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December 21, 2014

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Fusenews: “Red Nine doth here stand by”

Fusenews: “Red Nine doth here stand by”

Me stuff.  You have been warned.  So the first thing to know today is that this coming Saturday I’ll be speaking at the Eric Carle Museum about Wild Things: Acts of Mischief in Children’s Literature.  It will prove to be an amusing talk and if you live in the area I’d desperately love it if […]

Video Sunday: No. Seriously, Lisa. Hire me.

Video Sunday: No. Seriously, Lisa. Hire me.

Howdy, folks.  I have news for you.  Did you have any idea that a children’s literature online show called KidLit TV was in the works?  Nor did I until I stopped by Roxie Munroe’s studio the other day.  She informed me that man-about-town Rocco Staino had been by with an honest-to-goodness film crew to talk […]

Video Sunday: “Luke, I Am Your Father” (in a manner of speaking)

Video Sunday: “Luke,  I Am Your Father” (in a manner of speaking)

I’m a chick who loves Star Wars.  I’m not ashamed of the fact.  Feminist icon Princess Leia?  I can get behind that (gold bikini or no).  So when I saw a galley for that AMAZING Star Wars children’s book coming out with art from the original concept artist Ralph McQuarrie, I was blown away.  Here, […]

Review: Star Wars Jedi Academy: Return of the Padawan!

Star Trek. Star Wars. To tell you the truth, I’m a mess when it comes to some pop culture phenomena. Leonard Nimoy. Princess Lea. Darth Vader. It’s all a huge jumble in my mind. (Sometimes, I even throw War Games into the jumble!) So why on earth am I reviewing a Star Wars book? Because […]

Video Sunday: Mind you, it DOES make me want to read The Olde Tobacco Shoppe . . .

Video Sunday: Mind you, it DOES make me want to read The Olde Tobacco Shoppe . . .

Gather round me, little children, and let me tell you of a magical time when the Newbery and Caldecott winners were interviewed on NBC the day after their win in a regular annual segment.  Then twas the coming of Snookie and suddenly children’s book awards weren’t considered newsworthy any longer.  I’ve searched the airwaves to […]

Review: Star Wars: Ewoks – Shadows of Endor

Review: Star Wars: Ewoks – Shadows of Endor

Star Wars: Ewoks – Shadows of Endor Written and Illustrated by Zack Giallongo Published by Dark Horse Comics ISBN 978-1-61655-174-2 80 pp. Even though Dark Horse Comics will be losing the Star Wars license at the end of 2014, they have made they’ve made quite a wonderful selection of stories since 1991. The books have […]

Marvel Comics reacquires the Star Wars comic book license from Dark Horse Comics

Marvel Comics reacquires the Star Wars comic book license from Dark Horse Comics

It was announced earlier today that starting in 2015, Marvel Comics will once again be the home for the Star Wars license. Here’s Lucasfilm’s press release, as it appeared on USA Today: Jedi, Sith, and the Rest of the Star Wars Universe Come to Marvel Comics in 2015 The Walt Disney Company’s Lucasfilm Ltd. and […]

Review: Star Wars: Jedi Academy

Review: Star Wars: Jedi Academy

Star Wars: Jedi Academy Written and drawn by Jeffrey Brown Scholastic, $12.99 Cartoonist Jeffrey Brown made a name for himself in the 2000s with a series of self-published black-and-white, highly confessional autobiographical graphic novels, like Clumsy, Unlikely and AEIOU. More recently, Brown has made many more fans with his Darth Vader & Son and Vader’s […]

Review: Star Wars: Vader’s Little Princess

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Vader’s Little Princess Written and Illustrated by Jeffrey Brown Chronicle Books, $14.95 Following on the heels of the immensely popular 2012 book Darth Vader & Son—which humorously looked at “What if Darth Vader took an active role in raising his son?”—creator Jeffrey Brown now focuses on the trials and tribulations of raising Princess Leia from […]

Review: Star Wars #1

Review: Star Wars #1

Star Wars #1 Written by Brian Wood. Illustrated by Carlos D’Anda Dark Horse Comics, 2013 32 pp Dark Horse Comics has held the Star Wars license for over 20 years, and though they may not carry it after 2013, as Disney has acquired the rights to Star Wars, they still know how to tell stories […]

Top 20 Star Wars Graphic Novels, Part 4 of 4

Lastly, below are my top five Star Wars graphic novels/series published by Dark Horse Comics—they are in no particular order except for the last three – which are my personal top picks. Dark Horse Comics has done a phenomenal job with the Star Wars license, and though the acquisition of Star Wars by Disney Studios […]

Top 20 Star Wars Graphic Novels, Part 3 of 4

As we anticipate the future of Star Wars under Disney, let’s continue our series on my top 20 Star Wars graphic novels published by Dark Horse Comics.

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10) Star Wars: Darth Maul. 2001. 96 pp. 978-1-56971-542-0.

When The Phantom Menace came out, fans wanted to see more […]

Top 20 Star Wars Graphic Novels, Part 2 of 4

As we’re looking forward to the future of Star Wars now that it’s a part of Disney, let’s continue our look at the best Dark Horse Comics Star Wars graphic novels – either stand alone stories or series published by the company over the last 22 years. Dark Horse has done a phenomenal job with […]

Top 20 Star Wars Graphic Novels, Part 1 of 4

Ever since the news broke out on October 30th about Walt Disney’s acquisition of George Lucas’ Lucasfilm company Star Wars, there’s also begun speculation about the future of Star Wars license at Dark Horse Comics, where it’s been a staple of their line of comic books since 1991. Will Star Wars be published now by […]

Reading is a Superpower! Comic Books, Graphic Novels, & Literacy

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 3:00 – 4:00 PM ET This webcast will feature a report on the 10-school pilot program ABDO led with elementary students and staff in a California district, using their Marvel Age comic books and graphic novels, eBooks, and teachers guides in a weeks-long “comic con” with the kids creating their own superheroes and stories based on the books. This archive is no longer available.

News Bites: Freebies for Star Wars Reads Day!

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Star Wars: National Star Wars Reads Day is October 6. The event is an initiative of Lucasfilm and its publishing partners, Abrams, Chronicle Books, Dark Horse, Del Rey, DK, Scholastic, Titan Magazines, and Workman. ABDO Publishing is offering a free Star Wars event guide containing teacher’s guides, promotional posters, interviews with celebrities connected to the franchise, a list of nearly 300 Star Wars universe terms, a video of the event that was held in the Hennepin County Library in Minneapolis, and an order form for the 68 ABDO/Spotlight Star Wars library editions.