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Scott Robins

About Scott Robins

Scott Robins is a librarian at the Toronto Public Library and the co-author of A Parent's Guide to the Best Kids' Comics. He is the children's programming director for the annual Toronto Comic Arts Festival. He has also served on the graphic novel selection committee for the Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids and Teens and is a jury member of the Joe Shuster Awards in the "Comics for Kids" category.

Interview: Jess Smart Smiley on Upside Down

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Top Shelf Comix has carved a niche in the kids’ comics market by publishing high quality series that are both quirky and sweet like Andy Runton’s Owly, James Kochalka’s Johnny Boo and more. Now, Top Shelf has a new addition to their kids’ comics family: Upside Down: A Vampire Tale by Jess Smart Smiley introduces [...]

Little Island Comics: North America’s first graphic novel store for kids!

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In early October, Little Island Comics, in Toronto, Canada, welcomed kids, parents and kids comics enthusiasts for their grand opening. It was a two-day celebration with appearances from Fiona Smyth (The Never Weres), Claudia Davila (Luz Sees the Light), Clayton Hanmer (C-TON’s Super Amazing Year of Crazy Comics), Jeremy Tankard (Boo Hoo Bird), Kean Soo [...]

Interview: Dave Roman on Astronaut Academy

Scott Robins
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Years ago Dave Roman and I would gripe about mainstream comic book companies’ lack of interest in attracting new young readers by creating books that were both appealing and suitable. I felt a kinship with Dave in his enthusiasm and passion for the potential of creating comics for kids that actually spoke to kids. Dave [...]

Interview: Ben Hatke on Zita the Space Girl

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Ben Hatke’s brave sci-fi heroine Zita the Space Girl made her debut in Flight Explorer, an anthology of comics for kids, edited by Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the series Amulet. In a short comic titled “If Wishes Were Socks,” readers were introduced to the fun, humorous adventures of Zita and her companions. When Flight Explorer [...]

Links: News from the North

Scott Robins

In early February, nominations for the 2011 Joe Shuster Canadian Comic Book Creator Awards were announced including the Comic for Kids/Bande Dessinées pour Enfants award. Nominations include Binky to the Rescue by Ashley Spires (Kids Can Press) Félice et le flamboyant blue by Mikaël (PLB Editions) Fishing with Gubby by Gary Kent & Kim La [...]

Links: Two early holiday gifts

Scott Robins

Whatever holiday you’re celebrating this month, here’s a couple treats from the world of kids comics that will bring you a little bit of joy. Jeff Smith has announced that there will be a full-color one volume of the entire Bone series coming in 2011. If you were at San Diego Comic-Con back when he [...]

Review: The Unsinkable Walker Bean

Scott Robins
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Pirates may be out this year but that hasn’t stopped The Unsinkable Walker Bean from being a successful high adventure story for young readers in the tradition of series like Tintin. Walker Bean has been given a serious task from his dying grandfather: return a cursed skull that caused his illness to its rightful owners—a [...]

Links: Libraries and Graphic Novel lists

Scott Robins

New York Public Library has released a list of children’s books for 2010 called 100 Titles For Reading and Sharing. The list includes a select number of graphic books including  Smile by Raina Telgemeier, Zeus: King of the Gods by George O’Connor and others. ‘Tis the season! – the Bulletin of the Center for Children’s [...]

Spotlight: Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws

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One children’s graphic novel series getting some great attention in Canada from kids, librarians and educators is The Adventures of Rabbit and Bear Paws by Chad Solomon and Christopher Meyer. This independently published series has just earned an Ontario Library Association’s Silver Birch Award nomination in the Express category for books at a Grade 3-4 [...]

Interview: Scott Chantler on Tower of Treasure

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When I saw early pages of what would become Tower of Treasure, 3 years ago, I knew it would be the kind of book that would find an audience immediately. From the mind of Scott Chantler, the first book in the Three Thieves series combines a sure fire-genre—fantasy, a trio of strong main characters and [...]