We had a very busy holiday weekend here at Good Comics for Kids, so if you were away from the internet over the weekend, here’s a quick summary: Esther Keller interviewed Nadja Spiegelman, daughter of Art Spiegelman and Francoise Mouly and the writer of the forthcoming Zig and Wikki from Toon Books; Snow Wildsmith reviewed vols. 1 and 2 of Sugarholic, teen-friendly manhwa (Korean comic); Lori Henderson posted this week’s kid-friendly comics and teamed up with daughter Krissy to review vols. 1 and 2 of Choco Mimi. And don’t forget that Tuesday is the last day to enter our Color of Earth giveaway, so if you haven’t sent us an e-mail or submitted a comment yet, now’s the time!
At Publishers Weekly Comics Week, Kai-Ming Cha interviews Yen Press publishing director Kurt Hassler, who talks about his company’s manga-style adaptations of YA novels and the place of Yen Plus magazine in their marketing mix. Also: Kate Culkin looks at Eleanor Davis’s Secret Science Alliance and Steve Bunche talks to Helen McCarthy about The Art of Osamu Tezuka: God of Manga.
What were the best kid-friendly manga of 2009? Kate Dacey is taking a poll.
Dad and the kids have a lively conversation with Aaron Reynolds, creator of Joey Fly, Private Eye, at Bookie Woogie.
Archie Comics is releasing the Betty & Veronica Christmas Spectacular as an iPhone-only comic. Also, they are offering digital subscriptions as a holiday gift idea. If you’re the old-fashioned type who prefers paper, check out these previews of upcoming releases.
Speaking of gifts, I selected a number of global manga for children and young adults in my Manga Gift Guide at MangaBlog.
James Bucky Carter explains how his students link graphic stories to classic literature at EN/SANE World, and Chris Wilson prods his fourth-grade students to discuss what it means to be a real-life superhero at The Graphic Classroom.
Today’s vintage comics treat is a Superkatt comic by Dan Gordon, archived at The Greatest Ape.
Nicola on Amulet, Book Two: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Graphic Novels Challenge)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 8 of Apothecarius Argentum (Comics Worth Reading)
Nicola on Books 1 and 2 of Artemis Fowl (Graphic Novels Challenge)
Stacy Dillon on Calamity Jack (Welcome to My Tweendom)
Nicola on The Color of Earth (Graphic Novels Challenge)
Nicola on Books 1-4 of Courtney Crumrin (Graphic Novels Challenge)
Kevin Hodgson on A Cow’s Life (The Graphic Classroom)
Tom Mason on Donald Duck and Friends #347 (Comix 411)
Sterg Botzakis on The Eternal Smile (Graphic Novel Resources)
Nicola on The Eternal Smile and Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Death and Dementia (Graphic Novels Challenge)
J.L. Bell on G-Man: Learning to Fly (Oz and Ends)
Lori Henderson on vols. 5-7 of Goong (Comics Village)
Nicola on Joey Fly, Private Eye, The Incredible Rockhead, and The Emperor’s New Clothes (Graphic Novels Challenge)
Tom Mason on Mickey Mouse and Friends #296 (Comix 411)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 3 of The Name of the Flower (Comics Worth Reading)
Ed Sizemore on vol. 2 of Nightschool (Comics Worth Reading)
Nicola on Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood, The Storm in the Barn, and vol. 1 of Children of the Sea (Graphic Novels Challenge)
Chris Wilson on Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood (The Graphic Classroom)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Rin-ne (Comics Worth Reading)
Henry Chamberlain on Stitches (Comics Village)
Tom Mason on Uncle Scrooge #384 (Comix 411)
Brigid Alverson on vol. 2 of Yokaiden (MangaBlog)
Michael C. Lorah on vol. 2 of Yokaiden (Blog@Newsarama)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 2 of Yokaiden (The Comic Book Bin)