The American Library Association’s Summer 2010 conference is coming up this weekend, and Good Comics for Kids will be there! Graphic Novel Reporter has a rundown of all the comics related programming, including panels by Toon Books, Abrams, and NBM Papercutz, appearances by Raina Telgemeier (Smile), Geoffrey Hayes (Benny and Penny) and Tracy White (How I Made It to Eighteen), and panel discussions, including a special Good Comics for Kids panel (Sunday from 4-5:30 p.m. in room 152A) and a discussion of “The Best Manga You’re Not Reading” (Saturday at 11:30 on the Graphic Novel/Gaming Stage) featuring Robin Brenner, Kate Dacey, and me! If you’re going to ALA and want to meet up, drop us a comment or e-mail me at wordballoons (at) gmail.com.
Blog@Newsarama has a look at the latest Polly and the Pirates book, still written by Ted Naifeh but now illustrated by Robbi Rodriguez (Tek Jansen)
Tom Spurgeon talks to Gene Luen Yang, about life after American Born Chinese and his newest book, Prime Baby.
Tim O’Shea interviews Joey Weiser, creator of Caveman in Space, at Robot 6.
The latest Fraggle Rock comic is out, and Joe Hennes talks to writer Grace Randolph and artist Whitney Leith at ToughPigs – Muppet Fans Who Grew Up.
J. Caleb Mozzocco chats with Mouse Guard creator David Petersen about the spin-off Mouse Guard: Legends at Newsarama.
Jarrett Krosoczka explains how he creates his Lunch Lady books at Seven Impossible Things Before Breakfast.
JL Bell looks at how Raina Telgemeier’s Smile made the transition from web to print.
Reviews: Xaviar Xerxes reviews two text/comic hybrids, The Amazing Adventures of Nate Banks: Secret Identity Crisis and The Amazing Adventures of Nate Banks: Freezer Burned, at ComixTalk. Rob Clough dissects Raina Telgemeier’s Smile at The Comics Journal, discussing her art, the threads of the story, and the relationships, overt and hidden, between the characters.
Johanna Draper Carlson on Alison Dare: Little Miss Adventures and The Heart of the Maiden (Comics Worth Reading)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Archie Comics for April and May (Comics Worth Reading)
Alan David Doane on Archie #608-609 and assorted other Archie titles (Trouble with Comics)
Lori Henderson on vol. 4 of Cirque du Freak (Comics Village)
Greg Burgas on City of Spies (Comics Should Be Good)
Michael C. Lorah on City of Spies (Blog@Newsarama)
Snow Wildsmith on Frankie PIckle and the Closet of Doom (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Kevin Hodgson on John Henry: Hammerin’ Hero (The Graphic Classroom)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Jughead #201 (Comics Worth Reading)
Lissa Pattillo on vol. 7 of Pokemon Adventures (Kuriousity)
Snow Wildsmith on Prime Baby (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Sterg Botzakis on Resistance, Book 1 (Graphic Novel Resources)
Cindy Dobrez and Lynn Rutan on Smile (Bookends)
Greg Burgas on Solomon’s Thieves, Book One (Comics Should Be Good)
Chris Wilson on Super Human Resources (The Graphic Classroom)
Danica Davidson on Trickster (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 10 of Vampire Knight (A Case Suitable for Treatment)