ICv2 reports that July 2012 comic book sales were robust, up 22% over the same time last year. Graphic novel sales were also strong, too, with a 16% increase from July 2011. Although this summer’s crop of superhero movies may have sparked a few sales, the bump can be attributed, in part, to the release of issue #100 of The Walking Dead.
Cowabunga, dude! The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles will be returning to the small screen this fall with a new animated series; the show, which debuts September 29th, will air on Nickelodeon.
Kazu Kibushi, creator of Amulet, Copper, and Daisy Kutter, is recovering from bacterial meningitis. His lead production assistant Jason Caffoe reports that Kibushi is resting comfortably at home, and will be back to work soon. Get well soon!
Long-time comics blogger John Jakala discusses what his kids are reading.
Cartoonist and children’s book illustrator Renee French is the latest high-profile author to pen a tome for TOON Books. Barry’s Best Buddy, which will be released in spring 2013, explores the relationship between a rodent — possibly a shrew or a vole — and a bird.
USA Today reports that the Peanuts gang will be taking a trip to Japan in the forthcoming graphic novel It’s Tokyo, Charlie Brown. Paige Braddock, creative director for Charles Schultz Creative enterprises, explains that the new work remains true to the spirit of the original strips. “Everyone who has worked on the comic books is very respectful to honor Schulz, his stories and his characters,” she explains. “We all realize that we are standing on the shoulders of a giant.”
Jennifer Cheng on Axe Cop: President of the World #1 (Comic Book Resources)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vols. 11-12 of Bakuman (MangaWorth Reading)
Rob McMonigal on Beasts of Burden: Neighborhood Watch (Panel Patter)
Anna Neatrour on vol. 3 of Cardcaptor Sakura Omnibus Edition (Manga Report)
Russ on Crogan’s Loyalty (No Flying No Tights)
Steve Bennett on Damsels #1 (ICv2)
Kate Dacey on vols. 3-5 of Dawn of the Arcana (The Manga Critic)
Nic on Disney Fairies, Book One: Prilla’s Talent (No Flying No Tights)
Traci on Drama (No Flying No Tights)
Abby on Fashion Kitty and the B.O.Y.S. (No Flying No Tights)
Sheena McNeil on Guinea Pig, No. 5: Raining Cats and Detectives (Sequential Tart)
Sterg Botzakis on Incredible Change-Bots (Graphic Novel Resources)
Whitney on It’s Pooltime! (No Flying No Tights)
Steve Bennett on Peter Cannon: Thunderbolt #1 (ICv2)
Wolfen Moondaughter on vol. 1 of Polterguys (Sequential Tart)
Anna Neatrour on vols. 1-4 of Wish (Manga Report)