Interview: Roger Langridge on the handmade aesthetic of Betty Boop

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Roger Langridge’s work has often worn its influences on its proverbial sleeve. In comics like Fred the Clown and The Muppet Show and Popeye, he’s shown an affinity for early 20th Century culture, vaudeville, and silent comedy. It should come as no surprise that he was approached to write a new Betty Boop miniseries which launches from Dynamite in October. Along with Gisele Lagace, Langridge brings the character into the 21st Century , and he talks about the kiniseries and the three other books of his that are coming out in the next few months.

Amy Kim Kibuishi’s Rema to be a YA graphic novel series for Scholastic

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There have been a LOT of YA graphic novel deals announced of late at Scholastic. I haven’t even collected them all. But here’s a good one: Amy Kim Kibuishi is adapting her illustrated novel Rema as a two-book GN for Scholastic Grafix starting in 2019. Some quick facts: The series is currently untitled, and I […]

SDCC’16: Trends in Kids Graphic Novels, or Are Kids Graphic Novels a Trend?

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The comic book industry fought hard to establish that comic aren’t just for kids. But with an ever growing world of young readers, the industry has been working hard to remember that comics are also for kids. So how do publishers spot trends that will resonate with young readers? Are comics forever lost to the adults? Trends in kids graphic novels or are kids graphic novels a trend?

Review: Ben Sears mixes ghosts and science fiction for fun

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Ben Sears’ Night Air is built around characters that have apparently appeared in zines and anthologies, but I confess to being totally unfamiliar with them. It’s a spirited book aimed at kids and features wacky elements of science fiction and horror merged into a brief, absurd story with good humor and explosions. The story focuses […]

HUGE NEWS: New BISAC codes for kids and YA graphic novels

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If I told you a secret cabal of the comics industry’s most important players had been working behind the scenes for years to implement an important change for how comics are sold, your ears would perk up, right?

But if I told you this change was to get expanded BISAC codes for kids and YA graphic novels they’d probably perk right down again, right?

Raina Telgemeier’s ‘Ghosts’ has a 500,000 copy first printing

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According to publisher promotional materials, Ghosts, the new graphic novel by Raina Telgemeier will have a 500,000 copy first printing. I believe this is the biggest first printing ever for a pure graphic novel. (not counting Wimpy Kid this time.) In other words, Raina rules! We finally have a legit home grown best selling cartoonist […]

Svetlana Chmakova’s AWKWARD Wins Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics

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Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward was announced as the winner of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics at last weekend’s Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival (A2CAF). The award, a companion to the McDuffie Award for Diversity in comics, won this year by Ms. Marvel. The McDuffie Award for Kids Comics is sponsored by the non profit […]

Luke Pearson’s Hilda is coming to Netflix

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Whaaa-at!!! When I first saw this profile of Luke PEarson in The New Yorker, I was pleased as punch. I called Pearson one of the best emerging cartoonists when I first saw his work four years ago and since then he’s definitely emerged are a best selling author. But then I got to the third paragraph with the huge news that Pearson’s Hilda series is being adapted as a 12-episode animated series set to debut on Netflix in 2018. The series will be based on the first four Hilda books, all published by Nobrow. The series will be produced by Silvergate Media (The Octonauts and Peter Rabbit.)

Review: Melissa Mendes’ ‘Lou’ charts family dynamics in a charming, honest way

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Massachusetts cartoonist Melissa Mendes has a knack for comics that not only center on kids, but present the world from their points of view with an unromantic honesty. Her first major work, the Freddy Stories collection, and her most recent project, the serialized webcomic The Weight both show off her prowess, and Lou, a collection […]

Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics shortlist announced

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  The honoring of good comics in memory of Dwayne McDuffie continues with the announcement of the shortlist for the second annual McDuffie Awards for Kids Comics. The prize, which is sponsored by Kids Read Comics, will be announced at the Ann Arbor Comic Arts Festival on June 18. The shortlist was sleected from “excellent comics aimed at […]