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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 […]

Links | Boom Box Launches ‘The Backstagers’

Character designs for The Backstagers

George Gene Gustines looks at BOOM! Studios’ Boom Box imprint, which focuses on stories of tweens and teens with an emphasis on “personal stories with a sprinkle of glee,” such as Lumberjanes and Giant Days. Their newest series, The Backstagers, is about the theater crew at an all-boys school. “I was a stage crew kid […]

Links: Children’s Book Week Roundup—and More!

Birdsong

Here’s a fascinating story about James Sturm’s Birdsong, just published by TOON Books, which is based on the Japanese storytelling art called kamishibai—and is being used by other artists to create their own performances. The winners of the Children’s Choice Book Awards have been announced, and a graphic novel makes the cut: Judd Winick’s Hilo: […]

‘Camp Midnight’ Creators to Make FCBD Appearances

FCBD Camp Midnight

Saturday, May 7, is Free Comic Book Day, when comic shops offer a selection of specially printed comics for free (regular comics are not free!). Click here to find the nearest participating comic shop, and pay them a visit. Check with your local library, too, as a lot of libraries have special events. I rounded […]

Humble Bundle’s ‘My Little Pony’ Deal Includes Print Book

MLP_HumBun-cover

Humble Bundle is including a print book in their My Little Pony bundle! Humble Bundle is a great way to buy a lot of DRM-free digital comics for a little bit of money. They offer book (and game) bundles that typically last two weeks, on a pay-what-you-want model that has a couple of tiers. You […]

Shortlist for Second Annual Dwayne McDuffie Award Announced

The organization Kids Read Comics has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Dwayne McDuffie Awards. The awards honor comics writer Dwayne McDuffie, founder of Milestone Media (one of the first black-owned comics publishers), writer for Marvel and DC, and creator of the character Static. The award recognizes comics for readers up to age 13 and […]

Wondercon 2016: Kodansha Comics: Attack on Titan Anthology

AOTA Title

Manga publisher Kodansha Comics had both a booth and a panel at Wondercon 2016. This is the first time a manga publisher has attended since the show first moved down to Southern California in 2012. Kodansha Comics was there to promote their new comic Attack on Titan Anthology and to introduce their line of books […]