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1. Wimpy Kid #9 takes the Heffleys on the road this November

It’s that time! Time for the #1 graphic novel of the year to be announced!

Abrams Books Amulet imprint has just revealed that the ninth Wimpy Kid book will arrive on November 4, and a teaser image suggests a road trip is in the offing for the fractious Heffley clan.

“I’m taking the Heffleys out of their home environment and sending them out on the road,” said million selling author Jeff Kinney. “Writing about an epic family road trip has really got my creative juices flowing, and I think this could be the funniest book yet.”

The last Wimpy Kid book, Hard Luck, released in November ’13, has sold more than 3 million copies and was the number one selling book in the US last year.

Whether you call it a graphic novel, a hybrid, one of the most successful book series of all times, or Al, Wimpy Kid #9 will probably sell another three million copies.

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2. The Beat Podcasts! – Heidi interviews Jeff Smith!


Straight from the offices of Publishers Weekly, it’s More to Come! Your podcast source of comics news and discussion starring The Beat’s own Heidi MacDonald.

In a More To Come interview special episode,  Heidi talks with acclaimed indie comics creator Jeff Smith about his Eisner-winning kids’ fantasy epic Bone, his adult sci-fi tale RASL, the advantages and difficulties of being your own publisher, his new Paleolithic webcomic Tuki Save The Humans and much, much more on this episode of Publishers Weekly’s graphic novel podcast. in this podcast from PW Comics World.


Now tune in Fridays at our new, new time for our regularly scheduled podcast!

Stream this episode and catch up with our previous podcasts through the Publishers Weekly website or subscribe to More To Come on iTunes

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3. Pre Order Astronaut Academy and get a sketch

201304031142 Pre Order Astronaut Academy and get a sketch
Call this the easy peasy version of a Kickstarter reward: Preorder a copy of Dave Roman’s Astronaut Academy Re-Entry from bookstore WORD! and you’ll get a free sketch.

From now till May 9th, I will sign, personalize, and draw in every copy (of either book 1 or 2) ordered through WORD, you’ll get a free bookmark, andyou’ll be entered into WORD’s exclusive contest. One lucky person will win an Astronaut Academy style portrait of themselves (or whoever the book is a gift for), hanging out with the character of their choice!

Astronaut Academy Re-Entry is the second volume in the series about kids learning to be spacefarers. It’s a lighthearted romp with some fun soap opera elements, manga-infused in appeal but not necessarily art style.

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4. DC Comics launches a blog for families

THIS IS DCCFF DC Comics launches a blog for families
Sharing your favorite superheroes with your kids is one of the most reward parts of the fan experience, and DC has just launched a Fan Family mini site to promote their family friendly offerings.

This new family-friendly site is designed to deliver the best of the celebrated Super Heroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman with a slew of fun, family-oriented content for parents to share with their kids.

The DC Comics Fan Family blog will serve as an online hub for all DC Entertainment family-friendly news and information, and offer readers a variety of content including DC Comics-themed activity sheets, DIY craft projects, guest blog posts featuring DC Comics talent, the chance for fans to see their own artwork featured with a variety of creative submission contests, and much more!

They’ve also announced contest with Capstone Publishing for 3-6th graders to write about the real life superheroes they know. Winners get a trip for four to the DC Entertainment Offices n Burbank and a VIP tour of the WB Animation Studio, and lots of Capstone and DC merchandise.

In case the name Capstone doesn’t ring a bell, they’re a children’s book publisher with heavy distribution into the educational an dlibrary marktes. They’ve been doing DC based chapter books for years, like this line of Super Pets books.

While people complain about Marvel and DC not doing enough to reach younger readers, they both have pretty robust licensing programs in the kids areas, as this reminds us. As I’ve mentioned before, both publishers have a problem with appearing kid-oriented alienating their core audiences. Licensed books for the kids are a good way around this.

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5. Kick-Watcher: Michael Moreci on MINI COMICS INCLUDED

One of the ways many people stumbled onto their first comic was through the promotional comics that used to come bundled in with action figures. You know the ones – you buy a He-Man figure, and in the box comes a comic which shows him in action, fighting against all the other characters who coincidentally also have action figures available too.

Well, if you do remember those comics, then here’s a kickstarter for youMichael Moreci, Steve Seeley, and Tim Seeley’s MINI COMICS INCLUDED.

Mini Comics Included will be a set of six mini-comics, which replicate the sort of comics which used to come packaged in with action figures and board games. Each drawn by a different artist, with Moreci and the Seeleys writing all six issues. And if you pledge towards the project, you can get your hands not just on the comics – but also on action figures which have been custom made to go along with the comics.

I spoke to Michael Moreci about the project, and how it came into existence.

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Steve:  Mini Comics Included are based on the comics that used to be enclosed in the box whenever you bought toys like He-Man action figures, or Transformers. What are your memories from those mini-comics?

