September 26, 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.

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #18

It’s Scooby in space! Scooby-Doo and his fellow super-canines form a pooch posse and head for the stars in Scooby-Doo Team-Up #18: Can it be? The entire universe threatened by the spectral spirit of Canis Major, the dog star? To get to the bottom of the space-spanning mystery, canine crimebuster Scooby will have to team […]

Big News: Gene Luen Yang Named MacArthur Fellow

Gene Luen Yang, the currently serving National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, has just been named a 2016 MacArthur Fellow. The fellowships, commonly referred to as “genius grants,” come with a no-strings-attached grant of $625,000, paid out over five years. While Yang is not the first graphic novelist to be named a MacArthur Fellow—Ben Katchor […]

First Second Announcement: ‘Pelé: The King of Soccer’

We’re delighted to bring you the news today of First Second’s latest graphic novel announcement: They will publish Pelé: The King of Soccer, written by Eddy Simon and illustrated by Vincent Brascaglia, in October 2017. Here’s a brief synopsis: Edson Arantes do Nascimento, known to his schoolmates as Pelé, grew up in poverty in the […]

Links: ‘Ghosts’ Makes Its Debut

Raina Telgemeier’s Ghosts was officially released on Tuesday, and it’s been getting a lot of ink (pixels?). At the New Yorker, Sarah Larson talks to Telgemeier about writing autobiography and magical realism, the inspirations behind Ghosts, and how she deals with her young audience, and she reveals that her next book will be a memoir. […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Archie’s Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest’ #22

Let’s kick off the week with some comics! In the brand-new lead story to Archie’s Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest #22, Archie decides to bake a birthday cake for Betty, undeterred by his complete lack of ability or experience. Oh, and Jughead helps out. The title of this story is a bit of a spoiler—”Caketastrophe!” We […]

Cover Reveal: ‘Science Comics: Flying Machines’

You’re seeing it here first: Today we have an exclusive first look at the cover for the latest entry in First Second’s Science Comics line, Science Comics: Flying Machines, by Alison Wilgus and Molly Brooks. We have a couple of the interior pages for you too with a look at the young Wilbur and Orville […]

Trailer: The Tapper Twins Run for President

Geoff Rodkey’s Tapper Twins books aren’t comics, but they are done in a sort of mixed-media format, with both twins telling their side of the story as oral histories, with annotations, text messages, drawings, and other odd bits thrown in. They’re also quite funny. The third book, The Tapper Twins Run for President, is just […]

Preview: ‘Archie 75th Anniversary Celebration Digest’ #1

Archie Comics celebrates its 75th year in the biz by launching a new digest series. Out this week in comic shops, Archie 75th Anniversary Celebration Digest #1 features classic stories, vintage covers, and commentaries from artists and writers. Enjoy!

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #73

Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #73 gets all meta: Four color fear! When Velma’s favorite graphic novel character leaps off the comic page to terrorize the city, it’s up to the Mystery Gang to become dark fright detectives to stop this imaginary character from becoming a real life super-villain. Yes, that’s right, it’s a comic about […]

Q&A: Margaret Atwood, Graphic Novelist

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Margaret Atwood tackles a new medium with “Angel Catbird,” an all-ages graphic novel trilogy created with artist Johnnie Christmas.

Preview: ‘Bad Machinery,’ vol. 1

Yesterday we posted an interview with John Allison, the creator of Bad Machinery, and today we have a look at the book itself. Oni is publishing it in large-format books and will soon be releasing some smaller (6″ x 9″) editions as well. We’re happy to present a preview that includes several slices of the […]

Interview: John Allison on ‘Bad Machinery’

John Allison’s Bad Machinery is a cheeky, funny story about English schoolchildren who solve mysteries, and now it’s coming out in a new, easier-to-read format. Bad Machinery started out as a webcomic, and you can still read the original in its entirety at Allison’s site (start here, and set aside some time). Then Oni Press […]

Links: ‘Ghosts’ in the NYT

The latest sign that Kids’ Comics Have Arrived: Raina Telegemeier’s Ghosts gets a major review in the New York Times. Not sure where to start with Marvel’s Star Wars comics? Gavia Baker-Whitelaw posts a handy guide, with explanations of where the different series fit in with the continuity of the movies. If you missed your […]

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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