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The best kid-friendly manga of 2008

Katherine Dacey

List-making is an occupational hazard for reviewers—it seems like every holiday, event, or milestone demands a list, from Inauguration Day to Halloween. The end of the year provides the most obvious time for reflection, inspiring legions of critics to name and rank their favorite books from the previous twelve months. Though I’ve read dozens of [...]

Opinion: What is a graphic novel?

Esther Keller

When my students are crazed for books, it’s hard not to be overjoyed. Anything that keeps the kids reading! But I’ve been bothered lately that Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid is being called a comic or a graphic novel.  It’s not.  I even sat at work today, reading the third installment to prove [...]

Linkfest: January interviews and reviews

Brigid Alverson

It has been a little while since we’ve done a link post, so here’s a roundup of recent articles. Maeve Clougherty has an interesting interview with Skim writer Mariko Tamaki at the McGill Daily. (Via Journalista.) Also found via Journalista, this list of 25 essential kid-friendly graphic novels, by USA Today blogger Whitney Matheson, is [...]

All ages comics and manga for 1/14/09

Lori Henderson

It’s feast time again, with a good list of books this week.  You’ll see the Marvel section extended from now on, since I’ve put the limit on this list to 12 and under, that brings in their second tier rating of A (9-12) books.  There’s both manga and comics this week from DC/CMX and Viz, [...]

Review: Supergirl: Cosmic Adventures in the 8th Grade, No. 1

Katherine Dacey

Among the comic industry’s worst-kept secrets is that most superhero fare is too adult for young readers—the very audience for which characters like Supergirl were originally created. The recent success of kid-friendly titles such as Tiny Titans, Super Friends, and Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam, however, demonstrates that younger fans want more than [...]

Ghostbusters

Esther Keller

st1:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } Who you gonna call?  Ghostbusters!  Anyone who grew up in the 80s (yes, I’m dating myself now), will recognize this refrain.  It’ll also probably bring up an image of a giant marshmallow traipsing through New York City. So, of course, I couldn’t resist the title when I saw it on display in the [...]

Review: Bakugan Battle Brawlers Vol. 1: The Battle Begins!

Before my mother-in-law was rushing frantically from store to store this past Christmas, desperately seeking that which is called Bakugan, I had no knowledge of the latest children’s "collect ‘em all" fad. Now that I have an intimate knowledge of the game, the world, and the characters, I can happily report that the story and [...]

All ages comics and manga list for 1/07/09

Lori Henderson

Publishers seem to be moving slowly into the new year.  All the regulars are here, as well as some hard covers perfect for libraries.  There’s more Doctor Who love, this time direct from across the pond, with a collection of stories written by the writers from the TV series.  These hard covers are a tradition [...]

Yoko Tsuno Vol 2: The Time Spiral

Lori Henderson

Finding comics with female protagonists isn’t too difficult in comics today.  But finding one that won’t give girls a complex about their chests, or make them the "damsel in distress" complicates things.  Girls deserve a good role model just as much as boys, and Cinebook has done just that with their series, Yoko Tsuno, an [...]

Interview with David Petersen, author of Mouse Guard

Sabrina Fritz

Recently, I had the privilege to speak with David Petersen, the creator of Mouse Guard, an immensely popular all-ages series which has garnered him two Eisners.  Even though Mouse Guard is his only major published work, he’s won great acclaim as an author and an artist, and the world waits with bated breath to see [...]