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Banned Comics Week is Coming

Eva Volin
banned-comics

If your computer was turned on last week and you’re at all tuned into the comics scene, then you’ve probably heard that the Banned Books Week planning committee and the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund (CBLDF) are teaming up to bring us BBW with a twist: Banned Comics Week. Frankly, I think this mash-up is [...]

Archie Comics’ newest character uses a wheelchair

Brigid Alverson
Archie 656

Archie and his gang have been getting more and more diverse over the past few years, and now they are adding a character with a disability to the cast: Veronica’s cousin Harper, who uses a wheelchair. Harper will make her debut in this week’s Archie #656, and writer and artist Dan Parent told Comic Book [...]

Links: ‘Sisters’ poised for success; Ben Hatke talks ‘Zita’

Brigid Alverson
Zita-Return

Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters, which is due out later this year, is slated for an initial print run of 200,000 copies. As Zainab Akhtar points out, Telgemeier’s Smile has over 1 million copies in print. You can see a preview of it here. Ben Hatke, talks about Zita the Spacegirl and its influences and antecedents. Five-year-old [...]

DC announces new Wonder Woman series

Brigid Alverson
Renae De Liz's cover for the new Wonder Woman digital comic

Back in March, Allison Baker wrote about her love of Wonder Woman and her chagrin that there was no Wonder Woman comic that her daughter could enjoy. Well, DC has some good news: In August, they will launch Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, a digital-first anthology of stand-alone stories that will not depend on the [...]

Links: Smile, Sisters!

Brigid Alverson
Sisters cover

Raina Telgemeier talks about her upcoming graphic novel Sisters, which is a sequel to her best-selling memoir Smile. Veteran comics writer Barbara Slate makes the case for making comics for girls. Albert Ching covers IDW’s WonderCon panel, which focused on the company’s all-ages comics such as Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory as well as their [...]

Viz nabs licenses for Sailor Moon anime

Brigid Alverson
Sailor Moon

Viz Media dropped a bombshell at Anime Central (and on Twitter) on Friday with the announcement that they have licensed the complete Sailor Moon anime—both the original series and the new Sailor Moon Crystal. The license includes all 200 episodes of the original television anime (including Sailor Moon Stars, which has never been released in [...]

TOON Books adds titles for older readers

Brigid Alverson
Cast Away on the Letter A

TOON Books, Francoise Mouly’s innovative hardcover comics imprint for early readers, will expand into the upper grades with TOON Graphics, a new line aimed at readers aged 8 and up. TOON Graphics will include both graphic novels (comics) and books that alternate illustrations and prose. I talked to Mouly about the new line at Publishers [...]

Fan-built Windblade storms the Transformers Universe

Lori Henderson
TF-Windblade-01

This week, a new Transformer is joining the IDW comics universe as well as the Hasbro toy line. Windblade is a character that was created by fans on the Hasbro website, the first Fan-Built-Bot and created a bit of stir because of her gender. That’s right, Windblade is female, and she is joining the predominately [...]

2014 Eisner nominations include categories for kids

Michael May
eisner

Yesterday, Comic-Con International announced the nominations for the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. The nominees – chosen by judges Kathy Bottarini, William H. Foster, Christian Lipski, Lee Oeth, Jenny Robb, and James Romberger – cover a wide range of genres and interests, including three categories focused particularly on children and teens. Best Publication for Early [...]

Archie dies—but only in ‘Life With Archie’

Brigid Alverson
LifeWithArchie_36_Magazine

The Archie Comics folks have grown increasingly bold over the last few years, and yesterday they dropped the biggest bombshell of all: They are killing off their flagship character. A bit of explanation is in order here: Archie Andrews will continue to live his normal life in the regular Archie comics and digests—those will not [...]