Coming soon from HarperCollins: I Love Kawaii, a book exploring cute, Japanese-influenced artwork from around the world. Our own Brigid Alverson argues that I Love Kawaii “goes way beyond Hello Kitty to show just how interesting, creative, and even edgy kawaii art can be.”
Mark your calendars: Sunday, October 16th is Kids’ Day at New York Comic-Con. Highlights include a panel hosted by Art Baltazar and Franco, the award-winning duo behind DC’s Tiny Titans, and Drawing Star Wars, a workshop hosted by Bonnie Burton and Katie Cook.
Shaenon Garrity interviews 14-year-old webcomics creator Emma T. Capps at comiXology.
Salon interviews Joan Crosby, daughter of pioneering kids’ cartoonist Percy Crosby (Always Belittlin’, The Clancy Kids, Skippy).
CNN’s Geek Out! blog takes a gander at Marvel’s graphic classics line, which includes works by Jane Austen (Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility), L. Frank Baum (The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, The Marvelous Land of Oz, Ozma of Oz) and Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island).
The Graphic Classroom has a new URL: http://www.graphicclassroom.org.
Michael Hill profiles Doraemon, robot cat from the future, and star of one of Japan’s longest-running comics for kids.
Manga Bookshelf founder Melinda Beasi reflects on censorship and comics at the Comic Book Defense League Fund’s website. “It seems outrageous to imagine that in an age when civil liberty is so loudly trumpeted and treasured that a person could be arrested, imprisoned, and legally stigmatized for life because of his or her thoughts,” she notes. “Yet cases… prove this to be not only possible — but even likely — if those thoughts are being expressed and shared with others in the form of comics.”
Sailor Moon is back again and posting strong sales figures: the first volumes of Codename: Sailor V and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon topped Nielsen’s monthly list of graphic novel best sellers.
And speaking of graphic novel sales, ICv2 takes a closer look at the impact of Borders’ going-out-of-business sales on the comics industry.
Reviews: Brigid Alverson reviews GEN, a brand new manga magazine, while Lori Henderson puts the September issue of Yen+ under the microscope. Over at The Graphic Classroom, Chris Wilson reviews a batch of New 52 titles, including Animal Man, Superboy, and Wonder Woman. And Robot 6 contributor J. Caleb Moccozzo posts short reviews of four recent titles, including Bake Sale and Stargazing Dog.
Adrien Neibauer on American Born Chinese (The Graphic Classroom)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vols. 1-2 of Archie Archives (Comics Worth Reading)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Archie: The Complete Daily Newspaper Comics 1946-1948 (Comics Worth Reading)
Lori Henderson on Aron’s Absurd Armada (Manga Xanadu)
Jason Thompson on Azumanga Daioh (Anime News Network)
Travis Jonker on Bad Island (podcast review) (100 Scope Notes)
Beth Scorzato on Bake Sale (Spandexless)
Brigid Alverson on The Best of Archie’s Madhouse (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Michael Hicks on vol. 1 of B.P.R.D.: Plague of Frogs Collection (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of Codename: Sailor V (Anime News Network)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Countdown 7 Days (Manga Xanadu)
Sterg Botzakis on The Dare Detectives! (Graphic Novel Resources)
Elizabeth Schweitzer on vol. 2 of The Finder Library (PLAYBACK:stl)
Kate Dacey on Gandhi: A Manga Biography (The Manga Critic)
Nick Smith on vol. 1 of Gon (ICv2)
Aquafortis on vol. 2 of Gunnerkrigg Court (Finding Wonderland)
Danica Davidson on Mameshiba On the Loose! (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Danica Davidson on Manga Shakespeare: The Merchant of Venice (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Elizabeth Bird on The Meaning of Life… and Other Stuff (A Fuse #8 Production)
Brigid Alverson on My Name Is Elizabeth! (Graphic Novel Reporter)
John R. Platt on Photo Booth (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Greg McElhatton on vol. 1 of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (Read About Comics)
Sheena McNeil on vol. 1 of Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon (Sequential Tart)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Stan Lee’s How to Write Comics (Comics Worth Reading)
Richard Bruton on Super Animal Adventures (The Forbidden Planet Blog Log)
Chris Wilson on The Unsinkable Walker Bean (The Graphic Classroom)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Usagi Yojimbo: Fox Hunt (Comics Worth Reading)
Kevin Hodgson on Vampires and Cells (The Graphic Classroom)