This is just a tribute

Some of you may not have heard the sad news that Nickelodeon Magazine will be ending this fall. This blog will continue as a tribute to its legacy and all the talented editors, designers, writers, artists, photographers, administrators, assistants, interns, production folks, who helped along the way. Please always keep a place for the magazine in your hearts and memories!

Here is a sampling of reactions on the Internet:




"The loss of the magazine comes as a blow to the comics community — in addition to developing such popular comics properties as SpongeBob and Avatar: The Last Airbender, Duffy and Roman hired the cream of the crop of indie cartoonists, from Sam Henderson and Johnny Ryan to Laura Park and Jason Lutes. It was one of the few places where cartoonists of this ilk could get paid decent rates for their work, which makes it all the sadder. In addition, they published stand-alone comics collections and sponsored the first Kids Comics Awards.

While this leaves an obvious gap for kids comics, it leave a gap for comics in magazines in general — once a key way for cartoonists to make money and gain exposure, the implosion of the magazine market has taken this avenue with it."




"In Los Angeles, of course, there is no such thing as childhood anymore (well… maybe for the poors), so it should come as no surprise that Nickelodeon Magazine folded this week: Today’s kids know that life is one big paper chase, which leaves little time to @&*# around with children’s games."

...more quotes to come in a follow up post.

Time for more 3-D comics!

The June 2009 issue of Nick Mag features another amazing and surreal 3-D comics section! These things have become the stuff of legend.

If you have some 3-D glasses lying around (like from last years issue per chance?) check out the killer 3-D on these previews!

Comic cover by Laura Park

The REAL story of Humpty Dumpty

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There is also 3-D stuff by Brian Ralph, Andy Ristaino, Martin Cendreda, Jef Czekaj, Jen Sorensen, Terry Laban and Marc Hempel. A 3-D SpongeBob story by Jay Lender and a interactive "red reveal" comic by Karen Sneider!

You have to see them in person!

Trailer for Avatar comics

This brilliant trailer for upcoming Nick Magazine Avatar comics was assembled by comics writer, Alison Wilgus (that’s her and her husband doing the voices in the beginning). It plays off the killer videos the show's creators made for past Comic Cons. The trailer made its debut this past weekend at Anime Central as part of the "ATLA: Beginning and Beyond" panel organized by Avatarlegacy.com.

Featuring the art of: Justin Ridge, Elsa Garagarza, Johane Matte, Gurihiru, and Tom McWeeney...and of course awesome music by the Track Team!

The comics featured will be serialized in our Comics Club issues aka the all-comics special issues (the ones that usually have SpongeBob on the cover). The Bumi Vs. Toph story is on newsstands NOW!


Chicago Anime Central

Anime Central will be held May 8th -10th in Rosemont, IL. Focusing on the awesomely creative fan community, The Avatar panel will be Saturday, May 9th.
This will definitely be a great time!

The 1-hour event will see discussion on the series, as well as the fan community that is still deeply inspired by the show. In addition, other planned events include a Cosplay Contest, Haiku Slam, and a special Nick Magazine Avatar comics preview!

Kids' Comic Con


Tomorrow (Saturday April 24th) is the Kids' Comic Con at the Bronx Community College in NY. It is free to anyone 17 or younger (over-17s, it's only $5 for you to get in). Look for the flyers around campus to lead you to the event!

There will be lots of great guests, panels and drawing workshops including...

2:00 PM – 2:45 PM: Youth Workshop D – Creating Comic Characters and Art With Style.
Dave Roman (Nickelodeon Magazine) and Raina Telgemeier (Baby-sitters Club) lead a drawing workshop that focuses on how the comics we grow up reading can affect how each of us draws. They'll help young artists break down drawings into basic shapes and use them to create fun new characters!

Toon Weekly 09

One of the most fun things to work on these past few years has been TOON WEEKLY, an annual "prank feature" that appears in the April Cartoon themed issues. It's an over the top parody of celebrity gossip magazines with a mix of cartoon stars from all sources. It is always one of the most controversial pieces because lots of fans of the shows (especially Naruto!) don't like to see their favorite characters out of context. And they don't realize that we make fun of things we love! It's great fun imagining what cartoons do when they don't know they are on camera! And to create cross-universe relationships that are both insane and maybe make a bit of sense in their own way.

Here's some samples of this year's feature:

Shout out to Jacob Chabot (Mighty Skullboy Army) who did ALL of this year's artwork! That guy can draw in a lot of different styles!

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REVIEW: Mouse Guard

Mouse Guard: Fall 1152
Story and Art by David Petersen
Reviewed by Bryan Bucco

Mouse Guard is a graphic novel following the adventures of 3 mice: Liam, Saxon, ad Kenzie, and no, they are not blind. What is a Mouse Guard you ask? What do they guard? Path’s my friend, paths to and from other mouse villages. They are the ones who make sure little mice are safe when transporting grain and other mouse necessities.

