To celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Sonic the Hedgehog, Archie Comics will be publishing a special four-issue story arc this summer, beginning with issue 226. According to writer Ian Flynn, Sonic: Genesis will be a reboot of sorts, allowing new readers to jump into the series while indulging older fans’ nostalgia for the original SEGA Games. Look for the first issue in June.
Graphic novels make a respectable showing on the ballot for this year’s Children’s Choice Book Awards, with titles like Babymouse: Burns Rubber, Lunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown, and Smile earning nominations. Kids can cast their votes from now until April 29th.
Deb Aoki rounds up reactions to Friday’s big manga news: the return of Sailor Moon.
Bay Area comics fans, mark your calendars: Wondercon starts on April 1st. Among the kid-friendly events on the Wondercon schedule is the SF Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival, which features short films from Brazil, Canada, France, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States.
In case you missed it: our own Brigid Alverson talks about bringing comics to a fifth-grade classroom. “What I found really interesting about the encounter is that the kids absolutely love comics, but they don’t seem to know they exist,” she reports. “Once they see them, though, they catch on quick.”
Rob McMonigal on vols. 1-2 of Aqua (Panel Patter)
Katherine Dacey on Beauty and the Squat Bears (The Manga Critic)
David Welsh on vol. 1 of Blue Exorcist (The Manga Curmudgeon)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 3 of Bunny Drop (Manga Worth Reading)
Kevin Hodgson on Lewis and Clark (The Graphic Classroom)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Liberty Vocational, Vol. 1: Will Supervillains Be on the Final? (Comics Worth Reading)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Possessions: The Ghost Table (Comics Worth Reading)
Katherine Dacey on Qwan (The Manga Critic)
Kevin Hodgson on The Seven Voyages of Sinbad (The Graphic Classroom)
Chris Wilson on Zita the Spacegirl (The Graphic Classroom)