Monday, 28 November 2022

November Roundup

We’re coming close to the end of the year and we’re ending it on a very high note. This month sees the publication of Tommi Parrish’s second graphic novel, Men I Trust. Queenie Chan has announced the updated and expanded reprint of The Dreaming, and Superman Son of Kal El’s second volume is out, which is written by Tom Taylor. All in all, a really great month for Australian comics!

There are also some other great news below, including updates on eComics on Borrow Box and Comics Plus. The podcast version of our roundup is already out on our ALIA Graphic Podcast blog, or wherever you listen to podcasts.

On our part, we’re very excited about the upcoming webinar. Which is happening this Wednesday at 12:00 AEDT. Registration for the webinar is free and you can find all the details, including the registration link here. It's going to be a great discussion. Join us live to ask questions, or register and access the recording at a later time.

Let us know how we’re doing. Let us know what you thought about the webinar. We'd love to hear from you.



  • Publishers Weekly has published a pretty interesting article looking at the new graphic medicine titles.

  • The use of eComics at libraries keeps steadily growing. Borrow Box has rolled reading eComics on their app. Their model is similar to Libby. A licence needs to be acquired for each title. Licence costs and limits vary widely. It’s still early days but great to see Borrow Box coming on board with comics.

  • Comics Plus has rolled out an update to their app and it’s also working on fully integrating Comics Plus to the CloudLibrary app with an expected full integration some time next year. Best of all, they have added Image Comics and Fantagraphics titles to their catalogue as they announced on their website.



Junior & YA

  • Berserk Vol 41 by Kentaro Miura (Viz Media)

  • Blue Box volume 1 by Kouji Miura (Viz Media)

  • Colorless volume 1 by Kent (Seven Seas)

  • Diana and Nubia: Princesses of the Amazons by Victoria Ying (DC Comics)

  • Doodleville 2: Art Attacks by Chad Sel (Random House)

  • Ex-Yakuza and Stray Kitten volume 1 by Riddle Kamimura (Seven Seas)

  • Futari Escape Vol 1 by Shouichi Taguchi (Seven Seas Entertainment)

  • Green Lantern: Alliance by Minh Le, Andie Tong (DC Comics)

  • Joe Hill’s Rain by Joe Hill, David M. Booher, Zoe Thorogood (Image Comics)

  • Miles Morales Book 2: Stranger Tides by Justin A. Reynolds, Pablo Leon (Scholastic)

  • The Remarried Empress Vol 1 by Alphatart, Sumpul, Herelee (Ize Press)

  • Rooster Fighter volume 2 by Shu Sakuratani (Viz Media)

  • Sea Serpent’s Heir Book 1: Pirate’s Daughter by Mairghread Scott, Pablo Tunica (Image Comics)

  • Shuna’s Journey by Hayao Miyazaki (St Martin’s Press)

  • Sunburn by Andi Watson, Simon Gane (Image Comics)

  • Superman Son of Kal El Vol 2 by Tom Taylor, John Timms (DC Comics) [Australian creator]

  • Sweet Valley Twins: Best Friends by Francine Pascal, Nicole Andelfinger, Claudia Aguirre (Random House)

  • Temudjin by Antoine Ozanam, Antoine Carrion (Magnetic Press)

  • Tower of God Volume 1 by S I U (Webtoon Unscrolled)

  • Twig by Skottie Young, Kyle Strahm (Image Comics)


  • I’m a Terminal Cancer Patient, but I’m Fine by Hilnama (Seven Seas)

  • It’s Lonely at the Centre of the Earth by Zoe Thorogood (Image Comics)

  • Last Man: Volume 1 by Balak, Michael Sanlaville, Bastien Vives (Image - Skybound)

  • Men I Trust by Tommi Parrish (Scribe) [Australian Creator]

  • Mother Nature by Jamie Lee Curtis, Russell Goldman, Karl Stevens (Titan Comics)

  • Saga Volume 10 by Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (Image Comics)

  • Salamandre by I.N.J. Culbard (Dark Horse - Berger Books)

  • The Titan’s Bride by ITKZ (Seven Seas)

Monday, 31 October 2022

October Roundup

We’re coming close to the end of the year. In a way we’re starting to wrap up, but on the other hand we’ve just announced our second webinar and we’re thrilled!

For this webinar we have managed to gather four really amazing speakers who will be discussing how comics and manga nurture and inspire reading and creativity. It may be wrong for us to say it, but this is definitely a webinar you don’t want to miss. All the information about the webinar and the free registration details are here. Make sure you register and we look forward to seeing you there.

November will also be the last session for this year’s Graphic Novel Club. We invite you all to attend with some tasty food at hand, after all, we’re discussing graphic novels that centre on food. As always, we have three suggested graphic novels to read but we look forward to hear what other graphic novels that centre on food you recommend. All the Graphic Novel Club information and the free registration details are here.




  • Melbourne’s Reading book shop has a podcast series and they’ve recently published the first (of we hope many) episodes focusing on comics hosted by one of Australia’s greatest champions of the medium, Bernard Caleo. In this first episode of The Comics Question, Bernard interviews Mirranda Burton, who has just been awarded the Readings 2022 Young Adult Award for Underground. 

