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Comics Censorship, from ‘Gay’ Batman to Sendak’s Mickey | Banned Books Week

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Since the 1940s, critics have claimed that comic books and graphic novels corrupt youth by breeding immorality, sexual deviance, and violence. There’s still opposition.

Great Reads for Video Gamers

Dirt Bikes, Drones and Other Ways to Fly

This lineup of gorgeous behind-the-scenes browsers, cool book and graphic-novel tie-ins, and magnetic YA novels that star gamers as protagonists is sure to reel in teens who spend their leisure time with game controller in hand.

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 […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #2

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #2

Last month, Caleb interviewed writer Sholly Fisch about the new series Scooby-Doo Team-Up, which will bring Scooby-Doo and crew together with DC superheroes, starting with Batman. Now here’s an exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #2, courtesy of DC Comics. Here’s the blurb: Holy overactive imagination! When Scarecrow attacks using his fear gas, only humans are […]

Interview: Sholly Fisch on Scooby-Doo Team-Up

Interview: Sholly Fisch on Scooby-Doo Team-Up

The 1972 iteration of the Scooby-Doo cartoon, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, teamed the mystery-solving teenagers and their Great Dane with a different guest star each episode, some of them cartoon versions of real-life celebrities, others cartoon characters themselves. Among the most fondly remembered episodes were the pair in which Scooby and the gang teamed up […]

Interview: Sholly Fisch on Scooby-Doo Team-Up

The 1972 iteration of the Scooby-Doo cartoon, The New Scooby-Doo Movies, teamed the mystery-solving teenagers and their Great Dane with a different guest star each episode, some of them cartoon versions of real-life celebrities, others cartoon characters themselves. Among the most fondly remembered episodes were the pair in which Scooby and the gang teamed up […]

Review: Batman is Brave and Superman Fights for Truth

Batman is Brave and Superman Fights for Truth Written by Donald Lemke, drawn by Ethen Beavers Picture Windows Books, $7.99   Given how dangerous being a superhero can be, I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under the age of 18, and I don’t care what Robin says or does (If Robin jumped off the Gotham […]

Review: Batman Beyond Universe #1

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Batman Beyond Universe #1 Written by Kyle Higgins and Christos N. Gage Drawn by Thony Silas and Dan Coello DC Comics, $3.99 Rated T, for Teen Of all the Batman animated series to come and go from television since Batman: The Animated Series debuted in 1992, Batman Beyond was the shortest lived, at just 52 […]

Is ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’ the Darkest Superhero Film Ever?

Is ‘Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox’ the Darkest Superhero Film Ever?

Can creators in essence separate the “super” from the “hero” and still be said to be working with the same character?

Review: Batman ’66 #1

Batman ’66 #1  Written by Jeff Parker, drawn by Jonathan Case DC Comics, $3.99 Rated E, for Everyone Congratulations, Comic Books!  You have apparently finally made it! For years, for decades, for at least a generation, the medium as a whole has been haunted by the success of the campy, comedic 1966-68 Batman TV show, […]

Fusenews: Rules of Summer in November

Fusenews: Rules of Summer in November

As you read this I am winging my way to Chicago, IL.  Land of Great Lakes, windy winds, and hot dogs that carry unconscionable stigmas for logical edible combinations (ketchup ONLY works on hot dogs, people).  Blogging, if my schedule is to be believed, is due to be a bit spotty for the next few […]

Review: Batman/Superman #1

Batman/Superman #1 Written by Greg Pak, drawn by Jae Lee and Ben Oliver DC Comics, $3.99 Rated T, for readers 12 and up It’s been nearly two years since DC Comics canceled their Superman/Batman team-up title (along with the rest of their line, in order to introduce the new “New 52″ universe), but this week […]

Exclusive Preview | The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold—Small Miracles

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All the Robins—past, present, and future—have to rally round to save Batman in this exclusive preview of The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold—Small Miracles, which collects Batman: The Brave and the Bold #15 and #17 and The All-New Batman: The Brave and the Bold #13-16. And there’s more: This 128-page, all-ages trade paperback […]

‘Tales of the Night,’ ‘The Dark Knight Returns,’ and the Problem of Animation for Teens

What animation exists out there that’s regularly screened in schools or shelved in libraries that’s the equivalent of MG or YA lit—feature films (not TV shows) that speak to young people but not to “children”?

2012 Gift Guide for Pop Culture Geeks and Media Mavens

The Dark Knight screenplays, a Doctor Who board game, The Princess Bride, and a lot more…

Review – LEGO Batman: The Visual Dictionary

LEGO DC Super Heroes – Batman Visual DictionaryWritten by Daniel Lipkowitz
DK Publishing, September 2012
96 pages, ISBN 978-0-7566-9787-7 $21.99

One of the most enduring comic book heroes is the Dark Knight himself, Batman. He’s been forever immortalized in comic books, film, animation, and video games, as well as decade’s worth of toys and collectibles. In 2006 he […]

New York Comic Con 2012: Highlights from the ALA-Sponsored Sessions

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Megan Kociolek: “Libraries are mystical places…”

‘The Dark Knight Returns’: Some Critical Thinking Questions

Here are some questions you can ask fans — questions designed to extend the critical thinking they’re most likely already engaged in…

Fall Books for Kids

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET Learn about fall’s collection of new books for your young readers during this School Library Journal webcast event.  From illustrated books to chapter books, topics range from superheroes to farmers, and then some! Discover what it means to be a samurai in Benjamin Martin’s Samurai Awakening, and find out if an American teenager has what takes to save his friends.  Read about Bill Finger, the man who gave Bruce Wayne a name and made him a detective in Marc Tyler Nobleman’s picture book (illustrated by Ty Templeton) Bill the Boy Wonder: The Secret Co-Creator of Batman. See a new take on the classic Old MacDonald nursery rhyme in Old MacDonald Had Her Farm (written by JonArno Lawson, illustrated by Tina Holdcroft) with brightly illustrated pictures and tongue-twisters to help readers learn about vowels while using the same E-I-E-I-O refrain. Register now to see what else Annick Press, Charlesbridge, and Tuttle Publishing will share from their fall book releases. This archive is no longer available.

Guest Post by Robin Brenner… This Summer’s Female Heroes: Fighting More Than One Battle (2)

The mainstream comics industry has been roundly (and justifiably) criticized for its problematic representation of women as well as its reluctance to acknowledge women as a fanbase with valid opinions.