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Comics A.M. | ‘Dragon Ball’s’ Akira Toriyama to write new manga

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Comics A.M. | ‘Dragon Ball’s’ Akira Toriyama to write new manga

Manga | Dragon Ball creator Akira Toriyama is writing a new series, to be illustrated by Video Girl Ai artist Masakazu Katsura. The series will run in Young Jump magazine in Japan. [Anime News Network]

Libraries | Jillian and Mariko Tamaki’s YA graphic novel This One Summer was the first graphic novel to be named a Caldecott Honor Book, but being a pioneer isn’t easy: Because the Caldecott Medal honors illustrators, most librarians think of Caldecott honor books as being for younger readers. Answering a complaint from a librarian, Pat Scales, former chair of the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee, points out that the Caldecott Medal is awarded to books for readers up to age 14, and that This One Summer is generally regarded as an eighth grade book—so it qualifies, but it is an unusual case. [School Library Journal]

Comics | ICv2 kicks off two weeks of articles on kids comics with an overall look at the category, noting that sales are robust (thanks in part to the popularity of Raina Telgemeier’s books; there are 3.5 million copies of her graphic novels Smile, Drama and Sisters in print) and that there’s plenty of room for growth in comic shops, which currently represent only 12% of children’s graphic novel sales. [ICv2]

Publishing | Dark Horse CEO Mike Richardson and director of Asian marketing Michael Gombos talk about their children’s books, which include Avatar, Legend of Korra, and Plants vs. Zombies titles, and Richardson teases a new license that’s a “huge monster in kids entertainment.” [ICv2]

Creators | Scott McCloud talks about the tech stuff he uses in his everyday life and when traveling, including a first-generation iPad (for watching movies) and a Wacom Cintiq for drawing. [The Wall Street Journal]

Creators | New Yorker cartoonist Bruce Eric Kaplan (BEK) was the guest for the “Not My Job” segment of this week’s edition of the NPR comedy quiz show “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me!” [NPR]

Creators | Michael Booth’s book Sushi and Beyond, a foodie travel book about a trip to Japan, was adapted into an anime by the Japanese national broadcaster NHK and then into a manga, so he went back to Japan to learn about the anime and manga industries, which included interviewing manga and anime historians, Goro Miyazaki, and the animator who is adapting Sushi and Beyond, Rarecho. [The Guardian]

Creators | Artist Shoichi Tanazono was scared to go to school after being hit by a teacher in first grade, so he stayed away. Then when he was in junior high school, he met Akira Toriyama, who praised Tanazano’s work and told him he could be a manga creator even if he didn’t go to school—but it would be better if he did. Tanazano eventually studied art in vocational school and college and is now working on a manga about his childhood truancy. [The Japan Times]

Comics | Teenager Megan Meija talks about what it’s life to be the star of a comic book — in this case, a Medikidz comic that explains epilepsy, which Megan has had since 2013. She also makes YouTube videos about the condition. [KLAS-TV]

Comic strips | Frank Godwin’s 1950s comic strip Rusty Riley, which told of the adventures of an orphan boy living on a horse farm in Lexington, Kentucky, is being collected in a hardcover edition with an introduction by Howard Chaykin. [Lexington Herald-Leader]

Libraries | The England Run, Virginia, public library held its first comics convention last weekend; librarian Christie Hoerneman says she hopes the event will encourage comics and graphic novel fans to check out the library’s collection. [Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star]

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