Tuesday, 26 September 2023

September Roundup and Banned Book Week Ideas

How will you spend Banned Books Week?

It’s nearing the end of September, which means Banned Books Week is right around the corner on October 1-7, 2023. This presents a challenge and an opportunity for library professionals as censorship makes waves in libraries across the country. To get into the spirit of Banned Books Week, we would like to share the American Library Association’s resources, including the Top 10 Most Challenged Books, Censorship by the Numbers in the United States, as well as Banned Books Week Display Ideas and other resources. Fittingly, Maia Kobabe, whose graphic novel graces the number one spot on the Most Challenged Books List, has penned a comic ‘I Made the Most Banned Book in America’ which was published this month and details how libraries are championing the right to accessing information.

However, this is not an isolated problem in the United States. We have already written about the Australian Classification Board’s decision to classify Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson's The Boys comic book series and it will be interesting to see what kind of a ripple effect this decision has on graphic novels and comics in our libraries. In fact, out of the 15 publications that have been referred to the Australian Classification Board this year, 12 of them are graphic novels, with the remaining books being a format that would not be collected by libraries.

While we don’t know what the future holds for the censorship of graphic novels and comics in Australia, it can be fun to get involved in Banned Books Week and learn more about what books are being challenged and why. 


  • The Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards have been announced and are worth checking out. We’re also happy to see that Melbourne based writer and artist Sas Milledge’s Mamo has won the Best in Children’s Fiction Graphic Literature Award. Congratulations to all the winners and especially Sas Milledge! You can see the winners here.
  • The Ringo Awards were announced at the start of the month. Congratulations to the Comics2Movies team. Fractured Shards was nominated for Best Series together with Saga, Something Is Killing the Children and others. Fractured Shards didn’t win but what a great recognition! And congratulations to all the winners. You can see the full list of nominees and winners here
  • Maia Kobabe has published a great comic on The Nib about publishing the most banned book in the USA, the support from libraries and the current state of challenges and bans. You can read the comic here.
  • Daniel Clowes’ new graphic novel Monica is looming. The New Yorker caught up with Daniel and had a great chat about the influences in this new book. A really interesting conversation you can find here.
  • A really interesting new initiative in the UK has caught our attention. A new group, calling themselves The Comics Cultural Impact Collective, has been created in the UK with the aim of raising awareness of the cultural impact and importance of comics. All their information and initial research can be found here.
  • You want to be or you know someone who wants to be a comic book artist? Think again. Popverse was at San Diego Comic Con where Tom Taylor and Tom King asked questions of Nicola Scott and Mitch Gerads who talked about what it’s like drawing art for comics. You can read the lowdown here.


  • No Flying No Tights has published another of their great thematic lists. This time they compiled a list of graphic novels for kids that are adaptations of books. You can find the list here.
  • School Library Journal has published a list of visual books (it includes pictures books and graphic novels) that show the power of visuals convey complex emotions. You can see the list here.


  • Tom Taylor was interviewed on ABC Radio about Neverlanders winning the CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers Award, and the awesomeness of comics. You can listen to the interview here.



  • 8 Tiny Reindeer by Robert Tinkler (Kids Can Press)

  • Adventuregame Comics Book 2: The Beyond by Jason Shiga (Abrams - Amulet Books)

  • Captain Marvel: Game On by Sam Maggs, Sweeney Boo, Mario del Pennino (Marvel Comics)

  • Courage to Dream: Tales of Hope in the Holocaust by Neal Shusterman & Andrew Vera Martinez (Scholastic)

  • Evil Emperor Penguin: The World Will Be Mine! By Laura Ellen Anderson (David Fickling Books)

  • Four Eyes by Rex Ogle & Dave Valeza (Scholastic)

  • Hooky Volume 3 by Miriam Bonastre Tur (Clarion Books)

  • I Really Want to Make Lemonade! By Harriet Ziefert (Red Comet Press LLC)

  • Kariba by Daniel Clark, James Clark & Daniel Snaddon (Catalyst Press)

  • Lights by Brenna Thummler (Oni Press)

  • No Place for Monsters: School of Phantoms by Kory Merritt (Chicken House)

  • P.I. Butterfly: The Birthday Bandit by Karen Kilpatrick & German Blanco (Kayppin Media)

  • Saving Sunshine by Saadia Faruqi & Shazleen Khan (St Martin's Press)

  • Wildfire by Breena Bard (Hachette Children’s Books)

  • Witches of Brooklyn: Spell of a Time by Sophie Escabasse (Random House)

  • Zoo Patrol Squad: Kingdom Caper by Brett Bean (Penguin Group)


  • Big Bangs and Black Holes: A Graphic Novel Guide to the Universe by Herji, Jérémie Francfort (Helvetiq) 

