Make room on your shelves, librarians: two more Captain Underpants books are headed your way! The first, entitled Captain Underpants and the Terrifying Return of Tippy Tinkletrousers, will debut in August 2012; the second, Captain Underpants and the Revolting Revenge of the Radioactive Robo-Boxers, is slated for a January 2013. Also in the mix are two Super Diaper Baby e-books, will be released on January 31, 2012.
Kazu Kibushi (Amulet, Flight) will be a guest of honor at this year’s Maine Comic Arts Festival, to be held in Portland on May 20th.
Saturday Morning Webtoons, a new all-ages comics portal, debuted this weekend with a line-up of six kid-friendly comics. Contributors include Stephanie Buscema (Rocketeer Adventures), Andi Watson (Glister, Clubbing), J. Torres (Archie & Friends, Wall-E), and Alexander Serra (Teen Titans Go).
Once again, Naruto is king — of the New York Times Manga Bestsellers list, that is — besting such long-standing favorites as Yu-Gi-Oh GX, One Piece, Black Bird, and Maximum Ride.
Looking for an intelligent way to discuss the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with elementary school students? Chris Wilson has some suggestions for using sequential art in your classroom.
On Saturday, January 28th, VIZ Media will be holding a special launch party for Shonen Jump Alpha, their new weekly e-magazine. The event will be held from 2:00 – 5:00 pm at the West Hollywood Library in West Hollywood, CA. The event is free and open to the public. More information can be found at the library’s website.
Just for fun: Caleb Goellner shares pictures of an amazing Superman Lego sculpture.
Reviews: Over at the Forbidden Planet International blog, kid reviewer Molly shares her three favorite comics from 2011, while Comic Attack! reviewer Drew McCabe looks at two new comics for kids: Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll and Peanuts.
Young Readers (Ages 4-8)
Jennifer W on Banana Tail’s Colorful Adventure (No Flying No Tights)
Carlo Santos on vol. 7 of Chi’s Sweet Home (Anime News Network)
Nic on vols. 1-2 of Pokemon: Black and White (No Flying No Tights)
Nic on Tales of the School Zombies (No Flying No Tights)
Pre-Teens (Ages 9-12)
Holly von Winckel on Billy Fog, Vol. 1: The Gift of Trouble Sight (Sequential Tart)
Jennifer W on The Land That Time Forgot and The People That Time Forgot (No Flying No Tights)
Holly von Winckel on PrinceLess #2 (Sequential Tart)
John Hogan on Superheroes: An Amelia Rules! Book (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Matthew Warner on vol. 10 of Yotsuba&! (The Fandom Post)
Teens (Ages 13+)
Greg McElhatton on vol. 1 of The Dark Crystal: Creation Myths (Read About Comics)
Anna Neatrour on vol. 2 of Dawn of the Arcana (Manga Report)
Michelle Smith on vol. 1 of Durarara!! (Soliloquy in Blue)
John Hogan on The Last Dragon (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Allen on Old City Blues (No Flying No Tights)
Wolfen Moondaughter on vol. 2 of Twilight: The Graphic Novel (Sequential Tart)
Rob McMonigal on vol. 1 of Wandering Son (Panel Patter)
John Hogan on X-Men: Age of X (Graphic Novel Reporter)