Michael: I have such amazing memories of Christmas morning, unwrapping presents with my older brother and revealing glorious He-Man action figures. We were into other stuff as well—I was especially a fan of the Super Powers figures—but He-Man was the alpha and omega of my childhood. Rick, my brother, and I would play with these figures all day long, making up stories, designing our own cartoon ideas, and acting them out. We’d cut up comics and paste new panels together that made little sense, but the stories were ours.

As a matter of fact, I really think that’s the beginnings of my love of storytelling in general, the ability—and encouragement from my parents—to make stuff up on my own. To wonder, to imagine. I read so many comics—mainly the minis that accompanied He-Man figures—and watched so many cartoons that the structure of stories got ingrained in me at a young age.

Specifically, with the comics, I was always hooked by the curiosity “what’s next?!” factor. Because, let’s face it, a lot of those comics were simply rad catalogues. Their whole purpose was to show off the next villain or weapon or whatever. Like, He-Man would suddenly bust out this underwater gear and, as an adult I’m like “where the hell did that come from? Dude’s  wearing a loincloth and nothing else…” But as a kid, my mind was immediately set to “must have!” mode. Luckily, my mom worked at a toy store, so I had a hook up.

The comics were cool because, yeah, they were sometimes promo pieces, but they were also simple stories. They were just cool stories that enhanced the experience of being a He-Man fan, or a comic fan.

Steve: Why recreate that style of comic, in particular?

Michael: A lot of the discussions the three of us have regarding comics—and a lot of people have about comics—is the lack of fun, just pure, raw, fun. Guys like Kirby, Mantlo, Toth, you name it, were all exceedingly enthusiastic and had these wild imaginations. And that doesn’t exist all that much anymore. We’re too serious of an industry, like we won’t be regarded enough if we allowed our work to do all those wonderful things comics are capable of doing.

Getting back on point – Steve, Tim , and I have all had this itch to do something that harkens back to this particular comic/cartoon/toy era that we love so much and influenced us so heavily. And we wanted to do it right—nothing watered down, nothing compromised. We want to take readers back to a time when comics were something to enjoy, pure and simple. You read them because you were like “oh my God, who is this new character?! Is he good? Bad? What does this mean?!” But, again, so much of comics, right now, is set in its ways. Stories have to be told in a certain way, for a certain audience, in a certain format. We’re breaking all those rules because, one, we want to do something fun and original and totally unique; and two, we absolutely know people want this. These are the comics we love, but they’re also the comics people want.

Steve: You’ve worked with Steve Seeley frequently, with the current Hoax Hunters series at Image being one of the most high profile works. How did you all come together on this project in particular, and realise it was something you wanted to try and make a reality?

Michael: Steve and I, and Tim, share a similar affinity for this era of nerd culture, that late 70s early 80s cartoon, comic, toy, etc.  I mean, we’re three 30s-ish geeks, how could we not?

It’s not just that, though. We’re also creators who like to think outside the box, creatively and professionally. And doing a Kickstarter has been on our minds for awhile, but we wanted to do it right. Meaning, we wanted their to be a reason we were doing a Kickstarter, not just some cash grab to make good on our names. That’s lame.

So, one night we were drinking—as we are wont to do—and kicking around ideas. We had something there, like we were scratching the surface. We knew we wanted it to be inspired by those comics and toys we loved, but that wasn’t quite enough. It still didn’t have that “okay, but why?” factor. And Tim hit it: Mini comics. Everything took off from there, making them a certain size, getting the toy designers on board, even the weird incentives. Because, truly, this isn’t something we could do anywhere else. Not like this. That’s is what makes it a perfect project for Kickstarter—we’re not just giving away art or head sketches or whatever. We’re all in on this the mini comics theme, and the drive is a ton of fun because of that.

Steve: How has the process of working with the Seeleys been? Both on Hoax Hunters, and now with Mini Comics Included.

Michael: Tim and Steve are like brothers to me. We work really well together because we share both common interests and common values. We’re workers, we’re that prototypical Midwestern no-frills get-the-job-done type professionals. We love what we do, but the cornerstone of how we operate is grounded in dedication to the work.

Yet, as similar as we are, we’re also very different. We each bring something different to the table and, out of that, we refine the best possible product. That’s how Hoax Hunters is—Steve and I often have different sensibilities and have to find a middle ground; the process of doing so makes us really understand where we’re coming from on a story level, and the book is better for it.

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Steve: So, to the comics in particular – how did you decide which characters to use for these stories? Did you have some of the characters in mind already, or did you create them just for this project?

