Prequel to Battling Boy: Rise of Aurora West

You saw how much I loved Paul Pope's new graphic novel Battling Boy. Now, Gina from FirstSecond sez, "The world introduced in Battling Boy is rife with monsters and short on heroes . . . but in THE RISE OF AURORA WEST, the fast-paced and adventure-filled extension of Paul Pope's BATTLING BOY universe, we see it through a new pair of eyes: those of Aurora West, daughter of Arcopolis's last great hero, Haggard West. — Read the rest

Battling Boy: Paul Pope surpasses himself

Paul Pope is one of the great comic book creators working today, a major talent who keeps on surpassing himself. But even by those standards, Battling Boy, the first volume of a two-volume set, is a major achievement. It's a superhero-y, kaiju-y comic that moves so fast that it feels like it's barely under control, but is, in fact, being steered with total confidence and dazzling skill. — Read the rest

Odd Duck: great picture book about eccentricity and ducks

Cecil Castellucci and Sara Varon have a new picture-book/kids' comic out from FirstSecond today called Odd Duck, and it's a delight (no surprise there, I never met a Cecil Castellucci project I didn't like).

Odd Duck is the story of Theodora, "a perfectly normal duck" who likes her routine — swimming, stretching, taking books out of the library, buying duck kibble, doing craft projects (with duck burlap, naturally) and star-gazing. — Read the rest

Gift Guide 2012

Welcome to this year's Boing Boing Gift Guide, a piling-high of our most loved stuff from 2012 and beyond. There are books, comics, games, gadgets and much else besides: click the categories at the top to filter what you're most interested in—and add your suggestions and links in the comments.