November 30, 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.

Monet’s Mouse the Star of New Kickstarter

Uncivilized Books, a longtime publisher of literary and alternative graphic novels, is running a Kickstarter campaign right now to fund the launch of their children’s imprint, Odod, and the lineup is impressive. For starters, they are plan to publish the four-volume graphic novel series Musnet, by the French artist Kickliy. Musnet is a coming-of-age story […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Archie’s Funhouse Christmas Annual’

The Thanksgiving leftovers are almost gone, and it’s time for some holiday fun. Here’s a sneak peek at Archie’s Funhouse Christmas Annual, featuring a new story by Dan Parent (Archie puts on antlers—what could possibly go wrong?) and a classic from years gone by. The digest is out on November 30. Enjoy!

Rebellion to Bring Back ‘Boy Wizard’ Story

A 12-year-old boy learns he is a powerful magician—but there is a dark side to this new magical world. Does that sound familiar? We’re not talking about Harry Potter here, but The Journal of Luke Kirby, by writer Alan McKenzie and artist John Ridgway, which ran in the UK comic 2000AD from 1998 to 1995—predating […]

‘March’ Wins the National Book Award

March: Book Three, by Rep. John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell, has won the National Book Award in the Young People’s Literature category. This is the first time a graphic novel has won a National Book Award. Publisher’s Weekly senior editor Calvin Reid was there, and he described Lewis’s tearful response, as he recalled […]

Review: ‘Haikyu!!’ vols. 1-3

Haikyu!! vols. 1-3 By Haruichi Furudate Teen Viz, $9.99 On the one hand, Haikyu!! is a bit of a tough sell for anyone who isn’t fascinated by volleyball. On the other hand, manga-ka Haruichi Furudate does a pretty good job of not only explaining things as he goes along but also giving the reader a […]

Exclusive Preview: Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #274

The holiday season is almost upon us, and preparations are being made in Riverdale! Our exclusive preview of Archie Jumbo Comics Digest #274 includes two stories, one about Archie and Jughead going to the mall, the other about Archie trying to figure out where exactly to hang the mistletoe. The digest goes on sale on […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #75

Scooby and the gang go behind the scenes of a fantasy-adventure TV show in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #75. Here’s the bird’s eye lowdown: Ordinarily, nothing would make Daphne happier than meeting the star of her favorite TV action show, Zorna the Warrior Woman. But when the set of her show is haunted by the […]

Scholastic Picks Up ‘Princess Princess’ for Book Clubs

Oni Press sent out a press release this morning to let us know that Katie O’Neill’s Princess Princess Ever After has been licensed by Scholastic for their Reading Club program. A new edition is being printed just for Scholastic, who will make it available to their book clubs and for other school book fairs and […]

Exclusive Preview: Archie Giant Comics 75th Anniversary Book

More Archie 75th anniversary goodness! The Archie Giant Comics 75 Anniversary Book is a jumbo collection of 480 pages of vintage and modern Archie stories. It’s out in comic shops on November 9. Enjoy!

Exclusive Preview: Archie 75th Anniversary Digest #3

Archie Comics is celebrating its 75th birthday this year, and they are going through the vaults to bring out all sorts of interesting old comics. This preview of Archie 75th Anniversary Digest #3, due out in comic shops next week, includes a look at Archie’s debut—and Betty’s as well. These early characters look very different […]

Scott Westerfeld, Shannon Hale on First Second’s Spring 2017 List

The graphic novel imprint First Second, which celebrated its tenth anniversary this year, has just unveiled its full Spring 2017 list. Here’s a look at the kids’ and teens’ titles, which include some familiar names from the world of prose. Spill Zone, by Scott Westerfeld and Alex Puvilland: Scott Westerfeld makes his comics debut with […]

Links: R.L. Stine to Write Marvel Comics

Goosebumps writer R.L. Stine revealed on Reddit that he is writing comics. “I’m writing a series of comic books for Marvel– my first comics ever,” he said. “But I’m not allowed to talk about them yet.” Marvel had no comment. Publishers Weekly’s list of this year’s best books for middle-grade readers includes two graphic novels, […]

Game Changers: Books Based on Video Games

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Novels, graphic novels, and comics drawn from video games and their characters have broad appeal.

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Preview: Betty & Veronica Holiday Annual Digest #248

OK, yeah, it’s Halloween, but we’re going to rush the season just a bit, because before the candy goes stale, we’ll all be thinking about the holiday season. Betty and Veronica are just getting started in the lead story of Betty & Veronica Holiday Annual Digest #248; as always, the digest features a new story […]

Graphic Novels Shortlisted for Book Awards

Over the past ten years, as graphic novels have grown in popularity, we are seeing more and more of them nominated for literary awards in non-comics categories. The precedent for this was set by Art Spiegelman’s Maus, which was the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize, and almost 15 years later, Gene Luen […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #19

This month, Scooby and the gang team up with Zatanna to find her missing father in Scooby-Doo Team-Up #19. The comic is out on October 26, but we have a preview for you right here. Enjoy!

‘Korgi’ Is Back: A Preview and a Look at the Cover Process

As Lori noted on Friday, Christian Slade has released a new volume of Korgi, his wordless tale of a dog meeting fantastical creatures. Korgi, Book 4: The Problem with Potions will be out on October 18 in comic shops and November 1 in bookstores, and we’re happy to present not only a preview but an […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #74

It’s not quite the phantom of the opera, but hilarious complications ensue in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #74, when Scooby and the gang are called in to investigate mysterious happenings behind the scenes of a musical about American history. Sound familiar? Here’s the blurb: Scooby and the gang go backstage at Broadway’s hottest musical—“Franklin!”—when ghosts […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #74

It’s not quite the phantom of the opera, but hilarious complications ensue in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #74, when Scooby and the gang are called in to investigate mysterious happenings behind the scenes of a musical about American history. Sound familiar? Here’s the blurb: Scooby and the gang go backstage at Broadway’s hottest musical—“Franklin!”—when ghosts […]

Pre-NYCC News: Tom Taylor’s ‘The Deep’ Returns in a New Format

New York Comic Con is coming next week, and that always means there are a lot of pre-convention announcements. BOOM! Studios has been rolling them out one at a time, and this one is of particular interest to GC4K readers: In 2017 they will publish The Deep, by Tom Taylor and James Brouwer, as a […]