Amanda Tarbet has a great essay at Sequential Tart looking at recent children’s comics that celebrate friendship. And Suzette Chan looks at the appeal of monsters in kids’ graphic novels, Jellaby and Bayou in particular.
Yen Press announced a bevy of new licenses this week, including a children’s book by French author Emile Bravo, Goldilocks and the Seven Squat Bears, and two books of goofy four-panel manga with teen appeal, one based on the popular anime and manga The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya and the other on the anime K-On!, about four girls who form their own music club.
In the more immediate future, Out from the Comics Shop lists the latest batch of kid-friendly comics.
Archie’s romance with Valerie Brown of The Pussycats prompts Chris Sims to take a look at interracial romance in Riverdale at Comics Alliance.
The Morning Call has a local-boy-makes-good story on Eric Wight, the author of the Frankie Pickle series.
This week’s Unshelved Book Club features Usagi Yojimbo.
Smile creator Raina Telgemeier drew a short bonus webcomic about the joys of novocaine.
Comic Book Resources has a preview of the latest issue of Usagi Yojimbo
as well as Boom Studios’ Walt Disney Comics and Stories #703, Muppet King Arthur #1, and The Muppet Show #2.
Reviews: At Comic Attack, Drew posts short takes on some new releases, including the latest Billy Batson comic.
Xaviar Xerxes on Copper (ComixTalk)
J. Caleb Mozzocco on Crogan’s March (Blog@Newsarama)
Jennifer Hubert on vol. 1 of Gunnerkrigg Court (Reading Rants)
Greg McElhatton on vols. 1 and 2 of Nightschool (Read About Comics)
David Welsh on vols. 29-31 of One Piece (Manga Curmudgeon)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 30 of One Piece (The Comic Book Bin)
Sterg Botzakis on The Sandwalk Adventures (Graphic Novel Resources)
Michelle Smith on vols. 3-7 of Slam Dunk (Soliloquy in Blue)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 3 of Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives (The Comic Book Bin)
J. Caleb Mozzocco on Walt Disney’s Valentine Classics (Blog@Newsarama)