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December 11, 2014

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Links: Archie Studies, Reading Lists, and More

Links: Archie Studies, Reading Lists, and More

John Allison is shutting down Bad Machinery, his all ages webcomic (being published in gorgeous oversized editions by Oni Press), and he talks to CBR’s Steve Sunu about how webcomics have changed over the years, how Bad Machinery has evolved, why he is going with a traditional publisher, and what’s around the corner. Cathy Camper [...]

Preview: Archie Comics Annual #256

Preview: Archie Comics Annual #256

Although the title makes it sound like Archie Comics have been around since Colonial times, I’m pretty sure that the Archie Comics Annual #256 is the latest in a series of Archie digests that got its name changed somewhere along the way. Anyway, here’s a quick preview; it came out yesterday in comic shops. Enjoy!

Links: Recommended Reading

Links: Recommended Reading

Becky Dreistadt and Frank Gibson, whose new series Capture Creatures launches this week from kaBOOM!, discuss their creative process and show the stages of a single page, step by step. In an interview on New Hampshire Public Radio, writer and editor Jason Rodriguez talks about the nonfiction comics anthology he edited, Colonial Comics: New England, [...]

Preview: Looney Tunes #222

Preview: Looney Tunes #222

Our Saturday morning preview this week is based on a classic Saturday morning cartoon: Looney Tunes #222, which is out in comic shops on December 3. Here’s the 411: Bugs in space! Marvin the Martian visits his outer space neighbor Bugs Bunny to borrow a cup of sugar – and to take over the universe! [...]

Preview: Capture Creatures #1

Fresh comics this week from BOOM! Studios’ kids’ imprint, kaBOOM! Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt are no strangers to lovers of indy comics and webcomics; their Tiny Kitten Teeth is a charming webcomic done in a retro, Little Golden Books sort of style. Now they are teaming up for a new comics series, Capture Creatures, [...]

Exclusive Preview: Teen Titans Earth One, vol. 1

Exclusive Preview: Teen Titans Earth One, vol. 1

We have something special for you today: An exclusive first look at vol. 1 of Teen Titans Earth One, a new original graphic novel by Jeff Lemire and Terry Dodson. From the website: “In this new, original graphic novel, the young heroes of the Teen Titans never felt like normal kids…but they had no idea [...]

Links: Jillian Tamaki, Luke Pearson Win Major Awards

Links: Jillian Tamaki, Luke Pearson Win Major Awards

The British Comic Awards were announced over the weekend, and the winner in the children’s category was Luke Pearson’s Hilda and the Black Hound. Another winner: Jillian Tamaki has received the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Children’s Illustration for This One Summer, which was written by her cousin, Mariko Tamaki. John Patrick Green is all [...]

Preview: Lumberjanes #8

Preview: Lumberjanes #8

It’s been a while since we have featured any Lumberjanes on this site, so here’s a look at Lumberjanes #8, due out this week in comic shops, which wraps up the first story arc. Here’s the 411: This crazy war between Apollo and Artemis finally reaches its peak and it’s up to the Lumberjanes to [...]

Interview: Raul The Third on ‘Lowriders in Space’

Interview: Raul The Third on ‘Lowriders in Space’

One of the most delightful comics to come out this year is Lowriders in Space, by Cathy Camper and Raul Gonzalez (whose nom de plume is Raul the Third). It’s an action-packed tale of a trio of friends who fix up a lowrider and then detail it by flying through space and picking up cool [...]

Preview: ‘Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave’

Preview: ‘Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave’

Just in time for the holidays, here’s a new, stand-alone book of Mouse Guard stories. Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave collects six short stories, four that originally appeared on Free Comic Book Day and two that are brand new, in a slim, hardcover volume. As creator David Petersen explains in the introduction, the stories are [...]

Interview: Kel McDonald on ‘Misfits of Avalon’

Interview: Kel McDonald on ‘Misfits of Avalon’

Kel McDonald may be the youngest veteran creator in the business. She started her webcomic Sorcery 101 while she was in high school, and she’s about to wrap it up and collect it into an omnibus edition that she’s funding on Kickstarter. She has also Kickstarted several other books, including two Cautionary Fables and Fairy [...]

Writing Comics: John Green on ‘Hippopotamister’

Writing Comics: John Green on ‘Hippopotamister’

Today we have a special treat for you: A process essay by comics writer John Patrick Green. John is the artist for Teen Boat, which is a GC4K favorite, and he is now working on a new book, Hippopotamister, which will be published by First Second in spring 2016. Hippopotamister is the story of a [...]

Links: Manga on the Rebound, but What About Superheroes?

Links: Manga on the Rebound, but What About Superheroes?

I wrote an article for SLJTeen on the resurgence of manga, with notes on trends and some recommendations for classic and new series for teens. Janelle Asselin writes about the lack of good superhero comics for children. Gene Luen Yang has a good response, pointing to his daughter’s love of Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters as evidence [...]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #51

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #51

Saturday morning cartoons may have vanished from TV, but here at Good Comics for Kids we still like to kick off the weekend with a good comic—and what better one than that former Saturday morning classic, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Here’s a sneak peek at Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #51, which will be available in [...]

Links: From Disney Classics to Lowriders in Space

Links: From Disney Classics to Lowriders in Space

Over at Publishers Weekly, I talked to the folks at Fulcrum Publishing about their nonfiction graphic novel line, which includes the anthologies Trickster, Wild Ocean, and Colonial Comics, and to one of their authors, Joel Christian Gill, creator of Strange Fruit and Tales of the Talented Tenth. At New York Comic Con, I had the [...]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #7

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #7

We’ve got something special for you today: An exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #7, which is a Scooby-Doo/Flintstones crossover. Here’s the 411: When a test of Dr. Albrick Einstone’s time machine goes awry, Scooby and the gang find themselves the unexpected guests of everyone’s favorite modern Stone Age family, the Flintstones! And they’ve arrived just [...]

Manga Makes a Comeback

Attack on Titan

Could the latest boost in manga sales be partly due to the latest blockbuster, Attack on Titan? Good Comics for Kids blogger Brigid Alverson brings us up to speed on what’s happening in the world of manga and anime.

Video: Christopher Hart Draws a Funny Vampire

Video: Christopher Hart Draws a Funny Vampire

Just in time for Halloween, Christopher Hart has a new how-to book that explains the niceties of zombie eyes, four-eyed aliens, and vampire angst. While Hart has made a name for himself doing how-to-draw-manga, Monstrously Funny Cartoons is a return to his gag-comic roots, and he’s very at home here. (Full disclosure: I edited Hart’s [...]

Preview: Costume Quest

Preview: Costume Quest

Costume Quest is a new, Halloween-themed graphic novel from Oni Press that’s apparently based on a video game, although you don’t have to be familiar with the game to enjoy the book—I can testify to this personally. Here’s the blurb: Hot on the heels of the freshly announced video game Costume Quest 2, Oni Press [...]

Links: New York Comic Con… and Beyond!

Links: New York Comic Con… and Beyond!

I had a busy time last week at New York Comic Con, which has now become the biggest comic convention in the U.S., with 151,000 attendees. I did a quick roundup of the kids’ comics news for Publishers Weekly, shared my picks for the five coolest things at NYCC (with some added commentary on the [...]