We follow our brave mice on a journey to prevent an attack on a peaceful mouse village, but in order to do that Liam, Saxon, and Kenzie must first track down some people, excuse me “mice”, and find out who is behind the attack. What I really liked about “Mouse Guard” was that it took it self very seriously. Yeah, they’re mice, but the world created by the author feels so put together that you will find yourself wanting to know more about it. In fact if you feel this desire, you don’t have to worry because there is a detailed description of various mouse occupations and mouse maps in the back of the book.

To be quite honest when I first saw the cover of this book I thought it would go the same route perhaps as the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Luckily they didn’t; although Kenzie, one of the mouse guards, wears a purple cape and carries a stick (Donatello?), and Saxon, the red one, is very temperamental and physical (Raphael?). Besides those two characteristics, these mice are nowhere near the playfulness of the turtles. Although they seem fuzzy and cute, these mice make a mess like nobody’s business. They cut up large snakes, throw daggers through evil knights, pound some ale, and one mouse even gets devoured by a large crab (well to be truthful it was a normal sized crab but appears huge in comparison to the mice).

I am a huge fan of the artwork. It was kept simple and wasn’t too flashy, you could even say it was a little rugged. It complimented the story as well as adding something extremely pretty to look over. At times I found myself spending some extra time inspecting the background of each panel.
My only regret with this book is I wish I were 10 years younger because I probably would have loved this so much more, and I highly recommend it for the youngins, (even the oldies because it is an extremely quick read). Don’t get me wrong this isn’t a masterpiece, but it makes a story about 3 little mice fighting evil as close to “realistic” as you could get. Maybe it might even make you think twice before you place a cheese trap under your refrigerator and sever their little spines. You just might be killing a princess, or a shoemaker. - “Hail all those who are able, any mouse can, any mouse will, but the Guard prevail.”

About the Reviewer:
Bryan Bucco is student at Rutgers University and an editorial intern for Nickelodeon Magazine for Winter 2009. You can read more from him at http://lefthandedpanda.blogspot.com/.

April 2009 Cartoon Themed Issue

April is our annual jam-packed CARTOON ISSUE, in which we squeezed in the following treats:
-The winners of the first ever Nickelodeon Magazine Comics Awards!

-The return of our controversial cartoon expose, Toon Weekley.

-Comic cover by the legendary Mark Newgarden!

-A new SpongeBob SquarePants comic that will warp kids minds.

-Gag cartoons by Marc Hempel, David McGuire, Johnny Ryan and Dan Abdo.

-The life story of “Diary of a Wimpy Kid “author, Jeff Kinney drawn in the hilarious diary format of the best-selling books (published by Abrams)!

-An original comic based on the soon to be mega hit graphic novel, “Adventures in Cartooning” by James Sturm, Andrew Arnold, and Alexis Frederick Frost (published by First Second Books)!

-Comic Book Nightmare with editor, Chris Duffy.

-Low Value Comics! Including Wonder Otter, Bat Butler, Shonen Grump and more!

-The beloved Grampa and Julie Sharkhunters by Jef Czekaj

This issue (Kids' Choice Awards on the cover) is on newsstands now!

REVIEW: Flight Explorer

Flight Explorer: Volume 1
Reviewed by Kailyn Kent

Flight Explorer is a collection of unconnected short comics, and of very good ones. The stories are set in diverse worlds, including desert planets, the Nile delta, expansive dream-worlds, and dreamy reimaginings of suburbia. The characters are clever and funny, making great travel companions. You can look at Flight Explorer like a magazine full of comics, and this is a perfect book to keep in the back pocket of your family’s car: the stories make for wonderful small reads for short waits and sudden comics cravings.

To be honest, you might find a comic anthology less appealing than a regular comic book. Storylines, recurring characters or a consistent world account for a lot of a comic book’s excitement, and you don’t have anything close to the length of a novel in which to submerge yourself. The good news is that many of the stories are exclusive chapters of longer series. If you love a character or world, it’s likely that you can read more about their adventures online or in other books.
There isn’t an obvious reason to buy Flight Explorer if you are really motivated by longer storylines. In its defense, I’ve been surprised by how entertained I am long after the comics are no longer new. Flight Explorer might also be a good way to get your relatives or older friends into comics, as adults will love the beautiful art and simple, individual stories. Finally, the comics themselves are truly wonderful. I have not found anything as funny as “Perfect Cat” by Johane Matte in a long time.

Some stories are actually creepy, others surprising, and most are very smart. I was happy to find two stories about my favorite fantasy: having a monster for a companion. In Flight Explorer, some stories end the way you’d expect them to, but many don’t.

I would easily give Flight Explorer as a gift, because it’s the kind of comic book you keep coming back to browse through, and is accessible to nearly anyone. And if you choose to pick up this collection of comics yourself, I hope it opens up new worlds for you.

About the Reviewer:
Kailyn Kent is student at Carleton College in Minnesota, production intern for Nickelodeon Magazine for Winter 2009 and the creator of the comic series "Poison People". You can view her work on her blog at kailynkent.blogspot.com.