December 9, 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: BOOM! to Publish Felipe Nunes’ ‘Dodo’

We have some exclusive news for you this morning: BOOM! Studios will publish the all ages graphic novel Dodo, by Felipe Nunes, in May 2018 in its KaBOOM imprint. Dodo was first published in Brazil, where Nunes lives and works; he is a protégé of Fábio Moon and Gabriel Bá, the award-winning comics creators. Here’s […]

Archie Comics Launches Two New Series

Archie Comics has two new series under way, plus some big news about a new Sabrina show that is going straight to Netflix. Here’s a quick look at their latest announcements. First of all, Archie is bringing back the superhero team The Mighty Crusaders. The first issue, The Mighty Crusaders #1, debuts on December 6 […]

Preview: ‘Betty and Veronica Friends Winter Annual’ #257

Here’s a look at Betty and Veronica Friends Winter Annual #257, featuring a brand-new lead story written by Dan Parent, as well as lots of winter hijinks. The comic goes on sale on December 7 in comic shops. Enjoy!

Check Out the Top Ten Kids’ Graphic Novels of 2017!

The list is live! Every year, the Good Comics for Kids bloggers get together and pick the top ten graphic novels of the previous year. The Top Ten Graphic Novels of 2017 list is live now at the SLJ site; check it out, and stay tuned here for more reviews and news once we’ve slept […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #32

One of the great things about Scooby-Doo Team-Up is that the series is an opportunity to bring back some cool lesser known characters of the past. In Scooby-Doo Team-Up #32, the Mystery, Inc., team meets up with Atom Ant, who had his own Hanna-Barbera cartoon back in the 1960s. Here’s the blurb: Atom Ant knows […]

Preview: ‘Betty & Veronica Double Digest’ #258

It’s holiday time in Riverdale, and in this week’s preview of Betty & Veronica Double Digest #258, the Archie gang gets a visit from Noelle Claus, the daughter of the Big Guy himself! We’ve got a preview of that for you this morning, followed by a slice of a classic story illustrated by Dan DeCarlo. […]

Preview: Looney Tunes #240

Let’s kick off the weekend with a few old-timey yuks from Looney Tunes #240. Do kids these days still watch gangster movies? Even if they don’t, the tropes are probably familiar from cartoons. Here’s the birds-eye lowdown on this caper: Fresh off their latest caper, Rocky and Mugsy hole up in their secret hideout…when the […]

Interview: ‘The Once and Future Queen’

It’s a pretty daring move to try retelling the King Arthur legend one more time, but in The Once and Future Queen, writers D.J. Kirkbride and Adam Knave and artist Nick Brokenshire rise to the task by moving beyond the usual tropes and reinventing not just the characters but the whole structure of the story. […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #87

It’s the hippies vs. the lumberjacks when the Mystery, Inc. gang gets in the middle of an environmental brouhaha in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #87. Conservationists and lumberjacks square off over the fate of a forest…until both sides are under attack by the Wraith of the Redwoods! Scooby-Doo and Mystery Inc. are called in to […]

Preview: ‘World of Archie Christmas Annual’ #73

We’re pushing back on the Halloween madness with a Christmas preview! Here’s an early look at World of Archie Christmas Annual #73, which will be out in comic shops tomorrow, November 1. If you have a hankering for the old-school Archie style, you should know that each digest includes a new story in the traditional […]

Graphic Novelist Katie O’Neill Talks Tea Dragons

The creator of Princess, Princess Ever After chats about her new book.

Guest Post: Thoughts on NYPL/NYCC and the Sanctuary of Stories

Today I am happy to welcome Peter Gutierrez back to the site. Peter is a writer and media consultant who has a lot to say about comics and literacy, and he is reporting today on the New York Comic Con sessions at the New York Public Library. With a couple of weeks to reflect, I’m […]

Preview: ‘Archie Holiday Annual’ #283

It’s almost Halloween, and you know what that means: Time to start thinking about the holidays! The Archie folks are kicking things off with Archie Holiday Annual #283, featuring an original story by Dan Parent and Bill Golliher. The comic comes …

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #31

Let’s get small this Monday morning with a preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #31! Scooby and the gang get positively microscopic when they pay a visit to The Atom: Normally, ghosts make Shaggy want to curl up small to hide. But that won’t help him his time—not when the Atom shrinks Scooby and the gang down […]

Presentation: Adult Graphic Novels for Teens

On Tuesday, I had the privilege of attending the Mass Library Systems Teen Summit, where I made a presentation on “Adult Graphic Novels for Teens.” Here’s the PowerPoint deck, which is mostly book recommendations. I started out with a brief discussion of the topic and what sorts of adult books work well for teens—keeping in […]

Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go!’ #24

Here’s a cure for the Monday blues: A preview of Teen Titans Go! #24, in which our try to build team spirit with a party game but end up in another dimension: Things get “Twisted” when the Titans borrow a game Starfire brought from home. Who knew they’d merge into one giant pizza-eating, self-destructive bundle […]

NYCC News: ‘Star Wars,’ ‘Avatar,’ and ‘Dinosaucers’

New York Comic Con, which took place last weekend, was the last big comic con of 2017, and publishers finished out the season with plenty of news and announcements. We already posted about First Second’s Maker Comics, but here are a few more NYCC announcements. Dark Horse announced that Faith Erin Hicks, the creator of […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #86

It’s a holiday for some people and a just another Monday for others, but either way, it’s a good day to kick back with some spooky fun. Here’s an advance look at Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #86, which hits comic shops on Wednesday: When Velma is forced to stay awake in a hospital bed for […]

NYCC News: First Second to Make Maker Comics

Following on the success of their Science Comics line, First Second announced at New York Comic Con that they will launch a new line of how-to comics. The first one will be a book on baking by Falynn Koch, creator of Science Comics: Bats and Science Comics: Plague Germs (GC4K readers got a look at […]

Trailer: ‘Spooky & the Strange Tales: Monster Inn’

We’re kicking off the first week of October with a spooky book trailer to get us into the Halloween spirit! Spooky & the Strange Tales: Monster Inn by Carine-M and Élian Black’mor, a lighthearted story about a mysterious little girl staying in a boardinghouse for monsters. Check it out: Carine-M and Élian Black’mor are a […]