Last week, Drawn & Quarterly revealed that it had licensed Shigeru Mizuki’s GeGeGe no Kitaro, a long-running shonen manga about a demon boy and his yokai friends. Kitaro is a beloved character in Japan; since his 1959 debut, he’s appeared in several different manga magazines, and has been the subject of live-action movies, animated television programs, and video games. Look for the first volume — which D&Q is simply calling Kitaro — in 2013. Readers curious about Kitaro‘s history may find this essay a helpful introduction to the series.
Speaking of beloved children’s manga, David Brothers explains why he loves Akira Toriyama’s Dr. Slump. “Toriyama built a world that was the perfect delivery system for his jokes and sense of humor, and then he populated it with circus freaks and idiots,” Brothers notes.
Our own Brigid Alverson files a report from BookExpo America. Brigid wasn’t just covering the convention; she also found time to serve as a panelist for the Hottest Graphic Novels of 2012. Heidi MacDonald has a quick run-down of all the titles mentioned at the session.
Darius Washington compiles a list of seventeen Avengers stories for newly minted fans.
For the one hundredth installment of From Friendly Ghosts to Gamma Rays, Drew McCabe hosts a roundtable discussion with creators Jeremy Whitley, Chris Houghton, Shaun McLaughlin, Shane Houghton, and Matt Whitlock.
Robin Brenner chats with fellow GC4K contributors Scott Robins and Snow Wildsmith about their brand new book, A Parents’ Guide to the Best Kids’ Comics.
Cartoonist Sam Hiti (Tiempos Finales, The Long Dark Train) will be publishing his first children’s book this fall, Waga’s Big Scare.
A South Carolina parent has filed a challenge against the Greenville County Library System after discovering the “murder mystery comic book” checked out by her thirteen-year-old daughter “has the same content of Hustler or Playboy.” The graphic novel in question: Alan More’s Neonomicon, which the Greenville libraries shelve in the adult section.
At the Victoria Youth Custody Center, six Canadian teens collaborated with artist Meghan Bell to produce In and Out, a graphic novel based on their own experiences as juvenile offenders. Kate Creedon, who supervised the project, told The Globe and Mail that she hopes In and Out will spark more conversation about the twin issues of teen incarceration and illiteracy.
Reviews: Shaenon Garrity takes a fond look back at CLAMP’s unfinished apocalyptic drama X/1999.
Young Readers (Ages 4-8)
Nichole on Chick & Chickie Play All Day! (No Flying No Tights)
Tegan Conner on The Flying Beaver Brothers and The Fishy Business (The Graphic Classroom)
Kate O’Neill on Kitty & Dino (The Fandom Post)
Robert Stanley Martin on The Shark King (Pol Culture)
Chad Bowers on Superman Family Adventures #1 (Multiversity Comics)
Greg McElhatton on Superman Family Adventures #1 (Read About Comics)
Ryan Lindsay on Superman Family Adventures #1 (Comic Book Resources)
Pre-Teens (Ages 9-12)
David Anderson on Bird Boy (Spandexless)*
Patti Martison on Little White Duck: A Childhood in China (Sequential Tart)
Scott VanderPloeg on The Loxleys and The War of 1812 (Comic Book Daily)
Snow Wildsmith on Mother Teresa: Modern Saint of the Poor and The Wright Brothers: Challengers of the Air (Good Comics for Kids)
Matt Brady on vols. 1 and 2 of Princess Knight (Warren Peace Sings the Blues)
Chris Howard on Space Kid (Comic Book Daily)*
Mike Pauwk on vol. 1 of Super Dinosaur (Good Comics for Kids)
Traci on Breaking Down and The Hunger Pains (No Flying No Tights)
Jessi Silver on vol. 1 of The Earl and the Fairy (The Fandom Post)
Jocelyne Allen on Feynman (Brain Vs. Book)
Sterg Botzakis on Finder: Voice (Graphic Novel Resources)
Greg McElhatton on Marathon (Read About Comics)
Kevin Hodgson on Mush! Sled Dogs With Issues (The Graphic Classroom)
Traci on My Boyfriend is a Monster, #5: I Date Dead People (No Flying No Tights)
Sheena McNeil on vol. 9 of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (Sequential Tart)
Russ on Star Trek: Nero (No Flying No Tights)
Olwyn Supeene on vol. 7 of The Story of Saiunkoku (Sequential Tart)
* indicates a web comic