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Top Shelf Reveals Cover for Book 2 of ‘March’

Esther Keller
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

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 [...]

Review: March Book One

Esther Keller
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

Brigid Alverson
Johnny-Boo-5

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)

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: Girls rule!

Katherine Dacey
PrincessKnight1_500

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 [...]

Top Shelf launches digital apps with super sale

Brigid Alverson
TopShelfKidsClub

Top Shelf, home of Owly, Johnny Boo, and a host of newer children’s graphic novels, announced its own app yesterday—and there’s a special app just for kids. The Top Shelf iOS app carries comics for adults and children, while the Top Shelf Kids app is dedicated solely to their kids’ line. They are launching the [...]

Links: No flying, no tights

Katherine Dacey
Nursery-Rhyme-Comics-225x300

Good news for fans of No Flying No Tights: Robin Brenner’s site is back and better than ever! The newly relaunched NFNT offers visitors many options for finding titles, with categories for age, genre, and format, as well as a list of staff picks. Check out the review index below for links to the site’s [...]

Links: Leapin’ lizards!

Katherine Dacey
LittleOrphanAnnie

True or false: when Harold Gray originally pitched Little Orphan Annie, the lead character was, in fact, a boy named Otto. Brian Cronin has the answer in his latest Comic Book Legends Revealed column, in which he looks at this famous Depression-era strip. It’s time for the annual Top Shelf sale, in which everything but [...]

Links: Princess Knight rides again

Katherine Dacey
princessknight

Over at MTV Geek, Brigid Alverson takes a look at Osamu Tezuka’s Princess Knight. This ground-breaking shojo title, which debuted in 1953, will be coming to American shores for the first time in October 2011. (Kodansha published a bilingual edition in 2000, but that was aimed at Japanese readers who wanted to improve their English [...]