August 14, 2017

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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.

Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go’ #23

We’re chilling out after a tough weekend with a couple of exclusive previews of next week’s comics. First up: Teen Titans Go #23: The Justice League is stopping by Titans Tower, but this time it’s not about saving the world. Nope, today it’s about “Misadventures in Babysitting.” Then, when the Teen Titans make their heroic […]

Interview: School’s Out for ‘Gotham Academy’

Gotham Academy is one of the few truly young adult comics published by DC; a boarding-school story set in the Batman universe, it revolves around a group of teenagers who were unique to this series, especially Olive Silverlock, who comes into her second year with a dark secret and an unsolved mystery, and her younger […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #84

Nothing says “Saturday morning” like Scooby-Doo, amirite? Here’s a sneak peek at Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #84, coming to comics shops on August 9: Medieval theme restaurant Joust in Thyme has it all: minstrels wandering between tables, live jousting tournaments…and the terrifying ghost of an 800-year-old knight! There’s only one way Sir Scooby and Sir […]

The People’s Comics: Using the Graphic Format To Teach About Current Events

Graphic creators’ take on politics, from immigration to women’s rights.

This article was published in School Library Journal's August 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Links: San Diego and Beyond!

Comic-Con is over for another year, and there was plenty of excitement, as usual! Here’s a quick roundup of announcements from the show: Yen Press will launch a new middle-grade graphic novel imprint, JY, which will follow up on the success of Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward and Brave, publishing her next graphic novel, Crush. Also in […]

Exclusive Preview: Archie’s Funhouse Back to School Annual #27

I know, I know, it isn’t even August yet, but the stores are already full of backpacks and calculators and the smell of freshly sharpened pencils is in the air. So we might as well have some fun with it. To end your weekend and start your week off right, here’s an exclusive preview of […]

Interview: Martin Cendreda on ‘An Apple and an Adventure’

BOOM! Studios has started publishing picture books from time to time, and they are always interesting—every one is different. The latest is Martin Cendreda’s An Apple and an Adventure, an alphabet book that stars a young girl having fun with her animal and dinosaur friends. This ABC book has a really old-fashioned look, with an […]

Interview & Exclusive Preview: Dan Parent on ‘Your Pal Archie’

Archie Comics made a major change two years ago when it rebooted its iconic properties with a new, more naturalistic style and slightly more “mature” storylines. Fans of the classic Archie style could still get the old stories—and some new ones in the traditional style—in Archie’s many monthly digests. And then, earlier this year, Archie […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #28

Here’s a look at Scooby-Doo Team-Up #28 which is also out on July 26: The gang uncovers a tale of their great-great-grandparents (and grand-dog!) in the old West. When monstrous rumors bring the Weirdness Wagon to town, will they find a fearsome beast, or just come face-to-scarred-face with the lawman Jonah Hex?

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #238

We’re wrapping up this Comic-Con weekend with a couple of previews of upcoming comics. First up is Looney Tunes #238: Wile E. Coyote’s new Acme universal remote does more than just control his TV. It can slow, pause and speed up anything around it, and might be just the thing he needs to catch the […]

10 Graphic Novels That Are Not Quite of This World

“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson rounds up her top picks of graphic novels for teens publishing in fall 2017, which run the gamut from fairy-tale princesses taking over the kingdom to a boy falling in love with a ghost.

Interview: James Tynion IV on ‘Backstagers’

James Tynion IV and Rian Sigh have wrapped up their eight-issue series Backstagers, and the first of two volumes of the collected edition will be out on July 19. I interviewed Tynion for my article on middle-grade comics with LGBTQ characters that ran in SLJ in May, and since I only had room for a […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #83

Scooby and the gang head to the Old West (or rather, a dude ranch) in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #83—and even Shaggy is packing heat! Howdy partners! There’s a Wild West mystery to be solved by a crew of city slickers and their dog. Ya see, the cattle have skedaddled, and there’s a ghost in […]

Preview: ‘World of Archie Summer Annual’ #70

More Archie! World of Archie Summer Annual #70 kicks off with an original story written by Dan Parent (does this man ever sleep?): In “Club Dread,” Veronica brings the gang to a fun-filled island resort. But she doesn’t tell them about the horror-themed murder mystery event that happens at night! Find out when the digest […]

Preview: ‘Archie 75th Anniversary Digest’ #11

We’re enjoying some all-American Archie comics this Independence Day. If you missed the “Archie Marries” storyline the first time around—or if you just feel like taking a walk down Memory Lane—then Archie 75th Anniversary Digest #11 is for you: It recaps the story that started all the fuss. The comic is out on July 5. […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #37

Plastic Man calls on the Mystery, Inc., gang to convince his friend Woozy (who is more than a little reminiscent of Popeye’s Wimpy) that he’s not really cursed in Scooby-Doo Team-Up #37: A fortune-teller has predicted doom for Plastic Man’s sidekick, Woozy Winks! Plas needs the Scooby gang to find out if the fortune-teller’s curse […]

Interview: Raina Telgemeier on ‘Drama’

When Raina Telgemeier’s Drama was published, five years ago, it was an immediate hit, just like its predecessor, Smile. At the time it was a rarity, though, because it was set in a middle school and included gay characters. Five years later, LGBTQ characters have become common enough in graphic novels for children that I […]

Interview: Kevin McCloskey on Making Science Comics for Kids

In the course of researching my article on science comics for SLJ, I interviewed Kevin McCloskey, the author of We Dig Worms!, The Real Poop on Pigeons!, and Something’s Fishy, all published by TOON Books as part of their “Giggle and Learn” series. Here’s the full interview; you can check out previews from each of […]

Interview: Dana Simpson, Creator of ‘Phoebe and Her Unicorn’

I interviewed Dana Simpson, the creator of the Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novels, when I was writing the article “Just Another Day in an LGBTQ Comic” for SLJ. As often happens, it was a great interview and I could only use a few sentences in the story, so I’m running it in full today. […]

Teaching With Science Comics

The latest generation of science-oriented graphic novels entertain as much as they educate.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.