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Bad for You: Exposing the War on Fun! (Paperback)

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SHOULD U.S. COMICS BE BANNED?

"SATANIC" HARRY POTTER BOOKS BURNT

PLAYGROUNDS POSE THREAT TO CHILDREN

TEXT-MAD YOUTH LOSING WRITING ABILITIES

CHILD SUSPENDED FOR BRANDISHING CHICKEN

SOCIAL WEBSITES HARM CHILDREN'S BRAINS

STUDENT ARRESTED FOR "PASSING GAS" AT SCHOOL

These are all real headlines screaming about the terrible stuff that's out there . . . stuff that's supposed to be BAD FOR YOU. But, honestly—is it?!

Bad for You asks this question and many more—and not just about the things that modern parents fear like violent video games, social media, and dirty hands. Stuff in this book goes back centuries—all the way to Plato (yeah, that one) and his worries over the new "technology" of his time: the written word! Kevin C. Pyle and Scott Cunningham cleverly expose the long-standing CAMPAIGN AGAINST FUN for what it really is: a bunch of anxious adults grasping at straws, ignoring scientific data, and blindly yearning for the good old days that never were. Bad for You presents the facts, figures, and a whole lot more—in eye-grabbing graphics—to debunk these myths and give kids the power to prove there's nothing wrong with having fun . . . or with being young.

About the Author


Kevin C. Pyle is the author/illustrator of both graphic novels and non-fiction "docu-comics" on issues of social justice. In the early 90s he co-founded and edited the willfully obscure and unwieldy comic compendium "Hodags and Hodaddies." Shortly thereafter, Kevin began contributing and co-editing World War 3 Illustrated, America's longest-running radical comics anthology. Much of the work done for WW3 Illustrated was collected in his 2001 docu-comic, Lab U.S.A.: Illuminated Documents. A non-fiction comic investigation of clandestine racist and authoritarian science, Lab U.S.A. won the Silver Medal for Sequential Art from the Society of Illustrators. Kevin has done performance and installations based on the text that have been exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Mass MOCA, and numerous gallery settings. His first graphic novel, Blindspot, was published in 2007 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. It was included in the Best American Comics 2008, edited by Lynda Barry. Katman, also with Henry Holt, was published in 2009 and named a YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Great Graphic Novel for 2010. His third graphic novel, Take What You Can Carry, was published in March 2012, and he is currently working on a non-fiction docu-comic with Scott Cunningham called Bad for You, which is about the history of kid-centric moral panics in America.

Scott Cunningham has written kids’comics for DC, Archie, Nickelodeon Magazine and parodies for Mad. He is the author of Bad for You, along with Kevin C. Pyle. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife, daughter, TEN cats and one dog. He thinks he has enough pets for now.

Kevin C. Pyle is the author/illustrator of both graphic novels and non-fiction "docu-comics" on issues of social justice. In the early 90s he co-founded and edited the willfully obscure and unwieldy comic compendium "Hodags and Hodaddies." Shortly thereafter, Kevin began contributing and co-editing World War 3 Illustrated, America's longest-running radical comics anthology. Much of the work done for WW3 Illustrated was collected in his 2001 docu-comic, Lab U.S.A.: Illuminated Documents. A non-fiction comic investigation of clandestine racist and authoritarian science, Lab U.S.A. won the Silver Medal for Sequential Art from the Society of Illustrators. Kevin has done performance and installations based on the text that have been exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Mass MOCA, and numerous gallery settings. His first graphic novel, Blindspot, was published in 2007 by Henry Holt Books for Young Readers. It was included in the Best American Comics 2008, edited by Lynda Barry. Katman, also with Henry Holt, was published in 2009 and named a YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Great Graphic Novel for 2010. His third graphic novel, Take What You Can Carry, was published in March 2012, and he is currently working on a non-fiction docu-comic with Scott Cunningham called Bad for You, which is about the history of kid-centric moral panics in America.

Praise For…


“The writers clearly fall on the side of fun and make little effort to present convincing counter arguments.” —Booklist

“This book is funny, mind-boggling, entertaining, and completely educational. Make sure every teen gets a copy.” —School Library Journal

“A survey of wet-blanketry through the ages.” —Kirkus Reviews

“With this graphic novel, Kevin Pyle has eloquently mapped out the line between youth and adulthood. He captures pivotal moments of transformation through pitch-perfect dialogue and surprising graphic inventions. Blindspot is everything that is great and unique about this art form.” —Peter Kuper, author/artist of Sticks and Stones on Blindspot

“This perfectly captures a shining moment of boyhood.” —Booklist on Blindspot

“Pyle uses the graphic novel format to powerful effect. . . .This is a very smart and humane graphic novel that . . . resonates with a broad emotional range.” —Publishers Weekly on Blindspot



Product Details
ISBN: 9780805092899
ISBN-10: 0805092897
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. BYR Paperbacks
Publication Date: January 7th, 2014
Pages: 192
Language: English