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Links: Ghosts, Pokemon, and Bera the One-Headed Troll

Eric Orchard is creating fanciful, fable-like children’s books in a style inspired by Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, and I had the opportunity to talk to him about Bera the One-Headed Troll, his latest book. In addition to the story and the art, we also discussed another running theme in his work, his struggles with […]

Links | ‘March’ Wins VLA Diversity Award

The Virginia Library Association has announced the winners of their first Graphic Novel Diversity Award; the winner in the Youth category is March Book 2, by Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. The honor books are Flutter, Volume Two: Don’t Let Me Die Nervous, by Jennie Wood, Jeff McComsey and Chris Goodwin; Honor […]

Links: Comic-Con, Manga, and Pokemon Go

Comic-Con International, the largest comic con in the U.S., took place in San Diego last month, and children’s and teens’ comics and graphic novels were a huge presence, with guests including novelist Margaret Atwood, who was promoting her first graphic novel, Angel Catbird; the creators of the Pokemon manga, Hidenori Kusaka and artist Satoshi Yamamoto; […]

Comic-Con: ‘Mouse Guard Movie,’ ‘Mega Princess,’ and More!

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Comic-Con kicks off this week with preview night on Wednesday and the show starting in earnest on Thursday. But publishers have already started rolling out the announcements, so here’s a look at what we’re hearing about so far. Mouse Guard is going to be a movie. Well, it’s in the early stages, but it’s a […]

Links: Pokemon Goes to the Library

A recent Facebook post from the Thomas J. Harrison Pryor Public Library in Oklahoma.

Things are a little slow this week, as the collective comics industry is busy getting ready for Comic-Con in San Diego. Expect a tsunami of press releases starting Monday; in the meantime, here’s what’s going on. If you’re still puzzling about the Pokemon Go phenomenon, check out the great library-focused explainer by Carla Spina right […]

Harvey Award Nominees Announced

Harvey Awards Logo

The nominations for the Harvey Awards, which are nominated and voted on by comics professionals, have been announced, and a number of works for younger readers have made the cut. Here are the nominations for works that are good choices for readers 16 and under. (Giant Days, which is nominated in the best graphic novels […]

Links: Taking Stock of Papercutz

When Papercutz launched, 11 years ago, graphic novels for children were a much smaller category than they are now. At Publishers Weekly, I talked to Terry Nantier and Jim Salicrup, who saw the manga boom and the potential audience for graphic novels. They borrowed the format and look of manga, and they started out selling […]

Links: ‘Blue Monday’ Returns; ‘Awkward’ Wins Award

Blue Monday

Image Comics has announced it will publish a new, color edition of the first volume of Chynna Clugston Flores’s classic graphic novel Blue Monday. Jordie Bellaire is the colorist for the book, which will be out in July. “I grew up reading Blue Monday in my teenage years, and it is the foundation for exposing […]

Wondercon 2016: The Importance of Licensed Comics in the Industry

License panel

Sunday mornings at Wondercon tend to be a crap-shoot. You never know what’s going to happen or even if the panel you are going for is going to happen. It started to feel that way when we walked into the room for “The Importance of Licensed Comics in the Industry” panel. I was interested in […]

Links: Here Come the Super Hero Girls!

Super Hero Girls

DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson talks about some of the thinking behind their new DC Super Hero Girls line of books, videos, and dolls: If you walk down the aisle of girls toys in a store, everything’s pink. Girls love pink, but we wanted the color palette to be consistent with superheroes in our DC […]