November 26, 2015

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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 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: ‘Archie’ #4

Here’s a sneak peek at the next issue of Archie, in which the infamous “lipstick incident” is revealed. Archie Comics rebooted their flagship title earlier this year, with writer Mark Waid scripting a slightly more realistic version of Riverdale; in this issue, Annie Wu takes over the art duties from Fiona Staples. We liked the […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘He-Man: The Eternity War’ #12

Today’s preview is of the action-packed He-Man: The Eternity War #12; here’s the blurb: By the Power of Grayskull, the universe stands on the brink of annihilation! Only He-Man can save us. But to do so, he must first escape the clutches of King Hssss, the serpent Master of Disguise! Can He-Man overcome a monster […]

Light Novels: Would You Like Some Prose with That?


What are light novels? Graphic novel and manga expert Brigid Alverson shares some light on the Japanese format and offers recommendations for teen readers.

Preview: Jughead #2

Chip Zdarsky and Erica Henderson’s rebooted Jughead is a gem, starring a character that’s fresh but still very much of a piece with the original. Issue #2 pays homage to one of the great weird Jughead storylines of all time, the Time Police. (Check out my writeup of the NYCC panel for Zdarsky and Henderson’s […]

Links: ‘Naruto’ Creator Talks

Entertainment Weekly interviews Masashi Kishmoto, the creator of Naruto, about his recently concluded series, which is one of the best selling manga in North America. Kishimoto confesses he didn’t expect that: “During the series, manga exploded, and I must say that part of what made Naruto successful was the globalization of manga, and the fact […]

Links: NYCC News, Plus Nimona NBA Nom!

Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona has been shortlisted for the National Book Award, much to her surprise: “Honestly, it wasn’t on my radar at all,” she tells Michael Cavna of Comic Riffs. “I didn’t even know comics got nominated for book awards.” In the interview that follows, she talks about how Nimona started as a superhero comic […]

Roundtable: Talking About Svetlana Chmakova’s ‘Awkward’

Today we’re here to discuss the latest in the growing collection of charming comics aimed at middle grade up to middle school readers, Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward, published by Yen Press. Chmakova is well known as one of the star creators using a blend of Japanese manga-inspired storytelling and her own visual style who got her […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go!’ #12

Time for some Saturday morning fun with our exclusive preview of Teen Titans Go! #12: Raven thought things couldn’t get any worse after Starfire posted an online dating profile…until she posted one for Raven, too! But she quickly learns things can get a whole lot worse when their “perfect dates” start showing up at their […]

NYCC 2015: Let’s Hear It for the Girls and Manga!

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For the 10th year in a row, New York Comic Con brought magic to the dour halls of the Javits Center from October 8–12. “Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson shares the skinny on hot manga titles, panel highlights, and industry news that were featured at the 10th annual popular culture convention.

Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #62

Mystery, Inc. takes a spa day in our exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #62. Here’s the 411: After Scooby’s not-so-monthly bath spoils Daphne’s sacred beauty regimen, she enlists Velma for a day at the spa! But lounging around in towels is only fun until the towels turn on you. And when there’s a […]

Check Out the Hottest Graphic Novels of Fall

From Jem and the Holograms to The Walking Dead, there’s going to be plenty of good reading this fall. Join me and three graphic novel experts—Sven Larsen of Papercutz, Emily Botica of Diamond Book Distributors, and Michael J. Martens of Dark Horse—for an SLJ webcast on The Hottest Graphic Novels of Fall 2015 on Wednesday, […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Looney Tunes’ #227

Daffy Duck tangles with the IRS in Looney Tunes #227, which will be out in comic shops on Wednesday: When IRS investigator Egghead appears on Daffy’s doorstep, Daffy panics and tries everything he can to get rid of him. Let’s see if Daffy can get through all the red tape—or will the red tape (literally!) […]

“Hatch” Library Maker Space in a Mall Draws DIYers, Students, and Entrepreneurs


No library card is required to use the tools at the Hatch maker space, located near Dunkin’ Donuts in a mall in Watertown, MA, and launched by the Watertown Free Public Library with diverse community funding.

Preview: ‘No Ivy League’

Yesterday we brought you an interview with Hazel Newlevant, creator of the graphic memoir No Ivy League. Today we’re bringing you an extended preview, so you can see the story for yourself. This is a young adult comic about Newlevant’s first job, pulling ivy in public parks. Here’s how she described the story in our […]

Interview | Hazel Newlevant on ‘No Ivy League’

Just before Small Press Expo, which took place two weeks ago, Hazel Newlevant sent me a copy of the first issue of her new comic, No Ivy League. It’s a memoir of her first job as a teenager—I’ll let you tell her more about it below—and she plans to publish it in three issues and […]

Interview: Chris Duffy on ‘Fable Comics’

Today we have the honor of kicking off the blog tour for Fable Comics, First Second’s third anthology of short comics based on traditional tales. Like its predecessors, Nursery Rhyme Comics and Fairy Tale Comics, Fable Comics is ably edited by Chris Duffy and features comics by an array of well-known creators, including George O’Connor […]

Review: ‘Big Nate: Welcome to My World’

Big Nate: Welcome to My World By Lincoln Peirce AMPKids, $9.99 Ages 8 to 12 Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate is an enjoyable comic, for sure, but it’s hard to see why it is so phenomenally popular. There isn’t anything particularly unusual about his formula: Big Nate is a sixth-grader with a somewhat overdeveloped ego and […]

Author, Artist, and, Now, Bookstore Owner: “Wimpy Kid” Creator Jeff Kinney’s Latest Endeavor


Located in Plainville, MA, Jeff Kinney’s An Unlikely Event is more than just a bookstore—it’s “a vehicle to bring the community together,” says the “Wimpy Kid” author.

Links: Dragons and Robots and Frankenfrogs, Oh My!

Hero Complex has a preview of Ben Hatke’s new book, Little Robot, as well as an interview with Hatke, who is also the author of the Zita the Spacegirl books. And here’s an in-depth interview with Ben by Alex Dueben. Archaia, which has published a number of comics based on Jim Henson’s The Storyteller, has […]

Preview: ‘Archie’ #3

As you have probably heard by now, Archie Comics rebooted their flagship series two months ago with a new look and a new, more “realistic” sensibility. The first story arc is written by Mark Waid (Daredevil) and illustrated by Fiona Staples (Saga), and we discussed the first issue thoroughly in our Archie Roundtable last month. […]