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All ages comics and manga for 8/19/09

Great selection of books this week.  Amaze Ink brings out the trades of the Gargoyles titles that continued the animated series and was written by the original writer Greg Weismen.  The series ended prematurely, but they are great reads none the less.  Archie hits the #600 milestone, and Boom! Studios introduces another Disney property, Monsters […]

Summer Reading Challenge: Utahime

There is a kingdom where peace is maintained by two forces: the male king and his male heirs and the female songstresses and their female descendants. The king runs the kingdom and the songstresses nightly sing their song of protection. But the balance has been thrown off in one small region of the kingdom. Against […]

Summer Reading Challenge: Biker Girl and Rock & Roll Love

Misako Rocks!, a.k.a. Misako Takashima, has a biography that would make swell grounds for a shojo manga. Raised in Japan by a family of law-enforcement officers, she came to the US as a teenager, working an assortment of odd jobs – puppeteer, art teacher, Onion cartoonist – before publishing her first graphic novel, Biker Girl. […]

Links: Maximum Ride, math manga, and Twilight!

Johanna Draper Carlson looks at several of the Manga Math Mysteries put out by Lerner Publishing and finds them to be a mixed bag. Brian Warmoth of Comic Book Resources covers the Disney Kingdom Comics panel at Chicago Comic Con, in which Christian Beranek had plenty to say. Deb Aoki interviews NaRae Lee, who is […]

All ages comics and manga for 8/12/09

Lots of comics again this week.  Boom! Studios finishes it’s first Toy Story series.  Image Comics has a new G-Man series, which it keeps at the lower $2.99 price point, instead of increasing to $3.99 as was originally planned.  Marvel finishes it’s fantastic series for pet lovers Lockjaw and the Pet Avengers (Hairball is still […]

Jeff Smith: An update, a crowd of fans and a ‘wonder’ful meeting

Scholastic made a big announcement during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con outlining publishing plans for Jeff Smith’s Bone for 2009 and beyond. I had an opportunity to speak with Jeff in Toronto just before a signing at Indigo Books where he gave details and background about about Rose, the upcoming Tall Tales collection and the […]

Review: Cirque du Freak: The Manga, Vol. 1

Okay, I confess! There are some popular teen fiction series that I have not read. Shocking, but true. Many times it’s not that I’ve been avoiding them because I don’t want to read them, but more because I don’t need to read them. The teens have already read them, so I need to know what […]

SDCC Catch-Up: Graphic Novel Programming in Libraries panel

A full audience was treated to a panel of librarians who are also die-hard comic book and graphic novel enthusiasts to speak about graphic novel-related programming in their libraries. They included: Robin Brenner (Brookline Public Library), Snow Wildsmith (Charlotte-Mecklenburge Public Library), Mike Pawuk (Cuyahoga County Public Library), Nick Smith (Pasadena Public Library), Hilary Chang (McCully-Moiliili […]

Review: The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook

Julian is sick of being a loser, tired of getting bullied, fed up with rejection.  So when his parents announce that they’re moving to a new town, he decides that the time is right for a makeover: from nerd to normal. Unfortunately, it’s hard to hide who you really are inside, but fortunately for Julian, […]

Review: Bayou, Vol. 1

A beautiful, poetic book, Bayou focuses on Lee Wagstaff, an eight-year-old girl living in Depression-era Mississippi. When Lee’s father is falsely accused of murdering a white neighbor’s daughter, Lee sets out to clear his name — a task complicated by the fact that Lily Westmoreland was, in fact, kidnapped by an honest-to-goodness bogeyman. Though the […]