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Review: Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Vol. 5

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Fluffy, Fluffy Cinnamoroll Vol. 5 By Yumi Tsukirino Viz Media   The fifth volume of this series is also its final volume, and it probably shouldn’t prove all that surprising that at its end it simply stops rather than concludes. Based on a super-simple, super-cute Sanrio character that’s only a few degrees more complicated than [...]

Links: The Phoenix Debuts

Brigid Alverson
Phoenix

Quite a bit happened while we were away on hiatus; here are the highlights. I’ve been waiting for this for a while: The UK children’s comic The Phoenix is finally available as an iPad app; before this, you could only buy it in a specific grocery store in the UK. The app includes a free [...]

Review: Moon and Blood, volumes 1-2

Lori Henderson
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Sayaka is a cheerful, outgoing girl, the complete opposite of the new house guest staying with her family, Kai Kuryuu. He’s handsome, aloof, and a complete mystery. But the more Sayaka tries to get closer to him, the more he pushes her away. Will she be able to reach him? More importantly, should she? Kai [...]

Review: Yu-Gi-Oh! Zexal Volume 1

Lori Henderson
Yu-Gi-Oh Zexel 1

The Yu-Gi-Oh! saga continues with another jump into the far future. Duel Monsters are still all the rage, but now they take place in “augmented realities,” or virtual reality, which is activated using a device called a D-Gazer. A new potential “king of games” is also introduced, Yuma Tsukumo. He has a ways to go, [...]

Links: Back to school, back to books

Brigid Alverson
Drama

September is a great month for children’s graphic novels, with a slew of new releases. Christopher Mautner talks to Ben Hatke about Legends of Zita the Spacegirl, the followup to last year’s Zita the Spacegirl. Raina Telgemeier’s new graphic novel Drama came out last week, and she is going on tour to promote it. Check [...]

Digital to publish Tezuka’s Unico, Atomcat

Brigid Alverson
Unico

Osamu Tezuka’s Unico has never been published in English, and it has long been out of print in Japan, but now Digital Manga is using the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to lay the groundwork for a U.S. edition. Tezuka is regarded as the godfather of manga, but most of his work that has been translated into [...]

Review: Biographical Comics series

Snow Wildsmith
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Teachers, librarians, and parents are always looking for engaging biographies to hand to children. That is why it isn’t surprising that manga publisher VIZ has decided to release a series of biographies originally published by Shogakukan. Whether or not children will enjoy them enough to look for more biographies and/or more information on the subjects [...]

Review: Young Miss Holmes, casebook 1-2

Snow Wildsmith
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Christie wants to be just like her uncle, but when your uncle is Sherlock Holmes, that is a difficult thing to achieve. But Christie is smart and hardworking, so at the age of ten, she’s already the equal of any student at Oxford or Cambridge—at least in science and classics. When it comes to proper [...]

Tokyopop to publish Hetalia: Axis Powers… again

Katherine Dacey
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In May 2011, Tokyopop shuttered its North American publishing operations, leaving dozens of manga in licensing purgatory. Among the most popular of these unfinished series was Hetalia: Axis Powers. The series’ premise is simple: all the countries of Western Europe are reimagined as cute teenage boys, each of whom behaves according to national stereotypes (e.g. [...]

Great Graphic Novels for Kids

Eva Volin
Beauty and the Squat Bears

Last year at about this time, the GC4K gang got together and presented a few workshops and wrote an article on collecting graphic novels in libraries. Since our focus is on comics for kids, so were our presentations – our hope being to convince reluctant librarians and teachers that comics have a place in collections and [...]