Review: Emily (and the) Strange(rs) #1

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TweetIf we can trust editor Rachel Edidin (and who wants to live in a world where we can’t?) then Emily Strange is a pretty big deal. And indeed, looking at the history of the character, something pretty fascinating has been going on here. Originally created by Rob Reger as a mascot for his clothing company, […]

Stan Lee is back on the scene and bringing joy to the children with his new kids comics line

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Although Stan The Man Lee has been missing a few appearances of late—we’re told due to the flu—he was well enough to appear at an event this weekend to mark the launch of his Stan Lee Kids Universe Line of comics. This is not only welcome proof that The Man is still alive and kicking, but a super rare coming to fruition of one of the Many Pacts of Stan Lee.

Boom launches THE REGULAR SHOW

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Close on the heel of the Adventure Time comic empire, Boom is striking again with a comics adaptation of The Regular Show, J.G. Quintel’s Cartoon Network hit about Mordecai and Rigby, a blue jay and raccoon trying to make their way in a crazy world. K.C. Green writes and Alison Strejlau draws.

Preview: Who is AC? by Hope Larson and Tintin Pantoja

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With 2013 barreling along, it’s time to start looking at some of books that are going to make it a notable year, and here’s one that has flown mostly under the radar until now: Who is AC? by Hope Larson with art by Tintin Pantoja, to be published by Atheneum on April 16th. It’s Larson’s first original GN since Mercury, she she describes it thusly:

Cuteness and More Review: CHU’S DAY by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex

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TweetOkay, it’s not a comic. But it is a lavishly illustrated and pleasingly offbeat childrens’ book by the great comics and prose writer Neil Gaiman (his latest longer work is THE GRAVEYARD BOOK) and the best-selling picture book artist Adam Rex (FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH). Last spring at MoCCA Fest, the Children’s Literature panel spent […]

Study: kids getting into ebooks, still like reading

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Every couple of years, Scholastic, the biggest played in the kids book arena, releases a study on how kids read called The Kids and Family Reading Report. Jim Milliot sums up this year’s findings, which largely centered on kids and ebooks:

Phoenix Weekly goes digital with a special deal

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Tweet The Phoenix Weekly is a UK comics magazine for kids—somewhat in the tradition of the ancient Beano and the departed Dandy—but a little more up to date. All of these venerable kids brands have gone kidgital, but the Phoeniz now has a snappy new iPad app, designed by the Panel Nine crew. It’s onsale […]

Corsetto and Sterling craft original Adventure Time graphic novel

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Adventure Time comics have been a huge hit for Boom Studios, with variant covers by a who’s who of indie ad animation stars as eagerly sought after as the latest Alex Roos variant. And the franchise has shown enough legs to warrant a stand alone original graphic novel by Danielle Corsetto and Zack Sterling. The cover is by Stephanie Gonzaga.

New ASTRONAUT ACADEMY: REENTRY serialized online

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Dave Roman’s Astronaut Academy is coming back in a second graphic novel this year, called Astronaut Academy, and First Second is running it as a webcomic prior to the book release.

A fast paced manga-inspired comedy about the adventures and romances at a school for young space-farers, ASTRONAUT ACAEDMY stars a student named Hakata Soy. The story line involves some sinister romance:

The Beat Reviews for 02/01/13: Featuring Illicit Benedict Cumberbatch Pictures!

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Tweet2013 rolls in like a Swiss person being pushed down a hill, which means it’s time for some more reviews! And some photos of Benedict Cumberbatch, because I refuse to bow to reader demands. He’s such an intellectual! Trying as ever to get a mix of comics from the shelf, this week sees the usual […]

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 […]

Michel Gagne’s Zed coming from Image

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Tweet Michel Gagné is an Award-winning (Annie and BAFTA) animator, but he’s also known for his charming comics work in the FLIGHT anthologies as well as the fantasy comic The Saga of Rex. Over the year’s he’s also been working on an all-ages tale called ZED, the story of a young alien on the run […]

Preview: Princeless 2: Wanted

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TweetPrinceless was a runaway hit for new-ish indie publisher, Action Lab Comics, this year. The sassy fairy tale comic about a disgruntled princess who chooses running away with the aid of a sympathetic dragon over an endless line of boring suitors forced on her by her royal pain in the a*s parents nabbed two 2012 […]

Diamond Announces 12 Gold Sponsors for Free Comic Book Day 2013

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Tweet You may have thought of Kris Kringle jingling in your mind, but over at Diamond it’s already planning for balmy May and Free Comic Book Day on May 4th. The Gold levels sponsors have been announced and here they are! Commentary: KID COMICS out the yin yang FINALLY. Giveaway that attract readers you can […]

The Dandy Returns!

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Tweet by Laura Sneddon The Dandy, a UK comic for children, is one of the oldest comics in the world, first appearing way back in 1937. Along with its sister publication at DC Thomson, The Beano, these comics are pretty much the main reason why the entire population of Britain knows how to read a […]

INTERVIEW: Art Heroes’ Daniel Clifford, live from Thought Bubble

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TweetAll this week I’ll be running interviews conducted at the Thought Bubble convention in Leeds, with self-published and small-press publishers right on through to writers for Marvel and DC. I also had the chance to speak with several of the winners of the inaugural British Comic Awards as well, so keep yourself glued to The Beat! Daniel […]