no longer dream. There is no graphic language or sexual content, but
there is non-graphic violence and the mention of death. This book is an
excellent answer to the accusation of hiding from reality in books—Bastian grows
and returns to his life better able to cope with his problems.

Review: Freshman by Michael Gerber

Gerber, Michael. Freshman. Hyperion, 2006. 340 p. $9.99 CND. ISBN 078683850-7.

VOYA Review Code: 4P. Recommended.

Readers can be comforted by the fact that
no matter how bad their first year at university was, it wasn’t as bad as Hart
Fox’s. He has to keep the rich, mean and stupid Burlington ‘Trip’ Darling the
Third, the Fifth, out of trouble as well as taking his tests for him; the
award-winning young editor of the school paper steals his work; his girlfriend
is a vampire who’s been an undergrad thirty-eight times; and the frat of Rich
Drunken Jerks on campus is trying to kill him. In between all of this Hart
needs to revive the old school humour newspaper and make enough money to pay
his tuition. Oh yeah, and pass all of his classes. Thank goodness for help from
his friends, as weird as they are.

From Michael Gerber, author of the Barry Trotter parodies and The Chronicles of Blarnia, contributor
to SNL, comes a story both hilarious
and relatable to anyone who has had to decipher the murky world of freshman
year at university. This book is recommended for young adult readers who enjoy
satire and an oddball sense of humour. Younger readers may not be able to
connect as deeply with the representation of university life, while people who
have previously or currently attend post-secondary education may be better able
to recognize from their own experiences majors like Study of Things, being ‘rusticated’
or exiled from campus and sent to live in town, and teachers who refuse to
acknowledge that not everyone is as passionately interested in their research
as they are. There is graphic language, limited sexuality, and violence
presented in a comical form. The numerous asides placed in footnotes are
entertaining, but the format may not appeal to all readers. This book will not
appeal to everyone, but those who like it will like it a lot.