Links: A Fresh Retro Take on Mickey Mouse
IDW Publishing is already bringing over Italian comics featuring the classic Walt Disney characters; at Emerald City Comic Con, they announced they are going to be translating French Disney comics as well, from the publisher Glénat. They’re kicking it off with Mickey’s Craziest Adventures, by Lewis Trondheim and Nicolas Keramidas, which purports to be a lost classic from the 1960s, shelved at the time for being too weird. It looks like it’s definitely different!
Another ECCC story: Oni Press unveiled five new comics and graphic novels that came in through their open submissions process last year. I talked to the editors about how that worked. All of the latest quintet are kids’ or YA graphic novels, and they will be announcing four more new titles later this year.
Henry Chamberlain catches up with Faith Erin Hicks at Emerald City Comic Con and does a video interview; Hicks’s latest graphic novel, The Nameless City, was just published last week by First Second.
Roger Langridge, creator of Snarked! and, most recently, The Baker Street Peculiars, is the guest on the Roarbots podcast.
And, relevant to both the preceding items, Faith Erin Hicks guests on the Roarbots podcast as well
Writer Ryan North talks about his take on Marvel’s The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, which he pitched to Marvel as a comic for people who don’t read comics:
Her first instinct is not to beat someone up. It’s: ‘Maybe we can talk. Can I help?’ She looks for empathy and compromise more than solving problems with her fists. This is kind of revolutionary in superhero comics. Look at Batman and Superman, punching each other all the time for no good reason. Squirrel Girl is inclined to have a conversation first.
Writer J. Torres talks about his new series The Mighty Zodiac, which launched last week.
Writer Matt Gardner and artist Rashad Doucet talk about their graphic novel Alabaster Shadows, which uses a horror theme to reflect what it’s like to be a kid:
The biggest thing that frustrated me when I was a kid was not being taken seriously because I was a kid… One of the common themes in a lot of horror is, No one is going to believe you. [Nobody’s] going to believe you if you tell anyone about this. This is going to sound really weird as an inspiration for a children’s book, but Rosemary’s Baby. The one thing that movie consistently did right as far as horror is that they put the character in situations where if she tells people what’s happening, they won’t believe her. That is a horrifying prospect. So, the fact that the characters [in Alabaster Shadows] are kids, there’s no reason why anyone would believe them if they say There are monsters in the basement. They’d say Of course there aren’t. I get chills thinking about how frightening that feeling is!
Writer Kate Leth and artist Ming Doyle are creating a comics miniseries set in the world of Glenda Bond’s Cirque American. The series is titled Girl Over Paris and will be published by Jet City Comics.
Want to read Wonder Woman but not sure where to start? Here’s a Guide to Wonder Woman Comics from the folks at Den of Geek.
Paramount has signed a deal for the movie rights to the upcoming Scholastic graphic novel Dream Jumpers, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens co-producer and director J.J. Abrams as the producer.
Gareth Hinds provides short answers to short questions and shows a lot of his work, including his graphic adaptations of The Odyssey, Beowulf, and Romeo and Juliet, as well as his newest illustration gig, the nonfiction book Samurai Rising.
Michele Barbero has written an interesting piece on the politics of Tintin at the New Statesman.
Draven Katayama on Archie #7 (Comicosity)
Stergios Botzkis on Comics Squad: Lunch! (Graphic Novel Resources)
Dan Brown on Scott Chantler’s The Dark Island (London Free Press)
Mark Dickson on Feathers (Panel Patter)
Stergios Botzakis on The Glorkian Warrior and the Mustache of Destiny (Graphic Novel Resources)
Doug Zawisza on Goldie Vance #1 (Comicosity)
Charity Wysong on Golem (Chicago Now)
Alex Dueben on The Imitation Game (Comic Book Resources)
Josh Begley on Jughead #5 (The Fandom Post)
Doug Zawisza on The Mighty Zodiac #1 (Comicosity)
Allen Thomas on Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #5 (Comicosity)
Alysa Stewart on My First Comics: I’m Sunny and My First Comics: I’m Grumpy (Everead)
Stergios Botzakis on The Nameless City (Graphic Novel Resources)
Henry Chamberlain on The Nameless City (Comics Grinder)
Kelly Fineman on The Nameless City (Guys Lit Wire)
Aaron Long on The Nameless City (Comicosity)
Sarah Stevenson on The Nameless City (Finding Wonderland)
Stergios Botzakis on Sacred Heart (Graphic Novel Resources)
Stergios Botzakis on Science Comics: Coral Reefs and Science Comics: Dinosaurs (Graphic Novel Resources)
Mark Dickson on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: New Animated Adventures (Panel Patter)
Allen Thomas on The Unbelievable Gwenpool #1 (Comicosity)
Michael Buntag on Zodiac Starforce (NonSensical Words)
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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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