Michael: For the most part, yes. These were kind of pet projects that we knew, to some degree, would not thrive in the Direct Market system. This was an opportunity for us to cast off those shackles and say, “okay, we’re doing these stories right here, right now.” Steve and I have been chipping away at Prime-8s, and we had done an Omega Family short for Double Feature Comics awhile back. Tim had done a Colt Noble one-shot with Image awhile ago as well. His other two ideas are just exercises in weird and crazy stuff that Tim digs. So, beware.

The main requirement, though, was to align the stories with the spirit of the project. This isn’t one big excuse for a vanity press—some stories didn’t make the cut. We were looking for a specific type of playfulness. For instance, Literary Commandos is a G.I. Joe riff; Prime-8s is kind of He-Man meets Ninja Turtles; Colt Noble has He-Man written all over it. The feel of the book matters. Without that, it doesn’t matter what size it is or what toy you may have purchased; the story, and art, has to function. Speaking of, the artists on these titles are incredible. Paul Tucker, Brent Schoonover, Sean Dove, Clint Hiliniski are all absolutely killing on these books, and we selected them because they’re such perfect, perfect fits.

Steve: How long are each of the issues?

Michael: Sixteen total pages for each comic.

Steve: Are there any characters you’re particularly fond of? I couldn’t help but notice there is a frog cyborg, and I immediately need to know everything about this character, please.

Michael: Ha, well, that’s actually a frog totoro, though easily mistaken as a cyborg. He’s the leader of the hyper-evolutionaries who make havoc for the Omegas. That’s all Paul Tucker—his design sensibility and playfulness are out of this world. Watch that name, he’s going places.

Hmmm… favorites. Well, Dracula Man (from Superbeasts) is one of the most ridiculous things I’ve heard in a while. I love the Prime-8s villains, Dogtastrophe (you know, a play CATastrphe, get it?) and the K-G-Bee. And what’s not to love about a four-armed gorilla named Fourilla? There’s Marksman Twain, that’s a good one. Kikintha Balls…oh, and Daxxis from Omega Family. Love that Woolly Mammoth…thing.

Steve: BUT! Has it been difficult to create characters who can match up to the might of The Street Sharks?

Michael: Where would democracy be without them? And Battletoads?

In terms of raw power, I’d need to wrap up Travis Bickle with Driver with a mutated dinosaur to enter the arena. Those were some badass sharks.

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Steve: How tongue in cheek will the comics be? Looking back now, we’re aware that the comics were a way to try and sell more toys to kids – are you going to play with that, at all, or are you playing things straight? Is it tempting to try a more satirical approach with the stories, and wink at the readers?

Michael: We sort of play with the stories. As mentioned above, we’re totally aware that these comics were often promo pieces, and that’s that. But one thing we absolutely did not want to do was get ironic with this. Nobody enjoys nostalgia for nostalgia’s sake. So we had to walk a fine of embracing the  idea too much and making it a sell aware wink at the tradition. I think the balance we have is a good one. We embrace it and honor what we’re working with, but make it our own as well, in a very loving way. Again, we want to recapture that feel of the time, and the best way to do so, we think, is to make it somewhat contemporary but retain the best sensibilities

Steve: How do you see the project moving on, if this Kickstarter is successful? Could we see a second wave in the future?

Michael: Oh boy…that’s like asking a woman who’s crowning if she’s thinking of having another kid. Okay, maybe not QUITE like that, but I’ve already had nightmares about the launch, and I’m writing this before actually doing so. I’m so thrilled about the project, but it’s also going to be a massive undertaking, from start to finish. I would love to do six more titles and make this a thing, and I think Steve and Tim would also. Right now, I’d say I’m hopeful. After all, we still haven’t told the story of the Blasteroids!

Many thanks to Michael for his time. So, one last mention – you can find Mini Comics Included on Kickstarter here. You can also find Michael on Twitter here!

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6. Review: Emily (and the) Strange(rs) #1

TweetIf we can trust editor Rachel Edidin (and who wants to live in a world where we can’t?) then Emily Strange is a pretty big deal. And indeed, looking at the history of the character, something pretty fascinating has been going on here. Originally created by Rob Reger as a mascot for his clothing company, [...]

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7. Stan Lee is back on the scene and bringing joy to the children with his new kids comics line

Although Stan The Man Lee has been missing a few appearances of late—we're told due to the flu—he was well enough to appear at an event this weekend to mark the launch of his Stan Lee Kids Universe Line of comics. This is not only welcome proof that The Man is still alive and kicking, but a super rare coming to fruition of one of the Many Pacts of Stan Lee.

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8. Aw Yeah Comics! Hits Kickstarter Target Within Hours

TweetAfter the cancellation of Superman Family Adventures, the creative team of Art Baltazar & Franco haven’t wasted any time in moving onto their next project. And what a move! After putting a Kickstarter up for their new ‘AW YEAH COMICS!’ series, which was to last six issues, it took only a few hours for them to [...]