  • Love & Rockets is one of the greatest comic book series to come out of the U.S. and now there’s a whole documentary dedicated to it free to watch on YouTube. You can watch it here


Junior & YA

  • Awaken Volume 1 by Koti Saavedra (Seven Seas)

  • The Big Adventures of Babymouse: Once Upon a Messy Whisker by jennifer Holm, Matthew Holm (Random House)

  • Buddy Gator - Glad to See You by Chow Hon Lam (Basheen Graphics Singapore)

  • Candy & Cigarettes volume 1 by Tomonori Inoue (Seven Seas)

  • The Dragon Prince: Bloodmoon Huntress by Nicole Andelfinger, Felia Hanakata (Scholastic)

  • The Evil Secret Society of Cats volume 1 by Pandania (Seven Seas) 

  • Freestyle by Gale Galligan (Graphix - Scholastic)

  • Iyanu Child of Wonder Book 2 by Iyanu Okupe (Dark Horse)

  • The Last Mechanical Monster by Brian Fies (Abrams ComicArts)

  • Leon the Extraordinary by Jamar Nicholas (Scholastic)

  • Lore Olympus volume 3 by Rachel Smythe (Del Rey Books)

  • Marvels Vol 2: The Undiscovered Country by Kurt Busiek (Marvel Comics)

  • Max Meow 4: Taco Time Machine by John Gallagher (Random House)

  • She Hulk Vol 1: Jen Again by Rainbow Rowell, Roge Antonio, Luca Maresca, Rico Renzi (Marvel Comics)

  • Side Effects by Ted Anderson, Tara O’Connor (Aftershock Comics)

  • Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaardner, Vincent Zabus, Nicoby (SelfMadeHero)

  • Thieves by Lucie Bryon (Nobrow)


  • Batman: One Dark Knight by Jock (DC Comics)

  • Be Very Afraid of Inuki Kanako by Inuki Kanako (Kodansha Comics)

  • Black Water Lilies by Frederic Duval, Michel Bussi, Didier Cassegrain (Magnetic Press)

  • Dancing on the Volcano by Floor De Goede (Oni Press)

  • A Fade of Light by Nate Fakes (West Margin Press)

  • First There Was Chaos by Joel Priddy (Uncivilized Books)

  • Hakim’s Odyssey Book 3 by Fabien Toulme (Graphic Mundi)

  • The Human Target Book 1 by Tom King, Greg Smallwood (DC Comics)

  • Invisible Wounds by Jess Roliffson (Fantagraphics)

  • The Journey of Marcel Grob by Philippe Colin, Sebastien Goethals (Naval Institute Press)

  • Look Back by Tatsuki Fujimoto (VIZ Media)

  • Lucy by Tanino Liberatore (Heavy Metal)

  • Movements and Moments by Anthology by various authors (Drawn & Quarterly)

  • No Kidding by Madeleine Martin, Vero Cazot (Fairsquare Comics)

  • Open Bar by Eduardo Medeiros (Oni Press)

Tuesday, 25 October 2022

Webinar Announcement: Nurturing and Inspiring Reading and Creativity With Comics and Manga

A year ago we had our first ALIA Graphic webinar (which is still available to watch our YouTube page) and we thought we'd gather together again this year.

We are excited to have four amazing speakers to talk about all things comics and manga. In this webinar we will focus on Junior and YA comics and manga. We will explore how they nurture life long readers and inspire creativity. As usual, our webinar will be on Zoom and it will be free.

Hosted by ALIA Graphic Convenor Iurgi Urrutia, we’re pleased to announce four incredibly exciting speakers.

Gabby Cundy has been an ALIA Graphic team member since its inception. She’s situated in Western Sydney where she currently works as a Branch Librarian. Previously she has worked in a school library where she first developed a love of Children’s and YA literature. Recently she presented at the Illawarra School Library Association conference about embracing comics and graphic novels in school libraries. Earlier this year she  completed her Masters of Information Studies specialising in Children’s Literature. She can always be found with a book close by with the majority of those being new release YA novels and Middle Grade graphic novels. Helping children and teenagers find a book that they fall in love with is what she wants to do for the rest of her career.

Follow Gabby on Twitter: @GabzzC

Elizabeth Marruffo and Campbell Whyte are the creative minds behind Milktooth Arts Space, a school of art and comics, based in Perth. They believe that all children are naturally creative and they see it as their job to nurture and inspire that creativity through painting, sculpting, textiles, comics and illustration. They run long term courses and school holiday workshops. They are also artists and comic book creators in their own right. Elizabeth has been a sessional lecturer in painting at Edith Cowan University, a finalist in numerous national painting awards including The Portia Geach Memorial Prize and is working on her first graphic novel, Pup Pup Is the Boss of the Stars, a story inspired by the small towns of Agua Prieta and Magdalena in Mexico, where she grew up. Campbell Whyte has published several short comics and two volumes of Home Time published by Top Shelf, which received lots of recognition and awards, including being nominated at the Eisner Awards 2018 in the Best Publication for Kids Ages 9-12 category. They both also co-founded the Perth Comic Arts Festival - a volunteer run and 100% free to attend celebration of local comics talent. Check out Milktooth’s website here: 

Jillian Rudes is the school librarian at a 6th-12th grade, public school in New York City. She is the Japanese Culture & Manga Librarian for the New York City Department of Education, as well as, the founder and director of Manga in Libraries. She received the American Association of School Librarians’ Collaborative School Library Award in 2020 and the American Library Association's Scholastic Library Publishing Award in 2022. She was also deemed the “Manga Maven” by Library Journal and selected as Mover & Shaker in 2022. She has presented on manga at New York Comic Con, San Diego Comic Con, the American Library Association’s Annual Conference, the International Association of School Librarianship’s Annual Conference, and more. You can find a ton of resources on her website Follow Jillian on Twitter: @JRlibrarian

Are you ready to sign up? Registration is totally free. Please note, the event will be recorded for those who cannot attend live. The recording will be made available after the event(give us a few days).

When: Wednesday November 30 at 12pm AEDT

Zoom registration: Webinar registration here

Duration: 1 hour

Please direct any questions about the webinar to our email address:


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