Links: Movie Time!
Courtney Crumrin creator Ted Naifeh talks about his new series, Princess Ugg, about a barbarian princess at a posh finishing school: “So it’s a fish out of water story in a fantasy setting,” he told CBR. “I thought it’d be fun to mash up sword and sorcery fantasy with the more mainstream Disney-style fantasy.”
Here’s a treat for fans of MAD Magazine: Sergio Aragones has drawn a massive, intricately detailed cartoon of the magazine’s history.
And here are two great documentaries about comics creators: One about Osamu Tezuka, the godfather of manga, and one about Charles Schulz, the father of Peanuts.
Zainab Akhtar posts a list of great comics for kids, with an interior page from each one so you can get a sense of the style and reading level.
Sad news: Silver Age artist Nick Cardy, whose titles included Teen Titans and Aquaman, has died at the age of 93.
Calvin Reid of Publishers Weekly has a great interview with Charles Brownstein, executive director of the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund, which often provides assistance with library challenges.
Cliff Bellamy writes about a group of teenagers who are making their own superhero comics to explore their experiences with racism.
UK cartoonist Lew Stringer posts a classic Beano cover showing Biffo the Bear with his Halloween turnip. Back in the day, you see, Halloween wasn’t a big deal over there—it was pretty much eclipsed by Guy Fawkes Day—but there was a tradition of carving turnips into Jack O’Lanterns. I lived in Scotland for a year and I had one of these; I’m partly saving this link just so people won’t think I was making it up. In other UK comics news, Stringer wishes prolific comics artist Leo Baxendale a happy birthday by showing off some of his work.
A Library Girl on vol. 3 of Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise (A Library Girl’s Familiar Diversions)
Richard Bruton on this week’s issue of The Phoenix (Forbidden Planet)
Little Willow on A Stray in the Woods (Guys Lit Wire)
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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