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9. Dave Stewart will color Craig Thompson’s SPACE DUMPLINS

Tweet As you may recall, Craig Thompson’s followup to the long brewing Habibi will be a kids comic, called Space Dumplins, which will be published by Scholastic, arrival date unknown. (What was it we were just saying about space comics?) On his blog, Thompson just announced that Dave Stewart will be doing the coloring: The [...]

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10. Interview and Exclusive Preview: Peyo’s BENNY BREAKIRON with Jim Salicrup of Papercutz

TweetFollowing a multi-volume and ongoing celebrated run of bringing Peyo’s original SMURFS comics to English-speaking reader, all ages comics publisher Papercutz is poised to release the first volume of another Peyo classic, BENNY BREAKIRON on May 7th, 2013. Papercutz, headed by former Marvel editor and all round comics ambassador Jim Salicrup, has been kind enough [...]

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11. Bookscan: Kids’ comics and The Walking Dead ruled bookstore sales in 2012

It's my FAVORITE day of the year, when Brian Hibbs posts the year-end sales from bookstores via the Bookscan chart. Now we know these numbers are significantly low, but as I always say, they present a metric. The huge take away? Well, we all knew The Waking Dead was a juggernaut,—sales in this franchise would have made it the #3 publisher all by itself—but after that it's kids comics all the way, led by the maybe-comics of Dork Diaries, but following by Big Nate, Ninjago, Ursula Vernon's Dragonbreath, Drama and so on.

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12. Telegemeier announces Smile follow-up, Sisters

While cartoonist Raina Telgemeier has been revealing a few details of her next graphic novel on her tour for Drama, Publishers Weekly made it official: her next book will be a companion of sorts to the autobiographical Smile. Called Sisters it deals with “the inner workings of [Telgemeier’s] family,” specifically, her relationship with her young sister, which as you can see from the above artwork posted on her blog, wasn't always smooth sailing.

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13. Three graphic novels win Cybil Awards

The winners of the CYBIL Awards were announced last week—Children’s and Young Adult Bloggers’ Literary Awards -- recognizing books that librarians and kids love. The winners are:

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14. IDW and Cartoon Network team up for Powerpuff Girls, Johnny Bravo, Ben 10 etc.

The people at IDW are no slackards. After taking a look at the sales of their My Little Pony comics -- their best selling comics EVER -- and the current 90s cartoon nostalgia trend, they've pacted with Cartoon Network to bring out a bunch of old favorites—and current hits —in comics form, in a deal announced at last week's ComicsPRO meeting in Atlanta. Titles include The Powerpuff Girls, Ben 10, Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Johnny Bravo and Generator Rex.

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15. Must read: Jesse Post’s Kids’ Comics Pep Talk

Speaking of ComicsPRO, here’s a link I found in the coverage: a slideshow put together by Papercutz marketing director Jesse post on the power and potential of kids’ comics. The slideshow is embedded above but he does a walk-through on his blog and although Papercutz-centric material is there, it’s really big on stats and charts and studies. For instance:

Children’s publishing is astonishingly digital-proof. The commonly accepted average digital/print split for adult trade publishing is 50/50, and leaning more towards digital every day. In children’s trade publishing, it’s 10/90! I’ve seen major best-selling children’s books move 1% of their print sales in digital. A Papercutz book that achieves 3% of its print sales in digital is a significant bump.

This does back up studies that I’ve seen—but I’ve also had the proud parent of a 1-year-old girl show me a video (on his iPhone) of her using an iPad with complete facility. Although a super-race of digital-only Eloi kids is probably on its way, it won’t be here for a while—too many of today’s parents were raised on books, and until that preference cycles out completely, it won’t be gone.

But it does back up something I’ve been feeling over the last few months…there’s going to be a “third wave” of comics used for educational purposes. There’s a small, dedicated core of comics people who want this to happen, but although small in number, they are no smaller than the ones who drove other comics retailing and marketing revolutions. And this time, we have a lot of teachers and librarians on our side. It may not be an obvious step for comics, the art form, but if it comes through it could provide even more stability.

A lot is happening.
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16. It’s DRAMA Day with Raina Telgemeier’s new book and tour

201209011048 Its DRAMA Day with Raina Telgemeiers new book and tour

To celebrate the release of her new graphic novel DRAMA today, Raina Telgemeier is running a contest with prizes of original art and more. The follow-up to here incredibly popular SMILE, DRAMA concerns middle schoolers caught up in the drama of a school play. With full color art and a storyline full of emotional twists and turns, we’re guessing it’s going to be another hit. (Here’s the NY Times review and the Publishers Weekly review.)

More in the link. Also, here are the DRAMA tour dates:

Decatur Book Festival
Decatur, GA
Sunday, Sept 2
Children’s Stage, 3:45pm
Signing to follow!