  • The Deer King Vol 1 of 2 by Nahoko Uehashi (Yen Press)

  • Elle(s) Vol 2 by Kid Toussaint & Aveline Stokart (Ablaze)

  • Family Style: Memories of an American from Vietnam by Thien Pham (St Martins Press)

  • Giant Days Volume 1 Library Edition by John Allison, Lissa Treiman & Max Sarin (Boom! Studios)

  • Glitch Vol 1 by Shima Shinya (Yen Press)

  • Kamen Rider Zero-One by Brandon Easton and Hendry Prasetya (Titan)

  • Mexikid by Pedro Martin (Guppy Publishing)

  • Not a New York Love Story by Julian Voloj, Andreas Gefe (Fairsquare Comics)

  • Lights by Brenna Thummler (Oni Press)

  • Talli Daughter of the Moon Vol 2 by Sourya Sihachakr (Oni Press)

  • Our Stories Carried Us Here: Chasing Dreams, Becoming a Doctor by Kim Uy, Sunshine Gao (Green Card Voices)

  • Sea Serpent’s Heir Book 2: Black Wave by Mairghread Scott & Pablo Tunica (Image Comics)


  • Blackward by Lawrence Lindell (Drawn & Quarterly)

  • But You Have Friends by Emilia McKenzie (Top Shelf)

  • Cat Eyed Boy Vol 1 by Kazuo Umezz (Viz Media)

  • Earthdivers Vol 1 Kill Columbus by Stephen Graham Jones, Davide Gianfelice (IDW)

  • Eden II by Kenny Wroten (Fantagraphics)

  • A Guest in the House by Emily Carroll (First Second)

  • Memoirs of a Man in Pajamas by Paco Roca (Fantagraphics)

  • Middle Distance by Mylo Choi (SelfMadeHero)

  • The Naked Tree by Keum Suk, Gendry-Kim

  • Of Thunder and Lightning by Kimberly Wang (Silver Sprocket)

  • Okinawa by Susumu Higa (Fantagraphics)

  • Roaming by Jillian Tamaki, Mariko Tamaki (Drawn & Quarterly)

  • Utown by Cab, Caroline Breault (Oni Press)

Tuesday, 29 August 2023

August Roundup

It’s another great month for comics and, particularly, for Australian comics. 

The awards season continues. Reimena Yee has been nominated for an Ignatz Award and the Comic Arts Awards of Australia have announced the shortlist. It’s a beauty! Make sure you check it out. As always, some of the titles won’t be available for libraries as the CAAA have very broad criteria that includes webcomics and mini comics too, but it’s an excellent list and we recommend reading them all. 

The CAAA will be presented at Papercuts Comics Festival in Adelaide, on September 15. Check out the full Papercuts festival program here. And you can listen to Georgina and Owen talking about the festival and their own comics on our most recent creator chat. 

We also published an awesome creator chat with Jason Pamment and Remy Lai. Both of them have published a graphic novel recently and we sat down with both of them for a really great chat where we discussed their new graphic novels and their comics making process.

As usual, we've also published an August Roundup podcast with Marissa and Iurgi discussing some of the latest news, their recent reads and their favourite picks from this month's new titles. The podcast feed is here (or wherever you prefer to listen to podcasts) and the YouTube videos are here.

But it’s not all about awards and festivals, the best thing is that we’re seeing more and more Australian comics and graphic novels being published. This month we have four new titles by Australian creators! Check out the new titles list below and, as usual, we’ve highlighted the Australian creators in bold. Make sure you support them.

There’s an interesting free webinar coming up organised by Bibliotheca. Prof. Stephen Krashen (World-renowned Expert in Comic Book Research), Iurgi Urrutia (Librarian and ALIA Graphic Convenor), and Moni Barrette (Director Collection Development & Publisher Relations, Library Pass) will discuss the captivating world of comics and graphic novels, revealing innovative strategies to ignite a passion for reading in reluctant readers. All the details and free registration link are here.

Finally, we have to flag that there are some changes afoot. We will be moving to a new website and mailing list. We’re hoping the move is smooth but keep an eye out. Blogger has served us well but moving to Wordpress and to our own domain will make our website more useful and we hope to have more handy resources for you all in the new website. 

We are also discussing changing our social media now that Twitter is being erased from existence and everyone is abandoning ship.

Watch this space and we’ll keep you posted.


  • The Comics Arts Awards of Australia are coming up. They will be presented in Adelaide as part of Papercuts Comics Festival. The shortlist of nominees has been published and it’s a wonderful list of amazing comics and graphic novels. You can check it out here. They have also published the Ledger of Honour recipients for creators who have had an historically significant, positive impact on Australian comics; shaping the art form of comics in this country in a meaningful way.

