Review: The Death of Superman

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TweetNowadays we think of it as the pre-mullet era of Superman, but at the time The Death of Superman was an incredibly big idea for DC. A story which killed off their main signature hero was not only an eventual inevitability, but also an idea which would actually have some resonance for the company. Superman […]

Graphic novels recognized by ALA awards and YALSA

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The early award season for books is here, and earlier this week the American Library association handed out a slew of literary awards. As has been the recent trend, several graphic novels were recognized among the pictureless books:

A Smurfy Preview Review: THE BABY SMURF by Peyo from Papercutz

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TweetIt seems appropriate to ring in the new year with a blue moon and a stork-bourne baby Smurf. THE BABY SMURF, including the title story and several other comics by the legendary Belgian native Peyo, is set for release on February 26th, 2013, a date that seemed all too futuristic even last week. For those […]

Publishers Weekly Announces Best Graphic Novels (and Best Books) of 2012

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TweetAlthough hampered by the lack of electricity at their offices, Publishers Weekly has managed to release their Best Books lists for 2012.

Sales Charts: Barnes & Noble Graphic Novel Bestsellers: Mid-October 2012

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Tweet So what’s news?  Besides the large number of titles ranking within the Top 1000?

Coming Attractions: Fall-Winter 2012: Fantagraphics, W.W. Norton, and Related Publishers

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TweetEisner!  Swarte!  Hernandez!  Lou Reed!  Schulz!  Kelly!  Kubert!  Tardi!  Gottfredson!  Van Sciver!  Ryan!  Woodring!  Barks!  Sendak!  Bushmiller!  Everett!  Frazetta!  Davis!  Medley!  The Crumbs!  Wilson!  Krigstein!  Deitch!  Millionaire!  Bagge! Lots of great stuff from Fantagraphics, and from their distributor, W. W. Norton!

Coming Attractions: Marvel: Fall-Winter 2012

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TweetThis season’s latest and greatest from the House of Ideas! I’ve highlighted a few, but feel free to let us know what you like, dislike, or would like to see more of! — Marvel Avengers vs. X-Men John Romita, Jonathan Hickman, Matt Fraction, Jaso… FRONTLIST November 21, 2012, On Sale Date: 11/7 Ages 13 And […]

Boing Boing’s Great Graphic Novels

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Tweet Boing Boing just ran a series called Great Graphic Novels where various writer friends of Mark Frauenfelder pick just that. It’s a quirky list, with, for instance, Jim Woodring picking Steve Lafler’s Ménage à Bughouse:

New York Times Bestsellers: What People Are Reading Isn’t What You Think They’re Reading

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Tweet______________________________________________________________ The New York Times has been running weekly bestseller lists for graphic novel hardcovers, paperbacks, and manga (the latter segregated out to keep them from overwhelming the domestic titles) since March 2009.  Comics journalists rarely mention it, and aside from authors using it as an honorific (“New York Times Bestselling Author”) just like prose […]

Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Abrams

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Tweet______________________________________________________________ Abrams is back to their evil ways, publishing beautiful books about comics and pop culture, as well as fun comics for kids of all ages! Want to share your interests and look sophisticated?  Buy one of the nice “coffee table” books below, and let your guests discover some amazing culture and creativity. Or perhaps […]

Coming Attractions: Disney: Fall – Winter 2013

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Tweet______________________________________________________________ A quick list of non-Marvel titles being offered by Disney Publishing Worldwide. Rick Riordan, a unique sketchbook, a Tim Burton graphic novel, and Marvel U, A 2 Z! (There are lots of media tie-ins to “Wreck It Ralph”, but nothing of interest, just the “art of” book: 9781452111018.) — — Hyperion Book CH Kane […]

Coming Attractions: Fall 2012: Random House

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Coming Attractions: September 2012: Book Trade

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Tweet________________________________________________________________ Here are the September titles from what could be considered “mainstream” publishers and distributors. Check here for previous Coming Attractions (is that an oxymoron?) Everything’s subject to change, check your local listings, void where prohibited, and all that jazz.

Coming Attractions: September 2012: Diamond Book Distributors

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Tweet______________________________________________________________ Here are some interesting titles from publishers distributed by Diamond Book Distributors, expected to ship in September 2012.  (All information is tentative.) Source PDF available here.  (It also lists prose books and games.) These are the titles I found interesting.  The ones with covers are the most interesting.

Coming Attractions: September 2012: Small Press

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Tweet______________________________________________________________ Here are the small press graphic novels and related books due for September.  (According to Books In Print.  Data is always subject to change.) What’s “small press”?  Anything not published by a booktrade graphic novel publisher (such as Macmillan or Abrams) or by a major comics publisher (such as Dark Horse or Image).  Below […]

Hope Larson’s future collaborations with Pantoja, Urbaniak, etc.

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Hope Larson‘s epic comics adaptation of A WRINKLE IN TIME has barely hit shelves but she’s already talking about her next projects, including a graphic novel she’s written with art by Tintin Pantoja called WHO IS A.C.?. Planned as the start of a series, it debuts next spring.