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The Reading Pile – June 6


Welcome once again to another edition of The Reading Pile, in which we share our first impressions of the comics we are reading this week. Take it away, bloggers! Kate Dacey: I’m a big fan of Chris Mautner, so when he recommends a book, I go out of my way to track down a copy. […]

Press Release: FREE Heroes of Manga Kit for Libraries


Librarians have until Wednesday to sign up for their FREE Heroes of Manga kit from VIZ Media. Details below: VIZ MEDIA OFFERS LIBRARIANS FREE HEROES OF MANGA LIBRARY KITS New Kits Highlight Popular VIZ Media Manga Properties And Help Foster Literacy And A Love Of Japanese Pop Culture Among Library Patrons Of All Ages San […]

Preview: Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors #2


Gladstone’s School for World Conquerors, by Mark Andrew Smith, Armand Villavert, and Carlos Carrasco, is an action/comedy story set in a school for aspiring supervillains. The first issue came out last month from Image Comics, and Mark tells me that it has sold out; you can check out a preview at Comic Book Resources, and […]

All ages comics and manga for 6/1/11

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June begins with the usual suspects on this week’s list. Archie Comics has more double digests of Betty & Veronica and the World of Archie. Boom! Studios keeps the Disney Afternoon alive with the next Chip N Dale Rescue Rangers, while DC Comics releases the next issue of Looney Tunes, from parent company Warner Bros. […]

Interview: Jim Ottaviani

On Sunday, May 8th, while attending the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, I ran around to as many of my favorite kids comics creators as I could and asked them all the exact same questions.  Keep in mind, conventions are crazy loud and crazy busy, so there is a lot of background noise.  Let me know […]

Links: From Sonic to Super Dinosaur

The Archie Comics folks are launching a new set of Sonic the Hedgehog graphic novels, and I talked to Sonic editor Paul Kaminski about the new line for Publishers Weekly. Graphic Novel Reporter’s John Hogan talked to Nick Bertozzi about his new nonfiction graphic novel, Lewis and Clark. Michael Machosky of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review talks […]

All ages comics and manga for 5/25/11


It’s a little of this, and a little of that as publishers release titles just in time for summer vacation, and parents are in need of distraction for their kids getting out of school. Bongo Comics has a new Summer Shindig with the Simpsons. DC Comics has a new trade of the popular Batman: The […]

Interview: Gina Gagliano

On Sunday, May 8th, while attending the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, I had the opportunity to speak with some of the people who made the festival possible. Keep in mind, conventions are crazy loud and crazy busy, so there is a lot of background noise. Let me know in the comments if you have trouble […]

Interview: Dave Roman on Astronaut Academy

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Years ago Dave Roman and I would gripe about mainstream comic book companies’ lack of interest in attracting new young readers by creating books that were both appealing and suitable. I felt a kinship with Dave in his enthusiasm and passion for the potential of creating comics for kids that actually spoke to kids. Dave […]

Interview: Ben Hatke on Zita the Space Girl


Ben Hatke’s brave sci-fi heroine Zita the Space Girl made her debut in Flight Explorer, an anthology of comics for kids, edited by Kazu Kibuishi, creator of the series Amulet. In a short comic titled “If Wishes Were Socks,” readers were introduced to the fun, humorous adventures of Zita and her companions. When Flight Explorer […]