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July 28, 2014

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Links: Archie Dies, Fraggle Rock Rises Again

Links: Archie Dies, Fraggle Rock Rises Again

The death of Archie Andrews was in the news this week, as it occurs in this month’s issue of Life With Archie, which is out today. That doesn’t mean Archie is going away, as he dies only in Life With Archie, in which the Riverdale gang are all in their 20s; teenage Archie will continue [...]

Preview: Archie #657 (Archie Learns Windsurfing)

Preview: Archie #657 (Archie Learns Windsurfing)

It’s summer, time for Archie Comics to bust out the beach stories! In this month’s issue of Archie, Veronica takes up windsurfing and Archie decides to join her, with predictably hilarious results. Check out our preview, including the variant cover by the Tiny Titans team of Art Baltazar and Franco, and pick up the full [...]

Links: Archie, Sisters, and the Return of Bill Watterson

Links: Archie, Sisters, and the Return of Bill Watterson

It was big news a few weeks ago that Archie Andrews will die—not in the main Archie comics but in the YA spinoff Life With Archie. Industry observer Rob Salkowitz digs into that a bit and puts it in context in an interview on the public radio show Here and Now. Here’s a first look [...]

Exclusive Preview: Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #2

The Tiny Titans are back! DC’s beloved all-ages series, by Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, took a hiatus for a while and then returned last month with a new six-issue series, Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse; Caleb reviewed the first issue here. Now we have an exclusive preview of Tiny Titans: Return to the [...]

Preview: Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination #6

Preview: Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination #6

Scribblenauts is a great video game that’s a little bit like Mad Libs—the characters, Maxwell and Lily, have to solve various problems, and the player helps by writing words that become objects in the game. Scribblenauts Unmasked is a special version of the game with characters from the DC Universe—all the characters from the DC [...]

Interview: Writer Joel Enos talks Ben 10

Last year, Viz announced that it would publish graphic novels based on Ben 10, the Cartoon Network show, and the third of these, Ben 10: Parallel Paradox, was published under Viz’s Perfect Square imprint in April—we ran a preview of it back then. Parallel Paradox brings back Elena Validus, a character from Ben’s past, and [...]

Sleepless Knight: Cover reveal and interview with the three-headed monster

Sleepless Knight: Cover reveal and interview with the three-headed monster

James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick-Frost, the creative trio behind Adventures in Cartooning and its sequels, got kids excited about drawing comics, and now they have a new book that goes in a different direction: Sleepless Knight, which will be out later this year, is a story comic, not an instructional book, in which [...]

Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #46

Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #46

Zoinks! It’s another Scooby Doo comic coming our way! A trip to the beach turns into an Atlantis adventure for Scooby, Shaggy, and the rest of Mystery, Inc. in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #46. Here’s the blurb: When Shaggy and Scooby dig up a mysterious artifact on the beach, they take it to the local [...]

BEA Buzz: Five graphic novels to look forward to this year

BEA Buzz: Five graphic novels to look forward to this year

I dropped in on Book Expo America, the annual book trade show, on Friday, and I was impressed by the graphic novel presence there. Two of the rock stars of the show were Raina Telgemeier, who was signing advance copies of Sisters, and Jeff Kinney, who has a new Wimpy Kid school planner (yes, I [...]

The Debut: Serah-Marie McMahon Talks About ‘The Worn Archive’

Worn Archive

The Worn Archive collects the best pieces from Worn, an alternative fashion magazine which over the years has featured articles on topics as varied as the chemistry of dry cleaning, the history of the safety pin, the work of a textile conservator, and a glossary of hijab.

Archie Comics’ newest character uses a wheelchair

Archie Comics’ newest character uses a wheelchair

Archie and his gang have been getting more and more diverse over the past few years, and now they are adding a character with a disability to the cast: Veronica’s cousin Harper, who uses a wheelchair. Harper will make her debut in this week’s Archie #656, and writer and artist Dan Parent told Comic Book [...]

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #219

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #219

Here’s a throwback to classic Saturday morning cartoons: An exclusive preview of Looney Tunes #219, which is due out from DC Comics on June 4. It’s a Road Runner story that honors the classic tropes in a new way, with Wile E. Coyote going to hear a motivational speaker who seems to be speaking directly [...]

How Diverse are Comics and Graphic Novels?

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Diverse characters are on the rise in comics and graphic novels. But superhero comics remain predominantly white and male.

Links: ‘Sisters’ poised for success; Ben Hatke talks ‘Zita’

Links: ‘Sisters’ poised for success; Ben Hatke talks ‘Zita’

Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters, which is due out later this year, is slated for an initial print run of 200,000 copies. As Zainab Akhtar points out, Telgemeier’s Smile has over 1 million copies in print. You can see a preview of it here. Ben Hatke, talks about Zita the Spacegirl and its influences and antecedents. Five-year-old [...]

‘Amazing World of Gumball’ comic to debut in June

‘Amazing World of Gumball’ comic to debut in June

BOOM! Studios has built up quite a line of all ages comics in its kaBOOM imprint, and The Amazing World of Gumball is a good example of how it works. It’s based on the Cartoon Network show of the same name, and it features the work of a well known webcomics creator—in this case, writer [...]

DC announces new Wonder Woman series

DC announces new Wonder Woman series

Back in March, Allison Baker wrote about her love of Wonder Woman and her chagrin that there was no Wonder Woman comic that her daughter could enjoy. Well, DC has some good news: In August, they will launch Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman, a digital-first anthology of stand-alone stories that will not depend on the [...]

Preview: Scratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds #3

Preview: Scratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds #3

Here’s a look at the third issue of Rob Worley and Joshua Buchanan’s Scratch9: Cat of Nine Worlds. As we revealed exclusively in March, Worley has planned a whole series of covers by guest artists, the first by Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles artist Kevin Eastman. This issue will be out in August and can be [...]

Links: Smile, Sisters!

Links: Smile, Sisters!

Raina Telgemeier talks about her upcoming graphic novel Sisters, which is a sequel to her best-selling memoir Smile. Veteran comics writer Barbara Slate makes the case for making comics for girls. Albert Ching covers IDW’s WonderCon panel, which focused on the company’s all-ages comics such as Powerpuff Girls and Dexter’s Laboratory as well as their [...]

Viz nabs licenses for Sailor Moon anime

Viz nabs licenses for Sailor Moon anime

Viz Media dropped a bombshell at Anime Central (and on Twitter) on Friday with the announcement that they have licensed the complete Sailor Moon anime—both the original series and the new Sailor Moon Crystal. The license includes all 200 episodes of the original television anime (including Sailor Moon Stars, which has never been released in [...]

Viz nabs licenses for Sailor Moon anime

Viz Media dropped a bombshell at Anime Central (and on Twitter) on Friday with the announcement that they have licensed the complete Sailor Moon anime—both the original series and the new Sailor Moon Crystal. The license includes all 200 episodes of the original television anime (including Sailor Moon Stars, which has never been released in [...]