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Papercutz Raving About Rabbids

Papercutz Raving About Rabbids

While scrolling through my twitter feed, I came across a tweet from Papercutz. It was a cross post from Tumblr, reblogging a tumble from author Eric M. Esquivel, announcing he would be launching of a new graphic novel series with Papercutz featuring Rabbids. What are Rabbids you may ask? If you don’t have tweens or [...]

Review of the Day: The Dumbest Idea Ever by Jimmy Gownley

Review of the Day: The Dumbest Idea Every by Jimmy Gownley

The Dumbest Idea Ever By Jimmy Gownley GRAPHIX (an imprint of Scholastic) $12.00 ISBN: 9780545453479 Ages 9 and up On shelves now. Is it or is it not a good idea to tell young people that they are special and unique? It’s a legitimate question. When I was growing up the emphasis in school was [...]

More Classics Done Manga Style

More Classics Done Manga Style

In a previous post I wrote about the Manga Classics Readers from One Peace Books, titles adapted in Japan and brought over here. Well, another publisher, Udon Entertainment, in association with Morpheus Publishing Limited, has created a new line called Manga Classics. The line will adapt literary classics so faithfully that they “will please even [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Dragon Riding Comics Style

Dragon Riding Comics Style

The movie, How To Train Your Dragon was a big hit for Dreamworks. I know my youngest daughter loved it so much that she would watch it over and over. And it’s hard to argue when the main character is a black dragon with big green eyes that acts just like an overgrown cat. The [...]

Conclusions to Bardugo’s, Cass’s, and Taylor’s Sagas and More | What’s Hot in YA

God & Monsters

After teens have devoured the final volumes in the popular fantasy series by Leigh Bardugo, Kiera Cass, and Laini Taylor out this spring, offer the following hot picks in fiction, graphic novels, and nonfiction. Whether a fantasy die-hard or a fan of contemporary fiction with diverse characters, readers will find a smorgasbord of engrossing titles in these selections.

Review: Dinosaurs, vol. 2

Review: Dinosaurs, vol. 2

True story: We were planning a trip the zoo and my three-year-old daughter and I were having a conversation about what animals we might see there. We mentioned sea lions, tigers, birds, and turtles. But then my daughter asked, “Will we see dinosaurs?” “No,” I answered,  “Dinosaurs aren’t found in zoos.  Maybe we can see [...]

Review of the Day: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

Review of the Day: The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza by James Kochalka

The Glorkian Warrior Delivers a Pizza By James Kochalka First Second (an imprint of Roaring Brook) $17.99 ISBN: 978-1626721036 Ages 7-11 On shelves now James Kochalka has always had a penchant for the outright silly. If nothing else his Johnny Boo series of books have said as much. He’s not afraid to go for the [...]

This Week’s Comics: Rio at Dark

This Week’s Comics: Rio at Dark

Get hopping with the new comics and graphic novels out this week. Marvel releases a trade of their all ages series Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., based on the TV series. Papercutz lets loose with new volumes of Annoying Orange and Disney Fairies, and just for gamers, Scholastic has a handbook for the video [...]

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 [...]

A Game of Thrones

A Game of Thrones

In September 2011, about 5 months after HBO’s TV series Game of Thrones debuted, Dynamite Entertainment began releasing the comic series A Game of Thrones, adapted by Daniel Abraham, with art by Tommy Patterson. The indefinite article is significant: unlike the TV series–which is attempting to adapt the entire A Song of Ice and Fire [...]

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 [...]

This Week’s Comics: Batter Up Little Samurai

This Week’s Comics: Batter Up Little Samurai

Catch some high flying new releases from this week’s new comics. Get your fill of Moose and Squirrel stories with the Rocky and Bullwinkle Classics from IDW PUblishing. For younger readers, the ever silent Hello Kitty has a Surprise from Perfect Square. Or if you prefer something not so cute, Perfect Square also has a new [...]

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 [...]

New Graphic Novels for Every Age

New Graphic Novels for Every Age

Viz Media has been working to be able to provide titles for every age and interest. Lately, they’ve debuts titles for kids, tweens, teens and older teens that would look good on any graphic novel collection shelf. For the kids, check out Uglydoll: EAT DAT!, out from Viz’s imprint Perfect Square. It features 18 food-inspired [...]

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 [...]

Review of the Day: Space Mountain by Bryan Q. Miller

Review of the Day: Space Mountain by Bryan Q. Miller

Space Mountain: A Graphic Novel By Bryan Q. Miller Pencils and Inks by Kelley Jones Letters by Rob Leigh Colors by Brian & Kristy Miller Disney Press (an imprint of Disney Book Group) $12.99 ISBN: 978-1423162292 Ages 9-12 On shelves May 6th It sounds at first like a bit of a joke. You take a [...]

From Superheroes to Vampires: The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2014

From Superheroes to Vampires: The Hottest Graphic Novels of 2014

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014, 2:00-3:00 PM ET Join us for an exclusive sneak peek at some of the great graphic novels hitting the shelves over the next few months, plus hear tips on how to share the exciting world of graphic novels with your patrons. Get the insider’s view from DC Comics, Dark Horse Comics, Del Rey, Archie Comics, Kodansha and more. There’s something for everyone; find out more about a certain superhero’s 75th birthday party and just what the heck is happening in Riverdale. Are vampires really killing off our favorite teens? Archive now available!