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Good news for Tiny Titans fans: Art Baltazar and Franco have a new project in the works. Called Aw Yeah Comics, this creator-owned, kid-friendly series will debut in September with a story that pits superheroes Action Cat and Adventure Bug against the villainous Evil Cat. The comics will be available at conventions; through Baltazar, Franco, and Marc Hammond’s Skokie, IL storefront; and through the mail. Stay tuned for further details.

Beware the Fangpyre! Papercutz announced that the forthcoming Ninjango: Tomb of the Fangpyre would receive an initial printing of 425,000 copies. Sales of the previous three Ninjango graphic novels have been robust, with each volume selling in excess of 200,000 copies.

Speaking of Papercutz, the publisher will be unveiling the first English-language Power Rangers comic at San Diego Comic-Con.

Planning to attend Comic-Con? The complete schedule of events is now live on the SDCC website.

Our own Robin Brenner files a report on the Toronto Comic Arts Festival, explaining how TCAF organizers successfully stage a popular comics convention inside a public library — while the library is open to the public!

USA Today chats with animator Arlene Klasky (Rugrats, The Wild Thornberrys) about her latest project, a digital comic called Ollie Mongo: Adventures in the Apocalypse.

Just for fun: Bill Walko re-imagines Wonder Woman as a member of the Archie gang.

Coming to a TV (or laptop) near you: a new Sailor Moon anime. The series, which will debut on Japanese television next summer, was announced on Friday during a special event honoring the manga’s twentieth anniversary.

After a successful Kickstarter campaign to publish Osamu Tezuka’s Unico and A*tomcat, DMP announced that it would be seeking an additional $21,000 from fans to fund an English-language edition of Triton of the Sea. Though manga readers have been quick to support the DMP iniative — almost $32,000 of the requested $47,000 has been pledged thus far — not everyone thinks established publishers should be using Kickstarter. “The basic acts of publishing are printing and promotion,” notes TCAF organizer Christopher Butcher. “If you are a publisher but you can’t print or promote, are you still a publisher? Some very smart people say yes, and I’m honestly not sure, because you’re unable to fulfill your basic roles and are counting on others to do that, and that’s where my conflict is.”

Reviews: Brigid Alverson reviews Jiu Jiu, the latest addition to VIZ’s Shojo Beat imprint, while Alexander Hoffman offers his first impressions of Barrage, the newest addition to VIZ’s Shonen Jump Alpha magazine. Over at Comic Attack!, Drew McCabe takes a trip in the WABAC machine with reviews of several comic franchises from the 1980s.

Doug Zawisza on Aesop’s Ark #1 (Comic Book Resources)
Greg McElhatton on Anya’s Ghost (Read About Comics)
Stanley Jon on vols. 1-8 of Chi’s Sweet Home (Comic Book Daily)
Greg McElhatton on The Dare Detectives: The Snow-Pea Plot (Read About Comics)
Sarah on vol. 1 of A Devil and Her Love Song (No Flying No Tights)
Kristin Bomba on vol. 3 of A Devil and Her Love Song (Comic Attack!)
Lesley Aeschliman on vol. 2 of Dragon Ball (omnibus edition) (Blogcritics)
Jennifer W. on First Graphics: Volcanoes! and First Graphics: Earthquakes! (No Flying No Tights)
Katherine Dacey on vol. 1 of Jiu Jiu (The Manga Critic)
Karen Maeda on The Manga Guide to Linear Algebra (Sequential Tart)
Nic on vol. 1 of Mouse Guard: Legends of the Guard (No Flying No Tights)
Travis Jonker on Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales: One Dead Spy (100 Scope Notes)
Wolfen Moondaughter on PrinceLess: Short Stories for Warrior Women (Sequential Tart)
Doug Zawisza on Superman Family Adventures #2 (Comic Book Resources)
Little Willow on Teen Boat! (Guys Lit Wire)

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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