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March 5, 2015

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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 […]

2015 Preview Interview: Groundwood Books

2015 Preview Interview: Groundwood Books

If you’re interested in diverse children’s books that take chances, take a look at what Canadian publisher Groundwood puts out. I shot the email breeze with Groundwood publisher Sheila Berry about their upcoming books. (click images to enlarge) Travis Jonker: Alright. 2014: surprises? Good News? Things you were especially happy about at Groundwood? We were […]

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: The Eternity War #2

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: The Eternity War #2

Most of our previews are for comics for young children; this one is pitched at an older audience (it’s rated 12+) but it’s based on a toy many of us remember from our childhoods: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. He-Man: The Eternity War has He-Man, She-Ra, and Teela leading their troops in a […]

2015 Preview Interview: Owlkids Books

2015 Preview Interview: Owlkids Books

Owlkids is a Canadian publisher that more folks in the U.S. should know about. I tracked down Owlkids publisher Karen Boersma to reminisce on 2014 and look ahead to 2015. (click images to enlarge) Travis: Any surprises from last year? Things you were especially happy about at Owlkids? Karen Boersma: Probably the biggest surprise was The Flat […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #53

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #53

Scooby-Doo and his Mystery, Inc., colleagues head south of the Mason-Dixon line in this week’s preview of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #53. Here’s the scoop: When Scooby and the gang head down to Georgia to investigate a haunting in a stately Southern mansion, their investigation is interrupted by a ghost-hunting reality show created to solve […]

Preview: Roger Langridge’s Abigail and the Snowman #1

Preview: Roger Langridge’s Abigail and the Snowman #1

Roger Langridge’s new series Abigail and the Snowman kicked off on the very last day of 2014, which means you can find the comic in comics shops or on comiXology right now! This series sounds like it has a bit of Jellaby, a bit of Amelia Rules, maybe even a bit of Frosty the Snowman […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #8

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #8

Let’s kick off the new year with a preview of one of the best new kids’ comics of 2014! Scooby-Doo Team-Up is basically one big series of crossovers; in Scooby-Doo Team-Up #7 (previewed here) Scooby and his Mystery Inc. colleagues met up with the Flintstones, and in Scooby-Doo Team-Up #8, available January 7 in comic […]

Preview: Voltron: From Days of Long Ago

Preview: Voltron: From Days of Long Ago

This preview is unusual: It’s the beginning of the end of the Voltron story. The original Voltron cartoon show turned 30 this year, and Viz put out a special anniversary book, Voltron: From Days of Long Ago, to celebrate; I interviewed the editors at Robot 6, and we mentioned it in our gift guide as […]

Exclusive Preview: Teen Titans Go! #7

There’s another fun and action-packed issue of Teen Titans Go! coming your way this Wednesday, and we have an exclusive preview of it here! Here’s what’s going on: When Starfire develops a massive crush on the latest teen pop sensation, Robin will stop at nothing to recapture her attention – even if he must become […]

Preview: Archie Comics Annual #256

Preview: Archie Comics Annual #256

Although the title makes it sound like Archie Comics have been around since Colonial times, I’m pretty sure that the Archie Comics Annual #256 is the latest in a series of Archie digests that got its name changed somewhere along the way. Anyway, here’s a quick preview; it came out yesterday in comic shops. Enjoy!

Preview: Looney Tunes #222

Preview: Looney Tunes #222

Our Saturday morning preview this week is based on a classic Saturday morning cartoon: Looney Tunes #222, which is out in comic shops on December 3. Here’s the 411: Bugs in space! Marvin the Martian visits his outer space neighbor Bugs Bunny to borrow a cup of sugar – and to take over the universe! […]

Preview: Capture Creatures #1

Fresh comics this week from BOOM! Studios’ kids’ imprint, kaBOOM! Frank Gibson and Becky Dreistadt are no strangers to lovers of indy comics and webcomics; their Tiny Kitten Teeth is a charming webcomic done in a retro, Little Golden Books sort of style. Now they are teaming up for a new comics series, Capture Creatures, […]

Exclusive Preview: Teen Titans Earth One, vol. 1

Exclusive Preview: Teen Titans Earth One, vol. 1

We have something special for you today: An exclusive first look at vol. 1 of Teen Titans Earth One, a new original graphic novel by Jeff Lemire and Terry Dodson. From the website: “In this new, original graphic novel, the young heroes of the Teen Titans never felt like normal kids…but they had no idea […]