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This Week’s Comics: It’s All Fun and Games

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Highlights from this week’s new releases includes Dial Books’ latest entry into their Ordinary People Change the World series with I Am Neil Armstrong. First Second releases the final volume of Faith Erin Hicks’ The Nameless City trilogy with The Divided Earth, while Viz Media continues to follow the gaming battles of the Inklings in […]

Review: ‘Ocean Renegades’

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Ocean Renegades Writer/artist: Abby Howard Amulet Books; $15.99 It was just last year that cartoonist Abby Howard released Dinosaur Empire, her book-length comic detailing the latest scientific understanding of dinosaurs and their Mesozoic Era contemporaries, couched in a comedic story about a super-enthusiastic time-traveling scientist and her reluctant student. Twelve short months later comes the […]

Review: ‘Marvel 2-in-One Vol. 1: The Fate of The Four’

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Marvel 2-In-One Vol. 1: The Fate of The Four Writer: Chip Zdarsky Artists: Jim Cheung, Valerio Schiti, John Dell and Walden Wong Marvel; $17.99 Rated T for Teen This series is a pretty perfect distillation of Marvel’s impulse to serve the older, shrinking, extant audience for their monthly comics instead of at least trying to […]

Preview: ‘Archie Jumbo Comics Digest’ #292


There’s an up-to-date twist to the new lead story to Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #292, “A Pain in the Bot!” Plus this issue, like all the digests, has a good selection of older stories. It goes on sale on Wednesday, but you can check out our exclusive preview today. Enjoy!

This Week’s Comics: Valiant Kittens

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Highlights from this week’s list of new releases includes a new Science Comics from First Second, Solar System: Our Place in Space. Tokyopop continues the adventures of everyone’s favorite ghost pup with Nightmare Before Christmas: Zero’s Journey #2, while Vertical Comics lets loose the kitten cuteness with volume 2 of Chi’s Sweet Adventures. The List: […]

Review: Secret Coders 5

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Series are always tricky because they don’t stand alone. Readers will want to catch up on the earlier volumes of Secret Coders before starting volume 5. Even though I had read all the earlier volumes, the gap in time had me pulling at my memory—although this morning I told a student I was wondering if […]

‘Hugman': A Little Red Man Made of Bricks

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Sometimes we get review copies of books that are not comics but probably of interest to comics readers. Here’s a look at a set of books that came over the transom recently. The Adventures of Hugman Hugman Goes to the Museum Hugman and the Animals Hugman Makes a Friend By Nathan Sawaya and Maarten Lenoir […]

This Week’s Comics: Monster Ozy and Millie

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Highlights from this week’s new releases include the second volume of David Fickling Books’ Phoenix Colossal Comics Collection. First Second is on the trail of another creepy mystery with the Creepy Case Files of Margo Maloo Volume 2 The Monster Mall while Golden Apple Books introduces a new book for all ages filled with 80’s […]

Kurt Hassler on Manga and Light Novels

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Here’s the second half of my interview with Yen Press managing director and publisher Kurt Hassler. The interview was originally done for the SLJ article the SLJ article It’s a Novel! It’s a Comic! It’s—Both? In this half, we talk about light novels, which are prose novels that have a lot in common with manga […]

Prose to Comics: Kurt Hassler on Graphic Novel Adaptations

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One of the tough things about writing articles about things I love is the pieces that end up on the cutting-room floor. When I was putting together the SLJ article It’s a Novel! It’s a Comic! It’s—Both? I interviewed Kurt Hassler, managing director and publisher of Yen Press, about adapting popular works such as James […]