Earlier this week, Rich Watson unveiled the 2012 Glyph Award nominees. Among the kid- and teen-friendly titles that made the cut were Princeless (Jeremy Whitley and Mia Goodwin) and Ultimate Spider-Man #1 (Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli). Now in their seventh year, the Glyph Awards honor “the best in comics made by, for, and about people of color from the preceding calendar year.”
Over at The Huffington Post, Bryan Young interviews Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater about the controversy surrounding Life with Archie #16, better known as the issue in which Kevin Keller marries his boyfriend. “Life With Archie #16 has sold out, and that’s the best, most direct response to those saying Kevin shouldn’t exist,” Goldwater tells Young. “As I’ve said everywhere I can – Kevin is here to stay. He’s a part of Riverdale and is the most important character we’ve introduced in Archie Comics since Archie first appeared. We are committed to a diverse, welcoming and current Riverdale.”
Speaking of Archie Comics, Johanna Draper Carlson takes a closer look at the company’s 2011 sales figures.
Coming soon to a NOOK near you: Classics Illustrated and Classics Illustrated Junior. Look for The Jungle Book, The Last of the Mohicans, War of the Worlds, Rumplestilskin, and Cinderella in the Barnes & Noble NOOK store this week.
Jeff Smith, Kazu Kibushi, and Raina Telgemeier recently participated in a Scholastic webcast that was beamed to classrooms around the country. The topic: how words and pictures work together in the context of a graphic novel.
Salt Water Taffy creator Matt Loux talks to CBR’s Alex Dueben about wrapping up the two-part “Caldera’s Revenge” story and what he plans to do next.
Suvudu’s Matt Stagg talks to YA author Scott Westerfeld about his graphic novel Uglies: Shay’s Story.
This week’s NY Times Manga Bestseller list has some surprising new entries, including the final volume of xxxHolic (#1), the first volume of Soulless: The Manga (#2), and the eleventh volume of GTO: The Early Years (#4).
Meanwhile, the best-selling graphic novel in bookstores last month, according to Nielsen BookScan, was Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise, Part 1, which was written by Gene Luen Yang.
Dark Horse just announced that Mike Russell’s adorable webcomic The Sabertooth Vampire will be featured in issues 12 and 14 of Dark Horse Presents.
Reviews: For his latest From Friendly Ghosts to Gamma Rays column, Drew McCabe looks at three comics: Sybil the Backpack Fairy, GlobWorld, and a special manga crossover, One Piece x Toriko: Taste of the Devil Fruit.
Young Readers (Ages 4-8)
John Hogan on Cameron and His Dinosaurs (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Bill on A Day in the Office of Doctor Bugspit (No Flying No Tights)
Tanya on Explorer: The Mystery Boxes (books4yourkids)
Travis on Explorer: The Mystery Boxes (100 Scope Notes)
Andrew Shuping on vol. 3 of Korgi (Comics Forge)
Rob McMonigal on Monsters Are Just Like Us (Panel Patter)
Erik Sugay on Monsters Are Just Like Us (Spandexless)
Brigid Alverson on Nina in That Makes Me Mad! (Graphic Novel Reporter)
ForeWord Reviews on Okie Dokie Donuts: Open for Business! (ForeWord Reviews)
Nicola on Zig and Wikki in The Cow (Back to Books)
Pre-Teens (ages 9-12)
Gail on The Avalon Chronicles, Vol. 1: Once in a Blue Moon (No Flying No Tights)
Rachel Calabia on Courtney Crumrin, Vol. 1: the Night Things Special Edition (City Book Review)
Ryan Donovan on Courtney Crumrin, Vol. 1: The Night Things Special Edition (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Sterg Botzakis on Ghostopolis (Graphic Novel Resources)
Wolfen Moondaughter on Lou #2: Summertime Blues (Sequential Tart)
Rebecca Buchanan on No Girls Allowed: Tales of Daring Women Dressed as Men for Love, Freedom, and Adventure (Sequential Tart)
Michael on Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief (No Flying No Tights)
Nicola on vol. 2 of The Secret World of Arrietty (Back to Books)
Sheena McNeil on Turning Tiger: Special Edition (Sequential Tart)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Usagi Yojimbo #144 (Comics Worth Reading)
Michael Hicks on Batman: The Black Mirror (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Greg McElhatton on Fairest #1 (Read About Comics)
Danica Davidson on The Many Adventures of Miranda Mercury: Time Runs Out (Graphic Novel Reporter)
David Gromer on vol. 2 of Maximum Ride: The Manga (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Jenny on vols. 1-9 of Natsume’s Book of Friends (No Flying No Tights)
Michelle Smith on vols. 1-2 of Psyren (Soliloquy in Blue)
Katherine Dacey on vol. 1 of Recorder and Randsell (The Manga Critic)
Jack B. on Thor: The World Eaters (No Flying No Tights)
Emma on Virunga: Africa’s Oldest National Park (No Flying No Tights)