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Review: Otto’s Backwards Day

Review: Otto’s Backwards Day

Otto’s Backwards Day By Frank Cammuso, with Jay Lynch TOON Books; $12.95 Everyone struggles with selfishness. At least, I imagine that all good people do and that anyone who doesn’t has probably just given in to it. Maybe it says more about me than about other people, but I have a hard time believing that [...]

Korak for Kids: A Talk with Ron Marz

Korak for Kids: A Talk with Ron Marz

I grew up a Tarzan fan, which by definition means that I discovered him as a kid. A lot of people my age did. And while Edgar Rice Burroughs struggled to balance his own desire to write for grown-ups with his work’s extraordinary appeal to children, it’s undeniable that young people responded to the ape [...]

2014 Eisner nominations include categories for kids

2014 Eisner nominations include categories for kids

Yesterday, Comic-Con International announced the nominations for the 2014 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards. The nominees – chosen by judges Kathy Bottarini, William H. Foster, Christian Lipski, Lee Oeth, Jenny Robb, and James Romberger – cover a wide range of genres and interests, including three categories focused particularly on children and teens. Best Publication for Early [...]

Exclusive Web Comic | ‘A Tale of Two Pennies’

Exclusive Web Comic | ‘A Tale of Two Pennies’

Sometimes, blogging about good comics for kids means presenting some actual good comics for kids. Troy Wilson (Perfect Man) and Caleb Hystad (Raven Tales) have given Good Comics for Kids permission to post first, in its entirety, their adorable tale of a girl and two pennies. Hystad is an animation director best known for the [...]

Review | Boxers & Saints

Boxers & Saints By Gene Luen Yang Colored by Lark Pien First Second American Born Chinese creator Gene Luen Yang’s two new graphic novels can be read separately from each other, but that doesn’t mean that they should be. Boxers and its companion volume, Saints, tell individual stories about two young people during China’s Boxer [...]

Review | Templar

Templar Written by Jordan Mechner Drawn by LeUyen Pham and Alex Puvilland First Second The mysterious Knights Templar have been the subject of a lot of literary speculation thanks to the works of authors like Dan Brown, Raymond Khoury, and Steve Berry. Pile on movies like National Treasure and games like Assassin’s Creed and the [...]

Review | Fairy Tale Comics

Fairy Tale Comics By Graham Annable, Emily Carroll, Gigi D.G., Vanessa Davis, Chris Duffy, Ramona Fradon, Charise Mericle Harper, Brett Helquist, Gilbert Hernandez, Jaime Hernandez, Karl Kerschl, Joseph Lambert, Bobby London, David Mazzucchelli, Luke Pearson, Jillian Tamaki, Raina Telgemeier, and Craig Thompson Edited by Chris Duffy First Second One of the wonderful things about fairy [...]

Review | Tales of the S.S. Junky Star

Tales of the S.S. Junky Star By the Fillbach Brothers First Comics; $6.99 Matthew and Shawn Fillbach have been making various kinds of science fiction comics for a while, from alien invasions (an oversimplified description that doesn’t do justice to the craziness of Maxwell Strangewell) to werewolves fighting vampires on the moon. They’re best known [...]

Review | The Hound of the Baskervilles

The Hound of the Baskervilles Adapted by Martin Powell; Drawn by Jamie Chase Dark Horse/Sequential Pulp; $14.99 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles isn’t just my favorite Sherlock Holmes story; it’s one of my favorite novels period. Combining murder mystery with gothic horror in a setting that feels as real as it [...]

Review: Graphic Classics, Volume 24: Native American Classics

Review: Graphic Classics, Volume 24: Native American Classics

Graphic Classics, Volume 24: Native American Classics By Robby McMurtry, Ryan Huna Smith, Randy Keedah, Joseph Erb, Bahe Whitethorne Jr., Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas, Zitkala-Sa, Timothy Truman, Benjamin Truman, Jim McMunn, Mark A. Nelson, Charles Alexander Eastman, Simon-Pokagon, Murv Jacob, E. Pauline Johnson, Weshoyot Alvitre, Elias Johnson, Andrea Grant, Toby Cypress, James Harris Guy, David Kanietakeron [...]

Review | Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice

Pokémon the Movie: Kyurem vs. the Sword of Justice By Momota Inoue Viz Kids; $9.99 Understanding that “all-ages” and “for kids” aren’t synonymous terms, I have a low tolerance for kids’ entertainment. I was never one of those parents who could drive the car patiently while “The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round” [...]

Review: Peanut

Peanut Written by Ayun Halliday; Drawn by Paul Hoppe Schwartz & Wade; $15.99 There’s a panel in Ayun Halliday and Paul Hoppe’s Peanut that could also serve as a log line for the book. “The hardest thing about a peanut allergy,” says the main character, Sadie Wildhack, “is remembering to stay vigilant. Especially if you [...]

Roundtable: The DC Fan Family website

When DC announced it’s new Fan Family website, we had some mixed reactions. And they were still mixed after we gave it a look. Mike, Robin, Esther, Lori, and I talked about what we like about DC Fan Family and what still needs work. What was your first reaction on hearing that DC created a [...]

Review: Mr. Twee Deedle

Mr. Twee Deedle: Raggedy Ann’s Sprightly Cousin – The Forgotten Fantasy Masterpieces of Johnny Gruelle Edited by Rick Marschall Fantagraphics; $75.00 Thanks to Junie B. Jones and other books still carrying the torch, children today are quite familiar with Raggedy Ann and Andy, even if they know nothing about their history or the man who [...]

Roundtable: Superman Family Adventures RIP

The cancellation of Superman Family Adventures, yet another critically-praised superhero comic that DC won’t be publishing anymore, has us pretty riled up. We figured that we could vent about it or offer some constructive suggestions for DC and Marvel’s future kids comics, so we decided to do both. Have you been reading Superman Family Adventures? What did you [...]

Review: Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales

Cautionary Fables and Fairy Tales By Kate Ashwin, Kory Bing, Mary Cagle, K.C. Green, Kel McDonald, Joe Pimenta, Katie and Shaggy Shanahan, and Lin Visel Anthologies can be as tricky as Rumpelstiltskin. They’re usually such a mixed bag in terms of quality that I know I’m taking my chances when I open one up. I [...]