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Here’s another shocked mom story, but this one stays well within the bounds of reason: Yvette Spivock of North Carolina picked up some Batman comics for her kids at a libary book sale and, reasoning that Batman comics are for kids, didn’t bother to check every single page. That’s how she missed the nude wrestling match between Batgirl and Catwoman—but her kids found it. Spivock didn’t blow her top or demand that all Batman comics be removed from every library, everywhere, which is refreshing; she just suggested the library be a bit more careful in future. They’re even keeping the comic. The DC folks say the series is for 16+ readers and that they often put a star on the cover of kid-friendly comics; my question would be how a busy non-comics-reading mom is supposed to know that, especially if there are no starred comics lying around for comparison purposes. (Via Journalista.)
Over at Robot 6, I took a look at some webcomics that are written for kids but fun for grownups as well.
It’s summer, and that means the wheelin’ and dealin’ has begun. Archaia has inked a deal with The Jim Henson Co. to publish comics based on their properties, such as Fraggle Rock, and Boom Studios is the new home of Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse comics.
Tim O’Shea talks to Matt Loux, of Salt Water Taffy fame.
The Chicago Tribune has a local-boy-made-good story on Art Baltazar, the artist for Tiny Titans.
Sadie Mattox, who just took a brief maternity leave from her blog Extremely Graphic (congratulations, Sadie!) lists five comic book heroes that kids should know about.
Jay Piscopo was at the Wenham Museum in Wenham, MA, to help kick off their Colorful Characters: Storytelling Through Comics exhibit.
Archie news: Jon Goldwater, son of Archie Comics founder John L. Goldwater, has signed on as co-CEO of the publisher. Despite his patrimony, Goldwater seems to have spent most of his career in other media, and it looks like he’s going to be bringing that experience to the new job as well:
Jon Goldwater purchased an ownership interest in the company with the intent of making Archie Comics an entertainment powerhouse. In his first few days as Co-CEO he has already started negotiations on projects that will be announced shortly, including a big budget Archie feature film, a new Archie animated project, a Katy Keene television program and a major music deal for the Archies.
The Archie blog also features info on the planned Halloween comics.
At The Graphic Classroom, Chris Wilson mulls over the wisdom of having a shelf of restricted comics in the classroom.
John Hogan on vol. 1 of Cirque du Freak (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Collin David on Diary of a Wimpy Kid (Graphic Novel Reporter)
John Hogan on Genghis Khan: To the Ends of the Earth and Sea (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Dave Ferraro on Leave it to PET (Comics-and-More)
Jason Yadao on Leave it to PET and Ninja Baseball Kyuma (Honolulu Star-Bulletin)
Johanna Draper Carlson on Magic Trixie and the Dragon (Comics Worth Reading)
Chris Wilson on Marvel Illustrated: Moby Dick (The Graphic Classroom)
Brigid Alverson on vol. 1 of Ninja Baseball Kyuma (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Brigid Alverson on vol. 1 of Swans in Space (Graphic Novel Reporter)
Courtney Kraft on vol. 1 of Venus Capriccio (Graphic Novel Reporter)
John Hogan on vol. 1 of Yokai Doctor (Graphic Novel Reporter)
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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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