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Links: Disney Comics Come to IDW

Brigid Alverson
Uncle Scrooge

Disney comics are back! It’s been a few years since Disney ended their agreement with BOOM! Studios, which was publishing original comics and reprints featuring Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, and other Disney characters. Now IDW, which has a strong line of licensed comics (My Little Pony, PowerPuff Girls, Samurai Jack) has announced they will be [...]

Links: New Graphic Novels, More on March

Brigid Alverson
Space Dumplins

Craig Thompson, best known for his adult graphic novels Blankets and Habibi, is working on a tween title, Space Dumplins, due out from Scholastic in August. And BOOM! Studios has announced a new Adventure Time original graphic novel, Adventure Time: Graybles Schmaybles, by Danielle Corsetto and Bridget Underwood. Representative John Lewis talks about March: Book [...]

2014 Cybils Finalists Announced

Esther Keller
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It feels like just last year that the Cybils Award was first announced, but time flies: This week the shortlist for sixth annual Cybils Awards was released. The Cybils are an award given out by bloggers for the best children and young adult literature titles. In her post describing the process, Anne Boles Levy discusses [...]

Links: Archie to Get a New Look

Brigid Alverson
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Archie is getting a new look for his 75th birthday: The flagship Archie comic will be reset with a new Number 1 issue and a new creative team of Mark Waid and Fiona Staples. “I found Archie to be dusty, irrelevant and watered-down,” said CEO Jon Goldwater, while Waid remarked, “Over the years, some of [...]

Links: Archie Studies, Reading Lists, and More

Brigid Alverson
Bad Machinery 3

John Allison is shutting down Bad Machinery, his all ages webcomic (being published in gorgeous oversized editions by Oni Press), and he talks to CBR’s Steve Sunu about how webcomics have changed over the years, how Bad Machinery has evolved, why he is going with a traditional publisher, and what’s around the corner. Cathy Camper [...]

Links: Recommended Reading

Brigid Alverson
Capture Creatures 1

Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson, whose new series Capture Creatures launches this week from kaBOOM!, discuss their creative process and show the stages of a single page, step by step. In an interview on New Hampshire Public Radio, writer and editor Jason Rodriguez talks about the nonfiction comics anthology he edited, Colonial Comics: New England, [...]

Links: Jillian Tamaki, Luke Pearson Win Major Awards

Brigid Alverson
Hilda and the Black Hound

The British Comic Awards were announced over the weekend, and the winner in the children’s category was Luke Pearson’s Hilda and the Black Hound. Another winner: Jillian Tamaki has received the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Children’s Illustration for This One Summer, which was written by her cousin, Mariko Tamaki. John Patrick Green is all [...]

Links: New York Comic Con… and Beyond!

Brigid Alverson
Wonder Woman

I had a busy time last week at New York Comic Con, which has now become the biggest comic convention in the U.S., with 151,000 attendees. I did a quick roundup of the kids’ comics news for Publishers Weekly, shared my picks for the five coolest things at NYCC (with some added commentary on the [...]

Links: ‘Persepolis’ Challenge Fails in Illinois

Brigid Alverson
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What is it about Persepolis? Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir of growing up in post-Revolutionary Iran has been pulled from classrooms in the Chicago Public Schools (but retained in their libraries) and challenged in Murphy, Oregon, and now a parent asked that it be removed from the reading list of Glenwood High School in Illinois. The [...]

Links: Banned Books Week and Other News

Brigid Alverson
Captain Underpants

There’s a lot of activity going on right now around Banned Books Week, with its focus on comics. It even made NPR, which did a segment that includes interviews with Jeff Smith (Bone) and Dav Pilkey (Captain Underpants). At Comic Riffs, Michal Cavna talks to Jeff Smith, Scott McCloud, and Neil Gaiman about comics challenges. [...]