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May 29, 2015

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10 to Note: Summer Preview 2015

Ho ho! Summer is here folks. You know what summer has? Books. Warm weather and books. I surveyed the landscape and noticed titles arriving in June, July, and August that you might want to keep an eye out for – I know I will. Keep your shades on. Stay cool, summer. Never change. Picture Books […]

Special Preview: Svetlana Chmakova’s ‘Awkward’

Special Preview: Svetlana Chmakova’s ‘Awkward’

We’re big Svetlana Chmakova fans here, going back to her Tokyopop days (Dramacon) and even earlier. After Dramacon, she moved to Yen Press, where she did Nightschool and then an adaptation of James Patterson’s Witch and Wizard. Now she’s back with something new: Awkward, a middle-school comedy that looks like it’s pitched at somewhat younger […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #10

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #10

Today is Free Comic Book Day! Check that link to find a participating comic shop near you, then stop in and get a free comic. Many stores have special events and sales today, and it’s a great opportunity to renew your old comic shop habit or start a new one. To get you in the […]

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: The Eternity War #5

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: The Eternity War #5

He-Man and She-Ra in He-Man: The Eternity War #5 as the battle continues: Skeletor has returned! After his dramatic appearance last issue, the question remains: Will he fight alongside He-Man and She-Ra…or against them? This comic is rated 12+ on comiXology. It will be out in comic shops on April 29, but you can enjoy […]

Preview: The Atlas Powder Picture Book Company

Preview: The Atlas Powder Picture Book Company

From top to bottom, left to right we have: Sophie Blackall, John Bemelmans Marciano, Sergio Ruzzier, Eddie Hemingway, Brian Floca I’m tempted to just end this post right here – I mean, where do you go after one of the best children’s literature GIFs of all time? But fear not! There are plenty of interesting […]

Exclusive Preview: Teen Titans Go! #9

Exclusive Preview: Teen Titans Go! #9

Here’s a look at Teen Titans Go! #9, which is due out in comic shops on April 15. And here’s the executive summary: It’s Titan vs. Titan in a no-holds-barred, winner-take-all…staring contest! In the end, it’s Robin vs. Raven with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Which will turn the tide: Robin’s […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #56

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #56

The Mystery, Inc. gang visit a haunted hotel in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #56, which is out next week. Here’s the scoop: The gang in the Mystery Machine decides to stay at Hotel Hush to find out if it’s really haunted by the ghost of its old caretaker, Mrs. Clangor. But as they try to […]

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #224

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #224

It’s Saturday morning! Time for Bugs Bunny and the gang! Here’s a sneak peek at Looney Tunes #224, which will be out in comic shops next Wednesday. What’s it about? Glad you asked! Catching a train is one thing, but it’s another thing entirely when a new subway line plows a tunnel straight through Bugs’ […]

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: Eternity War #4

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: Eternity War #4

Here’s some good old-fashioned Saturday morning cartoon entertainment for you today! He-Man: Eternity War #4 is out next week. Here’s the blurb, which I think says it all: This is it: The battle you’ve been waiting for! She-Ra vs. Hordak! In order to retrieve the Eye of Chrono, She-Ra must defeat her adoptive father. Her […]

Preview: Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #8

Preview: Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #8

Don’t let the unwieldy title scare you off! Sensation Comics Featuring Wonder Woman #8, which will be out on Wednesday, is the print edition of a digital-first Wonder Woman anthology that features stand-alone stories by different creators. The digital chapters are 99 cents a pop, and then DC gathers them into print comics. So if […]

2015 Preview Interview: Tundra Books

2015 Preview Interview: Tundra Books

My thinly veiled plot to gain Canadian citizenship via children’s literature preview interviews continues today as I chat with Tundra Books editorial director Tara Walker about the latest from the Toronto-based publisher. Travis: Greetings from Michigan! Tara Walker: Hello, hello from balmy Toronto! We get super excited when the temperature reaches 20°F (-6°C) these days. […]

Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #55

Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #55

The sun is shining, the snow is sliding off my roof in great chunks, and the clocks change tonight. Spring is in the air, and we have a fresh Scooby-Doo preview for you to check out this morning while you wait for the ice sheets to recede. In Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #55, out in […]

2015 Preview Interview: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

2015 Preview Interview: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers

Seeing as how I can get to the door of Eerdmans Books (located in Grand Rapids, Michigan) from my house in about 25 minutes, it’s a crime that I haven’t done a preview interview with Eerdmans Books president and publisher Anita Eerdmans yet. A crime! Today we rectify that with a talk about recent successes […]

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2015

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2015

Spring is coming (it’s coming, right?), which means a new crop of books will be hitting shelves. Every season I sit down and make an “oooh, that looks good” list. Some of these books I’ve read and loved, others I’m excited to get my hands on – all of them are noteworthy to me. Here […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #9

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #9

It’s Saturday morning, time for some comics! Today we have an exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #9, in which the Mystery, Inc., kids meet up with none other than Superman himself! Here’s the 411: Superman needs help from Scooby and the gang – so they speed to Metropolis and the horribly haunted Daily Planet offices. […]

2015 Preview Interview: Annick Press

2015 Preview Interview: Annick Press

One publisher I’ve never talked to is Canada’s Annick Press. Let’s fix that, shall we? I talked to Brigitte Waisberg over at Annick to get up to date on their 2015 books. Travis: How was 2014 for Annick Press? Things you were especially happy about? We were thrilled when The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson, illustrated […]

2015 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press

2015 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press

About time we caught up with Canadian publisher Kids Can Press, right? I talked to Michaela Cornell about what’s on the horizon. Travis Jonker: Greetings from Michigan! How’s Toronto? Michaela Cornell: Toronto is fantastic! New Year, new mayor — things couldn’t be better! Wow, yeah, that whole situation was really something. The new year is […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #54

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #54

It’s Saturday morning, time for some comics fun with Scooby and the gang. Here’s a sneak peek at Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #54, which takes Scooby and the Gang off to the Bahamas to investigate something that’s scaring off the scuba divers. The comic goes on sale on Wednesday, February 11, in comic shops, but […]

2015 Preview Interview: Flying Eye Books

2015 Preview Interview: Flying Eye Books

Flying Eye Books is always up to something interesting. I talked to Tucker Stone (the US Sales and Marketing Rep for Nobrow/Flying Eye Books) about what to look for in 2015. Travis Jonker: How’s it going at Flying Eye? How’d that name come about, by the way? Tucker Stone: Things are going great! 2014 was […]

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #223

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #223

Saturday morning cartoons may be a thing of the past, but Wile E. Coyote’s struggle remains eternal! This month, Looney Tunes #223 brings us inside the headquarters of Acme Products, Inc., as Wile applies for a job—as a product tester. The comic is out this coming Wednesday, February 4, in comics shops, but we have […]