August 27, 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.

Review: ‘The Great Antonio’

The Great Antonio By Elise Gravel TOON Books Level 2, grades 1-2 If you’re looking for a historically accurate biography of the Canadian strongman Antonio Barichievich, this is probably not the book for you. Elise Gravel starts out with some whimsical speculation that he was raised by bears, and in several places she brings up […]

Review: ‘Blip!’

Blip! By Barnaby Richards TOON Books Level One, grades K-1 A robot’s spaceship crash-lands on a strange planet, where he encounters strange creatures, both friendly and scary, and eventually finds a friend. That’s the very simple plot of this very complicated comic, which is due out next month from TOON Books. Like many TOON books, […]

Links: Ghosts, Pokemon, and Bera the One-Headed Troll

Eric Orchard is creating fanciful, fable-like children’s books in a style inspired by Arthur Rackham and Edmund Dulac, and I had the opportunity to talk to him about Bera the One-Headed Troll, his latest book. In addition to the story and the art, we also discussed another running theme in his work, his struggles with […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #72

Once you see the pun at the end of the blurb for Scooby-doo, Where Are You? #72, you’ll wonder why it took them so long to come up with this idea: From grizzled outlaws to sequined songstresses, the cream of country music has come together for a gala, foot-stompin’ benefit concert…except for one small problem: […]

Review: ‘An Olympic Dream: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar’

An Olympic Dream: The Story of Samia Yusuf Omar By Reinhard Kleist Self Made Hero, $22.95 One of the most inspiring stories to come out of this year’s Olympics is that of swimmer Yusra Mardini, a refugee from Syria who helped rescue a group of refugees in a rubber dinghy by swimming for three hours, […]

Interview: Cecil Castellucci and Jose Pimienta Hit the Road in ‘Soupy Leaves Home’

Cecil Castellucci, the writer of The Plain Janes, The Year of the Beasts, and Odd Duck, announced her newest project last month: Soupy Leaves Home, a YA graphic novel about a Depression-era girl who runs away from home and completely reinvents herself, disguising herself as a boy and riding the rails as a hobo. I […]

Graphic Novels Portray Bicultural America

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Works by Gene Luen Yang, Dan Santat, Nidhi Chanani, and others reveal the commonality of experience among Americans who have immigrant parents.

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Links | ‘March’ Wins VLA Diversity Award

The Virginia Library Association has announced the winners of their first Graphic Novel Diversity Award; the winner in the Youth category is March Book 2, by Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. The honor books are Flutter, Volume Two: Don’t Let Me Die Nervous, by Jennie Wood, Jeff McComsey and Chris Goodwin; Honor […]

Links: Comic-Con, Manga, and Pokemon Go

Comic-Con International, the largest comic con in the U.S., took place in San Diego last month, and children’s and teens’ comics and graphic novels were a huge presence, with guests including novelist Margaret Atwood, who was promoting her first graphic novel, Angel Catbird; the creators of the Pokemon manga, Hidenori Kusaka and artist Satoshi Yamamoto; […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Looney Tunes’ #232

It’s the old exploding carrot trick! International spy Pete “The Puma” Puma is no match for Bugs Bunny in this week’s preview of Looney Tunes #232. It’s out in comic shops next Wednesday, but you can get an early preview here. Enjoy!

Comic-Con International Lures YA Comics Creators | SDCC 2016

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The editor of the “Good Comics 4 Kids” blog gives a rundown of teen-friendly highlights and announcements from the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con.

Exclusive Preview: ‘B&V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest’ #250

Comic-Con International in San Diego, the biggest comics convention in the U.S., has wrapped up, and we’ll have lots of news and features for you soon, but while we’re making our way home, here’s an exclusive preview of B&V Friends Jumbo Comics Digest #250 to kick off your week. As always, the lead story in […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #17

We have a preview of one of our favorite DC comics for you this Comic-Con weekend: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #17, which features Scooby and the gang teaming up with Hawkman and Hawkgirl to solve the mystery of whether or not Midway City is haunted. Enjoy!

Comic-Con: ‘Mouse Guard Movie,’ ‘Mega Princess,’ and More!

Comic-Con kicks off this week with preview night on Wednesday and the show starting in earnest on Thursday. But publishers have already started rolling out the announcements, so here’s a look at what we’re hearing about so far. Mouse Guard is going to be a movie. Well, it’s in the early stages, but it’s a […]

Scholastic to Publish Philip Pullman’s First Graphic Novel

Big news from Scholastic Graphix: They will publish The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship, the first graphic novel by Philip Pullman, who is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy. The story of a time-traveling ship is currently being serialized in the British comic The Phoenix. As Pullman explains in […]

Links: Pokemon Goes to the Library

Things are a little slow this week, as the collective comics industry is busy getting ready for Comic-Con in San Diego. Expect a tsunami of press releases starting Monday; in the meantime, here’s what’s going on. If you’re still puzzling about the Pokemon Go phenomenon, check out the great library-focused explainer by Carla Spina right […]

Interview: Hope Larson on ‘Compass South’

Hope Larson and Rebecca Mock’s Compass South: Four Points is an adventure-filled graphic novel starring not one but two sets of red-headed twins who are making their way to San Francisco in the mid-19th century in hopes of convincing a rich man that they are his children. This is no travelogue, though; the twins are […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #71

Scooby and the gang join the army—to look for a ghost that’s haunting the base—in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #71. Check out our exclusive preview below, and then read the rest of the story when the comic comes out on Wednesday. Enjoy!

Exclusive Preview: New ‘Little Archie’ Story by Bob Bolling

We have a special treat for you today: A preview of a new Little Archie story by Bob Bolling, who is probably the best known of the Little Archie creators. It’s the lead story in Archie’s Funhouse Summer Annual #21, which will be out in comic shops on Wednesday. Enjoy!

Harvey Award Nominees Announced

The nominations for the Harvey Awards, which are nominated and voted on by comics professionals, have been announced, and a number of works for younger readers have made the cut. Here are the nominations for works that are good choices for readers 16 and under. (Giant Days, which is nominated in the best graphic novels […]