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Links: Courtney Crumrin returns

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 brand-new project: Princess Ugg.

Also at Sequential Tart: Rebecca Buchanan pays tribute to Sabrina Spellman, a.k.a. Sabrina the Teenage Witch, who made her Archie Comics debut in 1962.

Our own Brigid Alverson files a report from C2E2 2011.

ICv2 has just released its list of the Top Ten Kids & Tweens Graphic Novel Properties for the final quarter of 2010. Among the properties making the cut: Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Smurfs, and Star Wars: Clone Wars.

Manga Hero founder Jonathan Lin announced that his company will be publishing Habemus Papum!, a comic-book biography of Pope Benedict XIV.

Second grader Jia Li reviews Emile Bravo’s latest fractured fairy tale, Beauty and the Squat Bears. Though she quibbles with a few of Bravo’s decisions — most notably the story’s “sad ending” — she enthusiastically recommends the book to “kids who like princes and princesses and tiny, cute bears but who also can read big words.”

The Manga Bookshelf gang unveils a new feature: Bookshelf Briefs, a weekly column featuring capsule reviews of new and upcoming manga. (All reviews are 150 words or fewer.) Up for consideration this week are volume five of Black Butler, volume two of Itsuwaribito, volumes four and five of Seiho Boys’ High!, and volume three of Toriko.

Chris Sims reads the new Justin Bieber bio-comic so that you don’t have to.

Kyla Hunt on 300 Mickeys (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Katherine Dacey on vol. 1 of Ai Ore! (The Manga Critic)
Michael Hicks on Batman: The Return of Bruce Wayne (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Julie Opipari on vol. 1 of Clean Freak: Fully Equipped (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Shaenon Garrity on Finder: Voice (The Comics Journal)
Greg McElhatton on Gingerbread Girl (Read About Comics)
Patti Martinson on vol. 2 of Itsuwaribito (Sequential Tart)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 1 of Oresama Teacher (Comics Worth Reading)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of The Secret Notes of Lady Kanoko (Manga Village)
Wolfen Moondaughter on vol. 3 of Stepping on Roses (Sequential Tart)
Wolfen Moondaughter on vol. 5 of Stepping on Roses (Sequential Tart)
Diana Dang on vol. 2 of The Story of Saiunkoku (Stop, Drop, and Read!)
Collin David on Thor: Siege Aftermath (Graphic Novel Reporter)

Katherine Dacey About Katherine Dacey

Katherine Dacey has been reviewing comics since 2006. From 2007 to 2008, she was the Senior Manga Editor at PopCultureShock, a site covering all aspects of the entertainment industry from comics to video games. In 2009, she launched The Manga Critic, where she focuses primarily on Japanese comics and novels in translation. Katherine lives and works in the Greater Boston area, and is a musicologist by training.

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