Graphic Novel Night!
with Doug TenNapel & James Burks
The Reading Bug
785 Laurel St
San Carlos, CA
Friday, September 7

Graphix Author Signing!
with Doug TenNapel & James Burks
Green Apple Books
506 Clement St
San Francisco, CA
Saturday, September 8

Graphix Author Meet & Greet and signing!
with Doug TenNapel & James Burks!
Towne Center Books
555 Main Street
Pleasanton, CA

Graphix Author Signing!
with Doug TenNapel & James Burks
A Great Good Place
for Books
6120 LaSalle Avenue
Oakland, CA
Sunday, September 9

Graphix Authors Event & Signing!
with Doug TenNapel & James Burks
Books, Inc. Laurel Village
3515 California St
San Francisco, CA
Monday, September 10

Brooklyn Comics & More
DRAMA signing!
493 7th Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Weds. September 19

Big Planet Vienna
DRAMA signing!
426 Maple Ave. East
Vienna, VA
Sat. September 22

Big Planet College Park
DRAMA signing!
7315 Baltimore Ave.
College Park, MD 20740
Sat. September 22

National Book Festival
Washington, DC
Sun. September 23

Children’s Book World
DRAMA signing!
17 Haverford Station Rd Haverford, PA
Monday, September 24

Left Bank Books
DRAMA signing!
399 N. Euclid Ave.
Saint Louis, MO
Monday, October 1

Minneapolis Events
October 3,4

Heartland Fall Forum
Minneapolis, MN
October 4

Vancouver, BC Events TBA
October 11

Tweens Read Festival
Bobby Shaw Middle School
1201 Houston Avenue
Pasadena, TX
October 20

Portland, ME Events TBA
October 27

Bergen Street Comics
DRAMA signing!
470 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, Nov. 3

Miami Book Fair
Miami, FL
November 11-18

Las Vegas, NV
November 19-20

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17. Judd Winick is back to the drawing board

201209040140 Judd Winick is back to the drawing board

Following his departure from writing Batwing for DC, cartoonist Judd Winick is back to writing AND drawing, as the above tweet shows. A few months ago, he told Newsarama he was writing and drawing an original graphic novel for kids, so that’s probably the project he alludes to above.

Although best know as a writer on such books as Batwing, Catwoman, Green Arrow, Green Lantern, The Outsiders, Exiles and many many more, Winick first became known as a cartoonist on the acclaimed Pedro and Me, and The Adventures of Barry Ween, Boy Genius. He also created the cartoon series, The Life and Times of Juniper Lee, so he’s familiar with the kid market.

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18. INTERVIEW: Art Heroes’ Daniel Clifford, live from Thought Bubble

All this week I’ll be running interviews conducted at the Thought Bubble convention in Leeds, with self-published and small-press publishers right on through to writers for Marvel and DC. I also had the chance to speak with several of the winners of the inaugural British Comic Awards as well, so keep yourself glued to The Beat!

Daniel Clifford is the writer of a number of self-published comics including Halcyon & Tenderfoot and Sugar Glider. He’s also one of the founders of Art Heroes, a British team who travel the country offering comic-book workshops for schoolchildren. With recent reports about the helpfulness of comics in teaching literacy skills to children, Art Heroes makes comics for children but also teaches them about the creativity to be found in comics as a medium. I spoke to Daniel at Thought Bubble, while Lee Robinson, the other co-founder of Art Heroes, did all the hard work of drawing sketches for people.

Steve Morris: What first inspired Art Heroes?

Daniel Clifford: I had already been running workshops with Jack Fallows for a year or two before Art Heroes started. Being in a school and meeting young people, and introducing them to comics, I felt that people were missing a trick by not making comics which could be pitched straight to a young audience first-hand. Jack and I never got a project off the ground in that regard – he’s now become a teacher, in fact, as a result of his time teaching workshops – but the idea stayed with me.

I met Lee through a mutual friend, and we worked together on a mini-comic which was packaged with my series ‘Sugar Glider’. We got on so well that we thought we should find another project to do, and that’s where the idea for Halcyon & Tenderfoot came in.

htenderfoot INTERVIEW: Art Heroes Daniel Clifford, live from Thought Bubble

It’s a story about a superhero team who are father and son. I pitched it to Lee and we started doing it together. We weren’t making much money from our part-time jobs and wanted to get into comics, so it made sense to do workshops to make money, and then make comics together. That’s how Art Heroes got started. We make comics, showcase them as part of the workshops, and hopefully inspire others to make their own comics too.

This year we’ve managed to put out 4 comics, and have done a number of workshops around the country.

Steve: And how has the response been?

Daniel: It’s been good! We haven’t sold millions of issues, but the response has been good, and people have been coming to us online as well as at conventions. Kids at workshops seem to absolutely love it. It might not be the easiest thing to pitch kids on, but once they’re at the workshop, they seem to quickly get really involved in it.

