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Friday, July 31, 2009

More about MINX

Our July 2009 pick, The Plain Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg, was our first graphic novel spotlight. It also was the first book published by DC Comics on its MINX imprint. Promoted as "the first graphic novel imprint designed exclusively for teenage girls" and featuring new works by a variety of artists and writers, Minx was launched in 2007...and, sadly, canceled in 2008.

Here's a list of all of the Minx titles in order of publication:
The P.L.A.I.N. Janes by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
Re-Gifters by Mike Carey, Sonny Liew and Marc Hempel
Clubbing by Andi Watson and Josh Howard
Good as Lily by Derek Kirk Kim and Jesse Hamm
Confessions of a Blabbermouth by Mike Carey, Louise Carey, and Aaron Alexovich
Kimmie66 by Aaron Alexovich
Burnout by Rebecca Donner and Inaki Miranda
Water Baby by Ross Campbell
The New York Four by Brian Wood and Ryan Kelly
Janes in Love by Cecil Castellucci and Jim Rugg
Emiko Superstar by Mariko Tamaki and Steve Rolston
Token by Alisa Kwitney and Joƫlle Jones

I've read them all. Which ones have you read? What were your favorites?

As we wrap up July and clean up our Art Saves easels, here are a few more things to consider from other sources:

Connect With Your Teens asks: Do teenage girls read comics? (YES!)

Is art vandalism? Shepard Fairey, the artist who created the "Hope" poster of President Barack Obama, plead guilty to three vandalism charges in Boston.

Google now offers iGoogle themes from daily comic strips, manga, comic books, and graphic novels. Superman, Mutts, Peanuts, Iron Man, Beat Girl, Robot Dreams, and more - take your pick!

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