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"From Colonial-era Georgetown through Obama-era downtown, more than three dozen cartoonists weave a richly textured tapestry of the capital." —The Washington Post

"District Comics is already one of my all-time favorite graphic novels. Whether or not you read it in 2012, or plan to read it in 2013, it will most likely end up on your "favorites" list as well." —Katie's Korner: Graphic Novel Reviews for Schools and Libraries

"District Comics ... is one of the top graphic titles of the year for use in social studies classes." —School Library Journal

Winner of the 2013 Shel Dorf's Original Graphic Novel of the Year Award

Winner of the 2012 American Graphic Design Award

BEA Editors Pick for 2012

Finalist in the Best Anthology category from The Harvey Awards

2nd Place Winner in the Graphic Novel category for the 2014 SPACE Awards

About the Author

Matt Dembicki previously edited and contributed to the Eisner-nominated and Aesop Prize-winning Trickster: Native American Tales: A Graphic Collection. He also served at the helm of District Comics: An Unconventional History of Washington, D.C., an Harvey Award-nominated anthology that was named as one of the best books of 2012 by the Washington Post.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Grade Level: 4 and up
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing; Gph edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555917518
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555917517
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Even if you typically hate history/nonfiction, give this book a chance. It's incredibly well written and illustrated. I learned a lot and enjoyed every second.
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I love this book and I love whomever came up with the idea for this collection of art and stories. It's a great way to learn a bit of history about our nation's capital while enjoying the art and storytelling that comes with it. As a resident of Washington, D.C., it is especially interesting to learn about parts of the city that I hadn't ever thought about before hearing these tales. It will defintely have me looking at some of our landmarks with a bit more appreciation. I sure hope there are more books to come in this format! I'd love to see a Presidential one!
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Washington, DC is rich with well-known tales, and some that aren't so well known. This book tends to cover those tales of our nation's capital that lean more towards the latter, though are no less significant. This is a colorful, beautifully illustrated book jam-packed with a good variety of these tales, told through the medium of comic-book-style illustration, showcasing work from artists and writers all based in the NOVA/DC region. It's a hearty, thick book with a lot of material to devour and digest, and is wisely told in a chronological order, beginning with DC's first newspaper in the late 1700's and ending with a fascinating tale regarding the design of the Metropolitan Police Department's badge around the time president Obama was first elected. In between we learn about how the Washington Nationals rode the first wave of baseball fever in the U.S., a humble, aging janitor-turned-visionary artist, the triumphant return of a pioneering punk rock band, and a locally-born panda bear who achieved celebrity status during his short stay at The National Zoo. While all of the stories vary in both length and style, there is a good overall cohesiveness and unifying flow to the book whose tales share the same unique vision of informing and entertaining readers through the vivid, classic medium that is the American comic book.
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Loved this book an odyssey that leads us through a wonderful world of imagination and history through deft hands.

Hooray for all involved!
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