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All Ages Comics and Manga List For 10/15/08

Lori Henderson

When I first started making this week’s list, I didn’t think there would be much to highlight.  Boy was I wrong!  There are a lot of good books coming out, including a DIY Diary of a Wimpy Kid.  IDW has more great Doctor Who titles, and a trade of Dreamland Chronicles.  Not too much on [...]

Crunching the Numbers: Round Robin Discussion

Robin Brenner

My conclusions about all of these statistics?  They reflect a lot about what libraries are buying, and therefore shed light on what is popular in libraries and what libraries may need to be hearing more about.  I asked a variety of librarians and publishers here on Good Comics for Kids to chime in with their [...]

Crunching the Numbers: Library Circulation Statistics

Robin Brenner

Given the variety of sales charts folks look at to see how graphic novels are faring, from ICv2′s rundowns of the top 50 graphic novels every month to Bookscan’s sales figures, I’ve always thought it would be interesting to see how sales statistics compare to what we use in libraries: circulation statistics.  Essentially, I ran [...]

Linkfest: Wheeling and Dealing

Brigid Alverson

 Raina Telgemeier, who illustrated the Baby-Sitters Club graphic novels, has good news and bad news for us about  Smile: A Dental Drama. The good news is that Scholastic/Graphix will be publishing it as a full-color graphic novel in 2010. The bad news is that she won’t be updating the online version any more. If a [...]

Pendragon and Korgi: A Double Dose of Reviews

Sabrina Fritz

Hi! I’m Sabrina, a young writer from the wonderful Midwest. This week, I’m reviewing two all-ages comic titles, Pendragon: Book One, and Korgi: Book One. Enjoy!! Pendragon: Book 1 (The Merchant of Death) Created by D.J. MacHale Adapted and illustrated by Carla Speed McNeil Price: US$9.99 Bobby Pendragon is a seemingly normal fourteen-year-old guy. He [...]

Cybils Nominations Ending Soon

Snow Wildsmith

Nominations for the third annual Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards (the Cybils) will be ending Wednesday, October 15th. The goal of the Cybils team (some 100 bloggers) is to highlight books that are high in both literary quality and kid appeal. The Cybils were founded by Anne Boles Levy and Kelly Herold. This [...]

Review: SUIHELIBE!, Vol. 1

Katherine Dacey

Visit the graphic novel aisle at Borders or Barnes and Noble, and you’ll realize that there are plenty of manga for teens and adults, but almost none for younger readers. The few companies licensing all-ages titles generally favor established franchises like Pokemon and Disney’s Kingdom Hearts, on the assumption that TV shows, video games, and [...]

All Ages Comics and Manga List For 10/08/08

Lori Henderson

Lots of good manga in the all ages list this week.  As well as their standards like Dragon Drive, Hikaru no Go and Eyeshield 21, Viz is introducing a title for the video game fans with Legend of Zelda.  Even through it is an older title, Link and the Legend of Zelda franchise are as [...]

Good Webcomics for Kids

Brigid Alverson

Webcomics for children: Yes, they exist, and the overall quality seems to be higher than that of webcomics for adults. For many creators, as in the adult realm, the web is a place to work out ideas and to build anticipation for print editions before anyone has to invest in paper and ink. As a [...]

Review: Simpson’s Library of Wisdom: Flanders’ Book of Faith

If you’re one of the few people who just have to know more about every citizen of Springfield, this series of books is made for you. The TV show is set to claim the record for longest running scripted TV series ever (Gunsmoke still tops it at 20 years, a landmark The Simpsons tied this [...]