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This Week’s Comics: Watch Those Papercutz!

Start your summer reading with titles from this week’s list of new releases. Jump on the Kevin Keller bandwagon with the newest issue from Archie Comics, winner of the LGBT Media awards for Outstanding Comic Book. Papercutz releases the first Smurfs Anthology of original comics in publication order, and Viz Media has the next volume in the Pokemon series Black and White.

The List:

Jugheads Double Digest #193, $3.99
Kevin Keller #9 (Dan Parent Regular Cover), $2.99
Kevin Keller #9 (Dan Parent Variant Cover), $2.99

Garfield #14 (Cover A Gary Barker), $3.99
Herobear And The Kid Special #1 (Cover A Mike Kunkel), $3.99 ^^AA Pick^^

Looney Tunes #213, $2.99
Scooby-Doo Where Are You #34, $2.99

Disney Junior Magazine #14 (Disney Publishing Worldwide), $4.99

Ariol Volume 2 Thunder Horse SC, $12.99  ^^AA Pick^^
Smurfs Anthology Volume 1 HC, $19.99
Sybil The Backpack Fairy Volume 4 Princess Nina HC, $10.99

Pokemon Black And White Volume 10 GN, $4.99

The Picks:

Herobear And The Kid Special #1 – An Esiner award winner makes KaBOOM! its home. Tyler has a special friend: A stuffed bear left to him by his grandfather magically becomes the superhero Herobear! It’s Picture Day at Tyler’s school, so of course nothing can go right! Not only has Tyler forgotten about it, but the mysterious Von Klon and his Sub of Doom are attacking the Simpleton Bridge. Tyler has to somehow sneak out of class so he and Herobear can stop Von Klon, all without losing his hall pass! This brand new original adventure marks the relaunch of Mike Kunkel’s creation that won the Eisner for “Best Title for Young Readers” in both 2003 and 2004.

Ariol Volume 2 Thunder Horse SC – Papercutz brings another French all-ages comic to American audiences. Ariol is your everyday tween donkey. He lives with his parents in the suburbs, has friends, and goes to school. And he knows he’s just like his hero in every way… mostly. He’s brave, but handsome and tall—maybe not yet. But he’s going to do everything he can to grow up and become like the guardian of the stars! This slice-of-life series started in 2000 in France and became popular enough to get its own cartoon series in 2009. With charming artwork and plenty of humor, this is a series readers of any age will enjoy.

Images © BOOM! Studios and Papercutz respectively.

Lori Henderson About Lori Henderson

Lori Henderson is a mother of two teenage daughters and an avid reader. She blogs about manga at her personal blog Manga Xanadu as well as contributing and editing for Manga Village. She blogs about all things fandom (mainly Doctor Who) at her other personal blog Fangirl Xanadu. She's been at it so for over 5 years now and counting!


  1. My sons and I really enjoyed Mike Kunkel’s initial run on Billy Batson and the Magic of Shazam. Herobear and the Kid looks really fun! What age range would you recommend it for? Are there other comics/graphic novels by Mike Kunkel that you’d recommend?

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