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Links: Turn off the dark

Julie Taymor’s latest Broadway project, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, experienced considerable technical difficulties during the first day of New York City try-outs, leaving Spidey and several villains dangling from wires above the audience. Both The New York Times and The New York Post were unimpressed. Robot 6 reports that “The Four Seasons” will be […]

The Reading Pile: November 29


Happy Cyber Monday! Brigid Alverson is off this week, so the Good Comics for Kids gang has banded together to post The Reading Pile in her absence. Here’s the low-down on what we read over the Thanksgiving weekend… when we weren’t sitting on the sofa in tryptophan-induced stupors, that is! Robin: I got my hands […]

Review: How to Draw Shojo Manga


The editorial staff of four Japanese manga magazines have compiled a guide for aspiring shojo (girls’) manga creators. They cover the basics of plot, art, supplies, layout, and submission, while using examples from popular shojo manga creators. How to Draw Shojo Manga by collaborative editing of Hana to Yume, Bessatsu Hana to Yume, LaLa, and […]

All ages comics and manga for 11/24/10

Puppy Sister

Stuffed full of turkey and too tired to move off the couch? Then use some of that down time for something productive, like reading some comics! You can finally get into the Christmas spirit with the Simpsons and their latest Winter Wingding. Sonic the Hedgehog is off on a new mission with a new story […]

Preview: Yo Gabba Gabba: Gabba Ball


As promised, here is a sneak preview of Yo Gabba Gabba: Gabba Ball, one of two “board comics” released by Oni Press this week. This book is written and illustrated by Chris Eliopoulos, who is one of the animators of the show, so his YGG credentials are in good order. In case you missed it, […]

Preview: Yo Gabba Gabba! Goodnight Gabba Land

YGG Goodnight

Francoise Mouly may have brought comics to the early-reader set with her Toon Books line, but Oni Press is going all the way back to the nursery with their new board-book comics based on the children’s TV show Yo Gabba Gabba. I have never heard of anyone doing comics in a board book format before, […]

Spotlight: Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws

Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws The Sugar Bush

One children’s graphic novel series getting some great attention in Canada from kids, librarians and educators is The Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws by Chad Solomon and Christopher Meyer. This independently published series has just earned an Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award nomination in the Express category for books at a Grade 3-4 […]

Links: Robots, pirates, and detectives

New creator interviews at Graphic Novel Reporter: John Hogan talks to Paul Collicutt, creator of the Robot City Adventures comics, which are a nice, retro-styled blend of robots and drama, and Bill Zimmerman, the author of Your Life in Comics, a writing journal/prompt book aimed at boys. At Robot 6, I took a look at […]

The Reading Pile: November 22


It’s a sparse crowd this week, as we head for the holiday season, but here is what your humble bloggers are reading when we’re not baking pies and Googling for stuffing recipes: Kate: I just picked up the first Kill Shakespeare trade paperback. I’ve been reading the series in a piecemeal fashion as each new […]

Preview: Mickey Mouse: The Attack of the Robo-Presidents


The independent publisher Boom! Studios has been publishing Disney comics for a while now, and they come in all flavors, from Darkwing Duck to Uncle Scrooge to good old Mickey Mouse. Here’s the latest Mickey comic, a modern tale that doesn’t seem all that different from the comics I read as a kid; it will […]