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Kids' Comics Grow Up at San Diego Comic-Con 2014

All my kids comics comrades at lionforge / Roar Comics VizMedia/ VizMedia / Perfect Square got a wonderful write-up from Brigid Alverson at publishersweekly 

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ALL-NEW GHOST RIDER #5

Story: Felipe Smith
Art: Tradd Moore
Colors: Val Staples
• It’s the fight you’ve been waiting for: GHOST RIDER VS. a modified MR. HYDE

• ROBBIE REYES’ violent neighborhood has become a full-blown urban battlefield. Can he save it? Will he want to?
• All-out action and a twist that will hit you at a 100mph!

OUT IN STORES TOMORROW!!!

This has been a hell of a revamp!

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Our Making Kids Comics Awesome! panel was live-blogged by manga magnate debaoki. The quotes about Eiichiro Oda are mine. 

Any time there’s a discussion about what’s appropriate in all-ages comics, I think about ONE PIECE and how it’s the highest-selling comic and most popular anime in the world by a significant margin. At times, it looks more innocuous than anything you’d see on SproutTV. At other times, it gets more intense than any ‘grimdark’ superhero comic.

The turns are jarring, weird and maybe a little inappropriate — and I really think the series’ success is largely due to that. Nobody, at any age level, reading or making stories, is going to get excited about something that feels ‘safe.’ 

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This flying, robot cat from the future has taught me so many important lessons. ‪

This flying, robot cat from the future has taught me so many important lessons. 

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Baymax is so much cuddlier now that he’s shed those scary scales.

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MAX IS REAL

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Haven’t made it down to Comic Con just yet, but a fan tweeted this to me from the convention floor late last night. Max Steel is real! Looking forward to basking in the Turbo up close soon . 

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PERFECT SQUARE PRESENTS – MAKING KIDS COMICS AWESOME

Perfect Square’s issued a press release for our panel and the other shenanigans they’ve got planned for Comic Con…

2:00PM – 3:00PM         PERFECT SQUARE PRESENTS – MAKING KIDS COMICS AWESOME, Panel Discussion Room 32AB
Bring your kids and join creators and editors from across the industry for a lively roundtable. What are the challenges of entertaining different age levels at the same time?  Kids can also try their hand at pitching ideas, and hear how the panelists would craft those ideas into real comics, during a one-of-a-kind interactive Q&A.Featuring as moderator writer Tom Pinchuk (MAX STEEL) and as panelists, writer/artist Katie Cook (My Little Pony), writer Jenni L. Holm (Baby Mouse), editor Shannon Watters (kaBOOM!, Adventure Time), editor Sarah Gaydos (IDW Kids Comics) and writer/editor Joel Enos (BEN 10, Perfect Square). 
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I’m hosting a panel at Comic Con. Seriously stoked about the line-up we’ve got. Amped for the middle portion, too,  wherein we’ll give kids a shot to fling some ideas at us, and then opine on how we’d approach the stories.

RAWK ON for reading! Official description as follows….

Perfect Square: Making Kids Comics Awesome!
Everybody talks about comics growing up-but can they still mature without (GASP) forgetting the children?

Join this eclectic group of creators and editors for a lively roundtable. What are the challenges of entertaining different age levels? Are there lessons comics should take from manga, animation, and YA literature? And what advice should any aspiring creators know if they want to make their comics truly awesome for all ages? Bring your kids along, or just your inner child, and find answers that will get you laughing, learning, and looking at the craft of all-ages comics in a whole new way!

Featuring as moderator writer Tom Pinchuk (Max Steel) with writer/artist Katie Cook (My Little Pony), writer Jenni L. Holm (Baby Mouse), editor Shannon Watters (kaBOOM!, Adventure Time), editor Sarah Gaydos (IDW Kids Comics), and writer/editor Joel Enos (Ben 10, Perfect Square).

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Shocking revelations! The galaxy’s evilest pinata survived the mega-signing!

To defeat it, once or for all, I enlisted comrades-at-arms Kirkblade, that bravest warrior John Omohundro and the reason for dragons himself, Chris Northrop. Once more, meltdowncomics's back entrance became a battleground where the fate of the galaxy would be decided. 

The fight was intense — fraught with sacrifice — but the reign of terror has ended! The galaxy is safe, at last.