Three graphic novels win Cybil Awards

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The winners of the CYBIL Awards were announced last week—Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards — recognizing books that librarians and kids love. The winners are:

Telegemeier announces Smile follow-up, Sisters

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While cartoonist Raina Telgemeier has been revealing a few details of her next graphic novel on her tour for Drama, Publishers Weekly made it official: her next book will be a companion of sorts to the autobiographical Smile. Called Sisters it deals with “the inner workings of [Telgemeier’s] family,” specifically, her relationship with her young sister, which as you can see from the above artwork posted on her blog, wasn’t always smooth sailing.

BookScan: Kids’ comics and The Walking Dead ruled bookstore sales in 2012

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It’s my FAVORITE day of the year, when Brian Hibbs posts the year-end sales from bookstores via the Bookscan chart. Now we know these numbers are significantly low, but as I always say, they present a metric.

The huge take away? Well, we all knew The Waking Dead was a juggernaut,—sales in this franchise would have made it the #3 publisher all by itself—but after that it’s kids comics all the way, led by the maybe-comics of Dork Diaries, but following by Big Nate, Ninjago, Ursula Vernon’s Dragonbreath, Drama and so on.

Interview and Exclusive Preview: Peyo’s BENNY BREAKIRON with Jim Salicrup of Papercutz

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Following a multi-volume and ongoing celebrated run of bringing Peyo’s original SMURFS comics to English-speaking reader, all ages comics publisher Papercutz is poised to release the first volume of another Peyo classic, BENNY BREAKIRON on May 7th, 2013. Papercutz, headed by former Marvel editor and all round comics ambassador Jim Salicrup, has been kind enough […]

Dave Stewart will color Craig Thompson’s SPACE DUMPLINS

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As you may recall, Craig Thompson’s followup to the long-brewing HABIBI will be a kids’ comic, called SPACE DUMPLINS, which will be published by Scholastic, arrival date unknown. (What was it we were just saying about space comics?) On his blog, Thompson just announced that Dave Stewart will be doing the coloring: The happier news […]

Aw Yeah Comics! Hits Kickstarter Target Within Hours

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After the cancellation of Superman Family Adventures, the creative team of Art Baltazar & Franco haven’t wasted any time in moving onto their next project. And what a move! After putting a Kickstarter up for their new ‘AW YEAH COMICS!’ series, which was to last six issues, it took only a few hours for them to […]

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

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If 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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Okay, 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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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 now […]

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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2013 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 […]