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Interview: George O’Connor

Esther Keller

This January, First Second released the first in a 12 part series by George O’Connor.  The series, The Olympians, comes at the heels of the Percy Jackson series, which has caused middle-schoolers all over the country to rediscover Greek Mythology. I had the opportunity to interview George O’Connor to discuss the series and the release [...]

Links: Disney, Archie, and Jellaby PLUS bonus weekend reading

Brigid Alverson

The Disney Newsletter has a big story on Boom! Studios, which has taken over production of the Disney comics. Says Boom! CEO Ross Richie: My publishing philosophy is all about great characters. Stories are first propelled by character, then conflict … resolving that conflict won’t provide a good story if the characters are derivative and [...]

All ages comics and manga for 1/27/10

Lori Henderson

It’s a good week for trades on the new releases list.  The next volume of the Sonic The Hedgehog Archives comes out from Archie Comics.  Boom! Studios has 2 from from it’s line of Disney/Pixar titles, Cars and Incredibles.  From Marvel comes a trade from it’s soon-to-be-ending Marvel Adventure Super Heroes comic series.  Check out [...]

Review: The Secret Adventures of Hamster Sam: Attack of the Evil Boll Weevils!

Katherine Dacey

I remember the educational comics from my childhood: they were painfully square vehicles for addressing topics such as "staying safe around power lines" or "saying no to peer pressure." The art was subpar; the scripts were tin-eared; and the paperstock was even worse. Teachers usually distributed them in conjunction with a earnest safety lecture, and [...]

Review: Very! Very! Sweet vol. 1-5

Snow Wildsmith

Tsuyoshi is a spoiled middle-school boy from a wealthy Japanese family. When his strict grandfather gets tired of Tsuyoshi’s playboy ways, he tells the boy the family’s dark secret–they’re actually Korean! Well, 400 years ago. But that’s enough of a family tie for Tsuyoshi’s grandfather to decide to ship him off to Korea to learn [...]

Links: Marvel Adventures, Smile, and the NASCAR Mole

Brigid Alverson

Marvel will be relaunching its Marvel Adventures line of all-ages comics in April with Spider-Man #1 and Super Heroes #1. At Robot 6, Tim O’Shea talks to Paul Tobin, the writer of both comics, about what to expect in the new line. Heidi MacDonald sums up the recent brouhaha about Bluewater Comics, which apparently offers [...]

Guest post: Peter Gutierrez recommends comics for the classroom

Brigid Alverson

Here’s a special treat: We asked educator and literacy expert Peter Gutierrez to pick ten of his favorite graphic novels for classroom use. Take it away, Peter! With so many great releases over the past year for K-12 classrooms, I don’t want to waste too much time teeing up. I do need to stress, though, [...]

All ages comics and manga for 1/20/10

Lori Henderson

Rainy weather (like we’re having in California) is the perfect to for settling into a cozy spot with a blanket, a mug of hot chocolate, and a good book.  This week’s list has quite a few that qualify.  Image finishes up the first G-Man mini-series, and Marvel has some trades coming out, including one that’s [...]

AA Picks Index October-December 2009

Lori Henderson

Serial comics got the bulk of the attention in the last quarter of 2009.  There were quite a few new titles as well as collections of "oldie but goodie" titles.  There’s plenty of fantasy, but also some more adaptations of classics and even a biography.  All ages comics are thriving and 2010 looks to be [...]

Review: RE:Play, Vol. 3

Katherine Dacey

In the first volume of RE:Play, we’re introduced to Cree and Rail, the principal musicians in an up-and-coming band called Faust. When their bass player quits unexpectedly, Cree stumbles across a suitable replacement busking in the street. She invites the scruffy-yet-handsome Iszak to join Faust for a trial period — an invitation that quickly leads [...]