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This Week’s Comics: AW YEAH Eisner Time!

Lori Henderson
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Enjoy a spring basket full of this week’s new releases! For the sports-minded, Archie Comics has a collection of stories in the Archie Comics Spectacular Sports Time trade. For a more poignant story, Disney Press has the true account of a half-American, half-Japanese boy’s experiences in the internment camps during World War II with Gaijin [...]

Fan-built Windblade storms the Transformers Universe

Lori Henderson
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This week, a new Transformer is joining the IDW comics universe as well as the Hasbro toy line. Windblade is a character that was created by fans on the Hasbro website, the first Fan-Built-Bot and created a bit of stir because of her gender. That’s right, Windblade is female, and she is joining the predominately [...]

2014 Eisner nominations include categories for kids

Michael May
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Yesterday, Comic-Con International announced the nominations for the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. The nominees – chosen by judges Kathy Bottarini, William H. Foster, Christian Lipski, Lee Oeth, Jenny Robb, and James Romberger – cover a wide range of genres and interests, including three categories focused particularly on children and teens. Best Publication for Early [...]

Preview: Ben 10 Omniverse: Parallel Paradox

Brigid Alverson
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Here’s a look at the third volume in Viz/Perfect Square’s adaptation of the Ben 10 Omniverse animated series. Ben 10 Omniverse: Parallel Paradox, sets Ben and Rook up against someone from their past “whose very existence could mean the end of the world as we know it.” The story, written by Joel Enos and drawn [...]

Review: ‘Batter Up, Charlie Brown!’

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Batter Up, Charlie Brown! By Charles M. Schulz Fantagraphics; $9.99 As an athlete, Charlie Brown may be best known for never being able to connect with the football that Lucy always snatches away from him mid-kick, but football was of only one of the sports he was doomed to fail at. He didn’t have much [...]

This Week’s Comics: Rio at Dark

Lori Henderson
Lilith Dark

Get hopping with the new comics and graphic novels out this week. Marvel releases a trade of their all ages series Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., based on the TV series. Papercutz lets loose with new volumes of Annoying Orange and Disney Fairies, and just for gamers, Scholastic has a handbook for the video [...]

Interview: James Kochalka on the Glorkian Warrior—and more

Brigid Alverson
Kochalka at MoCCA

James Kochalka’s latest graphic novel, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza, is deceptively simple and ridiculously funny. The story of a goofy spaceman on a crazy mission (accompanied by his talking backpack), it is longer than Kochalka’s Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher graphic novels, which just allows more craziness to pile up as the story [...]

Archie dies—but only in ‘Life With Archie’

Brigid Alverson
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The Archie Comics folks have grown increasingly bold over the last few years, and yesterday they dropped the biggest bombshell of all: They are killing off their flagship character. A bit of explanation is in order here: Archie Andrews will continue to live his normal life in the regular Archie comics and digests—those will not [...]

Links: Nathan Hale, Kazu Kibuishi, and the Archie brass talk comics!

Brigid Alverson
Nathan Hale Trenches

Nathan Hale talks about the research he does for his Hazardous Tales graphic novels, which despite the humor are accurate retellings of incidents in American history. They’re not your father’s Archie Comics any more, and Archie CEO Jon Goldwater talks about the changes he has made since he started with the company in 2010, including [...]

Preview: Uglydoll: My Hero

Brigid Alverson
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Here’s a look at the latest Uglydoll graphic novel from Viz, Uglydoll: My Hero? This is the fourth in their series of whimsical graphic novels about the plush toys created by the husband-and-wife team of David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim (you can read all about it in my interview with David). The graphic novel just [...]