May 2, 2016

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Exclusive Preview: Betty & Veronica Double Digest #243

Dan Parent’s ongoing series “The Many Loves of Archie Andrews” continues in Betty & Veronica Double Digest #243, which—like all the digests—continues to feature new stories in the classic Archie style alongside older stories. Here’s the executive summary: In this next segment of “The Many Loves of Archie Andrews,” we get the lowdown on Amisha […]

Preview: ‘Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash’

Here’s a special treat for today’s preview: An advance look at Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash. This is one of Archie’s giant-size paperbacks that offers a lot of comics and extras—this one has a special gallery of vintage Archie covers, and we have a few of them in the preview below. The book […]

2016 Preview Interview: Flying Eye Books

I talked to Tucker Stone (the US Sales and Marketing Rep for Nobrow/Flying Eye Books) about what Flying Eye Books has up their sleeve for 2016 (Click on images to enlarge) Travis: Hello from Michigan, Tucker – how’s it going? How is your beard coming along? It was looking fantastic last time our paths crossed. Tucker […]

Preview: ‘World of Archie Comics Double Digest’ #58

World of Archie Comics Double Digest #58, which will be out on April 20 in comic shops, has a lead story in the traditional style but with a plot you wouldn’t see in an old-school Archie comic: When Betty and Veronica learn that Archie and his father have gone fishing and left poor Mary Andrews […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go!’ #15

Saturday morning comics time! Here’s an exclusive look at Teen Titans Go! #15, which will be out next Wednesday in fine comic shops everywhere. This one is about… the pants of fear: Raven and Cyborg create a pair of spooky-looking leggings from a pattern in one of Raven’s arcane books. But Robin’s in for quite […]

Preview: ‘Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken,’ Book 2

Here’s an early look at Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken (Book 2): Escape from Skull-Fragment Island, which debuts tomorrow from Top Shelf. Stay tuned for our interview with creator Ray Friesen; in the meantime, enjoy some Pirate Penguin and Ninja Chicken silliness in our preview!

Preview: ‘Jughead and Archie Spring Annual Digest’ #20

Baseball season has started, the birds are singing, and it’s time for the Jughead and Archie Spring Annual Digest #20 to further brighten our lives. Today’s preview includes snippets of two stories: A new one about Archie and his dog going viral on the internet, by writer Adrian Ropp and artist Bill Galvan, and an […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #68

It’s time for some Saturday morning comics fun with our exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #68. Here’s the executive summary: A figure skating competition is unexpectedly put on ice when it’s interrupted—by the Abominable Snowman! Who’s behind it? The washed-up former champion? The front-runner’s rival? To solve the mystery, Scooby and Shaggy will […]

Preview: ‘The Mighty Zodiac’

J. Torres and Corin Howell’s The Mighty Zodiac debuts this week. It’s a six-issue comic aimed at middle grade readers, starring 12 characters based on the Chinese Zodiac. Here’s the blurb for the first issue: When the Blue Dragon dies, six stars fall out of the night sky! Ailing Master Long, leader of the Mighty […]

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #230

Leave it to the Looney Tunes folks to make insurance funny! Here’s an exclusive sneak peek at Looney Tunes #230: Wabbit season! Duck season! Wabbit season! Insurance season? Salesman Daffy Duck accidentally sells insurance to an accident-prone Elmer Fudd, so when Bugs Bunny shows up during Elmer’s wabbit hunting trip, Daffy will have to throw […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Archie Comics Double Digest’ #267

What’s up with the Riverdale crowd this week? As always, there’s a new lead story in the traditional Archie style in the latest digest, Archie Comics Double Digest #267. This time, Mr. Weatherbee institutes a new dress code—and everyone has to get jobs to be able to afford the new duds! We have a preview […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Betty & Veronica Digest’ #242

Here’s some Archie Comics fun: An exclusive preview of Betty & Veronica Digest #242, which leads off with another new story in Dan Parent’s series “The Many Loves of Archie Andrews,” and then follows up with snippets of two older stories, including a classic by Eisner Hall of Fame member Harry Lucey. Here are the […]

Exclusive Preview: World of Archie Comics Double Digest #57

Archie goes viral, and not in a good way, in this month’s World of Archie Comics Double Digest #57, out Wednesday in comic shops: A video of his emotional reaction to a movie causes him all sorts of problems in this very modern lead story by Tim and Pat Kennedy. We’ve got a preview of […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Archie’s Funhouse Comics Annual’ #19

Here’s some weekend comics fun: An exclusive preview of Archie’s Funhouse Comics Annual #19, which features a new lead story written by James Gartler and illustrated by Dan Parent. Here’s the scoop: Veronica puts all thoughts of Archie aside when her parents reveal that one of her old friends from summer camp has blossomed into […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #67

Here’s more Saturday morning comics fun with a sneak preview of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #67. Here’s what Scooby and the gang are up to this month: A late-night campout in the woods is bound to make Scooby and Shaggy nervous. Spooky campfire stories about a spectral madman with a hook for a hand are […]

Preview: Betty and Veronica Friends Easter Annual #247

Time for a little Saturday morning comics fun with our exclusive preview of the lead story from Betty and Veronica Friends Easter Annual #247. It’s a new story with a classic setup, scripted by Angelo DeCesare and drawn by Fernando Ruiz: Betty and Veronica just can’t agree who has the more difficult life. Betty says […]

2016 Preview Interview: Phaidon

I’ve been following Phaidon’s children’s books for a few years now – mainly due to their Tomi Ungerer reissues and inventive Herve Tullet board books. This spring, Phaidon is expanding their children’s list. I talked to Cecily Kaiser (formerly of Scholastic and Abrams) about this fresh batch of books. Travis Jonker: Greetings from Michigan! How are […]

More to Note: Lots of 2016 Spring Books I’m Looking Forward to

Rivers will no doubt flood with tears when I tell you that I have a hard time narrowing down my 10 to Note previews. Because of that, I thought I’d do a little speed round of spring books (publishing in March, April, and May) that are also looking good. Images only.

10 to Note: Spring Preview 2016

Spring: not sprung. But that’s why they call it a preview, folks! As I wait patiently for the moles to wreak havoc on my yard (a spring tradition around here) I will kill time by sharing ten books that give me a case of the double-takes. Picture Books A Hungry Lion, or A Dwindling Assortment […]

Exclusive Preview: Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #241

Archie may have a new look in the monthly comics, which were rebooted last year, but the comics digests are running a new story in every issue in the traditional style. In this month’s Betty & Veronica Comics Double Digest #241, Dan Parent continues his “Many Loves of Archie Andrews” storyline, which pairs the redheaded […]