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Author Michelle Lee interviewed her seven-year-old daughter about Teen Titan heroine Starfire. Though Lee’s daughter describes Starfire as her favorite superhero, she was dismayed by the way the character was drawn in issue one of Red Hood & The Outlaws. “[S]he’s not fighting anyone. And not talking to anyone really. She’s just almost naked and posing,” Lee’s daughter observed.

A Distant Soil artist Colleen Doran offers her take on two iconic Archie characters. And speaking of Archie Comics, the publisher is currently developing an animated show based on Sabrina, The Teenage Witch.

With a new issue of Skullkickers hitting stores, Jim Zubkavich sits down with CBR to talk about his career in the comic industry.

After several years in limbo, the complete Astronaut Dad will be available at New York Comic-Con. The story, by David Hopkins and Brent Schoonover, focuses on a group of astronauts who are recruited for a top-secret espionage project.

DC Comics is teaming up with Amazon to make graphic novels and collected editions available to Kindle Fire customers. Digital books will cost $9.99, and will include titles from DC’s Vertigo, Wildstorm, and MAD Magazine imprints.

For the second time this month, VIZ Media titles occupied all ten slots on the New York Times‘ Manga Bestseller list.

Vertical, Inc. just announced that it acquired the rights to shonen manga Aku no Hana (roughly translated as Flowers of Evil). Look for volume one in spring 2012. guide Aaron Albert compiles a helpful list of comic-book charities.

Best-selling author James Patterson offers helpful strategies for encouraging kids to read. “Freedom of choice is a key to getting them motivated and excited,” he argues. “Vampire sagas, comics, manga, books of sports statistics — terrific! — as long as kids are reading.”

Reviews: Greg McElhatton weighs on the latest crop of New 52 debuts, including Aquaman, Green Lantern: New Guardians, Superman, and Teen Titans. Over at MTV Geek, our own Brigid Alverson looks at volume one of Codename: Sailor V, while the Comic Attack! gang posts two installments of From Friendly Ghosts to Gamma Rays. The first looks at World of Archie Double Digest #10 and The Adventures of Young Dr. Masters; the second examines three recent manga releases.

Hayley Campbell on Any Empire (The Comics Journal)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Archie: The Complete Daily Newspaper Strips, 1946-1948 (Comics Worth Reading)
Sterg Botzakis on vol. 1 of Archie: Freshman Year (Graphic Novel Resources)
Brigid Alverson on The Art of Vampire Knight (MTV Geek)
Steve Bennett on vol. 1 of Bloody Monday (ICv2)
Danica Davidson on Cartoon Cute Animals: How to Draw the Most Irresistible Creatures on the Planet! (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Nathan Wilson on Chimichanga (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Tanya on Daphne’s Diary of Daily Disasters (books4yourkids)
Danica Davidson on vols. 1-3 of The Drifting Classroom (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Jonathan Liu on Feynman (Geek Dad)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Gandhi: A Manga Biography (Manga Worth Reading)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Ghostbusters, #1 (Comics Worth Reading)
Doug Zawisza on Ghostbusters, #1 (Comic Book Resources)
Richard on Gingerbread Girl (Forbidden Planet)
Joy Kim on Ivy (Joy Kim)
Sheena McNeil on The Manga Guide to the Universe (Sequential Tart)
Danica Davidson on Meet Mameshiba! (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Steve Bennett on vol. 1 of Mardock Scramble (ICv2)
Collin David on One Month to Live (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Homa Woodrum on Owly (VegBooks)
Diana Dang on vols. 1-3 of Uzumaki (Stop, Drop, and Read!)
Greg McElhatton on Wonder Woman, #1 (Read About Comics)

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.


  1. Thank you for linking to my review on, I hope to review more graphic novels there in the future.

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