A common lament among comics lovers is that there aren't enough books for kids anymore, and it's a valid one. The average comic is written to be understood by preteens and up, while the average reader hovers somewhere around the age 30, and it’s unlikely that this trend is going to reverse anytime soon. But most of those 30-year-olds aren’t readers today because they started in their late teens or early twenties, they’re readers today because they had their initial exposure to comics probably before the age of ten. Even though we’ve been trying to convince the rest of the world that comics aren’t for kids anymore since 1986, kids are absolutely necessary to the medium’s survival. If comic books hope to have a future amidst rapidly-evolving children’s media and Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! program, then a healthy percentage of comics published today need to be geared toward the under-ten crowd, and they need to be good.
Fortunately, we have Mike Kunkel’s Herobear and the Kid: Saving Time#1 to show everybody how it’s done.
Here's a fun fact: when you Google Sex Criminals, the first result you get does not, in fact, refer to the new Image Comics series from Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky. Instead, in a deft maneuver to remind us of the blackness that surrounds us, the byzantine network of pneumatic tubes that constitutes Google’s search engine front-loads the page with a link to the National Sex Offender Registry. For the record, internet: Sex Criminals is a funny, engaging, and inventive new comic book about sex, love, and fighting the man, with a clever sci-fi twist. Sex offenders are not. For more on the hilarious differences between the two, continue reading.
Cat Person collects Seo Kim's daily comics, issues 2-5 of Michael Deforge's anthology Lose are collected in A Body Beneath, 1000 Crushes is a compilation of excepts from various books by Elisha Lim and new work, and Jesse Jacobs' Safari Honeymoon follows a pair of newlyweds into an otherworldly forest. Check out all four comic covers after the cut.
Since his quirky, moving, and massive Bottomless Belly Button made every person in the world's best books of 2008 list, cartoonist Dash Shaw has turned his attention to shorter forms and new media. The long-running webcomic Bodyworld, the short story collection The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century AD, and the IFC animated shorts of the same name have all been marked successes, but many readers, myself included, wondered how long it would be before Shaw cycled back around to a new original graphic novel.
New School, the artist’s first long-form OGN in five years, is now available from Fantagraphics Books, and it answers our wonder with its own. A hardbound, 340-page story of brotherhood, prophecy, and theme parks, New School is surreal, emotional, and delirious with color.
There's a secret in the comic book world, everyone, not just Betty and Veronica, loves Archie. And if you love Archie and you haven't read "Archie Marries..." you are missing out because it is one the most engaging and rewarding stories to date.
This book explores two of the greatest "What Ifs" ever
Jeff Parker and Steve Lieber's 5-issue "Underground" series from Image Comics gets collected in trade paperback form this Wednesday and the creative team is going to great lengths to get the word out. Working from the idea that more publishers equals more sales, they're angling for nearly every com
Life-defining choices aren't always easy to make. They can mean the difference between a life fulfilled and a life, well, less than fulfilled. Online sneaker purchases, setting a relationship status on Facebook, deciding between a croissant or a bagel breakfast sandwich, these are the things readers definitely won't find in "Revolver," an original graphic novel coming this July from "3 Story: The Secret History of the Giant Man" creator Matt Kindt
Tomorrow, the first trade paperback collection of Mike Carey and Peter Gross' Vertigo comic book series, "The Unwritten," hits bookstores. Subtitled "Tommy Taylor and the Case of the Bogus Identity," the book revolves around Tom Taylor, the son of a bestselling author named Wilson Taylor who mysteriously disappeared years before the story opens
Everybody knows Marvel's "Amazing Spider-Man" team digs on some Cutting Crew. How else can you explain the Premiere Hardcover coming out this week titled "I Just Died In Your Arms Tonight"?
Sure, in the context of the issues the trade contains (including ASM #600 and ASM Annual #36), it's easy to narrow it down thematically, but as the story highlights also include Aunt May's wedding and a battle with a dying Doctor Octopus, it could just as easily been called "One Wedding And A Non-Funeral."
Instead, Marvel did the right thing. And by "right thing," I mean "the thing
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