We like it when we go to a classroom and we have an audience already there, and we can teach them something about a medium they might not have thought about creating in beforehand.

Steve: How important do you think it is that we have comics for kids, as well as mainstream books for older audiences?

Daniel: Very important. That’s why we started Art Heroes to begin with. When I was younger, more than anything else, it was reading comics which got me interested in stories and reading.

When I started doing workshops, I looked for comics I could happily give away to kids, and I’d think “well, there’s a knife in this one” or “that woman’s just wearing her underpants”. A lot of them are just a bit too violent for me to show to kids, the content isnit appropriate. We didn’t want to give away inappropriate comics as part of a workshop getting kids to start reading comics for the first time so we decided to make our own — so we wouldn’t have parents writing to complain that we gave their kids dodgy comics.

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Steve: What do you find kids most respond to in comics?

Daniel: The thing kids seem to respond to most if when the characters feel believable to them. A lot of feedback is about the way the characters feel, and if they feel like they’re real people or not, which I’ve really enjoyed. We don’t explain how Halcyon & Tenderfoot  got their powers – instead we’re focus on their reactions to all these new experiences and situations they find themselves in. It’s character based story primarily, because that’s what kids like most. A big thing happens at the end of the first issue, for example… and we don’t gloss over it

Steve: What’s coming next, after Halcyon wraps up the final issue?

Daniel: The last issue will be out in December, then after that we’ll just be pitching. We really like how The Phoenix magazine is working in Britain right now, and it’d be great to see more people working on projects like that. We really want to get our comics out to people now, and we can’t do that by self-publishing. You have to be part of something bigger.


Many thanks to Daniel for his time. You can find the Art Heroes team on their website www.artheroes.co.uk, which offers issues of Halcyon & Tenderfoot for digital download. You can also read more about Sugar Glider over on the website, and find Daniel on Twitter at @danielclifford6

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19. The Dandy Returns!

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The Dandy, a UK comic for children, is one of the oldest comics in the world, first appearing way back in 1937. Along with its sister publication at DC Thomson, The Beano, these comics are pretty much the main reason why the entire population of Britain knows how to read a comic, even if they never make the jump later to more adult fare. Earlier this year, there was a huge amount of press attention given to The Dandy, as it emerged that poor sales were leading to the publication ending its historical run.

But fear not cow pie fans! For The Dandy, that pioneer of British comics, was simply reinventing itself for the demands of its young readership. This week The Dandy Online has launched, bringing favourite characters including Desperate Dan, Bananaman, The Numskulls, Brassneck, and an all new team of classic British superheroes, Retro Active, to its fans.

Everything has been based around portability, with a dedicated app set to launch as soon as possible. Each comic has been created with screen size in mind, and the animation – when used – mimics the reading of a comics page. Pacing is set by the reader, with each panel finishing on the text, much as a reader would find when reading a conventional comic.

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Some of the comics include little minigames that advance the plot, but equally are skippable if you don’t fancy them (or are re-reading). The website contains more content including puzzles and shorter comic strips, along with videos and projects to print out and make.

Issue Zero is free to read, and while there are obviously some niggles to iron out, I’ve had a peek behind the scenes (crikey!) and can confirm that there are some very exciting things coming up! Make sure to check out Jamie Smart‘s The Numskulls in particular, a clever reinvention of the characters I knew as a child, and keep an eye on Retro Active which is particularly interesting for old school fans – and fans of female superheroes!

I’m really looking forward to seeing the app come out for my phone, and as I’ve talked about elsewhere, I think the growing audience of children reading comics in the UK will be really into this once it is up and running in full. It’s wonderful to see one of the oldest comics in the world leading the charge into a new frontier rather than fading away, keeping the spirit of The Dandy alive but bringing it to where the audience now resides. Exciting things are afoot!

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20. Diamond Announces 12 Gold Sponsors for Free Comic Book Day 2013

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You may have thought of Kris Kringle jingling in your mind, but over at Diamond it’s already planning for balmy May and Free Comic Book Day on May 4th. The Gold levels sponsors have been announced and here they are!

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The Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) Committee has announced its Gold Sponsor comic book selections for the comic book industry’s top annual event, Free Comic Book Day, scheduled for Saturday, May 4th, 2013. Next year marks the twelfth anniversary of Free Comic Book Day with another great year of incredible titles that feature fan-favorite comic book characters and encourage new readers to explore the fun and excitement that comics can offer.

Chosen by retailers on the FCBD Committee, there’s a free comic book for everyone’s taste: from Superman, Star Wars, and The Walking Dead to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Sesame Street, Smurfs and a super-secret Marvel Comics title.

