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NYCC 2011 news round-up

Katherine Dacey
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New York Comic Con celebrated its sixth anniversary this year with capacity crowds, big stars, and big announcements. Wondering how NYCC will impact you and your library collection? We at Good Comics for Kids rounded up the weekend’s biggest news in kids’ and teens’ comic publishing. COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS Marvel announced a unique crossover [...]

Review: Animal Land, Vol. 1

Katherine Dacey
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Plot-wise, Animal Land bears an uncanny resemblance to the Book of Exodus: a young girl finds a baby floating on a river, rescues him, and raises him as her son. The twist is that Monoko isn’t human; she’s a tanuki, or Japanese raccoon dog, and must learn how to care for a creature that’s much [...]

Review: Telling Tales

Katherine Dacey
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Over the last ten years, Sweatdrop Studios has been one of the most visible and successful collectives of manga artists working outside Japan: their members have won awards, designed toys, and given Shakespeare the comic book treatment. Though many Sweatdrop artists have published solo projects, themed anthologies are a staple of the Sweatdrop catalog. The [...]

Hurricane Preparedness

Esther Keller
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What a week for mother nature! First an earthquake that was felt all the way to New York City, prompting the evacuation of City Hall and many other buildings throughout the city. Now Hurricane Irene is baring down on the East Coast. A hurricane, which forecasters say, will match the characteristics of both hurricane Gloria (1985) and Floyd (1999).

Good manga for kids, August 2011

Katherine Dacey
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When I was seven years old, I owned Charlie Brown’s Super Book of Questions and Answers, a five-volume encyclopedia with entries on animals, plants, machines, space travel, human anatomy, and just about any other topic that might interest an elementary school reader. Interspersed with the facts and figures were short cartoons featuring the Peanuts gang. [...]

Review: Wandering Son, vol. 1

Snow Wildsmith
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Fifth grade is a time of change for Shuichi. He’s at a new school, in a new town, and well on his way to making new friends. He and Yoshino, the girl he sits next to in class, get along well with their classmates, but as they get older and begin to move into puberty [...]

Links: Digital manga news

Katherine Dacey

Are Japanese publishers finally getting serious about combating piracy? Nearly 40 Japanese companies have banded together to launch JManga, an online manga reader that will include a mixture of free and paid content. Brigid Alverson has a summary of the JManga Comic-Con panel. Sean Gaffney offers a thoughtful round-up of manga-related news from SDCC 2011. [...]

Comic-Con e-swag: Digital deals and freebies

Brigid Alverson
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As you probably already know, San Diego Comic-Con is going on this weekend, and a host of comics publishers are unveiling new products. The good news is that the surge of digital comics makes it possible for people on the other side of the country (like me!) to pick up some good con swag. Here [...]

All ages comics and manga for 7/6/11

Lori Henderson
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July is starting out with a nice selection of titles. Dark Horse returns to print a series from the early days of manga, Magical Knight Reyearth, and sets its age rating on the upper end of the scale. But Tweens should enjoy it. Looney Tunes hits a milestone, reaching the 200 mark. Marvel Comics continues [...]

All ages comics and manga for 6/15/11

Lori Henderson
Dusk Society

Father’s Day is just around the corner, so what better way for kids to spend it with Dad than to share some comics with him! Dad can enjoy the antics of fellow Donut-loving Dad Homer in the latest issue of Simpson Comics from Bongo Comics. Or he can relive some childhood memories with Mickey Mouse [...]