The 2016 Eisner Awards – Young Readers Edition


It’s always a real pleasure to talk with Gwen Tarbox about comics for young readers over at The Comics Alternative and recently we discussed our thoughts on the 2016 Eisner Award nominees and winners in the three young readers categories:

Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 8)

Best Publication for Kids (ages 9-12)

Best Publication for Teens (ages 13-17)

If you’re into comics and graphic novels or have a young reader who’s into good comics, I hope you’ll check out the show!

Be Careful Out There… It’s the…


I don’t know if this is true in your neck of the woods, but today is Insanity Day around here. That’s right: it’s the last day of school. Prepare yourselves…

We’re busy decorating the library today and kids have already been busting down the doors since Monday, so if your life is as crazy as I think it is right now, you might need some good news. Here are a few distractions to help you keep your sanity (if you have any left by this point):

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Books on Movies: Video Tonfa (2016) Tim Goodyear


Video Tonfa (2016) Tim Goodyear
Floating World Comics
Trade paperback, 608 black-and-yellow pages
ISBN 9781942801931

(Derek and I briefly discussed this book on our Alternative Comics publisher spotlight episode a couple of months ago on The Comics Alternative podcast.)

Video Tonfa scratches two of my most dedicated itches: movies and comics. Goodyear, who has worked in the Pacific Northwest in comics, zines and video for many years, has created a unique product: a journal of movies he’s watched over the years – reviews and drawings of the original poster art or VHS/DVD box art. Reading the book is almost like looking at someone’s diary, but I suspect most diaries aren’t nearly this much fun.

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Best Comics of 2015: My Top 10

I read an awful lot of comics/graphic novels in 2015… I’m not complaining. I enjoyed the vast majority of them and I know I missed several good and maybe even great ones. There’s simply not enough time to read everything. Yet here are the ten comics that I enjoyed most in 2015, stories that stuck with me long after I’d finished reading them. I hope you’ll find something here to discover as well.

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