  • The Ignatz Award nominations are out. It’s a really interesting list of titles and we’re really happy to see Australian creator Reimena Yee nominated for The God of Arepo in the Outstanding Online Comic Category. You see all the nominations here

  • And Reimena Yee spoke at a recent PETAA webinar together and she’s posted a write up of what she talked about on her blog. She talks about the importance of comics for kids (with a slight subversion) and it’s a really interesting read. You can read it all here.

  • Did you recently notice a tremor? It may have been because Scholastic has announced the publication date of the next Dog Man title. Dog Man: The Scarlet Shedder by Dav Pilkey is due out March 19, 2024. It will be the 12th book in the ridiculous popular series. Make sure you pre-order lots of copies and watch them fly off the shelves. To read more about it you can read the news on The Beat.

  • The Harvey Awards nominations have been announced and it’s an excellent list of nominees. You can check out all the nominees here.

  • The Graphic Medicine International Collective Awards for Excellence have been announced. The winner is Ronan and the Endless Sea of Stars by Rick Louis and Lara Antal. You can check all the winners and shortlist here.

  • The Graphic Medicine website has published a really nice tribute to The Nib really worth a read where different members of the Graphic Medicine organisation write about comics published in The Nib that they treasure and are especially thankful for. You can read all the tributes here.

  • The Beat published a great wrap up of the San Diego Comic Con panel talk focused on libraries through Covid and book challenges/bans. This was a great panel covering really important ground. You can read the wrap up here.

  • To celebrate twenty years, there’s a new edition of Satrapi’s Persepolis. Publishers Weekly caught up with the author to talk about Persepolis, comics, her legacy and why she’s left comics behind. An excellent interview worth a read.



  • There’s an interesting free webinar coming up organised by Bibliotheca. Prof. Stephen Krashen (World-renowned Expert in Comic Book Research), Iurgi Urrutia (Librarian and ALIA Graphic Convenor), and Moni Barrette(Director Collection Development & Publisher Relations, Library Pass) will discuss the captivating world of comics and graphic novels, revealing innovative strategies to ignite a passion for reading in reluctant readers. All the details and free registration link are here.

  • Booklist Online have released the archive of their Celebrate Comics Victories! And Great Graphic Novels! Graphic Novel Book Buzz Part 2



  • Finder’s Creatures Case #1: Bog Gone by P. Knuckle Jones (Penguin Workshop)

  • Ghost Book by Remy Lai (Allen & Unwin) [Australian creator]

  • The Good Neighbors by Holly Black, Ted Naifeh (Scholastic)

  • Hello Twigs by Andrew McDonald, Ben Wood (Hardie Grant Children’s Publisher) [Australian creators]

  • The Inflatables: Do-Nut Panic! by Beth Garrod, Jess Hitchman (Scholastic)

  • Leaf-Light by Trace Balla (Allen & Unwin) [Australian creator]

  • The Miraculous Tale of Ladybug and Cat Noir by Koma Warita (Random House)

  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur: Hair Today Gone Tomorrow by Ashley Franklin, Bea Jackson (Marvel Comics)

  • Renjoh Desperado by AhndongShik (Denpa)

  • SandyPants!  by Raymond McGrath (Scholastic) [NZ Author]

  • Saving Chupie by Amparo Ortiz, Ronnie Garcia (Harper Collins)

  • Ultralazer by Pauline Giraud, Maxence Henry, Yvan Duque (Fairsquare Comics)

  • Women Who Were Kings 4: Catherine the Great by Queenie Chan (Bento Comics) [Australian Creator]

  • Yokai Cats Vol 5 by Pandania (Random House)


  • Akane-Banashi #1 by Yuki Suenaga, Takamasa Moue (Viz)

  • Batman: Wayne Family Adventures by CRC Payne, Starbite (DC Comics)

  • Confessions of a Shy Baker by Masaomi Ito (Tokyopop)

  • Heart Gear by Tsuyoshi Takaki (Viz)

  • I Cross-Dressed for the IRL Meetup by Kurano (Kodansha)

  • Just Friends by Ana Oncina (Tokyopop)

  • Team Trash: A Time Traveller’s Guide to Sustainability by Trent Huntington, Kate Wheeler (Random House)


  • Goodbye, Eri by Tatsuki Fujimoto (Viz Media)

  • My Picture Diary by Fujiwara Maki (Drawn & Quarterly)

  • Girls Have a Blog: The Complete Edition by By Thorn Kurtzhals and Sarah Bollinger (Rocketship Entertainment)

  • Project Arka: Into the Dark Unknown by Romain Benassaya, Joan Urgell (Humanoids)

  • Fight Club - Underground #1 Saturday AM by JR De Bard (Quarto US)

  • Guardian of Fukushima by Fabien Grolleau (Tokyopop)