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Review: Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Benjamin Bear’s bright ideas include unique methods of getting rid of fleas, herding sheep, and making two things out of nothing, but even the bear’s brightest ideas are out-shined by those of Phillipe Coudray, the artist/author who created Benajmin and, therefore, does all of his thinking for him. Bright Ideas is Coudray’s second offering through [...]

Review: Barry’s Best Buddy

J. Caleb Mozzocco
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Anyone who’s read many of Renée French’s highly-detailed black-and-white comics, like her surreal, dark and disturbing meditation on migraines and ants h day, or perhaps her off-kilter family melodrama about deformity and surgery The Ticking, may be a little surprised to hear her name in the same sentence as the words “kids comic.” But then, [...]

Preview: Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas

Brigid Alverson
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I’m on record as being a big fan of Philippe Coudray’s first Benjamin Bear book, so I’m delighted that Toon Books is publishing a second one next month. What I like about this book is that it’s clever without being overbearing; each page contains a puzzle or a verbal pun that is simple enough for [...]

Preview: Barry’s Best Buddy—plus a Toon Books giveaway!

Brigid Alverson
Barrys Best Buddy

Renee French is well known among adult fans of indy graphic novels for her surrealistic artwork in H Day and The Ticking, but she also writes and illustrates children’s books under her pen name, Rainy Dohaney. Next month, Toon Books will publish her graphic novel Barry’s Best Buddy, a silly story about two friends, and [...]

Three Graphic Novels Take Cybils Awards

Brigid Alverson
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The winners of the Cybils (Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards—should’t that be the CYABLAs?) were announced last week, and although there are only two graphic novel categories, three graphic novels took the honors. The award-winners are… A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse, by Frank Viva (Toon Books) This was [...]

Review: Benny and Penny in Lights Out!

Mike Pawuk

Benny and Penny in Lights Out! by Geoffrey Hayes Toon Books/Candlewick Press 978-1-935179-20-7, 32 pp. $12.95 Toon Books once again brings us the adventures of Benny and his little sister Penny in Lights Out! It’s a story all too familiar with parents: little sister Penny is getting ready for bed—she’s brushed her teeth and getting [...]

Links: In the good ol’ summertime

Katherine Dacey

ICv2 reports that July 2012 comic book sales were robust, up 22% over the same time last year. Graphic novel sales were also strong, too, with a 16% increase from July 2011. Although this summer’s crop of superhero movies may have sparked a few sales, the bump can be attributed, in part, to the release [...]

Review: The Secret of the Stone Frog

Esther Keller
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Those readers familiar with Toon Bok’s comics for emergent readers will be pleasantly surprised by their latest release. Geared to a slightly older and literary audience, this latest release is a masterpiece.

Links: Ladies who lunch

Katherine Dacey

Lunch Lady creator Jarrett J. Krosoczka sits down with his hometown newspaper to discuss his career. “My grandparents were brave enough to send me to college to study art and I’m sure that was a difficult decision for them,” Krosoczka told the Worcester Telegram & Gazette. “But sending me to classes here [at the Worcester [...]

Links: Teenage dreamboat

Katherine Dacey
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Brian Heater posts the second part of his interview with Astronaut Academy author Dave Roman at The Daily Cross Hatch. This segment focuses on his comic Teen Boat (“The ANGST of Being a Teen…combined with the THRILL of being a boat”) which was originally self-published and will be published as a graphic novel next year. [...]