Linkfest: New initiatives and new titles

At Publishers Weekly Comics Week, Kate Culkin talks to Brenda Bowen about her plans for Bowen Press, her children’s book imprint at HarperCollins.

ICv2 reports that Top Shelf will publish a collection of YAM, by Corey Barba. Some of the comics have run already in Nickelodeon magazine, while others will be new. A YAM story appeared in the Owly Free Comic Book Day comic, which is available from Top Shelf for a penny if you missed the big day.

Here’s a useful resource: teenbit, which links to webcomics about teenagers and includes a blog as well.

New Zealand writer Tim Bollinger discusses five comics he loved as a kid. (Via The Comics Reporter.)

I love history and I read a lot of nonfiction, so I’m a total pushover for books like this: John E. Mitchell reviews Rick Geary’s The Fatal Bullet, the story of the Garfield assassination, at Shuffleboil. He also reviews Flight Explorer, Silly Lilly, Little Vampire, and three titles from Minx: Burnout, Water Baby, and Janes in Love.

At Prospero’s Manga, reviewer Ferdinand (Billy Aguiar) takes a look at Pokemon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure! vol. 1 and explains how a manga written to a formula can still be pretty good. And he gives Flight Explorer four stars.

Greg McElhatton reviews Little Vampire and vol. 12 of the kid-friendly Hikaru no Go at his website, Read About Comics.

At Comics Worth Reading, Ed Sizemore looks at two of the Y.Kids Manga Literary Classics (they’re actually from Singapore), The Prince and the Pauper and Daddy-Long-Legs.

Tom Spurgeon reviews Matt Loux’s Salt Water Taffy at The Comics Reporter.

James A. Woods and Shaenon Garrity review the comics of Free Comic Book Day.

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