As we mentioned a little while ago, the UK children’s weekly comic The Phoenix is now available as an iOS app, and I chatted with Russell Willis, the developer of the app, about the challenges of making a digital comics app for children.
At The Comics Reporter, Tom Spurgeon interviews Shannon Watters, who edits BOOM! Studios’ line of children’s comics (Adventure Time, Peanuts) under the kaboom imprint.
And at Comic Book Resources, Danielle Corsetto talks about working on one of those comics, Adventure Time: Playing with Fire.
Tokyopop is back, although they don’t seem to be publishing new books at the moment; their website does offer a variety of print books and e-books for sale, mostly from their original English language (OEL) manga line, although there are a few full-color French and Chinese graphic novels as well. The only Japanese manga up there at the moment is Hetalia; they have the first three volumes, and Stu Levy said at Anime LA recently that they are negotiating with the publisher to get the licenses for volumes 4 and 5 as well.
Archie is bringing back Tania del Rio’s Sabrina comics in a black-and-white, manga-sized graphic novel format.
Right here at SLJ, Peter Gutierrez talks to Richard Beach about literacy and making comics in the classroom, using comics creation software.
Free Comic Book Day will be May 4 this year; at Good E-Reader I wrote a quick primer, with links to previous years’ free comics that are available digitally. And the FCBD news is already coming out: Rob Worley’s all-ages comic Scratch 9 has been picked up by Hermes Press, and they will release a Free Comic Book Day comic followed by a new series in which different artists illustrate tales from the nine lives of our hero, Scratch.
Michael Buntag on 47 Ronin #1-2 (NonSensical Words)
Drew McCabe on vol. 2 of The Best of the Three Stooges and All of Scrooge McDuck’s Millions #10 (Comic Attack)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 1 of Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll (Blogcritics)
Brian Gardes on vol. 1 of Heroman (Stumptown Trade Review)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Heroman (Manga Xanadu)
Jennifer Lavonier on Zeus: King of the Gods (Turtle and Robot)