SDCC ’14: Fairy Tale Remix Panel Recap

Shannon Hale holds court.

TweetBy Matthew Jent The Fairy Tale Remix panel, moderated by author Shannon Hale, brought together more than half a dozen authors of young adult and fantasy fiction in front of a packed panel room. Hale a confident and fun tone, promising a fight to first blood by the panelists if things got boring. Full disclosure? […]

Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? is a hit

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One of the top graphic novels of the first half of 2014 is surely Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant?: A Memoir; the long time New Yorker mainstay has penned her FIRST (amazing) graphic novel and it’s a true classic even though the subject matter sounds grim. The book follows Chat’s experiences with her aging and increasingly vulnerable parents, a sad topic but a part of the human experience that a lot of us are going to have to deal with from one side or another some day. This being Chast it’s also full of laughs, as she limns her eccentric sometimes annoying parents in rich comic detail. Anxiety and love mingle, as they do in real life.

Charles Burns completes his Nitnit trilogy with Sugar Skull and here’s the cover

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The third volume of Charles Burns’ great Nitnit trilogy is finally coming out in December! It’s called and it completes the story from The Hive and X’ed out about the varying levels of reality among a man who has overdosed, a weird world of worms where a reverse Tintin named Nitnit is finding his way, and angsty drama that will be familiar to readers of Black Hole.

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!

Kibbles ‘n’ Bits 3/20/14: Powers gets 10-episode series on Playstation

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§ Words like “TV” and “Broadcast” are long ago relics as streaming from many sources takes over the sitting in front of a screen time. And many comics properties are getting a second (or first) life on these new platforms. F’rinstance, Powers, the Brian Michael Bendis/Michael Avon Oeming series that was made into a pilot then passed on by the FX network, is getting revived as a streaming series for Playstaton. The show will go straight to series for 10 episodes. The cast and crew of the previous pilot has been scrubbed, with Charlie Huston on board to write, with Michael Dinner (director of everything from The Wonder Years to Masters of Sex) to direct. According to THR, Huston and Bendis will be the showrunners—it’s nice to see Bendis getting a good title on this. Circle of Confusion (which also reps The Walking Dead) is among the exec producers.

Kyle Baker appears to be reprinting a one volume collection of Why I Hate Saturn and Cowboy Wally

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Tweet Well that’s what this Tumblr post called Cover for new book. implies anyway. For those who read them The Cowboy Wally Show—about a dissolute kids show host who puts on a production of Hamlet—and Why I Hate Saturn—about urban life of the 90s via two wacky sisters—are two of the funniest graphic novels of […]

Announcing: New Jeffrey Brown Star Wars book, Goodnight Darth Vader, with BONUS VALENTINES

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Tweet Five Days of Valentines supplemental: Jeffrey Brown’s two Star Wars cartoon books—Darth Vader and Son, and Vader’s Little Princess—have been huge sellers so to no one’s surprise a third book is coming out, called Goodnight Darth Vader. The cover has just been revealed, above. Like the first two it’s a surprisingly touching use of […]

Check out a preview of Jules Feiffer’s new GN Kill My Mother

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Tweet The New Yorker previews one of the most anticipated books of the year, Jules Feiffer’s first original graphic novel in quite some time, Kill My Mother, As opposed to an autobiographical story, it’s an homage to Feiffer’s time with Will Eisner, a pulpy detective story full of twists and turns. Feiffer talks more about […]

Jules Feiffer’s upcoming graphic novel is great, says Neil Gaiman

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Tweet As far as 2014 goes, I think there are at least three graphic novels we’ll be talking about: Roz Chast’s Can’t We Talk About Something More Pleasant; Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Seconds, and Jules Feiffer’s Kill My Mother. I’ve read the Chast book (it’s out in April) and it’s an amazing memoir about her parents, […]

Derf announces new graphic novel for 2015: Trashed

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Tweet Over at his blog, Derf Backderf, author of My Friend Dahmer, has announced his next book: a 288-page GN based on his Trashed webcomic. Abrams will publish it in Fall 2015. Trashed concerns the comedic adventures of a bunch of garbage collectors. SOLD! My Friend Dahmer—about Derf’s high school friendship with the future serial […]

ZEN PENCILS collection coming from Andrews McMeel in 2014

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Tweet Over the objections of Abhay Khosla, ZEN PENCILS, the webcomic that turns famous essays and quotes into comics, is being turned into a book, artist Gavin Aung Than has announced: Many of you have wanted this and I can now finally reveal that I’VE SIGNED A BOOK DEAL!!! Yes, I’m very excited to say […]

SECONDS cover revealed

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Tweet As we’ve been telling you, SECONDS, Bryan Lee O’Malley’s first graphic novel since Scott Pilgrim, is coming and yesterday the cover and some art was revealed. Could we be any more excited? No not really. SECONDS goes on sale in July.

Retailer roundtable: Are graphic novels a “sh*tty* business model?

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Tweet A few weeks ago, retailer and CBR columnist Brian Hibbs commented on the Fantagraphics Kickstarter campaign, but along the way gave a few sharp-toed kicks to the ribs of graphic novels in general. Hibbs has never been a huge supporter of the economic model of the OGN, but this was his strongest salvo yet: […]

O’Malley’s SECONDS is nearly done

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Tweet go seconds go seconds pic.twitter.com/dOQju928Xf — Bryan Lee O'Malley (@radiomaru) December 8, 2013 When I'm done lettering Seconds I'll probably not take any more lettering jobs because none will be as good as Seconds — Dustin Harbin (@dustinharbin) December 9, 2013 This Seconds comic of @radiomaru's is killing me. My only solace is the hope […]

Wow, there are a lot of good comics coming out

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Tweet Tom Spurgeon is running a listing of 2013 comics that deserve more attention, and there are a lot of them. And they are all so distinct and good. Check it out to see what you’ve been missing. I mean, did you really know there was an Alain Passard (owner and chef at the three-star […]

Separated at Birth: Superheroes! and The Silver Age of Comic Book Art

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Tweet The three-hour PBS mini series Superheroes: The Never Ending Battle aired last night, and because I’m a dumbass I forgot to watch it or DVR it, but it’s out on DVD so I’ll check it out when I’m less brain dead. The reviews and tweets were good, anyway. The series also had a spin-off […]