How to Draw Shojo Manga

The editorial staff of four Japanese manga magazines have compiled a guide for aspiring shojo (girls’) manga creators. They cover the basics of plot, art, supplies, layout, and submission, while using examples from popular shojo manga creators. The biggest problem…

The Odyssey (times two)

      Greek myths are, as many readers know, hot this year, driven in part by the fact that Percy Jackson’s page-bound popularity has transferred to his on-screen adventures. Graphic novel creators have celebrated their love for the gods…

Animal Crackers

Gordon Yamamoto is a bully who has just discovered–because of an alien mind transfer of a sorts–that maybe the geek he’s picking on has even more problems than Gordon does. Loyola Chin is a genius whose ability to choose her…

Dragon Puncher

Dragon Puncher is fierce and fearless and ferocious and he has no time for the small, furry, annoying Spoony-E. But Spoony-E has a secret weapon: his spoony! With it he can help Dragon Puncher defeat the stinky, vile dragon. Kochalka’s…

On the Case with Holmes and Watson

Lerner’s Graphic Universe imprint moves into mysteries with their retellings of some of Sherlock Holmes’ famous cases. The books are short but decent adaptations that should pique the interest of young mystery fans, as long as they are careful readers…

History’s Kid Heroes

Lerner has a new series coming out from its Graphic Universe imprint. The series–called History’s Kid Heroes–tries to bring “…historical fiction into the graphic novel format using strong characters and exciting storylines” but only partially succeeds. On the one hand,…

– Strong Girls!

What makes a girl strong?  Independence? Wit? Physical prowess? Intelligence? Bravery? Selflessness? All of the above? Here are our picks for readers looking for some kick-butt ladies, be they action heroines or simply bravely facing middle school.