I interviewed Scott Christian Sava in this week’s Publishers Weekly Comics Week about his new line of children’s graphic novels, each of which is based on a single fun concept, from magic carpets to pirates to pet robots. Also up at PWCW: a generous preview of Adventures in Cartooning, a lovely new book from First Second that landed in my in-box this week.
Valerie d’Orazio lists the latest all-ages comics at the Friends of Lulu blog.
Graphic Novel Reporter has a nice interview up with Chris Duffy of Nick Magazine about the Nick Magazine Awards, which will be released on Tuesday, and kids’ comics in general.
Tangognat interviews Gary Cohn and Dan Mishkin, co-creators of the classic kids’ comic Amethyst: Princess of Gemworld.
George O’Connor talks to NYC Graphic Novelists about moving away from doing kids’ comics to his new, very adult work, Ball Peen Hammer.
New blog find: The Otaku Librarian, a new blog (it debuted in January) by a young YA librarian who loves anime and manga. Reading through recent posts, I saw a lot of interesting and perceptive commentary on libraries, technology, and anime and manga, and the most recent post, Manga that won’t freak your parents out, should prove particularly interesting to readers of this blog.
Our own Robin Brenner is offering two online workshops, Graphic Novels 101: Building Collections for Kids, Teens, and Adults in April and Isn’t Otaku a Kind of Sushi? Japanese Manga and Anime in May. Both are through the Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science Continuing Education program. For those who are fortunate enough to be in the Boston area, Robin is offering a day-long version of each course in person on the Simmons campus: Graphic Novels 101 will be on May 2, and Isn’t Otaku a Kind of Sushi? will be on June 6.
Courtney Kraft on Bakugan Battle Brawlers (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Courtney Kraft on Ben 10 Alien Force: Ben 10 Returns (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Classical Medley (Tangognat)
Brigid Alverson on vol. 1 of Fire Investigator Nanase (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Courtney Kraft on vols. 1-8 of Godchild (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Christian Hodgson on The Hero Twins: Against the Lords of Death (The Graphic Classroom)
A Library Girl on vol. 1 of Kamichama Karin Chu (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Deb Aoki on vols. 1 and 2 of Kasumi (About.com)
Richard Bruton on Little Lit: It Was a Dark and Stormy Night (Forbidden Planet)
Chris Wilson on Marvel Adventures Hulk: Misunderstood Monster (The Graphic Classroom)
Erica Friedman on My Mommy is in America and she met Buffalo Bill (Ain’t It Cool News)
Peter Gutierrez on vol. 1 of Ninja Baseball Kyuma! (Firefox News)
Kristy Valenti on vols. 1 and 2 of Return to Labyrinth (comiXology)
Kailyn Kent on book 1 of Salt Water Taffy (nickmag_comics)
Adam Klin Oron on YAM (Blogcritics)