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April 16, 2014

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This Week’s Comics: Jellaby Diaries

This Week’s Comics: Jellaby Diaries

February winds down with a not-to-shabby list this week. Action Lab Entertainment completes the release of its Encore Edition of the first Princeless series. Pocket Books releases the second trade of Peanuts classic comic strips tailored to appeal to middle school kids, and IDW Publishing has a special issue of Samurai Jack with their Special [...]

This Week’s Comics: Dinonauts

This Week’s Comics: Dinonauts

With Polar Vortex part deux on the way, pick up some good comics now to settle in with! Two girls apparently aren’t enough for Archie, as Archie Comics releases the trade of the “Archie Marries Valerie” storyline with Archie’s Valentine: A Rock and Roll Romance. Dynamite Entertainment continues their flashback for all ages with L’il [...]

Review: The Aerosmurf

The Aerosmurf Written and drawn by Peyo Papercutz, $5.99 The latest volume of Papercutz’s welcome translations and publication of Peyo’s Smurfs comics takes its title from the name of the first story in the 56-page collection, but this one (the sixteenth in the series, already!) is much more of an anthology than some of the [...]

Preview: Benny Breakiron, vol. 2

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The second volume of Benny Breakiron, the other comic by Smurfs creator Peyo, is out next week, and here’s the 411: Madame Adolphine is a kind, gentle old lady, and a good friend of the super-strong Benny Breakiron. So why is she robbing a bank, banging a man on the head with a mallet, and [...]

Preview: Stardoll, vol. 1

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Papercutz launches a new series this week: Stardoll is all about “friends, fashion, and fun.” Here’s the blurb: Meet Claire Leo… she, along with her new friends Ashley, Kaya, Ruby and Sue-Ni, attends the Los Angeles High School of Fashion and Design (FAD) and hopes to make her dreams come true. In Claire’s, case that [...]

Preview: Power Rangers Megaforce, vol. 3

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The latest volume of Papercutz’ Power Rangers graphic novel includes two stories—and one features a 15-foot-tall villain made of trash! The book is out on Sept. 10, but you can check out this sneak preview right now. Enjoy!

Preview: Annoying Orange, vol. 3

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The third Annoying Orange graphic novel is out today from Papercutz, and it’s as full of laughs as the first two. Here’s the blurb: Annoying Orange, Pear, Apple, Passion Fruit, and the rest star in five all-new juicy stories that explore the darker side of the supermarket. The forgotten scandals, the crazy kidnappings, the mysterious [...]

Preview: The Aerosmurf

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It’s the heroic story of the conquest of the air—done Smurf style. Flying Smurf talks Handy Smurf into helping him make an airplane, but the magnificent flying machine makes a mess of Smurfette’s garden. She goes off to get a bit of peace and quiet—and is kidnapped by Gargamel, leaving Flying Smurf to be her [...]

Preview: Disney Fairies #12

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Here’s an early look at Disney Fairies #12, the latest volume in Papercutz’ Disney Fairies series, which I believe is imported from Italy. These books are charming, self-contained stories with lively characters and colorful art. Check out t…

Exclusive: Papercutz to Publish Rio Graphic Novels

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The children’s graphic novel Papercutz, already home to the Smurfs, Annoying Orange, and Lego Ninjago graphic novels, is adding another licensed property to its lineup: A series of graphic novels based on the movie Rio, which will fill in the story between the original movie, which came out in 2011, and the sequel, Rio 2, [...]

Sunday Smurfology: Matt. Murray on the color of Smurfs

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Our weekend preview is something a little different today: Papercutz sent along Smurfologist Matt. Murray’s introduction to The Smurfs Anthology, and it addresses a very interesting question: The color of Smurfs. Specifically, the color of Smurfs in the first Smurf comic, The Purple Smurf, which was published in French as “The Black Smurf.” Why the [...]

Sunday Smurfology: Matt. Murray on the color of Smurfs

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Our weekend preview is something a little different today: Papercutz sent along Smurfologist Matt. Murray’s introduction to The Smurfs Anthology, and it addresses a very interesting question: The color of Smurfs. Specifically, the color of Smurfs in the first Smurf comic, The Purple Smurf, which was published in French as “The Black Smurf.” Why the [...]

Review: Power Rangers Super Samurai Volume 1-2

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The Nightlok are a race of monsters from the Netherworld. Led by Lord Xandred, they are determined to take over the world, using the sorrows of humanity. The only ones standing in their way are five teenagers. Jayden, Kevin, Emily, Mike, Mia and Antonio have been called upon to take up the mantle of the [...]

Review: ARiOL Vols. 1-2

ARiOL Vol. 1: Just a Donkey Like You and Me and ARiOL Vol. 2: Thunder Horse Written by Emmanuel Guibert and drawn by Marc Boutavant Papercutz, $12.99 each   The back cover copy on the first translated and re-published volume of ARiOL, a kid-centric comedy comic from the writer of Sardine in Outer Space and [...]

Preview: Ariol, vol. 2: Thunder Horse

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Ariol may not be as well known as the Smurfs, Ninjago, or Nancy Drew, but when I was at the Papercutz booth at Book Expo America last week, people couldn’t leave this book alone. It’s no problem to pick it up with book 2, as the stories are self-contained, but after reading it, you’ll probably [...]

Booth Browsing at BEA 2013

Dragging bags and bags of “goodies–” I mean books– around the Javits Center all day (in the first heat wave of the season no less!), probably means I’ll wake up with a charlie horse in the morning. I walked around the convention hall, concentrating on children’s book publishers, hoping to notice some sort of trend [...]

Preview: Lego Ninjago, vol. 7: Stone Cold

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The saga of Lego Ninjago continues—no, really!—as our little interlocking-block warriors face off against the evil Stone Warriors in Lego Ninjago, vol. 7: Stone Cold, out this Wednesday in finer bookstores everywhere. Here’s a preview to get …

Review: The Smurflings

  The Smurflings By Peyo Papercutz   The monotonous blue and white color scheme of the Smurf village gets broken up a bit in this fifteenth installment of Papercutz’s Smurfs reprints, which introduces a quartet of new characters to Smurf village, each of who eschew the white pants and hat ensemble that most Smurfs favor. [...]

Review: Benny Breakiron Vol. 1: The Red Taxis

Benny  Breakiron Vol. 1: The Red Taxis By Peyo and Will Maltaite Papercutz   American audiences have certainly embraced Belgian cartoonist Pierre “Peyo” Cuilliford’s most famous creation over the decades, with a successful cartoon series a cornerstone of 9 Saturday morning memories, 2011 live-action/CGI movie popular enough to generate a sequel and a series of [...]

This Week’s Comics: Super Stilton Family

This Week’s Comics: Super Stilton Family

Where did April go? It’s the last Wednesday of the month, and there are some great title to check out! Abrams Comicarts releases a book that should be in every middle school library and science classroom; How To Fake a Moon Landing: Exposing the Myths of Science Denial. It will make learning critical thinking fun! [...]