Today’s the big day: It’s wedding bells for Archie and Veronica today, as the happy couple tie the knot in Archie #601. The Archie Comics folks have managed to pull themselves away from the festivities long enough to post some sneak peeks at upcoming issues of Archie, Betty & Veronica Double Digest, and Jughead & Friends Digest.
Looking toward the more immediate future, Out from the Comic Shop lists this week’s new kid-friendly comics.
This article on classic British comics is a good introduction to that part of the medium, as well as an excellent description of how I whiled away my childhood: Sweeney Toddler, Chalky, Ivor Lott and Tony Broke were big favorites in my house, thanks to indulgent aunts in Ireland. (Via Blog@Newsarama.)
In addition to publishing the long-awaited volume 6 of Yotsuba&!, Yen Press has also brought out new editions of the first five volumes, which were originally published by ADV. There are quite a few differences between the two, and two blogs, Yen Plus Info and it can’t all be about manga, have done side-by-side comparisons for the curious.
Here’s a useful resource: Mike Madrid has posted some image galleries to accompany his book Supergirls: Fashion, feminism, fantasy, and the history of comic book heroines.
Jay Piscopo, the creator of The Undersea Adventures of Captain Eli, has some new comics out that are based on superheroes that fell into the public domain. That sounds like a plot point—"Help! I’m trapped in the public domain! Come rescue me, IP-Man!"—but they really are older superheroes that everyone forgot about for a while. It will be interesting to see wha comes of this.
Viz is unveiling a series of Pokemon posters depicting the characters from the children’s manga Pokemon Diamond and Pearl.
Reviews: I’m going to single out Sigrid Ellis’s review of Faith Erin Hicks’s The War at Ellsmere for special mention, as it includes an interesting discussion of whether it is a girls’ graphic novel, and if so, why.
John Hogan on Amulet, Book Two: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Graphic Novel Reporter)
James Fleenor on vol. 1 of Animal Academy (Anime Sentinel)
Deb Aoki on vols. 1 and 2 of Animal Academy (About.com)
Johanna Draper Carlson on the Archie Comics for August 2009 (Comics Worth Reading)
James Fleenor on vol. 1 of Choco Mimi (Anime Sentinel)
Lorena Nava Ruggero on vols. 2 and 3 of Crimson Hero (i heart manga)
Connie on vol. 3 of Happy Happy Clover (Slightly Biased Manga)
J. Caleb Mozzocco on vols. 1 and 2 of Lunch Lady (Every Day Is Like Wednesday)
Chris Wilson on Mouse Guard: Winter 1152 (The Graphic Classroom)
Anonymous on vol. 41 of Naruto (Animanga Nation)
Brigid Alverson on vol. 6 of Yotsuba&! (MangaBlog)
J. Caleb Mozzocco on vol. 6 of Yotsuba&! (Blog@Newsarama)