Who’s your favorite member of the Teen Titans? And don’t be a smart aleck and say Aqualad. We’re talking about the roster of Teen Titans Go! the loony series currently on Cartoon Network. Without a doubt, the most popular character in our house is Raven, the cute li’l sarcastic demon girl. In Raven Rocks! (By J.E. Bright / First Printing: October 2015 / ISBN: 9780316377324) she helps avert a Halloween crisis, gets trapped inside her favorite TV show (Pretty Pretty Pegasus), and competes with her teammates to be crowned the new Captain Crazy. If you’re a fan of the show, you’ll be pleased to see that the stories are faithful adaptations from each of the TV episodes. Plus, the book is sprinkled with a generous amount of cute Teen Titans Go! imagery. The book’s title doesn’t lie: Raven does indeed rock. Azarath Metrion Zinthos!
Eoin Colfer, best known for his Artemis Fowl series, has agreed to pen an upcoming Iron Man novel. Along with Colfer’s book (available in the fall of 2016), expect to see another Black Widow novel from Margaret Stohl. And don’t forget about the Captain Marvel and Squirrel Girl novels from Shannon and Dean Hale.
A new short story compilation called The Side of Good/The Side of Evil (Edited by Danielle Ackley-McPhail and Greg Schauer / First Printing: December 2015 / ISBN: 9781942990031) boasts an impressive gaggle of authors like Peter David, Keith R.A. DeCandido, Gail Z. Martin, and Robert Greenberger. Acknowledging the complicated relationship between all superheroes and supervillains, the anthology will be printed in a flipbook (tête-bêche) format. Says Amazon: “This collection is guaranteed to be super…no matter which side you pledge your allegiance to.”
In the sixth episode of “Throwing the Gun,” authors Drew Hayes, Cheyenne Young, Jim Zoetewey, and Christopher Wright talk about the daily grind of being a full-time writer. And later they discuss the worst writerly advice they’ve ever received. Added bonus: an interview with Ronin Games author Marion G. Harmon. We don’t normally rate these monthly podcasts, but this episode is easily the best of the bunch so far. Young, in particular, is surprisingly candid about how she segued into a full-time writing situation. Check out her series Powered (here and here).
Author Stephen Henning has produced numerous video trailers to promote his ongoing Class Heroes series. His latest clip gives fans a behind-the-scenes peek at how he makes his films, particularly one tricky special effect. Check it out here: Class Heroes: Special FX Feature. Admits Henning: “This is purely for those of you who are keen on filmmaking, the problems of a film shoot, and fixing issues in postproduction.”
According to his short bio on Amazon, The Mighty Jewmanberg is a stand-up comedian from New York who still lives with his mother. He’s also an author who recently self-published two of his novels in one handy edition (Super Syndicate: When Heroes Divorce and Sundown: Don’t Die Again / First Printing: October 2015). The first novel is about a couple of bickering superhero teams from Los Angeles. The second book is about a crooked policeman from New York who dies and is given a second chance to live.
Otto Von Trapezoid and the Empress of Thieves (By Jesse Baruffi / First Printing: October 2015 / ISBN: 9781620078570) is the story of two criminal masterminds who fall in love and attempt to conquer the world. Things get sticky when they realize there can only be one absolute ruler of Earth. Says one reviewer: “Sometimes the book is a parody, sometimes it’s earnest superhero stuff, sometimes it’s self-conscious meta-fiction, sometimes it’s postmodern and ironic, and sometimes it’s just silly.” Check out Baruffi’s website (here) for more details.
If you’re into origami and superheroes (and who isn’t?), then you’ll get a kick out of the following activity books: Batman Origami, Superman Origami, Wonder Woman Origami, and Justice League Origami. The kits are designed by internationally renowned origami master Jon Montroll and feature artwork by Min Sung Ku. Says the publisher: “Experience the power of folding your favorite superheroes!” The promotional video (here) is amazing.
Interviews: C.T. Phipps, author of The Rules of Supervillainy (here). Gene Luen Yang, author of The Shadow Hero (here). R.A. Jones, author of The Twilight War (here).
Reviews: Ronin Games by Marion G. Harmon (here). Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti (here). School for Sidekicks by Kelly McCullough (here). The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness (here). Lady Superior by Alex Ziebart (here). Vicious by V.E. Schwab (here). The Shadow Hero by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (here). The Gospel of Loki by Joanne Harris (here). iBoy by Kevin Brooks (here).
For your reading pleasure: Caped: An Anthology of Superhero Tales edited by Ian Thomas Healy. The Superhero Memoirs by Kenneth Kim. Hunting Heroes by Derek Pozel. Rumblings by A.P. Fuchs. Horror Heroes 2 edited by Nicholas Ahlhelm. Unexpected Power by Brigitte M. Marshall (available 01.02.16). Superman Is Jewish? by Harry Brod (available 01.12.15). Supervised by Princess Jones (available 01.27.16). The Interminables by Paige Orwin (available 07.05.16). The Osamu Tezuka Story – A Life in Manga and Anime by Toshio Ban and translated by Frederik L. Schodt (available 07.12.16).