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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.

First Second will be publishing a biography of wrestler/actor Andre the Giant in 2014; Box Brown will illustrate.

ICv2 interviewed senior brass at VIZ Media about the post-bubble manga market, the expanding VIZ Kids line-up, and the new digital version of Shonen Jump.

Sequential Tart Margaret O’Connell wonders why male fans have embraced My Little Pony and other cartoons aimed at young female audiences.

Reviews: Over at Comic Attack!, Drew McCabe posts a new installment of From Friendly Ghosts to Gamma Rays. On the docket: Xoc: The Journey of a Great White, Aesop’s Ark, and Super Dinosaur.

Patrick Smith on Adventure Time #1-6 (Spandexless)
Kristin Bomba on vols. 11-12 of Bakuman (Comic Attack!)
Greg McElhatton on Cow Boy: A Boy and His Horse (Read About Comics)
Emma on vols. 1-2 of Fangbone: Third Grade Barbarian (No Flying No Tights)
Lori Henderson on vol. 1 of Gate 7 (Manga Xanadu)
Jennifer on The Inventor: The Story of Tesla (No Flying No Tights)
Kristin Bomba on vol. 1 of Jiu Jiu (Comic Attack!)
Sheena McNeil on Magical Heart (Sequential Tart)
Sterg Botzakis on The Moon Moth (Graphic Novel Resources)
L.B. Bryant on Olympos (ICv2)
Elizabeth Bird on The Secret of the Stone Frog (School Library Journal)
Kate Dacey on vols. 1-3 of Suki: A Like Story (The Manga Critic)
Sheena McNeil on A Trip to the Bottom of the World with Mouse (Sequential Tart)
Peter on Xoc: The Journey of a Great White (meep[zine])
Rob McMonigal on Xoc: The Journey of a Great White (Panel Patter)

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.


  1. Smile is a nominee in the Intermediate Division of the 2013 Young Reader’s Choice Award, so right now there are a whole bunch of school and public libraries in Canada and the USA buying multiple copies of the book.

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