I was covering the kids’ comics beat for PWCW at this year’s New York Comic-Con; check out my article for the highlights. Kids Day was a huge success this year, and at Wednesday’s Child Full of Woe, Paul DeBenedetto reflects a bit on the meaning of that. Our SLJ colleague Betsy Bird was there and she makes life easy by posting her list of recommended graphic novels for readers 14 and under.
Also, everyone at NYCC was talking about the Graphica in Education conference that had taken place at Fordham the week before. SLJ’s Rocco Staino has an overview.
At Tor.com, Heather Massey thinks about some ways to make comics more attractive to girls, but there’s a lot of pushback in the comments section on the notion that comics should be made just for girls.
Good news for Geronimo Stilton fans: Papercutz has acquired the rights to produce graphic novels featuring the multitalented mouse. Also, Marvel announced at NYCC that it will be starting a new series that looks pretty kid-friendly, Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers, to be written by Chris Eliopoulos of Franklin Richards fame.
SLJ’s own Diane Chen blogs about how she led a group of kids astray with the help of some Stone Arch superhero books at Practically Paradise.
E. L. Bell has a nice account of how Jeff Kinney build the readership for Diary of a Wimpy Kid at Oz and Ends.
At The Daily Cross Hatch, Brian Heater talks to Peter Laird, the creator of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
And for your reading pleasure, here’s a vintage story from Hot Wheels, with art by Alex Toth (via Journalista).
If you’re going to be in Chicago on Valentine’s day, check out this Tiny Titans event at Challenger Comics.
Michelle Smith on vols. 1, 2, and 3 of Astro Boy (Soliloquy in Blue)
J. Caleb Mozzocco on Beanworld, Book 1: Wahoolazuma (Blog@Newsarama)
Melinda Beasi on Castle of Dreams (Manga Recon)
Carlo Santos on Castle of Dreams (Anime News Network)
Brigid Alverson on Cowa! (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Michael May on The Dreamland Chronicles, Book One (Robot 6)
Connie on vol. 21 of Fruits Basket (Slightly Biased Manga)
Andrew Wheeler on vol. 1 of Labor Days (ComicMix)
Brigid Alverson on Orange (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Tangognat on Orange, Pixie, and Luuna (Tangognat)
Carlo Santos on vol. 2 of Slam Dunk (Anime News Network)
Steve Duin on Tales from Outer Suburbia (The Oregonian)
Dave Ferraro on Tales from Outer Suburbia (Comics-and-More)
Michael C. Lorah on Zot! (Blog@Newsarama)