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Roundtable: Our favorite Halloween stories


Since today is Halloween, we thought we would propose some treats—our favorite scary graphic novels, both classics and new releases. Brigid: Anya’s Ghost is a ghost story that is a good read any time of the year. The horror isn’t just tacked on to this coming-of-age story, it’s woven into the plot. A disaffected teenager […]

All ages comics and manga for 10/26/11


The good news: Halloween is here at last! The bad news: only 61 days until Christmas! But let’s not think about that right now, and look instead at this week’s new releases! Archie Comics has releases another Sonic the Hedgehog trade called Legacy, which collects the original Sonic comics that were based on the video […]

Preview: Sketch Monsters, book 1: Escape of the Scribbles


Sketch Monsters, out this week from Oni Press, is the story of an eight-year-old girl who doesn’t express her feelings in the usual way: Instead of showing them outwardly, she draws them as monsters in her sketchbook. That keeps them neatly bottled away—until the day they all escape and run amok, forcing her to round […]

Question Tuesday: Age Ratings Snapshot


Given the engaging discussions we all had last week in the Question Tuesday column, I thought I’d follow up this week with a snapshot of where age ratings and recommendations are right now. Many readers commented on how they look for age ratings, questioned how they’re explained, and struggled with how much weight to give […]

Links: Teenage dreamboat


Brian Heater posts the second part of his interview with Astronaut Academy author Dave Roman at The Daily Cross Hatch. This segment focuses on his comic Teen Boat (“The ANGST of Being a Teen…combined with the THRILL of being a boat”) which was originally self-published and will be published as a graphic novel next year. […]

Preview: DuckTales, vol. 1: Rightful Owners


New from BOOM! Studios this week, DuckTales, vol. 1: Rightful Owners is a wild ride in the Disney Afternoon tradition. Written by Warren Spector (creator of the Epic Mickey game) and illustrated by Leonel Castellani, it stands on its own but also shares continuity with Disney’s Darkwing Duck books (also published by BOOM!). The first […]

All ages comics and manga for 10/19/11

Tiny Titans 45

October is swiftly drawing to a close (a little too swiftly for my tastes). Get a last taste of the summer season with some Strawberry Shortcarke Berry Fun from Ape Entertainment. Or if politics is more your taste, check out Archie Comics’ Obama and Palin in Riverdale trade. To prepare for the tiny terrors that […]

Little Island Comics: North America’s first graphic novel store for kids!


In early October, Little Island Comics, in Toronto, Canada, welcomed kids, parents and kids comics enthusiasts for their grand opening. It was a two-day celebration with appearances from Fiona Smyth (The Never Weres), Claudia Davila (Luz Sees the Light), Clayton Hanmer (C-TON’s Super Amazing Year of Crazy Comics), Jeremy Tankard (Boo Hoo Bird), Kean Soo […]

Question Tuesday: What about age ratings?

This week, I’m not so much answering a question from our readers but instead asking a question OF our readers. I am currently teaching an online continuing education class for the Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science.  It’s always a fun time, and I always learn just as much if not more […]

Links: No flying, no tights


Good news for fans of No Flying No Tights: Robin Brenner’s site is back and better than ever! The newly relaunched NFNT offers visitors many options for finding titles, with categories for age, genre, and format, as well as a list of staff picks. Check out the review index below for links to the site’s […]