ICv2 has just released its list of the ten hottest kids’ comic properties from summer 2011. Not surprisingly, Diary of a Wimpy Kid hangs on to the top spot, but The Simpsons, Geronimo Stilton, and The Smurfs also make strong showings. For manga lovers, ICv2 has compiled separate lists of the top ten shojo (girls’) and shonen (boys’) properties for the same period.
ICv2 also reports that Marvel Comics is jumping on the day-and-date bandwagon. By March 2012, all new Marvel periodicals will be available in digital format on the same day as the print edition arrives in stores.
Curious about the Disney/Marvel crossover that was announced at New York Comic-Con? Albert Ching sits down with the creative team behind Prep & Landing: Mansion Impossible, which will appear in the all-ages title Super Heroes #20 on November 16th.
Over at Robot 6, J.K. Parkin posts a generous preview of Jarrett William’s Super Pro K.O.: Chaos in the Cage! (Oni Press), a teen-friendly comedy about professional wrestling. The second volume just arrived in stores last week.
And speaking of previews, Brigid Alverson offers a sneak peek at CLAMP’s newest title, Gate 7 (Dark Horse).
The folks at Seven Seas just unveiled their latest acquisition: Young Miss Holmes, a.k.a. Christie High Tension, a mystery series starring Sherlock Holmes’ precocious ten-year-old niece. Seven Seas will release the series in omnibus format; look for the first “casebook” in March 2012.
Hear Dallas Middaugh of Kodansha Comics, Harold Buchholz of Archie, John Cunningham of DC, and Kelly Coyle Crivelli of Random House talk about the latest trends in graphic novels in this week’s Library Journal webinar, taking place November 8.
Are you headed to the Miami Book Fair? If so, be sure to attend The School of Comics and Graphic Novels, a series of panels about using comics in the classroom. All sessions will be held on November 17th between 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.
Chris Wilson explains how he uses Adventures in Cartooning (First Second) to teach kids the fundamentals of literature.
Reviews: Over at Anime News Network, Shaenon Garrity pays tribute to Yumi Tamura’s shojo epic, Basara, while the No Flying No Tights crew looks at four Marvel Origins books: The Uncanny X-Men, The Amazing Spiderman, The Mighty Thor, and The Courageous Captain America.
Paige McKee on vol. 2 of Ace Attorney Phoenix Wright (Sequential Tart)
Sterg Botzakis on Americus (Graphic Novel Resources)
Jennifer W. on Anya’s Ghost (No Flying No Tights)
Emma on Archie: The Man from R.I.V.E.R.D.A.L.E. (No Flying No Tights)
John Hogan on Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Emma on Benny and Penny in Just Pretend and Benny and Penny in The Big No-No (No Flying No Tights)
Richard Bruton on The Boss (Forbidden Planet)
Rob McMonigal on Dracula the Unconquered, #1 (Panel Patter)
Travis Jonker on Drawing from Memory (100 Scope Notes)
Rob McMonigal on Fraggle Rock, Vol. 2: Tails and Tales (Panel Patter)
Matthew on vols. 1-2 of Garfield & Co. (No Flying No Tights)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 1 of Gate 7 (Anime News Network)
Brian Rubin on Gotham Central (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Michelle Smith on Haunted House (Soliloquy in Blue)
Holly von Winckel on How to Draw Chiller Monsters, Vampires, Werewolves, and Zombies (Sequential Tart)
Sarah on Jane Eyre: The Graphic Novel (No Flying No Tights)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Lily Renee, Escape Artist: From Holocaust Survivor to Comic Book Pioneer (Comics Worth Reading)
Collin David on Mangaman (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Paige McKee on vol. 2 of Monster Hunter Orage (Sequential Tart)
Jennifer W. on Nina in That Makes Me Mad (No Flying No Tights)
Julie P. on Nina in That Makes Me Mad and Benjamin Bear in Fuzzy Thinking (Booking Mama)
Drew McCabe on Peanuts, #0 and Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken: Troublems with Frenemies (Comic Attack!)
Nichole on Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chickem: Troublems with Frenemies (No Flying No Tights)
Steve Bennett on vol. 1 of Pokemon Black and White (ICv2)
Ed Sizemore on vol. 1 of Princess Knight (Manga Worth Reading)
Danica Davidson on vol. 1 of Psyren (Graphic Novel Reporter)
David Elzey on Return of the Dapper Men (The Excelsior File)
Richard Bruton on The Robot City Guide to Robots (Forbidden Planet)
Rebecca Silverman on vol. 4 of Sakura-Hime: The Legend of Princess Sakura (Anime News Network)
Emma on Star Trek Countdown (No Flying No Tights)
Danica Davidson on vols. 3-4 of The Story of Saiunkoku (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Greg McElhatton on vol. 9 of Twin Spica (Read About Comics)
Danica Davidson on Witch & Wizard (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Michelle Smith on vols. 1-5 of Yurara (Soliloquy in Blue)