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Review: ‘Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula’

Princess Decomposia

Princess Decomposia and Count Spatula By Andi Watson First Second; $15 In the highly-abstracted, black-and-white cartoon underworld of Andi Watson’s latest original graphic novel, signified by a stark white castle before black clouds, young Princess Decomposia is a reluctant regent. She’s running the underworld for her bed-ridden father, the manipulative, prune-faced king who spends all […]

Review: Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Macbeth

Stratford Zoo Macbeth

The Stratford Zoo is like any other zoo…until closing time! That’s when the animals come out of their cages to perform Shakespeare’s greatest works. They might not be the best actors, but they’ve got heart. (Also fangs, feathers, scales, and tails.) Review: Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents: Macbeth Written by Ian Lendler; Art by Zack Giallongo All […]

Review: Olympians: Ares: Bringer of War

Ares Bringer of War

Ares, the god of war, is the subject of the newest volume in the Olympians series. Continuing from the previous volume Aphrodite, this volume picks up ten years into the Trojan War. Ares’s story is told through this conflict, as the gods draw lines and involve themselves in the human conflict. Olympians: Ares: Bringer of […]

Writing Comics: John Green on ‘Hippopotamister’

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Today we have a special treat for you: A process essay by comics writer John Patrick Green. John is the artist for Teen Boat, which is a GC4K favorite, and he is now working on a new book, Hippopotamister, which will be published by First Second in spring 2016. Hippopotamister is the story of a […]

Review In Real Life

In Real Life

In Real Life Written by Cory Doctorow Drawn by Jen Wang First Second; $17.99 The story of a young woman who is also an avid gamer, In Real Life is a rather timely graphic novel—but not for the reasons you might expect (or dread), if you’ve been following the depressing news over the course of […]

Cover Reveal: Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion

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Earlier this year, First Second published Sleep Tight, Anna Banana, a cheerful picture book/comic hybrid by Dominique Roques and Alexis Dormal, and now, here’s a first look at the cover for the second book in the series, Anna Banana and the Chocolate Explosion. Anna Banana is a mischievous girl with a large coterie of stuffed […]

Interview: Luke Pearson Illustrates a World War I Poem

Above the Dreamless Dead

With the 100th anniversary of the beginning World War I, we have seen a flurry of books, including graphic novels, about the War to End All Wars. Above the Dreamless Dead, edited by Chris Duffy and published by First Second, is a remarkable anthology of what came to be called “trench poetry,” poems by soldiers […]

Review: Olympians Aphrodite: Goddess of Love

Olympians Aphrodite

The tales of the Olympians continues with the arrival of Aphrodite. From her mysterious origin at the beginning of time to the seeds of war sowed in a power struggle at a wedding, Aphrodite shows the true power of love to both humans and gods alike. None can escape its many guises, even if they […]

Sleepless Knight: Cover reveal and interview with the three-headed monster

Sleepless Knight cover

James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost, the creative trio behind Adventures in Cartooning and its sequels, got kids excited about drawing comics, and now they have a new book that goes in a different direction: Sleepless Knight, which will be out later this year, is a story comic, not an instructional book, in which […]

Adventures in Book Clubbing: Reading Zita the Spacegirl

Book Clubbers holding up their copies of Zita the Spacegirl

Several weeks ago, I got an email from the lovely and talented Gina Gagliano asking if I’d be willing, in public, to say why I love Zita the Spacegirl. “Of course!” I replied. I’ve never kept my love of Zita a secret, after all. But then I started thinking. Who cares why I love Zita? […]