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Review: ‘Johnny Boo Goes Like This’


Johnny Boo Goes Like This Writer/artist: James Kochalka Top Shelf Productions; $9.99 James Kochalka has a special facility for stream-of-conscious storytelling that mimics the sorts of stories small children might tell adults: This happened, and this happened, and then this happened, and so on. It’s a relatively rare quality, even among those who make their […]

March Named National Book Award Finalist

March 3

The 2016 National Book Finalists have been announced. In the Young People’s category, March Book 3 by Senator John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell has been named. Published by Top Shelf, the March Trilogy immediately garnered much acclaim and attention for its compelling story and visual excellence. Upon hearing the news, Senator John Lewis […]

This Week’s Comics: Rocket March

Rocket Raccoon 7

Get your fill of superheroes from this week’s new releases. Capstone Publishing releases a double dose of DC stories with some Batman You Choose Stories and DC Super Heroes Origin stories. DC Comics also has some Batman action with the first collected trade of Beware the Batman. Check out the picks for two more superheroes—one […]

Review: March, Book Two

March 2

Sometimes when I finish reading a book, it takes me a few minutes to pull out of the world I was engrossed in for hours. It’s because a book was so powerful that while I was entrenched in its pages, I only saw and heard what was in the book. Lately, books that evoke this […]

Top Shelf Reveals Cover for Book 2 of ‘March’

March 2

Top Shelf Productions unveiled the cover for book 2 of March yesterday in an interview with the three creators of the book on CNN. (Chris Ross of Top Shelf posted some comments about the process of refining the cover on his Twitter.) Slated to be released in early 2015, the second volume of Congressman John […]

Interview: James Kochalka on the Glorkian Warrior—and more

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 […]

Review: March Book One

March Book One cover (100dpi)

Growing up, I didn’t learn much about the civil rights movement beyond the dates, important events, and of course what was achieved. It was only as a librarian, when I started to delve into the topic so we could share it with our students, that I pored over primary source photos, read news accounts, and […]

Preview: Johnny Boo Does Something


James Kochalka has a field day in Johnny Boo Does Something, his fifth Johnny Boo book, sending his ghostly main character off on a Boring Adventure, a maybe-birthday celebration, and the bottom of an ice cream hole. Kochalka, who won an Eisner Award last year for another young-readers book, Dragon Puncher Island, is back and […]

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

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: Girls rule!


Shojo manga made an especially strong showing on this week’s New York Times Manga Best Seller list, with volumes of Black Bird, Codename: Sailor V, Princess Knight, and Sailor Moon all posting robust numbers. Looking at the Times’ other lists, the fourth volume of Kazu Kibushi’s Amulet series continues to sell briskly, as does the […]