Episode 26: The Rise of Kids’ Comics, Part I: Smile Inherits the Earth

Episode 26

This week Angela and Kelly are taking the first of a two-part look into the meteoric rise of the kids’ comic market, from Bone breaking into libraries to Raina Telgemeier dominating the bestseller lists everywhere. Are Marvel and DC doing enough the capture the next generation of comics readers? Who are the true titans of the new market (and why are many of them women)? Plus, we uncover the fascinating story of DC’s doomed YA imprint that tried to capture the manga demographic in Borders’ sunset days.

Book Reviews (46:04):

Kelly: Kaguya-sama: Love Is War by Aka Akasaka (Viz Media)

Angela: DeadEndia: The Watcher’s Test by Hamish Steele (Nobrow)

Mentioned on the pod (in order of appearance):

Dog Man by Dav Pilkey
Smile by Raina Telgemeier
DC Super Hero Girls by Shea Fontana
Bone by Jeff Smith
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Babymouse by Jennifer L. Holm
Awkward by Svetlana Chmakova
Brave by Svetlana Chmakova
Real Friends by Shannon Hale and LeUyen Pham
Sunny Side Up by Jennifer L Holm
Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
Pashmina by Nidhi Chanani
Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi
Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol
The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang
NewsPrints by Ru Xu
El Deafo by Cece Bell
Nathan Hale’s Hazardous Tales by Nathan Hale
Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland
The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy
Check, Please! by Ngozi Ukazu
The Cardboard Kingdom by Chad Sell et al.
5 Worlds: The Sand Warrior by Mark Siegel et el.
Rickety Stitch by James Parks and Ben Costa
Fruits Basket by Natsuki Takaya
Sailor Moon by Naoko Takeuchi
Death Note by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata
Kakegurui by Homura Kawamoto and Tōru Naomur
Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson
The Backstagers by James Tynion IV and Rian Sygh
Death Parade

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