June 19, 2018

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This Week’s Comics: Paris By Night

Highlights from this week’s list of new releases include the second volume of First Second’s fantasy series for elementary readers, Quirk’s Quest: The Lost and the Found. Papercutz releases a 3-in-1 Edition of the Dreamworks-based series Trolls, while the Inklings from Viz Media’s Splatoon Volume 3 make a splash of their own. The List: AMERICAN […]

This Week’s Comics: Paris By Night

Highlights from this week’s list of new releases include the second volume of First Second’s fantasy series for elementary readers, Quirk’s Quest: The Lost and the Found. Papercutz releases a 3-in-1 Edition of the Dreamworks-based series Trolls, while the Inklings from Viz Media’s Splatoon Volume 3 make a splash of their own. The List: AMERICAN […]

13 Manga Series To Share with Teens This Summer

This has been a bountiful year for manga, in terms of both quantity and quality, and there’s more on the way! Stock your shelves with these series, perfect for summer reading.

This Week’s Comics: No Smoking Allowed

Highlights from this week’s new releases include the beginning of a new 4 issue mini series for Garfield with Homecoming #1. IDW Publishing releases the second part of a new story featuring a young Han Solo and Chewbacca in Star Wars Adventures #11, while Titan Comics celebrates the 30th anniversary of the 7th Doctor story […]

Review: ‘Silver Spoon’ Vol. 1

Silver Spoon Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Hiromu Arakawa Yen Press; $15 Rated T for Teen Phenomenal success can present difficult challenges. For example, say you created a manga series that ran for nine years, filled 27 collected volumes and was adapted into a pair of television shows, two feature-length animated films, a live-action film, a handful […]

This Week’s Comics: Mysterious Birds and Ponies

Highlights from this week’s new releases include Volume 2 of Scarlet Rose from Charmz, First Second’s newest addition to their Science Comics series, Rockets: Defying Gravity, and a new series from the creators of Geronimo Stilton, Melowy Volume 1, The Challenge in the Forest from Papercutz. The List: ACTION LAB ENTERTAINMENT Ghoul Scouts I Was […]

Review: ‘Star Wars: Lost Stars’ Vol. 1

Star Wars: Lost Stars Vol. 1 Writers: Claudia Gray and Yusaku Komiyama Artist: Yusaku Komiyama Yen Press; $13 Rated T for Teen This is a manga adaptation of Claudia Gray’s 2015 prose novel of the same name, and as I read, I couldn’t help but wonder if Crossed Stars might not have been a better […]

This Week’s Comics: Celebrate with Ice Cream

It’s a short list moving into the long weekend, but there are still some good titles to highlight. Archie Comic Publications is “ready” to play with issue #5 of Cosmo. Boom! Studios plays with time in Adventure Time Beginning Of The End #1 while Yen Press drops another W.I.T.C.H three part story, A Crisis on […]

This Week’s Comics: A Festival of Mummies

Highlights from this week’s new releases include Fruit Ninja Volume 1 Frenzy Force, from Andrews McMeel’s Amp imprint, which tells the story behind the popular game. First Second travels to The Melody Kingdom in the third volume of the Cucumber Quest series, while Kids Can Press lets the dogs out in their companion series to […]

This Week’s Comics: Fungal Field of Dreams

Highlights from this week’s new releases include BOOM! Studios heading down to Jim Henson’s Fraggle Rock for issue #1 of a new story. Lerner Publishing Group continues their wordless series Game for Adventure with volume 3 Chavo the Invisible while Random House for Young Readers releases the second volume of 5 Worlds, The Cobalt Prince. […]

This Week’s Comics: Ghost Dogs and Cute Kittens

May the Fourth be with you as you enjoy Free Comic Book Day this weekend! Besides getting some free comics, support your LCS by also picking up some titles from this week’s new releases. First Second releases the first volume Chasma Knights, a new series about making old toys new again. Lion Forge has a […]

Collecting Comics: May 2018 with Ally Watkins

Check out these May comics and graphic novels that your teens and tweens will be clamoring for! Goldie Vance, Volume 4 by Hope Larson and Jackie Ball, illustrated by Elle Power, colors by Sarah Stern (BOOM! Box, May 1). Goldie Vance is back! In Volume 4 of her adventures, sixteen year old ameteur sleuth Goldie […]

This Week’s Comics: Cats and Myths

This week’s new releases have gone to the dogs! (And cats.) American Mythology Productions releases issue #3 of the old school superhero series, Underdog. BOOM! Studios has two new original graphic novels of Garfield, while DC Comics and Marvel Comics release new issues of their dog-centric comics Scooby-Doo Team-Up #67 and Lockjaw #3. The List: […]

Collection Development: Updating My GN and Manga Collection; or, that time I decided I wanted to face my arch nemesis and build a better collection for my patrons

Hello all, Collecting Comics is Ally Watkins’ column, but I’m co-opting her column for a brief moment to share with you how I’m going about re-vamping my graphic novel and manga collection. It’s okay, Ally helped me periodically on this project. I could not have done it without her and the help of several other […]

This Week’s Comics: Heroes and Legends

Highlights from this week’s new releases include a new Casper series from American Mythology Productions, where everyone’s favorite friendly ghost teams up with other Harvey pals, starting with Wendy, the Good Little Witch in Casper and Wendy #1. First Second releases a new graphic novel about finding your place with Be Prepared while Lion Forge […]

Review: ‘Laid Back Camp’ Vol. 1

Laid Back Camp Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Afro Yen Press; $13.00 Rated T for Teen One of the many virtues of manga is the seeming endlessness of the available subject matter; think of any subject, no matter how mundane, and chances are there is a Japanese comic series about it (And, if not, well, there likely […]

Review: ‘Giant Spider & Me’ Vol. 1

Giant Spider & Me: A Post-Apocalyptic Tale Vol. 1 Writer/artist: Kikori Morino Seven Seas Entertainment; $12.99 Teen Kikori Morino’s Giant Spider & Me is a manga series about a lonely young girl who befriends a giant mutant spider sometime after the end of life on Earth as we know it. It’s a cooking manga. That […]

This Week’s Comics: Monster Hedgehogs

With so much going on this week, it’s hard to pick just a few titles to highlight! First Second releases another Science Comics, this time featuring Nature’s Perfect Hunter, Sharks. Little Brown Books for Young Readers has not one, but two new volumes of Catstronauts, while Rodale Kids drops a new volume in the Team […]

This Week’s Comics: Mega Goosebumps

Highlights from this week’s new releases include box sets of popular titles DC Super Hero Girls from DC comics and Raina Telgemeier Collection from Graphix. Check out the a collection of British comics with the Phoenix Colossal Comics Collection also from Graphix while Boom! Studios kicks off their event series “Shattered Grid” in Mighty Morphin […]

This Week’s Comics: ScienceStruck

Highlights from this week’s new comic releases include BOOM! Studios finishing their latest run of the Jim Henson’s The Storyteller series with Fairies #4. Charmz releases the third volume of  Chloe, Frenemies,  while IDW Publishing concludes their mini-series with Samurai Jack: Quantum Jack #5, which includes a revelation fans of Samurai Jack won’t want to miss. […]