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Brigid Alverson

Graphic Novel Reporter asked librarians and others for their recommendations for the Best Graphic Novel of 2009. Lots of good suggestions here! The Georgetown Record has a nice interview with Cap’n Eli creator Jay Piscopo. (Via All Ages Graphic Novels.) Reviews Jennifer Dunbar on vols. 1 and 2 of Apothecarius Argentum (A word is a [...]

Review: Katman

Snow Wildsmith

Kit doesn’t care about much of anything. Life in his low-rent part of town is rough, but it mostly passes him by. Then one summer his brother kicks him out of the house for two hours and Kit discovers a world of homeless cats. Soon he is feeding almost twenty of them, which catches the [...]

Review: Amulet. Book Two: The Stonekeeper’s Curse

Esther Keller

Emily and her brother Navin are heading to Kanalis to find a cure for their mother, in this continuation to Amulet: The Stonekeeper. Amulet. Book Two: The Stonekeeper’s Curse Kazu Kibuishi Publisher’s Age Recommendation 9-12 My Suggested Age Recommendation 8-14 Graphix, September 2009, 978-0439-84682-0 (hc) 978-0-439-84683-7 (pbk) 224 pp, $21.99 (hc) $10.99 (pbk) Navin and [...]

Links: Stinky kids and extraordinary gentlemen

Brigid Alverson

The Lexington Herald-Leader covers the rather lively debate about whether the Jessamine County Library should restrict circulation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. It’s fascinating reading; I especially liked this: West Jessamine High School sophomore Alexis Kierstead brought a petition signed by 244 students asking that the board guide their reading decisions. She said they [...]

Links: Vampires, rockets, and bickering retailers

Brigid Alverson

Colleen Mondor interviews Jim Ottoviani, author of Bone Sharps, Cowboys & Thunder Lizards, and T-Minus, at Chasing Ray. Because you can never have too many YA vampire graphic novels: Melissa de la Cruz has inked a deal with Disney Hyperion that includes a graphic novel addition to her Blue Bloods vampire series. Out from the [...]

Links: Take Flight!

Brigid Alverson

The Argus Leader editorializes on the removal of the Stuck in the Middle anthology from school libraries in the Sioux Falls school district, saying "the possibility of banning this or other books from school libraries is an extreme act that is difficult to justify." However, the book remains in the schools’ staff collection, so it [...]

Friends of Lulu Awards announced

Brigid Alverson

The Friends of Lulu, an organization dedicated to promoting comics work by, for, and about women, have announced the winners of their annual Lulu awards. They are: Kim Yale Award For Best New Talent: Kate Beaton for Hark, a Vagrant Lulu of the Year: Danielle Corsetto for Girls with Slingshots Woman of Distinction: Joanne Carter [...]

All ages comics and manga for 11/11/09

Lori Henderson

It’s a week for comic properties.  Boom! Studios is exploding (no pun intended) with Disney/Pixar movie spin offs, including a new one that is one of my picks.  Dark Horse, the home of Star Wars comics for years has a new Clone Wars, and DC pulls out some Cartoon Network staples with the Action Pack [...]

Links: Middle School Confidential

Brigid Alverson

YA novelist Sara Ryan (Empress of the World) has signed with Vertigo, a DC imprint, to write Bad Houses, a coming-of-age graphic novel, to be illustrated by Carla Speed McNeil. McNeil just won an Ignatz Award (for independent comics) for the latest episode of her long-running series Finder. (Via Chasing Ray.) At Book Nut, Melissa [...]

Review: Two Titles for Teens from Tateno

Snow Wildsmith

Makoto Tateno is best known in the United States as a creator of yaoi, or boys love, manga for women, but she’s also been a shojo manga creator for over 20 years. Recently, Digital Manga Publishing has released two of her shojo titles for teens, so whether teen readers are fantasy/adventure fans (Angelic Runes), or [...]