Gift Guide: TOON Books gift sets and sale

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It’s gifting time, and the Beat team is showcasing some suitable gifts for everyone in your family. Among those are theseTOON Books gift sets which are now 33% off. Toon Books, the line of comics for young readers edited by Francoise Mouly, offers a whole rage of books at different reading levels—the set shown above, […]

Black Friday ’14: Presents for Younger Cousins (And Other Such Family Members)

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by Zachary Clemente If you’re like me, you don’t have any siblings, which is a real shame since I really want to get kids into comics. Thankfully, I have enough younger cousins who are easily susceptible to the gift of comics no matter the occasion, so I spoil them rotten at pretty much every turn. I […]

Interview: John Patrick Green Marks His Solo Debut With ‘Hippopotamister’

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By Harper Harris John Patrick Green is a Long Island-based comics creator, best known for his collaboration with Dave Roman, Teen Boat. In an announcement made yesterday by First Second, Green is striking out on his own with the younger audience based Hippopotamister: the story of a Hippopotamus and his friend, Red Panda, who leave their home […]

The Biggest Graphic Novel of the year is out today: Diary of a Wimpy Kid The Long Haul

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Today what will probably be the biggest selling graphic novel—or hybrid graphic novels, or picto-fic or whatever you want to call it—of the year goes on sale. Wimpy Kid #9, The Long Haul is the latest installment of Jeff Kinney’s best selling series, and it finds the Heffleys going on a sumer road trip. Anyone who grew up with a family and car will immediately need no further hype as to the horrors and comedy plot potential inherent in the family road trip, but just in case you need more of a pitch:

Nice Art: All the new and kids titles from Boom! Studios in January

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We haven’t done a ton of solicitation listings at the Beat recently, but it’s something we’re going to start up again, because…well, look at all the nice art. Here are the #1s and the Kaboom and Boombox titles from Boom’s January solicitations—new creator owned titles include Feathers, a smart looking new kids title, and Burning Fields, a caper with a burning Iraqi oil field as the setting.

Also here are all the KaBOOM titles for January with as many variant covers as have been released by some funky fresh artists like Ian McGinty, Lorena Gomez and Christine Larsen.

Interview: Marc Tyler Nobleman on Bill Finger and the Secret Origins of Batman

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For years, comics’ professionals have been hiding a well-kept Batman secret. Batman has been listed as being created by Bob Kane for decades, but the secret creator of the other half of Batman has been in hiding, signing bad deals and contracts, and being lost to the general public. Despite the immense popularity of Batman, only a […]

SDCC: Ron Marz tackles a Skylanders Ongoing at IDW

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by Alexander Jones The acclaimed writer Ron Marz is tackling the popular video game franchise known as Skylanders in comic book form. The comic was announced this morning from IDW on their site under the San Diego Comic-Con exclusive content. The first installment into the series known as the Skylanders #0 will be available at […]

SDCC 2014: Lion Forge gets into print with IDW and kids comics with Care Bears

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St. Louis based Lion Forge Comics has been around for a couple of years with a lot of ambitious plans, some well known licenses and a line of here-to-fore digital comics. But recently they announced they are getting into print, with IDW picking up their Air Wolf and Knight Rider comics. They’ll also publish a print version of a comic inspired by MMA fighter Quentin “Rampage”Jackson called Rampage Jackson: Street Soldier. That should be PLENTY wacky. More Lion Forge titles are impending from IDW, possibly including such classic licensed fear as Miami Vice, and Punky Bewster.

Preview: Jeffrey Brown Incredible Change-Bots Two Point Something Something

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Thanks to the success of his TWO Star Wars series—”Goodnight Darth Vader” has been on the bestseller list for weeks, and his Jedi Academy is a hit series for Scholastic—Jeffrey Brown has become one of the most successful contemporary cartoonists. But before he hit with Star Wars, he was making kids and adults laugh with […]

Interview: Kids Read Comics Enters its Sixth Year

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By Dave Carter This coming weekend (June 21-22, 2014) will mark the sixth annual Kids Read Comics Festival. KRC brings together kids (and their families) and cartoonists for two days of comic-centered fun, combining a tradition comics convention with hand-on workshops and other activities. Last week via email I interviewed one of the KRC founders, […]

Nominees and voting announced for 2014 Kids Comic Awards

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Voting is now open for the second annual Kids Comics Awards, which will be presented June 22nd, during the Kids Read Comics festival in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The awards are sponsored by Kids’ Comics Revolution!, a podcast dedicated to spotlighting the expanding worlds of kids’ comics and kid lit. Voting is open to kids and […]

Toon Books launches Toon Graphics line with Gaiman, Mattotti, Fred and Pommaux

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Toon Books, the award-winning line of comics for beginning readers, is branching out with Toon Graphics for Visual Readers, a line for older readers. but not grown ups but rather 8-up, readers who have a few more compound sentences under their belts. PW has the debut story, but the first three books, all due this fall, include:

Wimpy Kid #9 takes the Heffleys on the road this November

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It’s that time! Time for the #1 graphic novel of the year to be announced!

First Second on their picture books program

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First Second is well known for their graphic novels—many of them aimed at young readers— but in an email from markting manager Gina Gagliano, the compay laid out its plan for actual picture books, in a iece that kind of backs up what we were just saying about Reading with Pictures: Picture books are close […]

Interview: Mick Foley talks about his surreal new WWE Superstars comic

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[I don’t follow wrestling as closely as I used to, but if there’s one sports entertainment superstar that you can’t ignore, it’s Mick Foley. Whether you were laughing at Mankind, Dude Love or Cactus Jack, Foley’s stellar, often poignant promos, absurdist gimmicks—Socko?—and ability to take more chair shots than anyone should, made him one of […]

Dynamite Week: AW YEAH!! Art Baltazar and Franco Search for Captain Action… Cat?! [Interview]

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Dynamite will see an epic clash of the time-crossed titans this April, as a new four-issue miniseries from Art Baltazar and Franco crosses over the cast of Aw Yeah Comics with a whole heap of Silver Age Heroes, as well as Dark Horse heroes Ghost, The Occultist, X and Captain Midnight! It’s the comic event […]