Links: Comic-Con, Manga, and Pokemon Go
Comic-Con International, the largest comic con in the U.S., took place in San Diego last month, and children’s and teens’ comics and graphic novels were a huge presence, with guests including novelist Margaret Atwood, who was promoting her first graphic novel, Angel Catbird; the creators of the Pokemon manga, Hidenori Kusaka and artist Satoshi Yamamoto; and of course Raina Telgemeier, whose new graphic novel Ghosts will be out in September. Check out my roundup of kids’ and YA comics news at Publishers Weekly and my more teen-focused roundup at School Library Journal. I also covered Rep. John Lewis’s March panel, which concluded with a procession to the convention floor, and more—watch for more links in the days to come!
On the manga front, I also rounded up the best new releases in August for the B&N Sci-Fi/Fantasy blog, and I took part in the Best and Worst Manga of 2016 panel, together with organizer Deb Aoki, our own Eva Volin, retailer and critic Christopher Butcher, and editor and critic David Brothers. It was a manga “lightning round,” with each of us getting one minute to defend our choices—or attack someone else’s. The audio and PowerPoint from the panel are at the link.
In other news…
The retailer newsletter ICv2 lists the top 10 kids/tweens graphic novel properties for Spring 2016.
Speaking of March, Lewis and Aydin, who co-wrote the book, discuss its origins in a New York Times article, and Alex Dueben interviews Aydin in depth at CBR.
Victor Van Scoit covers a panel on comics and literacy at Comic-Con. The panel featured three librarians Jason Poole (a 2016 Eisner judge), Candice Mack, and Lalitha Nataraj.
Dave Roman’s space fantasy school story Astronaut Academy is being adapted for a live-action television series as well as a film franchise. Writer and producer Vivek Tiwary (creator of The Fifth Beatle), who bought the film and TV rights, describes the story as “Harry Potter in Space.” Roman first published the story as a webcomic (titled Astronaut Elementary), then as mini-comics, First Second published then picked it up as a two-volume graphic novel titled Astronaut Academy.
Parker Jacobs discusses his new design for Ranger Rick.
Verneida Vergara recommends five manga for Pokemon Go fans. And at Forbes, Pokemon Go creator John Hanke talks about the genesis of the game and what it’s like seeing everyone around you playing something you created.
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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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