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This Week’s Comics: Rio at Dark

Lori Henderson
Lilith Dark

Get hopping with the new comics and graphic novels out this week. Marvel releases a trade of their all ages series Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., based on the TV series. Papercutz lets loose with new volumes of Annoying Orange and Disney Fairies, and just for gamers, Scholastic has a handbook for the video [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Preview: Hello Kitty: Surprise!

Brigid Alverson
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We have a special treat for you today: A complete Hello Kitty short story, “The Egg,” from Hello Kitty: Surprise, which will be out on April 1. This is the third Hello Kitty book from Viz’s Perfect Square imprint. All three books feature a collection of short stories from different creators (this one is by [...]

Kids’ and teens’ graphic novels dominate end of the year charts

Brigid Alverson
Dork Diaries 1

Every year, comics retailer Brian Hibbs writes a lengthy and informative article on graphic novel sales, based on BookScan figures for the entire year. He posted this year’s column last week, and while he makes a lot of good points, I want to pick out the one that’s most relevant to this blog: The top [...]

Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book to become a graphic novel

Brigid Alverson
The Graveyard Book 1

P. Craig Russell and a posse of other artists are hard at work adapting Neil Gaiman’s 2008 children’s novel The Graveyard Book into graphic-novel form. Russell has worked with Gaiman on a number of adult comics, including several issues of The Sandman and the standalone story Murder Mysteries, which will be reissued in a new [...]

Exclusive interview and cover reveal: Stratford Zoo

Brigid Alverson
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Stratford Zoo, due out next fall from First Second, is a Shakespeare graphic novel with a twist: The play is enacted by animals in a zoo. The series, written by Ian Lendler and illustrated by Zack Gaillongo (of Broxo and Ewoks fame), kicks off with a fur-and-feathers production of Macbeth, and the second volume will [...]

Graphic novels about the Civil Rights movement—and a comic that helped inspire it

Brigid Alverson
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In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, I wanted to post a couple of links relating to graphic novels about the Civil Rights movement. Rep. John Lewis’s memoir March was one of the most talked-about graphic novels of 2013. On this site, Esther reviewed it and Eva interviewed the co-author, Andrew Aydin, who is [...]

Review: Star Wars: Ewoks – Shadows of Endor

Mike Pawuk

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 [...]