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Graphic Novels Shortlisted for Book Awards

Over the past ten years, as graphic novels have grown in popularity, we are seeing more and more of them nominated for literary awards in non-comics categories. The precedent for this was set by Art Spiegelman’s Maus, which was the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize, and almost 15 years later, Gene Luen […]

Review: ‘The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe’

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel Universe Writer: Ryan North Artist: Erica Henderson Marvel; $24.99 Rated T for Teen What could possibly be better than The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl? How about two Unbeatable Squirrel Girls? That’s the basic premise of the new original graphic novel The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Beats Up The Marvel […]

‘Korgi’ Is Back: A Preview and a Look at the Cover Process


As Lori noted on Friday, Christian Slade has released a new volume of Korgi, his wordless tale of a dog meeting fantastical creatures. Korgi, Book 4: The Problem with Potions will be out on October 18 in comic shops and November 1 in bookstores, and we’re happy to present not only a preview but an […]

Review: ‘Lucy & Andy Neanderthal’

Lucy and Andy Neanderthal Writer/artist: Jeffrey Brown Crown Books for young readers; $12.99 After spending the last few years in a galaxy far, far away, building a young reader audience with his Darth Vader cartoon books and his Jedi Academy diary comics, Jeffrey Brown has returned to earth, but now he’s refocusing on a long […]

Big News: Gene Luen Yang Named MacArthur Fellow

Gene Luen Yang, 2016 MacArthur Fellow, Flying Color Comics, Concord/California, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016. Courtesy of the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Gene Luen Yang, the currently serving National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, has just been named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. The fellowships, commonly referred to as “genius grants,” come with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000, paid out over five years. While Yang is not the first graphic novelist to be named a MacArthur Fellow—Ben Katchor […]

First Second Announcement: ‘Pelé: The King of Soccer’


We’re delighted to bring you the news today of First Second’s latest graphic novel announcement: They will publish Pelé: The King of Soccer, written by Eddy Simon and illustrated by Vincent Brascaglia, in October 2017. Here’s a brief synopsis: Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to his schoolmates as Pelé, grew up in poverty in the […]

Review: ‘Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars’

Indeh: A Story of The Apache Wars Writer: Ethan Hawke Artist: Greg Ruth Grand Central Publishing; $25.00 Shortly after the turn of the millennium, there was a sizable swathe of comic books being produced that seemed to have been pretty obviously created in the hopes that a Hollywood studio would swoop in, scoop up the […]

Cover Reveal: ‘Science Comics: Flying Machines’


You’re seeing it here first: Today we have an exclusive first look at the cover for the latest entry in First Second’s Science Comics line, Science Comics: Flying Machines, by Alison Wilgus and Molly Brooks. We have a couple of the interior pages for you too with a look at the young Wilbur and Orville […]

Interview: John Allison on ‘Bad Machinery’

Bad Machinery 1

John Allison’s Bad Machinery is a cheeky, funny story about English schoolchildren who solve mysteries, and now it’s coming out in a new, easier-to-read format. Bad Machinery started out as a webcomic, and you can still read the original in its entirety at Allison’s site (start here, and set aside some time). Then Oni Press […]

Review: ‘DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis’

DC Superhero Girls

DC Super Hero Girls: Finals Crisis Writer: Shea Fontana Artist: Yancey Labat DC Comics; $9.99 Mattel’s DC Super Hero Girls line of action figures launched last year, accompanied by online animated shorts, and then a TV special and a series of young reader novels. Given the source material that inspired the toy line/burgeoning media franchise–it’s […]