February 26, 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.

Exclusive Preview: ‘Super Powers’ #5

Here’s an exclusive look at a new DC series by Tiny Titans favorites Art Baltazar and Franco. In his review of Super Powers #1, J. Caleb Mozzocco commented that the series seemed to be more story-driven than gag-driven, and in fact, the comic is rated 12+ despite its lighthearted artwork. The drama continues in Super […]

Review: ‘Tales of the Fortress of Solitude’ Chapter Books

Tales of the Fortress of Solitude: The Last City of Krypton Tales of the Fortress of Solitude: A Buried Starship Tales of the Fortress of Solitude: The Robot that Barked Tales of the Fortress of Solitude: Rays of Doom By Michael Dahl Illustrated by Luciano Vecchio and Tim Levins Capstone Reading Level: Grades 1-3 Interest […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Jughead and Archie Jumbo Digest’ #25

Dan Parent has a new lead story in Jughead and Archie Jumbo Digest #25, which is due out on Wednesday, and we’ve got a preview of it, as well as a classic Archie tale from years gone by. Enjoy!

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #23

Scooby and the gang go west in this exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #23, and they end up on the trail of a ghost that’s stealing everything in town: Quick Draw McGraw may be the high-falutin’est, fastest-shootin’est lawman on the lone prairie, but he needs help from Scooby and the gang when faced with that […]

Review: ‘Adele in Sand Land’

Adele in Sand Land By Claude Ponti Toon Books When I was a kid, my mother used to buy me a lot of books at garage sales. Many of them dated back to the period 1900-1940 and had a crazy, old-fashioned, almost scary look to them. I loved them—they were so far from the sanitized […]

Review: ‘Adele in Sand Land’

Adele in Sand Land By Claude Ponti Toon Books When I was a kid, my mother used to buy me a lot of books at garage sales. Many of them dated back to the period 1900-1940 and had a crazy, old-fashioned, almost scary look to them. I loved them—they were so far from the sanitized […]

Links: Gumby Returns to Comics, Lumberjanes Cross Over to Prose

Gumby is returning to comics in a new series from Papercutz, filling that Gumby-shaped hole that opened up in everybody’s lives with the demise of the last Gumby comic, in 2008 or so. Papercutz will publish new comics based on the Gumby animated shorts, and there’s more Gumby in the pipeline as well: Primavision, which […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go’ #20

Time for some Saturday morning cartoons! Teen Titans Go #20 fights February’s snow and slush with a story about spring break and a heart-warming (not really) Valentine’s Day tale. Here’s the 411: Robin’s “Poetry Jam” was supposed to be romantic, but things are about to get really gross instead. We’re shocked. Then it’s time for […]

Interview: Joey Weiser Talks ‘Mermin’

Joey Weiser’s Mermin started out as, literally, a “fish out of water” story: A strange sea creature washes up on a beach, a boy takes him home, and we get to watch Mermin—the mer-man from Mer—cause general chaos at his new friend Pete’s home and school. But from the very beginning there are hints of […]

Review and Preview: ‘How to Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir’

How to Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir Writers: Dean DeBlois and Richard Hamilton Artist: Doug Wheatley Colorist: Wes Dzioba Cover artist: Pierre-Olivier Vincent Dark Horse, $10.99 Age 10 up. A preview of the graphic novel follows this review. Whenever I review a book that’s connected to a movie or other media property, the first […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #78

Time for some space hijinks with Scooby and the gang! In this week’s exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #78, the Mystery, Inc., crew goes to space camp—and things start going sideways when a mysterious space alien shows up: Sci-fi turns into sci-fright! Outer space camp goes scary when an angry alien tries to […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #22

We’re starting the week on a light note, with an exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #22. In this issue, the gang are enjoying a rock concert when Frankenstein Jr. starts doing an Attack on Titan number on the stadium: He might look monstrous, but the robotic Frankenstein Jr. is really a force for justice—at least, […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Time Shifters’ Free Comic Book Day Comic

Today we have an exclusive preview of the Scholastic Graphix comic for Free Comic Book Day: Time Shifters. The creator is Chris Grine, and the FCBD comic is a preview of the full-lengh Time Shifters graphic novel, which will be out on May 30. Here’s the catalog info: When Luke investigates an eerie blue glow […]

Nonfiction Graphic Novels: Give These to Fans of “March”

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These recent and upcoming graphic novels bring history and current events to life by telling important stories through the eyes of real people.

Interview: Shea Fontana and Agnes Garbowska Go Time-Traveling with ‘DC Superhero Girls’

We know Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn from comics and movies, but what were they like as teenagers? That’s the basis for DC’s Super Hero Girls line of graphic novels, chapter books, animated shorts, games, and toys. In the world of Super Hero Girls, the female DC characters are all students at […]

Interview: Shea Fontana and Agnes Garbowska Go Time-Traveling with ‘DC Superhero Girls’

We know Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn from comics and movies, but what were they like as teenagers? That’s the basis for DC’s Super Hero Girls line of graphic novels, chapter books, animated shorts, games, and toys. In the world of Super Hero Girls, the female DC characters are all students at […]

Preview: ‘Archie’s Funhouse Comics Annual’ #24

Let’s finish out the long weekend with a laugh! The lead story to Archie’s Funhouse Comics Annual #24, written by Dan Parent, relies on a classic gag setup: The little white lie that gets out of control. The digest also features some classic stories from years past. It’s available in comic shops this Wednesday. Enjoy!

What to Read After You’ve Read ‘March’

Rep. John Lewis’s graphic memoir March is the book of the day—literally, on Martin Luther King day, but also figuratively, as president-elect Donald Trump’s disparaging Tweet about Lewis brought new attention to the book; reportedly, sales skyrocketed. I’ve said it before: March is an important book. But if you’re a Good Comics for Kids reader, […]

Review: ‘King Baby,’ by Kate Beaton

King Baby By Kate Beaton Scholastic, Grades Pre-K to 5 Kate Beaton, best known for her side-splittingly snarky comics about moments in history or literature, branches off in a new direction with her children’s book King Baby. The drawing is simpler, she uses color, and its humor is gentler and more straightforward. This is appropriate […]

Links: Notes and Quotes

March artist Nate Powell talks at length about his childhood comics habits, his career as a graphic novelist, and his experiences as the creator of March, including the intensive research that he and the authors did once they realized that the books were being used in history classes as well as English courses: That quest […]