San Diego Comic Con came and went last week and unfortunately, like usual, a lot of the news for all-ages books slipped through the cracks. Luckily for you, Nerdy With Children did some research and bundled up as much news as we could about new kid-friendly releases.
First up in professional comic awards news, one of my favorite series, Adventure Time (by Ryan North, Shelli Paroline and Braden Lamb) won the Best Publication For Kids (considered to be 8-12). While I am not a judge for the Eisner Awards (yet), I want to say that I think Adventure Time could have given Saga, winner of Best Continuing Series and Best New Series, a run for its money — and I am a person who enjoys Saga.
The winner for Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age 7) was Babymouse for President by Jennifer L. Holm and Matthew Holm so that one is almost certainly worth checking out. And for your Star Wars fans, Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown won Best Humor Publication.
From DC, there were a few new titles announced, along with some good news. DC is going to continue pushing the digital initiative for all-ages readers. This will include a Scooby-Doo and Batman & Robin Team-Up comic by Sholly Fisch along with digital comics of Beware The Batman and Teen Titans Go! As for the good news, and this applies a bit more to stores, the entire DC kids print line will be returnable, which should not only help to inspire stores to order the comics, but it might allow for some more risks. The kid’s line will include a new Looney Toons series and another Scooby-Doo print title.
Marvel, focusing on their victories on-screen spent time hyping up their movies and main titles. A third season was confirmed for Ultimate Spider-man. Sorry to parents looking to help out their Marvel fan children, but there isn’t a lot of comic news in their neck of the woods. At least you’ll get Lego Marvel Heroes, which looks like it will be a blast.
IDW Announced both a Samurai Jack and Powerpuff Girls revival with the support of the creator Genndy Tartakovsky, along with a continuation of the current IDW titles like My Little Pony, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles New Animated Adventures and KISS Kids.
For young people interested in older comics, Little Nemo will be revived at IDW by Eric Shanower and Gabriel Rodriguez.
Over at Monkeybrain, which celebrated its second year, a new young readers series, Captain Ultimate, was announced by creators Benjamin Bailey, Joey Esposito and Boykoesh. It will sell for $.99 on Comixology and is recommended for readers age 9 and older.
Dark Horse announced a Paul Tobin and Ron Chan Plants Vs Zombies series, based on the popular game. Tobin, who was the writer for Marvel Adventures Spider-man, seems like an excellent fit for the series.
And finally for the Power Rangers fans of all ages, Papercutz announced a series of Power Rangers graphic novels starring the original (American) team. Details are forthcoming.
Is there anything I missed or that you liked from SDCC 2013 for your kids? Let me know in the comments below.