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El Deafo, Hello Kitty Make Eisner Shortlist

Brigid Alverson
El Deafo

This year’s nominees for the Eisner Awards, the most prestigious awards in comics, were announced yesterday. The Eisners have three categories for children’s comics and graphic novels, and a number of kid-friendly and YA titles were also nominated in other categories. Here are the three kids’ categories: Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age [...]

Links: Meet the Beetle; Raina Telegemeier on Drama

Brigid Alverson
Professor Owen

Jay Hosler introduces Professor Owen, from his new graphic novel Last of the Sandwalkers. Three of the most challenged library books last year were graphic novels: Saga, Persepolis, and Raina Telgemeier’s Drama. Michael Cavna talks to Telgemeier about what’s going on there (Drama is cited for “explicit sex,” although there is none, presumably because there [...]

Links: More Phoebe, the Return of Planetes, and a James Kochalka Crossover

Brigid Alverson
Phoebe and Her Unicorn

There’s a new comic on the funny pages, and Good Comics for Kids readers already know about it: Phoebe and Her Unicorn started as a webcomic, and Esther reviewed the print collection here. Creator Dana Simpson tells the Deseret News that the comic started out with just the girl, and the unicorn was supposed to [...]

Links: Reading Gotham Academy

Brigid Alverson
Gotham Academy

Ardo Omer hosts a fascinating roundtable in which a group of YA book bloggers, some of whom are comics fans and some of whom are new to comics, read and discuss Gotham Academy, DC’s teen series set in the world of Batman. Travis Jonker interviews writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Jillian Tamaki, the creators of [...]

Links: Lots of Jem and the Holograms Reviews!

Brigid Alverson
ThisOneSummer

At Panel Patter, Rob McMonigal interviews Jillian and Mariko Tamaki, creators of This One Summer. Doug TenNapel talks about his newest graphic novel, Nnewts. The graphic novel nominees have been announced for Maryland’s Black Eyed Susan Awards, which highlight books for readers in grades 4-6. At Mental Floss, Rich Barrett compiles a list of 10 [...]

Links: Papercutz Loses Lego License, Scholastic Adds New Title

Brigid Alverson
Lego Ninjago

Papercutz has been publishing Lego graphic novels based on the Bionicle, Ninjago, and Legends of Chima lines since 2008, and they have been remarkably successful, too, selling over 2 million copies of the Ninjago books, but now the license is moving over to Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, which will start publishing their own [...]

Archie’s ‘Worlds Unite’ Adds Sega and Capcom Characters

Lori Henderson
Worlds-Unite-OTHER-FRACHISES

Back in December, Archie Comics gave out some details for their mega summer crossover event, Worlds Unite. The crossover would include characters from not only Sonic the Hedgehog and Mega Man but also Sonic Boom! and Mega Man X. Now, even more details have been released, expanding the crossover to include even more characters from [...]

Links: Invader Zim Comes to Comics

Brigid Alverson
Breadwinners

This should be interesting: Papercutz has signed a “first look” deal with Nickelodeon to develop their new cartoon properties into comics and graphic novels (much as IDW has with Cartoon Network), and they will also publish a new Nickelodeon magazine. The first two to be adapted are Sanjay and Craig and Breadwinners, and two more [...]

Links: The Return of Darkwing Duck

Brigid Alverson
Darkwing Duck

Joe Books is bringing out a collected edition of the Darkwing Duck comics that were originally created for BOOM! Studios; artist James Silvani and writer/editor Aaron Sparrow talk about what made the series special. However, it also should be noted that former writer Ian Brill and editor Christopher Burns asked that their names be taken [...]

YALSA Announces Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Esther Keller
In Real Life

While the awards are announced at ALA Midwinter, often the Best of Lists are quietly released, though the announcements might be missed. Among the many “Best of” selection lists is YALSA’s Great Graphic Novels for Teens. Of 108 nominated titles, only 78 made it to the final list, which is geared for teens ages 12-18-years-old. [...]