Let’s ring out the old year with a roundup of recent links—plenty of good reading for the holiday weekend. Best wishes to all our readers for a safe New Year’s Eve and a Happy New Year. See you in 2011!
Garen Ewing answers questions from the world at large about his Tintinesque series The Rainbow Orchid at his blog.
Starting in January, Boom! Studios is bringing back classic Disney comics in its line of comics featuring the standard Disney characters: Mickey Mouse, Uncle Scrooge, and Walt Disney’s Comics and Stories.
Changes are afoot in the Archie universe as well, and CEO Jon Goldwater talks about some of them in this interview with Kiel Phegley at Comic Book Resources. One of the changes: Miss Grundy will die of cancer in Life with Archie #6. (She will continue to live on in the regular comics and digests, however). Johanna Draper Carlson reviews that issue as well as Archie #616 and #617 (the Obama-Palin storyline) at Comics Worth Reading. And Goldwater talks to David Brothers of Comics Alliance about Archie’s digital strategy, which includes pricing most of their books at 99 cents.
At TFAW.com, Amy Mebberson, the artist for Boom! Studios’ Muppet Show comics, discusses her time at Disney, her love of Skeeter, and what it’s like to make kids’ comics nowadays.
Kim Thompson of Fantagraphics discusses his company’s all-ages line of European comics at Comic Book Resources.
Gina Gagliano puts together a list of graphic novels about history for the First Second Books blog.
Sarah Sammis makes her list of the ten best graphic novels of the year at Puss Reboots.
At Graphic Novel Reporter, I discuss the difficulty of assigning age ratings to comics and graphic novels. Also: Derek Ruiz and Daniel Sampere discuss their adaptation of Paolo Coelho’s The Alchemist with editor John Hogan.
Broken Frontier has a preview of Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #1. And ToughPigs posts a first look at the second volume of the Fraggle Rock anthology. Graphic Policy has a preview of the Betty & Veronica Digest #187.
At Guys Lit Wire, Mark Williams shares some of the graphic novels he and editor Rick Klaw put on their top ten list for SF Site.
Reviews: Unshelved presents a cartoon review of the Yo Gabba Gabba board books.
Chris Wilson on Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (The Graphic Classroom)
Nicola on Babymouse #12 and #13 (Back to Books)
Chris Wilson on Binky to the Rescue (The Graphic Classroom)
Lexie on Can’t Lose You (Poisoned Rationality)
Michael Buntag on vol. 1 of Castle Waiting (NonSensical Words)
Rob McMonigal on vol. 1 of Cat Paradise (Panel Patter)
Rob McMonigal on Cavemen in Space (Panel Patter)
Sterg Botzakis on Chiggers (Graphic Novel Resources)
Kyla Hunt on vol. 1 of Chi’s Sweet Home (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Spiderben on Darkwing Duck, vol. 1: The Duck Knight Returns (About Heroes)
Sterg Botzakis on Fist Stick Knife Gun: A Personal History of Violence (Graphic Novel Resources)
Chris Wilson on Ghostopolis (The Graphic Classroom)
Nicola on Graphic Classics #19: Christmas Classics (Back to Books)
Sean Kleefeld on Havoc (Kleefeld on Comics)
Kevin Hodgson on Hiro: Dragon Warrior (The Graphic Classroom)
Nicola on How I Made It to Eighteen (Back to Books)
Rob McMonigal on Johnny Boo and the Mean Little Boy (Panel Patter)
Sterg Botzakis on Levitation: Physics and Psychology in the Service of Deception (Graphic Novel Resources)
Dave Ferraro on The Littlest Pirate King (Comics-and-More)
Dave Ferraro on The Little Prince (Comics-and-More)
Nicola on Lunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta and Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown (Back to Books)
Nicola on Meanwhile (Back to Books)
Dave Ferraro on Mouse Guard: The Black Axe #1 (Comics-and-More)
Ryan Roe on Muppet Sherlock Holmes #4 (ToughPigs)
Nicola on My 1st Graphic Novels: The Lost Lunch and Bus Ride Bully (Back to Books)
Sterg Botzakis on Polly and the Pirates (Graphic Novel Resources)
Nicola on Resistance: Book 1 (Back to Books)
Dave Ferraro on Return of the Dapper Men (Comics-and-More)
John Hogan on Rip M.D. (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Dave Ferraro on issues 1-3 of Thor: The Mighty Avenger (Comics-and-More)
Dave Ferraro on Tower of Treasure: Three Thieves (Comics-and-More)
Nicola on Toy Story: Some Assembly Required (Back to Books)
Sean Kleefeld on Trickster: Native American Tales (Kleefeld on Comics)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Book 2 of Troublemaker (Comics Worth Reading)
Nicola on vols. 1-3 of Vermonia (Back to Books)
Sean Kleefeld on The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (Kleefeld on Comics)
Chris Wilson on Wonder Woman: The Circle and Wonder Woman: The Ends of the Earth (The Graphic Classroom)
Rob McMonigal on vol. 5 of Yotsuba&! (Panel Patter)
Sean Gaffney on vol. 9 of Yotsuba&! (A Case Suitable for Treatment)
Carlo Santos on vol. 9 of Yotsuba&! (ANN)
Sterg Botzakis on Yu the Great: Conquering the Flood (Graphic Novel Resources)
Christopher Mautner on The Zabime Sisters (Robot 6)
Nicola on Zebrafish (Back to Books)