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The School Library Journal’s Best of 2011 issue includes a number of graphic novels, from non-fiction titles such as Feynman to coming-of-age stories such as Anya’s Ghost.

Johanna Draper Carlson offers her Best Manga of 2011 list. Over at MTV Geek, Brigid Alverson takes a fond look back at manga that finished their print run in 2011.

To promote the intelligent use of comics in the classroom, The Graphic Classroom has formed a partnership with Reading With Pictures. Graphic Classroom founder Chris Wilson explains, “Through those friendships, it is becoming apparent that we must become more united in our efforts and supports. It’s time for comics-in-education experts to level up and meld our efforts more officially than tangentially.” You can read more about the project at RWP, where artist Josh Elder outlines the partnership’s goals for 2012.

Stan Lee’s latest creation — The Super Seven — will make its comic-store debut in March. In other publishing news, Papercutz will begin releasing a Three Stooges comic in April, while Disney and Marvel have teamed up to produce a new Toy Story comic, to debut in March.

The No Flying No Tights crew share their Must-Have Manga for Teens. “Our criteria for this list, our first in a sequence of Must Have lists, is simple: these are the titles that are solid additions to your teen collection,” site founder Robin Brenner explains. “We’re not necessarily talking rich language or literary merit — these are the titles that are proven, through circulation and reader enthusiasm, to be engaging and popular with teen readers.”

Reviews: Drew McCabe looks at the first issue of Princeless and the sixth issue of Reed Gunther.

John Hogan on Archie Christmas Classics (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Rebecca Buchanan on Ash The Time Traveling Kitty (Sequential Tart)
Allen on The Broadcast (No Flying No Tights)
Jenny on vols. 1-5 of Cross Game (No Flying No Tights)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Donald Duck: Lost in the Andes (Comics Worth Reading)
Tanya on Fashion Kitty (books4yourkids)
Greg McElhatton on Freddy Stories (Read About Comics)
Snow Wildsmith on vol. 1 of Gate 7 (ICv2)
Whitney on vols. 1-2 of Gossip Girl: For Your Eyes Only (No Flying No Tights)
Matthew on vol. 1 of Itsuwaribito (No Flying No Tights)
Holly von Winckel on Jim Henson’s The Storyteller (Sequential Tart)
Sterg Botzakis on Kill Shakespeare, Vol. 1: A Sea of Troubles (Graphic Novel Resources)
Rachael on Lila and Ecco’s Do-It-Yourself Comics Club (No Flying No Tights)
Greg McElhatton on Mickey Mouse: Trapped on Treasure Island (Read About Comics)
Lori Henderon on vol. 5 of Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan (Manga Xanadu)
Anna Neatrour on vol. 6 of Oresama Teacher (Manga Report)
Paige McKee on vol. 2 of Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney (Sequential Tart)
Emma on RIP, MD (No Flying No Tights)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Salt Water Taffy, Vol. 5: Caldera’s Revenge, Part 2 (Comics Worth Reading)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Same Difference (Comics Worth Reading)
John Hogan on Sonic the Hedgehog, Book 1 (Graphic Novel Reporter)
John Hogan on Spider-Man: Marvel Team-Up (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Tanya on Squish: Super Amoeba and Squish: Brave New Pond (books4yourkids)
Gail on Stolen Hearts: The Love of Eros and Psyche (No Flying No Tights)
Johanna Draper Carlson on vol. 2 of Wandering Son (Manga Worth Reading)
Emma on Zig and Wikki in Something Ate My Homework (No Flying No Tights)

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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