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Con Report: SPX 2014

Small Press Expo in Bethesda, Maryland is generally renowned as the “alternative” comics convention, focusing on indies, chapbooks, web comics, and, well, small presses. The fact of the matter is that the convention is bursting with content. Case in point:…

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Highlights from the past week, with commentary from the NFNT gang:   Above the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics (First Second, 9781626720657) Jennifer W: I would personally like to read Above the Dreamless Dead. It’s not…

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Highlights from the past week, with commentary from the NFNT gang: Adventure Time: Marceline and the Scream Queens: Mathematical Edition (BOOM! Studios, 9781608863884) Anna: I’m really impressed at the Adventure Time comics. They work on their own but augment the…

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Highlights from the past two weeks, with commentary from the NFNT gang: Amulet Volume 6: Escape from Lucien (Scholastic/Graphix, 9780545433150) Ellen: I already read an ARC of the new Amulet, but I’m STILL psyched to have the book coming out! …

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Highlights from the past week, with commentary from the NFNT gang: Black Rose Alice Volume 1 (Viz, 9781421571607) Robin: I just realized that Black Rose Alice is by Setona Mizushiro, a long time favorite creator of mine — she did…

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Highlights from the past week, with commentary from the NFNT gang: Batman: the Dark Knight Volume 3: Mad (DC Comics, 9781401246198) Thomas: I understand the New 52 is all about reinventing classic characters for new readers, and I actually like…

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Highlights from the past week, with commentary from the NFNT gang: Alice in the Country of Clover: Knight’s Knowledge Volume 1 (Seven Seas Entertainment, 9781626920576) Renata: My library teens are crazy for Alice in the Country of Clover, so I’ll…

Opposing ReViewpoints: Memoir Comics

In our Opposing ReViewpoints series, we at NFNT will be duking it out (verbally, only occasionally physically) over titles, creators, and other comics issues.  Our staff will take sides: hate or love, offense or defense.  Since it’s comics, everyone, no…

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Highlights from the past week, with commentary from the NFNT gang: Alex & Ada Volume 1 (Image, 9781632150066) Anna: I’m definitely buying Alex + Ada for my library. It’s a sweet, beautiful book that ought to appeal strongly to people…

ValhallaCon 2014

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The first year of a convention’s existence is like watching a sapling sprout from the ground: there’s not much to expect from the young seed, but you want to see it grow into something strong and beautiful. ValhallaCon is one…

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Highlights from the past week, with commentary from the NFNT gang: Abe Sapien Volume 4: The Shape of Things to Come (Dark Horse, 9781616554439) Andrew S: I’m really looking forward to seeing the next Abe Sapien volume.  I’ve enjoyed seeing…

What’s Making Us Happy This Week

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Here’s our staff highlights for the past two weeks — all the titles, creators, programs, conferences, and library shenanigans that made our week, comics-wise!  Some of us were at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Las Vegas while others…

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Highlights from the past week, with commentary from the NFNT gang. All New X-Factor Volume 1: Not Brand X (Marvel, 9780785188162) Renata: I’m excited for the All New X-Factor trade, because I personally cannot get enough?of Gambit and his kittens.…

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Highlights from the past week, with commentary from the NFNT gang: Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game Volume 5 (Seven Seas Entertainment, 9781626920552) Renata: Oh man, I missed all of Alice in the Country of Joker.…

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Highlights from the past two weeks, with commentary from the NFNT gang:   Afterlife with Archie (Archie Comics, 9781619889088) Thomas: This has been hyped to the moon and back and I can’t wait to finally read it. Attack on Titan:…

Interview: Jonathan Maberry

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Jonathan Maberry may be best known in recent years to many librarians for his runaway hit in the YA field, the gripping Rot and Ruin series, but this year he’s gone back to another favorite monster, the vampire, in his…

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Highlights from the past week, with commentary from the NFNT gang: Gangsta Volume 2 (Viz, 9781421564531) Jenny: Gangsta’s first volume caught and maintained my interest with its scratchy, bold art, dark world-building, and intense characters and left me eager for…