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October 22, 2014

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Preview: Costume Quest

Preview: Costume Quest

Costume Quest is a new, Halloween-themed graphic novel from Oni Press that’s apparently based on a video game, although you don’t have to be familiar with the game to enjoy the book—I can testify to this personally. Here’s the blurb: Hot on the heels of the freshly announced video game Costume Quest 2, Oni Press [...]

Preview: Mishka and the Sea Devil

Preview: Mishka and the Sea Devil

Mishka and the Sea Devil is a new release from the small publisher Action Lab (known around these parts as the publisher of Princeless) that came out during New York Comic Con last week. I can’t find a catalog page on the site for it, but here’s the info from their marketing e-mail: Eleven days [...]

Preview: Uncle Grandpa #1

Preview: Uncle Grandpa #1

This week, BOOM! Studios adds another Cartoon Network comic to its kaBOOM line with the release of Uncle Grandpa #1. It’s a goofy collection of short strips and gags by an assortment of creators, with a strong Mad Magazine vibe. Check out our preview to see for yourself; the comic is out in comic shops [...]

Preview: The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow

Preview: The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow

Jim Henson and his collaborator, Jerry Juhl, wrote the script for The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow as a television special, but it was never produced; instead, 46 years later, the folks at Archaia have turned it into a graphic novel, with the adaptation and art by none other than Roger Langridge, the artist for [...]

Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go!’ #6

Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go!’ #6

We’re big fans of Teen Titans Go! (the exclamation point is part of the title, but it also expresses our enthusiasm) so we’re looking forward to issue #6 coming out next Wednesday. Here’s what’s happening: What happens when the girls have a slumber party and don’t invite any of the boys? What about when Cyborg [...]

Preview: The Crusty Nibs

Preview: The Crusty Nibs

We’ve all seen book previews based on publisher, but how about a preview based on location? The Crusty Nibs are a collective of author/illustrators based in the Chicago area including (but not limited to) Stacy Curtis, Larry Day, Chris Sheban, Eric Rohmann, Tom Lichtenheld, Jeff Newman, and Matthew Cordell Here are some of the Nibs, [...]

Preview: Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5

Preview: Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5

They’re back! Art Baltazar and Franco’s Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #5 brings back the cutest gaggle of DC characters ever in the latest episode of their ongoing quest to find a new home base. Here’s the 411: Just when all hope of finding a new treehouse is lost, the girls travel to Paradise [...]

Preview: Lumberjanes #6

Preview: Lumberjanes #6

Lumberjanes has been one of the surprise comics hits of the year. It’s an all-girl adventure story about a summer camp where all sorts of strange things keep occurring—but our plucky heroes are more than a match for the supernatural creatures that slink around by night. In Lumberjanes #6, out today, a game of Capture [...]

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2014

10 to Note: Fall Preview 2014

Every four months I like to take a look at the books to be released in the upcoming season. Some make me say “I gotta see that”. Here are the ten books arriving in September, October, and November that perked my ears up. Maybe you’ll agree? Nonfiction: Neighborhood Sharks: Hunting with the Great Whites of [...]

Preview: Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #4

We’re big fans of Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani’s Tiny Titans books, and we were delighted when they came back for another round with this mini-series, Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse, in which the wee superheroes search for a new home base. Here’s an advance look at Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #4, [...]

Preview: Teen Titans Go! #5

Preview: Teen Titans Go! #5

Teen Titans started as a cartoon that brought together the teenage members of the DC Universe in a comedy format; it became a comic, then the comic was adapted into another cartoon, and now we have Teen Titans Go!, which is an adaptation of that cartoon (Caleb explains it all in his review of the [...]

Preview: Kevin Keller Becomes a Superhero

Preview: Kevin Keller Becomes a Superhero

Kevin Keller, the first openly gay character in the Archie Comics universe, takes on a new role in issue #14 of his eponymous comic when he stops a crime… and becomes a superhero. As we noted when the news broke earlier this year, Kevin doesn’t have superpowers; like Batman, he’s an ordinary guy who works [...]

Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #48

Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #48

Here’s an advance look at Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #48, due out this Wednesday from DC Comics. Written and illustrated by Scott Neely, it looks like lots of fun in the Scooby-Doo tradition: Shaggy gets himself in trouble at the gang’s yard sale, when he wears a Tiki memento from an old case. Is the [...]

Preview: Steven Universe #1

BOOM! Studios is debuting another all-ages title in its kaBOOM imprint: Steven Universe, based on the Cartoon Network show by Adventure Time alumna Rebecca Sugar. Here’s a look at the first issue, but first, here’s the 411: WHY YOU’LL LOVE IT: A comic about a boy and his friends living in a small beach community, [...]

Top Shelf Reveals Cover for Book 2 of ‘March’

Top Shelf Reveals Cover for Book 2 of ‘March’

Top Shelf Productions unveiled the cover for book 2 of March yesterday in an interview with the three creators of the book on CNN. (Chris Ross of Top Shelf posted some comments about the process of refining the cover on his Twitter.) Slated to be released in early 2015, the second volume of Congressman John [...]

Preview: Archie #657 (Archie Learns Windsurfing)

Preview: Archie #657 (Archie Learns Windsurfing)

It’s summer, time for Archie Comics to bust out the beach stories! In this month’s issue of Archie, Veronica takes up windsurfing and Archie decides to join her, with predictably hilarious results. Check out our preview, including the variant cover by the Tiny Titans team of Art Baltazar and Franco, and pick up the full [...]

Exclusive Preview: Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse #2

The Tiny Titans are back! DC’s beloved all-ages series, by Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, took a hiatus for a while and then returned last month with a new six-issue series, Tiny Titans: Return to the Treehouse; Caleb reviewed the first issue here. Now we have an exclusive preview of Tiny Titans: Return to the [...]

2014 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press

2014 Preview Interview: Kids Can Press

  Kids Can Press is probably the most chant-able children’s publisher. Try it. KIDS! CAN! PRESS! KIDS! CAN! PRESS! Made to be chanted, I say. Now that we’re all sufficiently frothed up, let’s have a look at their fall 2014 wares. I chatted with Naseem Hrab (director of marketing) about exactly that. Previously… 2014 Preview [...]

2014 Preview Interview: First Second

What does 2014 hold for graphic novel publisher First Second? I tracked down senior editor Calista Brill and editorial director Mark Seigel to ask. Travis: Greetings from the Mitten state! How did 2013 go for First Second? Any surprises? Calista Brill: It was a terrific year, though that’s not really a surprise, given the lineup [...]

Preview: Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination #6

Preview: Scribblenauts Unmasked: A Crisis of Imagination #6

Scribblenauts is a great video game that’s a little bit like Mad Libs—the characters, Maxwell and Lily, have to solve various problems, and the player helps by writing words that become objects in the game. Scribblenauts Unmasked is a special version of the game with characters from the DC Universe—all the characters from the DC [...]