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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 Roger Langridge’s final Muppet Show comic for BOOM! Studios.

Over at The Manga Curmudgeon, David Welsh is hosting a week-long celebration of One Piece, one of the all-time best-selling shonen (boys’) manga in Japan. Among the notable contributions so far: our own Lori Henderson’s review of the first four volumes.

School’s in session! Christ Mautner offers his own Tintin-101 course for readers new to Herge’s classic series.

This year, why not give the gift of manga? I have some suggestions for pre-teen, tween, and young teen readers at The Manga Critic.

Reviews: Johanna Draper Carlson offers succinct reviews of nine new comics, including The Return of the Dapper Men and Francis Sharp in the Grip of the Uncanny. Other reviews of note:

Julie Opipari on Binky to the Rescue (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Greg McElhatton on Marvel Masterworks: Fantastic Four, Vol. 2 (Read About Comics)
Brigid Alverson on Robot City Adventures (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Snow Wildsmith on Saturn Apartments, Vol. 1 (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Chris Wilson on Trickster: Native American Tales, A Graphic Collection (The Graphic Classroom)

Katherine Dacey About Katherine Dacey

Katherine Dacey has been reviewing comics since 2006. From 2007 to 2008, she was the Senior Manga Editor at PopCultureShock, a site covering all aspects of the entertainment industry from comics to video games. In 2009, she launched The Manga Critic, where she focuses primarily on Japanese comics and novels in translation. Katherine lives and works in the Greater Boston area, and is a musicologist by training.

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