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Toon Books recently re-launched its iPhone app with three free titles: Silly Lilly, Jack and the Box, and Little Mouse Gets Ready. Brigid Alverson test-drove Little Mouse Gets Ready, and pronounced it a great alternative to the hardbound edition. For a small fee, users can purchase audio versions in multiple languages — a great way to help beginning readers make the connection between sounds and letters.

The folks at Comics Alliance have posted a preview of Kaboom’s brand-new Duck Tales comic, which arrives in stores this week.

Graphic Novel Reporter offers a sneak peak at the Hottest Graphic Novels of Summer 2011. As an added bonus, the editors have broken out recommendations by age group, with separate lists for kids, tweens, and teens.

David Welsh lists ten reasons to love Cross Game, Mitsuru Adachi’s manga about a pair of baseball wunderkinds.

What TOKYOPOP titles would you like to see rescued from licensing purgatory? Deb Aoki put the question to her readers earlier this week. Not surprisingly, unfinished series such as Alice in the Country of Hearts, Aria, Deadman Wonderland, Hetalia: Axis Powers, Loveless, Shinobi Life, and V.B. Rose nabbed the most votes, though perennial favorites such as Fake and Fruits Basket also appeared on many fans’ wish-lists.

And speaking of TOKYOPOP, Lori Henderson wonders what will become of titles like Erin Hunter’s Warriors and Meg Cabot’s Avalon High, which were among the publisher’s best-selling graphic novels.


Johanna Draper Carlson on Archie & Friends #154-55: Meet the Power Pets (Comics Worth Reading)
Wolfen Moondaughter on Archie’s Pal Jughead #206 (Sequential Tart)
Rob McMonigal on Athena: Grey-Eyed Goddess (Panel Patter)
Danica Davidson on Beauty and the Squat Bears (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Katherine Dacey on vol. 1 of A Bride’s Story (The Manga Critic)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Courtney Crumrin Tales: The League of Ordinary Gentlemen (Comics Worth Reading)
Greg McElhatton on Courtney Crumrin Tales: The League of Ordinary Gentlemen (Comic Book Resources)
Michelle Smith on vols. 2-3 of Cross Game (Soliloquy in Blue)
Nathan Wilson on Curse of Cromwell: The Siege (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Patti Martinson on Finder: Voice (Sequential Tart)
Rob McMonigal on vol. 3 of Karakuri Odette (Panel Patter)
Ryan Lindsay on Kill Shakespeare #11 (Comic Book Resources)
William Jones on Luthor (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Collin David on Madman Atomica! (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Katherine Dacey on vol. 1 of Moon and Blood (The Manga Critic)
Greg McElhatton on Patrick: A Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Other Stories (Read About Comics)
Wolfen Moondaughter on Sonic the Hedgehog #222 (Sequential Tart)
Nathan Wilson on The Unwritten, Vol. 2: Inside Man (The Graphic Novel Reporter)

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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