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April 24, 2014

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Preview: Lumberjanes

Let’s kick off the week with a preview of a great new all-ages comic, Lumberjanes, a good old-fashioned story about a quintet plucky girls at summer camp facing down weird supernatural creatures. The first issue plunges us right into the action, pitting the Lumberjanes against a three-eyed fox. Although this book is part of BOOM! [...]

Preview: Ben 10 Omniverse: Parallel Paradox

Preview: Ben 10 Omniverse: Parallel Paradox

Here’s a look at the third volume in Viz/Perfect Square’s adaptation of the Ben 10 Omniverse animated series. Ben 10 Omniverse: Parallel Paradox, sets Ben and Rook up against someone from their past “whose very existence could mean the end of the world as we know it.” The story, written by Joel Enos and drawn [...]

Interview: James Kochalka on the Glorkian Warrior—and more

Interview: James Kochalka on the Glorkian Warrior—and more

James Kochalka’s latest graphic novel, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza, is deceptively simple and ridiculously funny. The story of a goofy spaceman on a crazy mission (accompanied by his talking backpack), it is longer than Kochalka’s Johnny Boo and Dragon Puncher graphic novels, which just allows more craziness to pile up as the story [...]

Archie dies—but only in ‘Life With Archie’

Archie dies—but only in ‘Life With Archie’

The Archie Comics folks have grown increasingly bold over the last few years, and yesterday they dropped the biggest bombshell of all: They are killing off their flagship character. A bit of explanation is in order here: Archie Andrews will continue to live his normal life in the regular Archie comics and digests—those will not [...]

Links: Nathan Hale, Kazu Kibuishi, and the Archie brass talk comics!

Links: Nathan Hale, Kazu Kibuishi, and the Archie brass talk comics!

Nathan Hale talks about the research he does for his Hazardous Tales graphic novels, which despite the humor are accurate retellings of incidents in American history. They’re not your father’s Archie Comics any more, and Archie CEO Jon Goldwater talks about the changes he has made since he started with the company in 2010, including [...]

Preview: Uglydoll: My Hero

Preview: Uglydoll: My Hero

Here’s a look at the latest Uglydoll graphic novel from Viz, Uglydoll: My Hero? This is the fourth in their series of whimsical graphic novels about the plush toys created by the husband-and-wife team of David Horvath and Sun-Min Kim (you can read all about it in my interview with David). The graphic novel just [...]

Links: Snoopy returns to the moon

Links: Snoopy returns to the moon

Artist and co-writer Vicki Scott talks about working on the latest Peanuts original graphic novel, The Beagle Has Landed, in which Snoopy takes a trip to the moon. There’s a preview at the link as well. Right here at SLJ, Marvel Comics editor Sana Amanat talks about why she created Kamala Khan, the Muslim teenager [...]

Interview: David Gallaher and Steve Ellis on The Only Living Boy

Interview: David Gallaher and Steve Ellis on The Only Living Boy

David Gallaher and Steve Ellis’s The Only Living Boy, which debuts as a webcomic today, is the story of a 12-year-old who suddenly finds himself, literally, the only living boy left in the world. Some sort of calamity (we’re not sure what yet) has wiped out the rest of humanity. But Erik is not alone: [...]

Links: Dates set for Sisters and Amulet; new Jimmy Gownley book debuts

Links: Dates set for Sisters and Amulet; new Jimmy Gownley book debuts

Scholastic has announced a release date of August 26 for two new graphic novels, Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters and the sixth volume of Kazu Kibuishi’s Amulet. Amelia Rules creator Jimmy Gownley visited several Catholic schools near his hometown of Girardville, Pennsylvania, to tell students about his new book, The Dumbest Idea Ever (which our own J. [...]

Preview: Hello Kitty: Surprise!

Preview: Hello Kitty: Surprise!

We have a special treat for you today: A complete Hello Kitty short story, “The Egg,” from Hello Kitty: Surprise, which will be out on April 1. This is the third Hello Kitty book from Viz’s Perfect Square imprint. All three books feature a collection of short stories from different creators (this one is by [...]

Exclusive: Kevin Eastman draws variant cover for Scratch9

Exclusive: Kevin Eastman draws variant cover for Scratch9

Scratch9 is back! Rob Worley’s tale of a cat who gets to actually meet his previous eight incarnations first came out in 2010 (and we included it in our list of the best comics of the year). He followed up with some short stories, Cat Tails, and now he’s launching a new series, Cat of [...]

Preview: Scribblenauts #8

Preview: Scribblenauts #8

Here’s a sneak peek at the upcoming issue of DC’s Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination, their digital-first comic based on the Scribblenauts game. Written by Josh Elder (Mail Order Ninja) and drawn by Adam Archer, these short comics feature the game characters Maxwell and Lily interacting with a huge range of characters from DC [...]

Check out SLJ/LJ’s hottest graphic novels webcast

Check out SLJ/LJ’s hottest graphic novels webcast

If you want an advance look at some of the best upcoming graphic novels of 2014, join me on March 19, when I’ll be moderating the SLJ/LJ webcast “From Superheroes to Vampires: The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2014.” I’ll be talking about upcoming releases from DC, Vertigo, Kodansha, Dark Horse, and Archie with some of [...]

Links: Big news at Archie; Disney teases new Marvel comic

Links: Big news at Archie; Disney teases new Marvel comic

James Kochalka talks about his newest book, The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza, which is being published by First Second—at the same time his newest Johnny Boo book is coming out from Top Shelf. Film and television writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is joining Archie Comics as chief creative officer; his job is to develop existing Archie [...]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #3

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #3

Here’s a preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #3, which will be out in comic shops on March 5. This series pairs up Scooby-Doo and the Mystery, Inc., gang with Batman and Robin, and more superheroes may be coming in future issues. Our own J. Caleb Mozzocco talked to series writer Sholly Fisch last December about how [...]

Kids’ and teens’ graphic novels dominate end of the year charts

Kids’ and teens’ graphic novels dominate end of the year charts

Every year, comics retailer Brian Hibbs writes a lengthy and informative article on graphic novel sales, based on BookScan figures for the entire year. He posted this year’s column last week, and while he makes a lot of good points, I want to pick out the one that’s most relevant to this blog: The top [...]

Kevin Keller to become The Equalizer

Kevin Keller to become The Equalizer

Diehard Archie fans know that the Riverdale gang occasionally do a turn as superheroes; Archie Andrews first donned the cape of Pureheart the Powerful back in 1965, and he even had his own Pureheart comic for a short while. There was also an Archie Super-Teens comic in the 1990s that only ran for four issues. [...]

Preview: Adventure Time #25

Adventure Time celebrates its 25th issue, out today, with a guest artists Dustin Nguyen, Jess Fink, Jeffrey Brown, and Jim Rugg joining the regular team of writer Ryan North and artists Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb for a special issue that kicks of with… dinosaurs! And if you haven’t seen it already, check out this [...]

Links: First Second to publish new Gene Yang book as digital comics

Links: First Second to publish new Gene Yang book as digital comics

First Second will be publishing Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew’s new book, The Shadow Hero, as a monthly digital comic starting this week. The full graphic novel, collecting all six issues, will be released on July 15. The serialization is appropriate: The Shadow Hero creates an origin story for The Green Turtle, the first [...]

Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book to become a graphic novel

Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book to become a graphic novel

P. Craig Russell and a posse of other artists are hard at work adapting Neil Gaiman’s 2008 children’s novel The Graveyard Book into graphic-novel form. Russell has worked with Gaiman on a number of adult comics, including several issues of The Sandman and the standalone story Murder Mysteries, which will be reissued in a new [...]