John Hogan interviews Jane Yolen, the writer of many YA books as well as the new graphic novel Foiled, at Graphic Novel Reporter, and Danica Davidson talks to Christopher Hart about his new art instruction book, Manga for the Beginner: Chibis. (Fun fact: I edited one of Chris’s first cartoon books back in the 1980s, before all this manga stuff came along.)
ICv2 talks to our own Eva Volin about setting up a kids’ graphic novel section in her library. Michael Breakfield of Lone Star Comics follows up the next day with a list of truly all ages comics, titles that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike, and on a more mercenary note, ICv2 also has a list of the top-selling kids’ and tweens’ graphic novel properties.
Diamond has launched KidsComics.com, a website designed to help shoppers find kid-friendly local comics shops.
Eric Federspiel takes a look at recent kid-friendly releases at Out From the Comic Shop.
Librarian Michele Gorman reflects on ten years of introducing graphic novels into libraries.
At The Comics Journal, R.C. Harvey takes a historical look at how the funny pages were made safe for kids, and the implications of that change.
The Twilight graphic novel will likely bring new readers to the comics medium, so Tangognat has some suggestions for readers who want more.
Boom! Studios will feature the characters from the Duck Tales animated cartoon in an upcoming issue of Uncle Scrooge.
Archaia Comics has released the cover of their Free Comic Book Day issue of Fraggle Rock.
Plenty of free previews this week: Heidi MacDonald has a preview of Twilight, the Graphic Novel at The Beat. Graphic Novel Reporter has a sneak peek at Trickster Tales, a very nice anthology of Native American fables. First Second has an excerpt of Jane Yolen’s Foiled up at their mothership, the Macmillan site. (And be sure to check out their downloadable Foiled board game!) And of course the Archie folks have some hefty samples of upcoming Archie comics.
Speaking of Archie, the Archie comics blog has quick info on their June comics.
Johanna Draper Carlson on Archie Comics for February (Comics Worth Reading)
Meredith Jenson-Benjamin on Babymouse Burns Rubber (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Chris Wilson on Binky the Space Cat (The Graphic Classroom)
Michael May on Booth (Robot 6)
Travis Jonker on City of Spies (100 Scope Notes)
Nicola on City of Spies (Back to Books)
Greg Burgas on Crogan’s March (Comics Should Be Good)
Snow Wildsmith on vol. 1 of Dinosaur King (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Chris Wilson on Bluewater’s Female Force comics (The Graphic Classroom)
Snow Wildsmith on Foiled (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Greg Burgas on Gunnerkrigg Court, vol. 2: Research (Comics Should Be Good!)
Danica Davidson on Haru Hana: The Complete Collection (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Snow Wildsmith on vol. 2 of Hero Tales (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Tangognat on vol. 2 of Mikansei No. 1 and vol. 4 of Animal Academy (Tangognat)
Nicola on vol. 2 of Tegami Bachi (Back to Books)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Toy Story #1 and 2 (Comics Worth Reading)
Rob on vol. 2 of Yotsuba&! (Panel Patter)