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Links: Graphic novels are good for kids (and grown-ups, too)

Katherine Dacey

Earlier this month, TV Ontario posed the provocative question, “Are graphic novels good enough for the classroom?” Answering the question in the affirmative were Larry Swartz, author of Learning to Read with Graphic Power, and Jeff Smith, creator of Bone. Last week, Jeff Kinney filed suit against Antarctic Press for trademark violations. Antarctic recently launched [...]

Links: Hot properties

Katherine Dacey
stilton_west

ICv2 has just released its list of the ten hottest kids’ comic properties from summer 2011. Not surprisingly, Diary of a Wimpy Kid hangs on to the top spot, but The Simpsons, Geronimo Stilton, and The Smurfs also make strong showings. For manga lovers, ICv2 has compiled separate  lists of the top ten shojo (girls’) [...]

Preview: Power Lunch

Brigid Alverson
POWER LUNCH PREVIEW  (13)

Power Lunch, just released last week by Oni Press, is a light-hearted spin on the superhero genre. Joey avoids any food that isn’t white, because colored foods have a strange effect on him—they give him super powers. Written by J. Torres (Alison Dare; Lola: A Ghost Story) and illustrated by Dean Trippe (Butterfly), this book [...]

Preview: Sketch Monsters, book 1: Escape of the Scribbles

Brigid Alverson
SKETCH MONSTERS (9)

Sketch Monsters, out this week from Oni Press, is the story of an eight-year-old girl who doesn’t express her feelings in the usual way: Instead of showing them outwardly, she draws them as monsters in her sketchbook. That keeps them neatly bottled away—until the day they all escape and run amok, forcing her to round [...]

Links: Courtney Crumrin returns

Katherine Dacey

Good news for Ted Naifeh fans: not only will Oni Press publish a new installment of Courtney Crumrin Tales in May, Oni also has a second volume of Polly and the Pirates in the works. Naifeh dishes the dirt on both series with Sequential Tart’s Wolfen Moondaughter, and offers readers a tantalizing glimpse of a [...]

Review: Crogan’s March

Eva Volin

Crogan’s Vengeance, the first book in Chris Schweizer’s series, The Crogan Adventures, is about “Catfoot” Crogan’s time serving on a pirate ship.  It was a critical success, earning an Eisner nomination and a place on the Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, among other honors.  The second book, Crogan’s March, about Peter Crogan, a soldier [...]