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Links: Smile!

Katherine Dacey

Raina Telgemeier’s Smile was the top-selling comic on this week’s New York Times Graphic Novel Bestseller list. That feat would be impressive under any circumstances, but Telgemeier’s book was released in February 2010 — over two years ago! TCAF organizer Christopher Butcher explains what this week’s chart reveals about the state of the comics industry. [...]

Preview: Winx

Brigid Alverson
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Here’s a look at one of Viz’s licensed books, due out later this year, that will be a nostalgia trip for some folks: Winx, the story of five fairies who do magic and have girly fun, was introduced to American audiences six or seven years ago via an animated cartoon. (It was confusingly similar to [...]

Links: Stan Lee’s not-so-Mighty return?

Katherine Dacey
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J. Caleb Mozzocco gives mixed marks to Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, a new kid-friendly superhero series published by Archie Comics. “It is a pretty bad comic book, and I’d go so far as to say that it’s a remarkably, even exceptionally bad comic book,” Mozzocco opines. “But there’s still an irrepressible, hard-to-hate charm about the [...]

Links: Kickstarting classroom comics

Katherine Dacey

The folks at Reading With Pictures, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the intelligent use of comics in education, just launched a Kickstarter campaign for two new projects: The Graphic Textbook and Open Source Comics. In 2010, RWP used Kickstarter to fund the publication of Reading With Pictures Anthology (2010), a Harvey Award-nominated collection of educational [...]

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. [...]

NYCC 2011 news round-up

Katherine Dacey
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New York Comic Con celebrated its sixth anniversary this year with capacity crowds, big stars, and big announcements. Wondering how NYCC will impact you and your library collection? We at Good Comics for Kids rounded up the weekend’s biggest news in kids’ and teens’ comic publishing. COMICS AND GRAPHIC NOVELS Marvel announced a unique crossover [...]

Links: Starfire, Betty, and Veronica

Katherine Dacey

Author Michelle Lee interviewed her seven-year-old daughter about Teen Titan heroine Starfire. Though Lee’s daughter describes Starfire as her favorite superhero, she was dismayed by the way the character was drawn in issue one of Red Hood & The Outlaws. “[S]he’s not fighting anyone. And not talking to anyone really. She’s just almost naked and [...]

Links: 52 pick-up

Katherine Dacey
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NPR blogger Glen Weldon casts a critical eye on DC’s much-hyped Justice League #1. His verdict: not bad, though he’s a little concerned about DC’s pledge to reimagine its iconic superheroes in a “younger, angrier, more brash and more modern” light. The title of this Tumblr blog pretty much sums it all up: Superheroes Are [...]

Good manga for kids, August 2011

Katherine Dacey
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When I was seven years old, I owned Charlie Brown’s Super Book of Questions and Answers, a five-volume encyclopedia with entries on animals, plants, machines, space travel, human anatomy, and just about any other topic that might interest an elementary school reader. Interspersed with the facts and figures were short cartoons featuring the Peanuts gang. [...]

Links: Digital manga news

Katherine Dacey

Are Japanese publishers finally getting serious about combating piracy? Nearly 40 Japanese companies have banded together to launch JManga, an online manga reader that will include a mixture of free and paid content. Brigid Alverson has a summary of the JManga Comic-Con panel. Sean Gaffney offers a thoughtful round-up of manga-related news from SDCC 2011. [...]