All Ages

Tuesday, December 21, 2004

'Tis the season for catch-up

After a bit of a dry period for kids-related comic news, there's quite a few interesting items to come out these past several days.

HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE, the 6th and penultimate book in the series gets a release date -- July 16th, 2005, which I believe is earlier than once expected. I'm assuming with the movie franchise moving along (Goblet of Fire is out November 18th, 2005), JK Rowling is trying to keep up the pace, which is definitely a good thing. More info here.

iBooks is planning on releasing a series of graphic novels with new material featuring characters from the classic Harvey line including CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST, RICHIE RICH and HOT STUFF. It will be interesting to see what the tone of these books will be -- new & updated or classic & retro and whether or not the core concepts will resonate with kids.

Disney flexes its comic book muscles again and will increase the frequency of their 'all-comics' issues of DISNEY ADVENTURES. COMIC ZONE will have a quarterly release schedule and feature original stories based on the new hit Disney/Pixar animated movie The Incredibles, the Jetix/ABC Family animated series Super Robot Monkey Team Hyperforce Go!, and the previously published and upcoming animated series on Jetix/ABC Family and Toon Disney, W.I.T.C.H. Disney is enlisting some great talent from the comic book industry here including Patrick the Wolf Boy's Art Baltazar, Oni Comics creator Christine Norrie, classic off-the-wall alt comics creator Matt Feazell and more.

Randy Queen hopes that MANGA DARKCHYLDE will be considered "the Dark Knight of All-ages books." Considering Frank Miller's mature Batman work threw the mainstream superhero industry into the grim n' gritty doldrums that still resonate today (ahem Identity Crisis), I hope he's just mixing up his metaphors here.

As of 5pm today I'm officially on holiday break until the New Year, so expect more time for some long overdue content I've been meaning to post for a good month now. As always, thanks for reading!


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