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Good manga for kids, March 2009

Katherine Dacey

Last year, UDON Entertainment announced that it would be launching a new line of kid-friendly manga, to debut in April 2009. Acknowledging the paucity of titles for the under-twelve set, Chief Operating Officer Erik Ko promised to deliver “captivating,” age-appropriate stories in a variety of genres. I’ve had a chance to read two series from [...]

Review: Miss Me? and Cyborg 009 Vol. 1

Sabrina Fritz

Manga, or Japanese comics, has been around in the United States in various forms since the early 80s.  Dark Horse and Viz Media inundated the market with a proliferation of series published first as single issues, and later collected in oversized $15 volumes.  Soon, monthly anthologies, like Manga Vizion and Super Manga Blast gained popularity.  [...]

Upcoming AA comics and manga

Lori Henderson

The last couple of months of Previews catalog has had quite a few titles for All Ages rating, or Kid Friendly as Previews likes to mark them.  Maybe it’s because Free Comic Book Day is coming up in May, and Publishers want to have books available that parents won’t mind buying when they walk in [...]

Links: Mickey Mouse loses a gig

Brigid Alverson

Librarians and students at an alternative school in Traverse City, Michigan, discuss graphic novels for reluctant readers in this newspaper article that goes into more depth than most such stories. The Spider-Man comic that caused such a ruckus in Minnesota has been identified by the sharp-eyed sleuths at ICv2; it’s Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 2: Revelations, [...]

Review: Four Graphic Novels by Scott Christian Sava

Snow Wildsmith

When comic publisher IDW decided to start a line focusing on children’s titles, they launched their new Worthwhile Books with four titles from veteran comic creator Scott Christian Sava. A terrific mix of action, humor, science fiction, and comic fun, Sava’s titles are anchored by strong writing and a unique group of artists, giving fans [...]

Links: Comics return to the newsstand!

Brigid Alverson

BOOM! Studios just released their first Incredibles and Muppet Show comics, and already the first printing has sold out. Not only that, BOOM! comics are going where no comics have gone for a long time—onto newsstands. Chip Mosher explains at Comic Book Resources. Meanwhile Johanna Draper Carlson delivers a favorable review of the first comics, [...]

All ages comics and manga list for 3/25/09

Lori Henderson

It’s another comic heavy week with the only manga, Hikaru no Go coming from Viz.  Bongo releases another trade for all you Simpsons fans, and Scholastic rains down the battle with Bakugan with several different media tie-in titles.  But the real excitement this week is the debut of Boom! Studios new kid’s line.  They’ve even [...]

Review: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Nos. 1-4

Katherine Dacey

Since its debut over one hundred years ago, Frank L. Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900) has enjoyed phenomenal popularity, both in its original form and in hundreds of adaptations, from a Broadway musical (1902) and silent film (1910) to a Nintendo role-playing game, a 52-episode anime (1986), a soulful revue (1975), and, of [...]

Review: Swans in Space

Eva Volin

I know this may come as a shock to some of you, but Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers isn’t real.  I’m sorry.  But what if it was?  What if the TV show was really a documentary and everything you saw on the screen had actually taken place, complete with weird aliens, space ships, and cool costumes?  [...]

Links: Muppets, Nightschool, Nick Awards!

Brigid Alverson

The first volume of Svetlana Chmakova’s Nightschool, which has been running as a serial in Yen Plus magazine, is due out in April, and I took the opportunity to talk to Svet, editor JuYoun Lee, and publisher Kurt Hassler for about the creative process and the growing popularity of global manga for Publishers Weekly Comics [...]