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Interview: James Kochalka on the Glorkian Warrior—and more

Brigid Alverson
Kochalka at MoCCA

James Kochalka’s latest graphic novel, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza, is deceptively simple and ridiculously funny. The story of a goofy spaceman on a crazy mission (accompanied by his talking backpack), it is longer than Kochalka’s Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher graphic novels, which just allows more craziness to pile up as the story [...]

Archie dies—but only in ‘Life With Archie’

Brigid Alverson
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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 [...]

Links: Nathan Hale, Kazu Kibuishi, and the Archie brass talk comics!

Brigid Alverson
Nathan Hale Trenches

Nathan Hale talks about the research he does for his Hazardous Tales graphic novels, which despite the humor are accurate retellings of incidents in American history. They’re not your father’s Archie Comics any more, and Archie CEO Jon Goldwater talks about the changes he has made since he started with the company in 2010, including [...]

Preview: Uglydoll: My Hero

Brigid Alverson
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Here’s a look at the latest Uglydoll graphic novel from Viz, Uglydoll: My Hero? This is the fourth in their series of whimsical graphic novels about the plush toys created by the husband-and-wife team of David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim (you can read all about it in my interview with David). The graphic novel just [...]

This Week’s Comics: Batter Up Little Samurai

Lori Henderson
Peanuts batter up

Catch some high flying new releases from this week’s new comics. Get your fill of Moose and Squirrel stories with the Rocky and Bullwinkle Classics from IDW PUblishing. For younger readers, the ever silent Hello Kitty has a Surprise from Perfect Square. Or if you prefer something not so cute, Perfect Square also has a new [...]

Review: Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy On Tour

J. Caleb Mozzocco
monsters & Titans cover

Monsters & Titans: Battling Boy On Tour By Paul Pope Image Comics; $24.99 The first volume of Paul Pope’s Battling Boy, the artist’s long-awaited, long-in-the-works graphic novel series for young readers from publisher First Second, was one of the most anticipated works of 2013. The book itself was just one way for fans of Pope’s [...]

Links: Snoopy returns to the moon

Brigid Alverson
The Beagle Has Landed

Artist and co-writer Vicki Scott talks about working on the latest Peanuts original graphic novel, The Beagle Has Landed, in which Snoopy takes a trip to the moon. There’s a preview at the link as well. Right here at SLJ, Marvel Comics editor Sana Amanat talks about why she created Kamala Khan, the Muslim teenager [...]

Review: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers A Pizza

J. Caleb Mozzocco
glorkian warrior

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza By James Kochalka First Second; $17.99 In writing about the heroic journey in his influential Hero With a Thousand Faces, pop comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell cited “the call to adventure” as the beginning of a mythic quest. James Kochalka’s Glorkian Warrior, a pink-skinned, three-eyed alien dude with a “super [...]

This Week’s Comics: Pizza for Moose and Squirrel

Lori Henderson
Glorkian Warrior Pizza

This week’s new comics deliver the fun! Cinebook is back with new volumes of Iznogoud. IDW collects their prequel to the soon-to-be-released movie Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return, and Yumcha Studios has the second volume of their tasty action series Dim Sum Warriors. The List: BONGO COMICS Simpsons Illustrated #10, $3.99 BOOM! STUDIOS Bravest Warriors [...]

YALSA GGNT Top Ten Manga: Knights of Sidonia Volume 1-2

Lori Henderson
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Ten centuries have passed since the Earth and its solar system was destroyed by the Gauna, a massive, nearly indestructible, yet barely sentient life form. Mankind escaped out into space, in massive seed ships that carry the remnants of humanity who search for a new planet to call home, without the threat of the Gauna [...]