“Once again, comic book publishers have given fans what they want—great characters, great stories—all in a free comic book!” said FCBD spokesperson Leslie Bowser. “Retailers on the FCBD Committee had so many excellent titles to choose from that they expanded the Gold sponsor titles to twelve gold books for this year, instead of the usual ten. We’re sure fans will be pleased with the line-up and we look forward to hosting them again at local comic book shops across the nation and worldwide.”

A complete listing of all fifty-three FCBD titles, including the twelve Gold and forty-one Silver comic books, can be found in the January issue of Diamond Comic Distributors’ PREVIEWS catalog, on sale at all comic book shops on January 2, 2013. Look for a separate announcement next Thursday, December 13, on FCBD’s 2013 Silver Sponsors and their comic book titles.

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On side one, Elmo, Cookie Monster, The Count and Super Grover teach you about the magic of reading comics! It’s GUARANTEED to chase the clouds away! On side two, join Strawberry Shortcake and friends on 3 berry sweet adventures! Includes “The Blue Flu”, “The Hunt for Blackberry’s Treasure”, and “Blueberry’s Book Tour”.
It’s a bushel of fun!

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Archie! Betty! Veronica! Jughead! The world’s most famous teenagers for over seven decades are all here in this FREE digest! Packed with non-stop laughs and gaffs that the Riverdale gang is known for, we challenge you to find a Free Comic Book Day offering with more pages than this! The perfect introduction to the world of Archie and friends, this digest is filled with stories from some of the best creators in the business! This is the one to pick up on Free Comic Book Day!

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Bongo rings in another Free Comic Book Day with a comical cornucopia of four-color comics and games. First, Bart becomes a model citizen for a day…with disastrous results. Then, Jimbo and the gang escalate and elevate their juvenile delinquency to new heights. Stick around for a bedtime tale with the dim but adorable Li’l Homer and go in search of the Happy Little Elves with Maggie. (STK525407)

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An explosion of All-Ages awesomeness from KaBOOM! this Free Comic Book Day! Sure to be one of the most popular offerings this Free Comic Book Day, the KaBOOM! Summer Blast is 48 pages chock-full of the most popular all-ages comics on the stands today! Featuring excerpts from Adventure Time, Peanuts, Regular Show, Bravest Warriors, Garfield, Ice Age and some brand-new surprises, these series will keep readers young and old coming back to your comic shop again and again!

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All-Ages Adventure! Star Wars joins fan-favorite villains Darth Vader and Boba Fett! Then explore the upcoming Dark Horse series, Captain Midnight, where the search for the missing superhero is on! And the smash hit Avatar: The Last Airbender follows Mai as she deals with her broken heart…

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Sorry, but you’ll have to come back next month for full details!

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Jumping from screen to page, it’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures! This unique series captures the heart of the smash Nickelodeon television show with brand-new stories. Full of action, excitement and laughs, this is the perfect all-ages comic to get you seeing green!!

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(W) Robert Kirkman (A/CA) Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
This special Walking Dead issue contains a new Tyreese short story, a fan-favorite character who just made his television debut in The Walking Dead Season 3! It also reprints short stories featuring Michonne, The Governor and Morgan. This special issue is a must-have for fans of The Walking Dead — as none of these stories will be reprinted in the trade paperbacks!

Marvel FCBD13 Classified Diamond Announces 12 Gold Sponsors for Free Comic Book Day 2013

Prepare for an epic that is out of this world as the biggest and best Super Heroes in the Marvel Universe come together for something that will leave fans demanding more? Marvel Comics has something special planned for Free Comic Book Day 2013… but for now it’s CLASSIFIED! Keep checking back to freecomicbookday.com for future updates!

NBM Papercutz FCBD13 Smurfs Diamond Announces 12 Gold Sponsors for Free Comic Book Day 2013

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The Smurfs return to Free Comic Book Day with two stories never-before-seen in the U.S.! Gargamel has tormented the Smurfs time and time again, always vowing his revenge on the small creatures. But what happens when he is forced to tangle with someone bigger than him — a nasty Ogre? Find out in “The Ogre and the Smurfs!” Also featuring comics from two of the hottest new Papercutz series, Annoying Orange and Ariol, a new series from Emmanuel Guibert!

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(W) Derek Drymon, Maris Wicks (A) Graham Annable, Various
United Plankton brings you a completely original collection of SpongeBob comics for FCBD 2013. In “Paint Misbehavin’” Squidward teaches SpongeBob and Patrick how to paint realistically — but how did they learn to bring their painted creations to life? Then in “Day of the Free Comic” SpongeBob must foil Plankton’s latest plan: invading the Krusty Krab inside a…giveaway comic book! Will funny books ever be the same? And: Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy take on a new villain: the sultry Catfishstress. All this plus facts about the colorful cuttlefish, a fill-in comic, and a preview of this summer’s SpongeBob superhero-themed annual!

