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Links: Graphic novels are good for kids (and grown-ups, too)

Katherine Dacey

Earlier this month, TV Ontario posed the provocative question, “Are graphic novels good enough for the classroom?” Answering the question in the affirmative were Larry Swartz, author of Learning to Read with Graphic Power, and Jeff Smith, creator of Bone.

Last week, Jeff Kinney filed suit against Antarctic Press for trademark violations. Antarctic recently launched Diary of a Zombie Kid, a parody of Kinney’s wildly successful Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. The second title in the Zombie Kid series, Rotten Rules, is scheduled for a January 2012 release.

Did you know that Osamu Tezuka had to re-draw a substantial portion of his famous comic Jungle Emperor? Tezuka in English has a fascinating comparison between the original edition (1950-54), which was serialized in Manga Shonen, and the revised edition (1977), which was part of the Osamu Tezuka Complete Manga Works series.

Usagi Yojimbo creator Stan Sakai shows off the first page of his forthcoming contribution to Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard.

Top Shelf unveils the cover of its 2012 Free Comic Book Day offering, which will feature contributions from Chris Eliopoulos (Okie Dokie Donuts), Ray Friesen (Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken) James Kochalka (Dragon Puncher, Johnny Boo), Andy Runton (Owly), Christian Slade (Korgi), and Jess Smart Smiley (Upside Down).

To celebrate the tenth anniversary of Ted Naifeh’s Courtney Crumrin, Oni Press is re-issuing the entire series in a deluxe hardbound edition with color artwork. Newsarama has a sneak peek.

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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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