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A Peek at First Second’s Spring Collection

Brigid Alverson
Sleep Tight Anna Banana

Winter hasn’t even set in yet, but First Second is showing off its spring lineup, which includes some promising titles for kids and teens. Grab a hot chocolate and take a look at this list: Sleep Tight, Anna Banana, by Dominique Roques and Alexis Dormal (ages 3-7): This is a First Second first: A picture [...]

Famliar titles on the Angouleme shortlist

Brigid Alverson
Zita la Fille de l'Espace

The Angoulême International Comics Festival (or, to call it by its proper name, the Festival International de la Bande Dessinee) is the largest comics festival in Europe and the second largest in the world. It truly is an international festival, drawing guests and attendees from all over the world. The festival has its own awards, [...]

Candlewick signs Maggie Thrash for graphic memoir

Brigid Alverson
An image from Thrash's webcomic Can't Lose if You Don't Play

Children’s book publisher Candlewick Press announced the acquisition of a new graphic novel this week: Honor Girl, by Maggie Thrash. This will be Thrash’s first full-length work in print; she writes fiction and nonfiction for Rookie Magazine and is the creator of the webcomic Can’t Lose If You Don’t Play. Here’s the 411 on the [...]

Roundtable: Boxers & Saints

Brigid Alverson
Boxers

Gene Luen Yang’s two-volume set Boxers & Saints is one of the most talked-about books of the year—the internet is dotted with reviews of the book and interviews with Yang—and when we started talking among ourselves, we quickly realized that we all had plenty to say—and we didn’t always agree. So we decided to put [...]

First Second announces new trilogy from Faith Erin Hicks

Brigid Alverson
onthewall

First Second made a big announcement yesterday: They will publish The Nameless City, a new trilogy from writer and artist Faith Erin Hicks. Here’s the blurb: An unlikely friendship forms between Nameless City native Rat, and Kai, whose country has recently conquered her city. The two of them must find common ground between their cultures [...]

Preview: Archie Comics Spectacular: It’s a Date!

Brigid Alverson
ArchieComicsSpectacular_ItsADate-1

Romance is in the air in Riverdale in the latest Archie collection, Archie Comics Specatacular: It’s a Date!, which features 128 pages of stories about romance. The standard Archie-Betty-Veronica triangle is there, of course, but we also get to see stories about other couples, such as Moose and Midge and Chuck and Nancy. The collection [...]

NYCC: Disney Announces Space Mountain Graphic Novel

Brigid Alverson
This was the poster that was being given away at the Disney booth.

Word had already gotten out that Disney has a Space Mountain graphic novel in the works, but they filled in a lot more details at New York Comic Con last weekend. The book is due out in May 2014, and the Disney folks were handing out the poster above to promote it. Here’s the blurb [...]

Preview: Betty and Veronica’s Princess Storybook

Brigid Alverson
BVPS-0

Betty and Veronica’s Princess Storybook brings the Riverdale crowd back in time to act out traditional fairy tales, with a few Archie-esque twists of their own. This is the second collection of Archie fairy tales, and the talent on the book includes prolific creator Dan Parent as well some interesting guest artists: Renae DeLiz (Womanthology), [...]

Interview: Hope Larson

Eva Volin

On May 10th through 12th, while attending the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, I ran around to as many of my favorite kids comics creators as I could and asked them all the exact same questions. Keep in mind, exhibit halls are crazy loud and crazy busy (even when they’re held in a library), so there [...]

Review: Desmond Pucket

Esther Keller
desmond-pucket

AMP Comics for Kids adds another Hybrid novel to the ever growing list of comics and prose mishmash titles. On sale in just two weeks, this will be a popular pick for students waiting for the next Diary of a Wimpy Kid or simply looking for a Diary read-alike. Desmond Pucket Makes Monster Magic Mark [...]