Viz Media FCBD13 Ugly Doll Diamond Announces 12 Gold Sponsors for Free Comic Book Day 2013
(W) David Horvath & Various (A) James Kolchaka & Various
Say, Friend. Do you need a hero? Then this comic isn’t for you. (Though being Ugly IS a super power — “ugly” means unique!) Do you need a cookie? Then this is your book! Join OX, Wage, Babo, Ice-Bat and all their friends in the Uglydolls’ first-ever comic book adventure! The Uglydolls may not be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound, but they sure will eat your candy! And don’t miss the bonus features from other famous members of the VIZ Kids family!

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21. Preview: Princeless 2: Wanted

Princeless was a runaway hit for new-ish indie publisher, Action Lab Comics, this year. The sassy fairy tale comic about a disgruntled princess who chooses running away with the aid of a sympathetic dragon over an endless line of boring suitors forced on her by her royal pain in the a*s parents nabbed two 2012 Eisner nominations for “Best Single Issue” and “Best Publication for Kids.”

Below is a preview from the first issue of the four-issue mini-series, which marks the next installment of the series (written by Jeremy Whitely with art by Emily Martin). If you’re interested in picking up the first volume, Princeless: Save Yourself, (and, frankly, you totally should be), it’s currently available as a trade paperback, on Comixology, and through iBookstore, Kindle, and the Nook. The upcoming issue is currently available for pre-order (via Diamond Order Code is DEC120771) from your local comics retailer and will be available through Comixology as well. Enjoy!

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22. Michel Gagne’s Zed coming from Image

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Michel Gagné is an Award-winning (Annie and BAFTA) animator, but he’s also known for his charming comics work in the FLIGHT anthologies as well as the fantasy comic The Saga of Rex. Over the year’s he’s also been working on an all-ages tale called ZED, the story of a young alien on the run from a galactic villain. Now a collection of the 10 issues published from 2001 to 2010 is coming out from Image in next month. You can see more of ZED at Gagné’s website.

“I fell in love with comics at an early age, and recall wanting to be a comic artist as one of my first childhood dreams”, said Gagné. “I later became interested in animation and special effects and pursued a career in that field. Despite this new passion, I never wavered in my love of comics and ultimately couldn’t shake the festering desire to create my own series. In early 2001, after finishing up a demanding job as Head of Special Effects at Warner Brothers Feature Animation, I took time off to make that dream come true. This is how ZED was born.”

Doing a comic series after hours, single-handedly, proved to be a more difficult task than Gagné first anticipated. “I planned to tell my tale over a period of ten issues and felt pretty confident, at the time, that I could have the whole thing wrapped up and published within a couple of years,” said Gagné. “Little did I know that it would take me eleven years to finally bring the series to fruition. ZED is, first and foremost, a labor of love which I created at my own pace. The comic series became a way for me to build my graphic novel.”

ZED reflects Gagné’s deep love for golden age science fiction and oddball cartooning. It is influenced by his favorite books and movies, as well as political news, rock concerts and things he has experienced and witnessed throughout his life. With the series wrapped up, Gagné combined all ten issues into a single graphic novel that reads as one uninterrupted story. Because of the time span it took to get the series done, Gagné felt that the writing and art style needed a second pass to make them more consistent.

“The disparity from one issue to the next was less visible when separated into individual comic books, but all strung together in graphic novel form, the inconsistencies became painfully obvious”, said Gagné. “When putting the final book together, I didn’t treat it as a straight reprint book. I spend several months reworking the art and writing to make it more cohesive. I consider ZED: A Cosmic Tale published by Image Comics to be the definitive version of the story.”


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23. Preview: Who is AC? by Hope Larson and Tintin Pantoja

With 2013 barreling along, it's time to start looking at some of books that are going to make it a notable year, and here's one that has flown mostly under the radar until now: Who is AC? by Hope Larson with art by Tintin Pantoja, to be published by Atheneum on April 16th. It's Larson's first original GN since Mercury, she she describes it thusly:

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24. Cuteness and More Review: CHU’S DAY by Neil Gaiman and Adam Rex

TweetOkay, it’s not a comic. But it is a lavishly illustrated and pleasingly offbeat childrens’ book by the great comics and prose writer Neil Gaiman (his latest longer work is THE GRAVEYARD BOOK) and the best-selling picture book artist Adam Rex (FRANKENSTEIN MAKES A SANDWICH). Last spring at MoCCA Fest, the Children’s Literature panel spent [...]

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25. Boom launches THE REGULAR SHOW

Close on the heel of the Adventure Time comic empire, Boom is striking again with a comics adaptation of The Regular Show, J.G. Quintel's Cartoon Network hit about Mordecai and Rigby, a blue jay and raccoon trying to make their way in a crazy world. K.C. Green writes and Alison Strejlau draws.

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