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First Second Announces Paul Pope’s ‘Battling Boy’ Prequel, ‘The Rise of Aurora West’

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The ink is barely dry on writer/artist Paul Pope's new all-ages graphic novel Battling Boy, but just like that, a prequel is on the way.

The Rise of Aurora West, which tells the story of one of Battling Boy's allies, the daughter of science hero Haggard West, is set for release in July 2014. Pope will have some help on the book this time. J.T. Petty will co-write it with him and it'll be drawn by artist David Rubin.

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The Power Of Picture Books: Emily Carroll Talks ‘Fairy Tale Comics’ [Interview And Preview]


This week, First Second Comics releases Fairy Tale Comics, a hardcover anthology of classic stories adapted by 17 prolific cartoonists. To celebrate, we've snagged an interview with Emily Carroll, whose adaptation of The Brothers Grimm's perhaps lesser-known tale "The 12 Dancing Princesses" graces the book's pages.

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Gene Luen Yang On The History And Art Behind ‘Boxers & Saints’ [Interview]


Multiple Eisner Award winner Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese, Level Up, Avatar: The Last Airbender: The Promise) is about to release his most ambitious comic project yet. Together they're Boxers & Saints, a pair of graphic novels (available both together and separately) that tell the story of China's Boxer Rebellion from two opposing, but connected points of view. For Yang, the son of Chinese immigrants and a practicing Catholic, it's a personal work of historical fiction that delves into a turbulent and deadly time in China's history when young kung fu-practicing peasants organized to combat colonial powers, Christian missionaries from the west and Chinese Christians who had converted. ComicsAlliance got in touch with Yang to see how he navigated this complicated history and what artistic decisions went into telling these two intersecting stories.

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Get An Early Look At First Second’s SDCC Debuts ‘The Death Of Haggard West,’ ‘Templar’ And ‘Genius’ [Preview]


It's going to be a busy San Diego Comic-Con for First Second. On top of a hefty schedule of panels and signings, FS will be rolling out three original graphic novels: Genius by Steven T. Seagle and Teddy Kristiansen, Templar by Jordan Mechner, LeUyen Pham, Alex Puvilland and Hilary Sycamore, and Paul Pope's The Death of Haggard West.

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Lucy Knisley’s ‘Relish’ Is A Satisfying Comics Meal


The front cover of Relish: My Life in the Kitchen, the new memoir by Lucy Knisley of French Milk fame, bears a pretty killer blurb from Alison Bechdel, whose years of Dykes to Watch Out For and her breakout hit Fun Home have made her something akin to the grand dame of memoir comics: "Step aside, Joy of Cooking...

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Link Ink: Rogue And She-Hulk Novels, Captain America’s Clothes And ECCC’s Brew


Novels: Marvel and Hyperion books are partnering for two new romance+action novels in June. Marta Acosta is writing The She-Hulk Diaries and Christine Woodward is writing Rogue Touch.

Gaming: Killer Croc, Riddler and Penguin have all popped up in a new Injustice: Gods Among Us still...

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Gene Luen Yang Returns With Ambitious New Project, ‘Boxers & Saints’


Gene Luen Yang -- the award-winning creator of American Born Chinese, The Eternal Smile and writer of Dark Horse's Avatar: The Last Airbender comics -- has announced his latest project: Boxers & Saints, an epic pair of graphic novels about the lives of two peasants during the Boxer Rebellion that took place in China during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.Tal...

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Surrender Yourself To The Siren Song Of Mark Siegel’s ‘Sailor Twain’ [Review]


In the late 19th century, about the time during which Mark Siegel's new graphic novel Sailor Twain, or, The Mermaid of The Hudson is set, American critics and thinkers started talking about "the Great American Novel," in response to England's dominance of English-language literature...

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Link Ink: The Official ‘Iron Man 3′ Synopsis, An Alternate ‘Regular Show’ Ending And Nightwing’s Weapons


Movies: The official plot synopsis for Iron Man 3 states, "When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle...

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Link Ink: New ‘Elfquest’ Online, ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ Delayed And ‘Collection Intervention’


Indie: Elfquest is back with a new story, "The Final Quest," set for regular serialization on Boing Boing starting September 10.

Movies: It looks like the "Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase One" Blu-ray collection is still coming out, although it's been delayed until spring 2013...

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