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Review: Star Wars: Ewoks – Shadows of Endor

Star Wars: Ewoks – Shadows of Endor Written and Illustrated by Zack Giallongo Published by Dark Horse Comics ISBN 978-1-61655-174-2 80 pp. Even though Dark Horse Comics will be losing the Star Wars license at the end of 2014, they have made they’ve made quite a wonderful selection of stories since 1991. The books have […]

First Second announces new trilogy from Faith Erin Hicks

First Second made a big announcement yesterday: They will publish The Nameless City, a new trilogy from writer and artist Faith Erin Hicks. Here’s the blurb: An unlikely friendship forms between Nameless City native Rat, and Kai, whose country has recently conquered her city. The two of them must find common ground between their cultures […]

Review: Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Detective Diary Vol. 1

Neon Genesis Evangelion: The Shinji Ikari Detective Agency Vol. 1 Written and drawn by Takumi Yoshimura Dark Horse, $9.99 At what precise point does the expansion of a franchise cross over from abundant to ludicrous? Take the 1995 giant robot, teen angst and Christian iconography anime series Neon Genesis Evangelion, for example. Ignoring the other […]

Roundtable: Our favorite holiday graphic novels

With the air filled with holiday tunes and the TV schedule filled with holiday specials, we thought it would be an opportune time to recommend some of our favorite holiday-themed graphic novels as well. I’ll start with Craig Yoe’s Great Treasury of Christmas Comic Book Stories. I love a big, colorful treasury like this, and […]

Review: P.C. Cast’s House of Night: Legacy

I was pretty dubious about House of Night: Legacy, when I first picked it up. Does the world really need another graphic novel about a school for vampires—preciously spelled “vampyres”? The answer turns out to be yes, if it’s this one. I’m not familiar with the Casts’ prose novels, on which this is based (it […]

Links: Leapin’ lizards!

True or false: when Harold Gray originally pitched Little Orphan Annie, the lead character was, in fact, a boy named Otto. Brian Cronin has the answer in his latest Comic Book Legends Revealed column, in which he looks at this famous Depression-era strip. It’s time for the annual Top Shelf sale, in which everything but […]

Links: Level Up, Air Bender!

Coming soon from Dark Horse: an all-new Avatar: The Last Airbender comic written by Gene Luen Yang, author of American-Born Chinese and Level Up! Yang seems bullish about the project. “The pencils I’ve seen have been pure comics bliss,” he reports. “I giggled when I first saw them. Out loud. No joke. I sounded exactly […]

Links: Boys don’t read?

Over at The Huffington Post, author Charles London tackles a question that’s been on many educators’ minds of late: how can teachers and parents encourage boys to read more? His argument is that boys are readers, but the kind of material that appeals to them often falls outside the canon of approved kid-lit. “Even when […]

The Reading Pile – April 4

Welcome to another edition of The Reading Pile! This week, fellow GC4K contributors Snow Wildsmith and Mike Pawuk join me for a roundtable discussion about new and noteworthy titles for teens. On the agenda: X-Men,  Star Wars, and Dave Roman’s eagerly anticipated new series Astronaut Academy. SNOW: I’ve been reading a wide variety of graphic […]

Review: Cinderella

Among manga fans, Dark Horse has a reputation for publishing some of the edgiest comics on the market: think GANTZ, MPD Psycho, and Old Boy. But Dark Horse also licenses Japanese books for young readers, the kind of stories that feature frolicking polar bears and fairy princesses. Their latest offering is an East-meets-West take on […]