Artist George O’Connor talks about his upcoming The Olympians at Comic Book Resources.
At Graphic Novel Reporter, John Hogan talks to Raina Telgemeier about her new book, Smile. And they have a sneak preview, too! Also at GNR: Fairbanks, Alaska, librarian Greg Hill writes about the Guys Read program, in which volunteers read to elementary school students while they eat lunch; graphic novels are a prominent part of the mix.
Kean Soo blogs that the first volume of Jellaby has gone out of print, although the second book is still available. Heidi MacDonald rounds up reactions and commentary at The Beat; one school of thought holds that this might lead to a really nice omnibus edition sometime in the future. Soo notes that the first volume sold over 18,000 copies, which is pretty robust.
Just for fun, Chris Schweizer posts some sketches on his blog.
I reported on the comics scene at ALA Midwinter at Robot 6.
Back at the mother ship, SLJ reports on Stone Arch’s line of Sports Illustrated Kids graphic novels. I took a look at these at ALA and they weren’t bad. To promote the line, Stone Arch is having a contest; the winner is written into one of the graphic novels as a character.
Inger Fountain picks the best kids’ comics from the January issue of Previews at The X-Librarian.
J.L. Bell analyzes the plot of The Storm in the Barn at Oz and Ends.
Kazu Kibuishi reflects a bit on the completion of book 3 of Amulet.
The Archie folks post some previews of upcoming Jughead, Pals ‘n’ Gals, and Sonic comics at the Archie News blog.
New blog alert: Black Comix highlights the work of African-American creators of independent comics. The blog is tied in with the art book of the same name and is maintained by its authors.
Leroy Douresseaux on Babymouse Burns Rubber (The Comic Book Bin)
Mark Allen on Bone: Rose (The Comic Book Bin)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Deka Kyoshi (Manga Xanadu)
Danica Davidson on vols. 1-6 of Dokebi Bride (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Danica Davidson on vols. 1-3 of La Esperanca (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Nicola on Graphic Classics: Louisa May Alcott (Back to Books)
John Hogan on Missile Mouse: The Star Crusher (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Snow Wildsmith on Mr. Badger and Mrs. Fox #1: The Meeting (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Chris Wilson on The Shield: America’s First Comic Book Hero (The Graphic Classroom)
John Hogan on Smile (Graphic Novel Reporter)
David Elzey on Stitches (The Excelsior File)
Kristopher Reisz on Understanding Comics and Making Comics (Guys Lit Wire)