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Tokyopop to publish Hetalia: Axis Powers… again

Katherine Dacey
Hetalia3

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 [...]

Review: Witch & Wizard

Esther Keller
WITCHWIZ_1

Sometimes, I feel like my students are slow to catch onto fads. The Witch & Wizard series by James Patterson has been around for some time in novel form, but it’s only this year that the series has become a hot – something everyone wants to check out. So the addition of two graphic novel series to this franchise will only excite already devoted readers.

Warriors manga live on… for now

Brigid Alverson
Warriors 1 and 2

When the manga publisher Tokyopop closed its doors last year, many readers were left without the end of their favorite series. Fans of the Warriors graphic novels, based on Erin Hunter’s prose novels about cats living in clans, have been spared that fate, however: The books were produced under a joint agreement with HarperCollins, which [...]

Links: The politics of Archie, Vertical picks up new manga

Brigid Alverson

Is Archie comics pushing a liberal agenda? An editorial at Comic Booked says yes, but a more articulate rebuttal by T Campbell points out the true agenda of Archie Comics: To make money, something that brings people of different political stripes together. I interviewed Archie writer Alex Segura at Robot 6, and he also was [...]

Vertical licensing news

Katherine Dacey
limit-1

At this weekend’s MangaNEXT convention, Vertical, Inc. announced that it would be adding two new manga to its 2012 line-up. The first is The Limit, a shojo drama about a group of girls whose lives are turned upside down by a terrifying event on a school trip. Creator Keiko Suenobu is no stranger to dark [...]

Review: Wandering Son, vol. 2

Snow Wildsmith
Wandering Son 2

Shuichi, a young boy who is beginning to accept that he dreams of being a girl, and Yoshino, his friend who longs to change from a girl to a boy, are now in sixth grade. Their last year of elementary school seems likely to be as challenging—in both good and bad ways—as their fifth grade [...]

Review: Bloody Monday, Vol. 1

Snow Wildsmith
www.randomhouse.com

Takagi may look like an ordinary slacker high-school student, but he’s actually a computer genius who hacks-for-justice under the name Falcon. When Takagi’s father, deputy chief of a super-secret branch of Japanese Intelligence dedicated to preventing terrorism, is framed for murder, Takagi becomes caught up in an international conspiracy. The Falcon must act quickly to [...]

Question Tuesday: Weeding

Robin Brenner
Weeding 001

That photo to the right is what greeted me today when I got to my Teen Room.  We all know how well-loved our graphic novels are—we can see them loved to bits, literally. Given that every library eventually runs out of shelf space, and titles slowly fall to bits, no matter how popular a collection [...]

Links: Girls rule!

Katherine Dacey
PrincessKnight1_500

Shojo manga made an especially strong showing on this week’s New York Times Manga Best Seller list, with volumes of Black Bird, Codename: Sailor V, Princess Knight, and Sailor Moon all posting robust numbers. Looking at the Times’ other lists, the fourth volume of Kazu Kibushi’s Amulet series continues to sell briskly, as does the [...]