Recession? What recession? Publishers Weekly’s Calvin Reid reports that Gene Yang, Dave Roman, and Lucy Knisley have all inked new book deals, and Scholastic is on board for vols. 3, 4, and 5 of Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet as well as a print edition of his webcomic Copper. Roman’s deal is for the kid-friendly Astronaut Elementary, which has been running as a webcomic for quite some time.
Matt Loux has been hard at work on vol. 3 of Salt Water Taffy, but he has finally wrapped that up and posted some new SWT webcomics on his site.
Richard Sala explains how he came up with Cat Burglar Black at the First Second blog.
Robot 6 has the info on Boom’s latest round of kids’ comics, along with some preliminary covers.
Bluewater Productions has a Ted Kennedy bio-comic in the works.
Mad Magazine contributor John Kovaleski has a new book out called Great Scott. It’s newspaper-style gag cartoons, and judging from the samples online, it’s pretty kid-friendly. (Via The Comics Reporter.)
Brian Hibbs enjoyed the Archie Marries Veronica story more than he expected to.
Reviews: At our own SLJ, librarians check in with brief reviews of a number of graphic novels, rated by age.
Michael May on Age of Bronze: Betrayal (Robot 6)
John Hogan on Binky the Space Cat (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 6 of Bizenghast (Comics Worth Reading)
John Hogan on Bone: Rose (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Casey Brienza on vols. 1 and 2 of Canon (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Casey Brienza on vols. 3 and 4 of Canon (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Tangognat on The Color of Earth and The Color of Water (Tangognat)
Marc Mason on The Color of Water and The Color of Heaven (Comics Waiting Room)
Brigid Alverson on CSI: Intern at Your Own Risk (MangaBlog)
Johanna Draper Carlson on CSI: Intern at Your Own Risk (Comics Worth Reading)
Dave Ferraro on vol. 1 of Dinosaur Hour (Comics-and-More)
Richard Bruton on Little Mouse Gets Ready (Forbidden Planet Blog)
Christopher Mautner on Little Mouse Gets Ready, two Lunch Lady books, and Knights of the Lunch Table: The Dragon Players (Robot 6)
Greg McElhatton on Lunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute (Read About Comics)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vol. 5 of The Palette of 12 Secret Colors (i heart manga)
Chris Wilson on Pet Robots (The Graphic Classroom)