May 5, 2016

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Brigid Alverson

About Brigid Alverson

Brigid Alverson, the editor of the Good Comics for Kids blog, has been reading comics since she was 4. She has an MFA in printmaking and has worked as a book editor and a newspaper reporter; now she is assistant to the mayor of Melrose, Massachusetts. In addition to editing GC4K, she writes about comics and graphic novels at MangaBlog, SLJTeen, Publishers Weekly Comics World, Comic Book Resources, MTV Geek, and Good E-Reader.com. Brigid is married to a physicist and has two daughters in college, which is why she writes so much. She was a judge for the 2012 Eisner Awards.

Children’s Book Week Interview: Victoria Jamieson

This week is Children’s Book Week, and John Patrick Green, creator of the soon-to-be-released Hippopotamister, is celebrating with a round of interviews with his fellow comics creators. Here at Good Comics for Kids, he is chatting with Victoria Jamieson, author of Roller Girl (a Newbery Honor book) and the upcoming The Great Pet Escape. If […]

Details of New ‘Wimpy Kid’ Book Revealed

Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid is kind of a comic—we put it in the “hybrid” category, because it includes blocks of prose, but it’s not really a picture book. It’s also insanely popular, and books like this give the whole graphic novel category a boost. So it’s big news to us here at […]

Exclusive Preview: Betty & Veronica Double Digest #243

Dan Parent’s ongoing series “The Many Loves of Archie Andrews” continues in Betty & Veronica Double Digest #243, which—like all the digests—continues to feature new stories in the classic Archie style alongside older stories. Here’s the executive summary: In this next segment of “The Many Loves of Archie Andrews,” we get the lowdown on Amisha […]

Humble Bundle’s ‘My Little Pony’ Deal Includes Print Book

Humble Bundle is including a print book in their My Little Pony bundle! Humble Bundle is a great way to buy a lot of DRM-free digital comics for a little bit of money. They offer book (and game) bundles that typically last two weeks, on a pay-what-you-want model that has a couple of tiers. You […]

Links: Jeff Smith Announces New ‘Bone’ Graphic Novel

Jeff Smith announced yesterday that a new Bone story, Bone: Coda, will be released in July: 25 years after the first black & white issue of the self-published comic book BONE appeared on comic shop shelves, and over a decade since the concluding chapter comes a new (and completely superfluous!) adventure featuring the Bone cousins! […]

Shortlist for Second Annual Dwayne McDuffie Award Announced

The organization Kids Read Comics has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Dwayne McDuffie Awards. The awards honor comics writer Dwayne McDuffie, founder of Milestone Media (one of the first black-owned comics publishers), writer for Marvel and DC, and creator of the character Static. The award recognizes comics for readers up to age 13 and […]

Preview: ‘Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash’

Here’s a special treat for today’s preview: An advance look at Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash. This is one of Archie’s giant-size paperbacks that offers a lot of comics and extras—this one has a special gallery of vintage Archie covers, and we have a few of them in the preview below. The book […]

‘Awkward,’ ‘March,’ ‘Anna Banana’ Get Eisner Nominations

The nominations for the Eisner Award, the most prestigious award in comics, were announced today. The nominees were selected by a panel of six judges, and the final awards will be voted on by professionals in the comics field. Here’s the list for the kids’ and YA categories: Best Publication for Early Readers (up to […]

Links: A Fresh Retro Take on Mickey Mouse

IDW Publishing is already bringing over Italian comics featuring the classic Walt Disney characters; at Emerald City Comic Con, they announced they are going to be translating French Disney comics as well, from the publisher Glénat. They’re kicking it off with Mickey’s Craziest Adventures, by Lewis Trondheim and Nicolas Keramidas, which purports to be a […]

Preview: ‘World of Archie Comics Double Digest’ #58

World of Archie Comics Double Digest #58, which will be out on April 20 in comic shops, has a lead story in the traditional style but with a plot you wouldn’t see in an old-school Archie comic: When Betty and Veronica learn that Archie and his father have gone fishing and left poor Mary Andrews […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go!’ #15

Saturday morning comics time! Here’s an exclusive look at Teen Titans Go! #15, which will be out next Wednesday in fine comic shops everywhere. This one is about… the pants of fear: Raven and Cyborg create a pair of spooky-looking leggings from a pattern in one of Raven’s arcane books. But Robin’s in for quite […]

Interview: Ray Friesen on Pirate Penguin and Ninja Chicken

Ray Friesen’s Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken (Book 2): Escape from Skull Fragment Island! debuts today. Friesen has been making comics for a long time—he was first paid for his work, as he explains below, when he was just four years old. Now a grownup, he has a number of comics and graphic novels to […]

Preview: ‘Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken,’ Book 2

Here’s an early look at Pirate Penguin vs. Ninja Chicken (Book 2): Escape from Skull-Fragment Island, which debuts tomorrow from Top Shelf. Stay tuned for our interview with creator Ray Friesen; in the meantime, enjoy some Pirate Penguin and Ninja Chicken silliness in our preview!

Webcomics World

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Online comics allow creators of all stripes to share their work. Plus,resources for finding webcomics and learning to make them.

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13 Great Webcomics For Kids and Teens

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Recommended webcomics from Brigid Alverson, editor of the “Good Comics for Kids:” blog. What’s your favorite webcomic? Tell us in the comments.

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Preview: ‘Jughead and Archie Spring Annual Digest’ #20

Baseball season has started, the birds are singing, and it’s time for the Jughead and Archie Spring Annual Digest #20 to further brighten our lives. Today’s preview includes snippets of two stories: A new one about Archie and his dog going viral on the internet, by writer Adrian Ropp and artist Bill Galvan, and an […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #68

It’s time for some Saturday morning comics fun with our exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #68. Here’s the executive summary: A figure skating competition is unexpectedly put on ice when it’s interrupted—by the Abominable Snowman! Who’s behind it? The washed-up former champion? The front-runner’s rival? To solve the mystery, Scooby and Shaggy will […]

Interview: J. Torres on ‘The Mighty Zodiac’

J. Torres and Corin Howell’s six-issue series The Mighty Zodiac launches this week from Oni Press. The story is an action-adventure tale starring a diverse cast of 12 main characters based on the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. (Check out our preview to get a flavor of what it’s like.) Torres is the writer of […]

Preview: ‘The Mighty Zodiac’

J. Torres and Corin Howell’s The Mighty Zodiac debuts this week. It’s a six-issue comic aimed at middle grade readers, starring 12 characters based on the Chinese Zodiac. Here’s the blurb for the first issue: When the Blue Dragon dies, six stars fall out of the night sky! Ailing Master Long, leader of the Mighty […]

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #230

Leave it to the Looney Tunes folks to make insurance funny! Here’s an exclusive sneak peek at Looney Tunes #230: Wabbit season! Duck season! Wabbit season! Insurance season? Salesman Daffy Duck accidentally sells insurance to an accident-prone Elmer Fudd, so when Bugs Bunny shows up during Elmer’s wabbit hunting trip, Daffy will have to throw […]