Links: Recognition at last!
Here’s the big news of the day: Swallow Me Whole, Nate Powell’s graphic novel about adolescence complicated by mental illness, is a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize in the young adult fiction category. Vulture, the New York Magazine blog, has an excerpt.
Bad news in the UK, though: The DFC, a subscription-only kids’ comic that was started only last year, is shutting down as of March 27. John Freeman writes the obit, with plenty of links, at the British comics blog Down the Tubes. The Forbidden Planet International Blog Log has more.
If you missed the NYCC panel on teen girls and manga, hosted by Good Comics for Kids blogger Robin Brenner, and featuring fellow GC4K staffers Kate Dacey and me, as well as Del Rey editor Trisha Narwani, take heart! SLJ’s own Rocco Staino has a nice writeup in this week’s SLJ Teen newsletter.
ICv2 has the BookScan top 20 graphic novels for February, a list drawn chiefly from bookstore sales, and teen and all-ages titles are prominent, including six volumes of Naruto, the first volume of Maximum Ride, and the all-ages TV tie-in Bakugan Battle Brawlers: The Battle Begins!
Tim O’Shea interviews Chris Schweizer, creator of Crogan’s Vengeance, at Robot 6.
Noah Berlatsky is tired of heavy-handed morals in Marvel’s kids’ comics.
At The Pulse, Jennifer Contino talks to Jim Ottaviani about T-Minus: Race to the Moon, which is due out in May. (Via Journalista.)
Jeff Smith provides a peek at Shazam! Monster Society of Evil, due out this week in paperback, at his Boneville blog.
Comic Book Resources has coverage of Jill Thompson’s WonderCon panel, in which she discusses her teenage love of comics and her inspiration for Scary Godmother.
Sean Kleefeld writes about a comic that helped him through the awful high school years.
Valerie D’Orazio lists this week’s all-ages comics at the Friends of Lulu blog.
Johanna Draper Carlson on The Archies Greatest Hits (Comics Worth Reading)
Sandy Bilus on Billy Hazelnuts (I Love Rob Liefeld)
Tangognat on vol. 1 of Full Moon O Sagashite (Tangognat)
Kristy Valenti on Ghostbusters: Ghost Busted (comiXology)
Dave Ferraro on vol. 1 of Magic Touch (Comics-and-More)
Lori Henderson on vol. 3 of Monkey High (Comics Village)
Leroy Douresseaux on vol. 2 of Papillon (The Comic Book Bin)
Matthew Brady on vol. 3 of Real (Warren Peace Sings the Blues)
Katherine Dacey on vol. 1 of Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei (Precocious Curmudgeon)
John Mitchell on The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation (Shuffleboil)
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About Brigid Alverson
Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good E-Reader.com. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.
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