Graphic novels for children were up 25% in sales between 2015-2016, according to NPD Bookscan’s Kristen McLean. IT’s part of a continued strength in children’s book sales, despite the electronic evolution of iPad and iPhone babysitting devices. McLean delivered this and other demographic info at Global Kids Connect 2017, a conference for publishers held in […]
New Zealand cartoonist Katie O’Neill’s profile has been steadily rising, with Princess Princess Ever, a princess fairy tale that upends tropes, and The Tea Dragon Society getting her a lot more attention. She’s not only a strong cartoonist, but her work’s themes represent the kind of diversity and thoughtfulness that so many readers are looking […]
A Castle In England is the latest in multi-faceted explorations of the history behind single structures, having been preceded by Chris Ware’s Building Stories, Richard McGuire’s Here, and Vincent Mahé’s 750 Years In Paris. It might be more structurally straightforward than any of these, offering brief slices from real events with the comics section bringing […]
Aron Nels Steinke has a fine body of work both in mini comics and full length GNs for kids, and his new one from Scholastic fuses both. Steinke won an Eisner for co-authoring and illustrating THE ZOO BOX, a kids GN from First Second. And Mr. Wolf is a long running character in Steinke’s webcomic – […]
Fiction is an integral part of reality. It’s how human beings take the circumstances of their lives and their world and frame it all into some meaning. Naturally, the whole thing started eons ago with primitive humans using fiction to explain natural phenomenon, and then at a certain point this evolved into an effort to […]
Here’s some exciting COMICS news out of Comic-Con – the winners of Scholastic Graphix’s “Get Published By Graphix” contest were unveiled at the Scholastic panel today, and they are two very strong young cartoonists with two good projects. 234 manuscripts were submitted, and two author/artists have been awarded contracts with Graphix for publication of their debut graphic […]
Tui Sutherland’s immensely popular fantasy series Wings of Fire is coming to comics with an adaptation by Mike Holmes.
I’ve said here a zillion times that kids graphic novels are the fastest growing category in comics, and here’s a report from the Children’s Institute conference that backs all this up with numbers. The report was presented by NPD Book, a data service which acquired Nielsens’ BookScan service back in January, so this is straight from […]
Reclaiming the great tween girl audience for comics, Papercutz has just released a nw line of comics: Charmz a new imprint that just launched with three titles. It’s just in time for Children’s Book Week and to add to the growing list of comics for kids. The line is edited by Mariah Huehner, an ex […]
Now THIS is how you market to expand comics readership. In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Gene Luen Yang and Panda Express have teamed to give away a brand new comic featuring The Green Turtle — the first Asian American superhero and star of the acclaimed graphic novel The Shadow Hero.