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Nola's Worlds Volume 1

Nola's Worlds Volume 1

Nola’s Worlds volume one (which has its own blog here) is getting some early praise from reviewers and bloggers!  From Sequential Tart:

This French graphic novel (translated here into English) is a perfect adventure for readers of all ages….it’s so well written and fun that I just couldn’t put it down. In fact, I had to read volumes 2 and 3 right away after finishing this one! The art is a fantastic match for the whimsical nature of the story…

The coloring is fabulous with amazing shades and lighting that make every moment pop…

The price is amazing. $9.95 for 130 pages in full color? That’s unheard of! It’s excellent quality too, with pages that will hold up to younger hands and being stuffed into a backpack. It is a good story to share, but an even better one to read alone, when you can let your own imagination run as wild as Nola’s.

From School Librarian Stacy Dillon’s blog about books for Tweens:

This super cute pink haired girl just about jumped off the galley table at the Lerner Publishing preview during BEA. I wanted to read it, for no other reason than the super cute Nola and her friends on the cover. I wasn’t disappointed…

…[Volume one] comes to a crashing, cliff-hangering stop which may me cry, “Noooo! I need book 2!!!!”

Just the way I like it!

The art has a manga edge, but it’s not too much… what makes the book sing are the colours. Incredibly vibrant (in the Magic Trixie vein), just looking at the pages is bound to make readers happy.

And from our first review on

…you have Matthie Mariolle, and minikims’ attractively designed book franchise in the making. The art is cool, and the story is aimed at the tweenish age group…

This is no Nancy Drew. This is no Sabrina. This is a book series aimed at todays’ anime/manga wise market with graphic novel sensibilities. Look for it to get more interesting.

Otakon 2010 Dealer's Room

Otakon 2010 Dealer's Room

Has it been an entire year since my first post on this blog? I started interning here at Graphic Universe last July. Recently I’ve been upgraded to the position of Editorial Assistant. My first blog post here was about Otakon, a convention celebrating Japanese animation and culture held each year in Baltimore, Maryland. I’ve attended every year since 2002.

This year was the biggest Otakon ever, with 29,274 people (including dealers, attendees, and guests). As usual, Otakon was packed with colorful costumes, interesting guests, and a full Artist Alley (with a long wait list).

Like last year, I searched the Artist Alley on the look out for the next big artist. Many of the artists I bought mini-comics from last year had returned with new volumes of their self-published series.

I only purchased one comic; The Chimbley Sweep by Ian Jay. Mr. Jay was on hand to sign the book, along with one free sketch. Ian Jay attends the Savannah College of Art and Design, a college which came to my attention recently when I read A Home for Mr. Easter by the very talented Brooke A. Allen, who also attends SCAD. If these two comics are any indication, SCAD must have one heck of a great sequential arts program!

Otakon Evacuates

Otakon Evacuates. Front, a Fullmetal Alchemist cosplayer

The convention was interrupted on Saturday around 2:00 PM when a fire alarm was pulled. It was a false alarm, but all 25,000 people had to be evacuated and cross the street. Most convention attendees, like myself, took the opportunity to eat lunch. The convention staff dealt with the evacuation with amazing efficiency. According to Press Relations, the higher level staff members had taken a Crowd Control certification course earlier in the year. Read my Publishers Weekly report for the Dealer’s reactions.

The other weird occurrence at this year’s convention was an increase in fan artist in the dealer’s room. Several years ago, dealers complained about competition from fan artists in the Artist Alley, and restrictions were imposed by Otakon staff on the number of prints and the kind of art allowed in the Alley. Last year I noticed a handful of fan artists moving into the Dealer’s Room, for example, very successful dealers of plush hats like these. This year there were even more dealer booths occupied by fan artists, selling prints of characters like Link from Legend of Zelda.

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