The big news this week is that the final nominations for the Cybil Awards have been announced. The finalists in the Graphic Novel category are
Creepy Crawly Crime (Joey Fly, Private Eye)
Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles into Comics
The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet, Book 2)
The Secret Science Alliance and the Copycat Crook
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom
The Dreamer: The Consequence of Nathan Hale, Part 1
Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation
Edgar Allen Poe’s Tales of Death and Dementia
Outlaw: The Legend of Robin Hood
Check the link for blurbs, covers, etc. In other news…
Out from the Comic Shop presents this week’s kid-friendly comics.
Chris Wilson has some interesting thoughts on why reading graphic novels can be hard, and how to make it easier, at The Graphic Classroom.
JL Bell critiques allusions to childhood classics in The Storm in the Barn and Stitches.
The Archie News blog has more previews of upcoming issues, including Betty’s Diary.
Chris Schweizer shows off his brand-new copy of his latest book, Crogan’s March.
Reviews: Johanna Draper Carlson reviews seven graphic novels for kids at Comics Worth Reading. Other reviews of note:
Melissa on Calamity Jack (Book Nut)
Sterg Botzakis on G-Man: Learning to Fly (Graphic Novel Resources)
Lori Henderson on Heaven’s Will (Manga Xanadu)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Itazura Na Kiss (Tangognat)
Jennifer Dunbar on vol. 1 of The Lizard Prince (Manga Recon)
Chris Wilson on Malice (The Graphic Classroom)
Michael May on Mouse Guard (Robot 6)
Rob on The Muppet Show Comic Book: Meet the Muppets (Panel Patter)
David Welsh on vol. 2 of Nightschool (Precocious Curmudgeon)
Chris Wilson on The Odyssey (Marvel Illustrated) (The Graphic Classroom)
Todd Douglass on Only One Wish (Blogcritics)
Chris Wilson on Rapunzel (Stone Arch Press) (The Graphic Classroom)
Brian Heater on Smile (The Daily Cross Hatch)
David Welsh on vol. 2 of Yokaiden (Precocious Curmudgeon)