May 24, 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.

Summer 2016 Graphic Novel Roundup: From Agatha Christie to “Star Trek”—and Beyond

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“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson highlights upcoming graphic novels and manga titles that will keep teens reading during the summer months.

Links: Here Come the Super Hero Girls!

DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson talks about some of the thinking behind their new DC Super Hero Girls line of books, videos, and dolls: If you walk down the aisle of girls toys in a store, everything’s pink. Girls love pink, but we wanted the color palette to be consistent with superheroes in our DC […]

Links | Boom Box Launches ‘The Backstagers’

George Gene Gustines looks at BOOM! Studios’ Boom Box imprint, which focuses on stories of tweens and teens with an emphasis on “personal stories with a sprinkle of glee,” such as Lumberjanes and Giant Days. Their newest series, The Backstagers, is about the theater crew at an all-boys school. “I was a stage crew kid […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘World of Archie Summer Annual’ #59

We’re kicking off the week with a preview of World of Archie Summer Annual #59, which features an Archie tale written by Tania Del Rio, who reinvented Sabrina the Teenage Witch in a manga style back in the 2000s, and drawn by prolific Archie writer and artist Dan Parent. Here’s the blurb: When Betty leads […]

Links: Children’s Book Week Roundup—and More!

Here’s a fascinating story about James Sturm’s Birdsong, just published by TOON Books, which is based on the Japanese storytelling art called kamishibai—and is being used by other artists to create their own performances. The winners of the Children’s Choice Book Awards have been announced, and a graphic novel makes the cut: Judd Winick’s Hilo: […]

Gene Luen Yang Announces ‘Dragon Hoops’

Gene Luen Yang has announced his next graphic novel, and it’s about… basketball. Yang will write and draw the book, Dragon Hoops, the true story of a Catholic school’s attempt to win the 2015 California state championships: Although Yang didn’t know much about basketball, he was fascinated by the dynamics of a diverse team at […]

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

Our exclusive preview of Archie’s Funhouse Jumbo Comics Digest features a new lead story by writer J. Torres, author of Alison Dare, Bigfoot Boy, and, most recently, Zodiac Starforce. (He also did the Jinx graphic novel for Archie.) Art is by Tim and Pat Kennedy. A rollerblading double date threatens to embarrass Archie in front […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #69

It’s Daphne and Velma like you’ve never seen them before! Scooby and the gang get mixed up with a scary roller derby team in this month’s issue, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #69: A night at the roller derby turns into rolling terror! The gang takes Daphne to see hometown favorites The Spooky City Sensations, but […]

‘Camp Midnight’ Creators to Make FCBD Appearances

Saturday, May 7, is Free Comic Book Day, when comic shops offer a selection of specially printed comics for free (regular comics are not free!). Click here to find the nearest participating comic shop, and pay them a visit. Check with your local library, too, as a lot of libraries have special events. I rounded […]

Children’s Book Week Interview: Victoria Jamieson

This week is Children’s Book Week, and John Patrick Green, creator of the soon-to-be-released Hippopotamister, is celebrating with a round of interviews with his fellow comics creators. Here at Good Comics for Kids, he is chatting with Victoria Jamieson, author of Roller Girl (a Newbery Honor book) and the upcoming The Great Pet Escape. If […]

Details of New ‘Wimpy Kid’ Book Revealed

Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid is kind of a comic—we put it in the “hybrid” category, because it includes blocks of prose, but it’s not really a picture book. It’s also insanely popular, and books like this give the whole graphic novel category a boost. So it’s big news to us here at […]

Exclusive Preview: Betty & Veronica Double Digest #243

Dan Parent’s ongoing series “The Many Loves of Archie Andrews” continues in Betty & Veronica Double Digest #243, which—like all the digests—continues to feature new stories in the classic Archie style alongside older stories. Here’s the executive summary: In this next segment of “The Many Loves of Archie Andrews,” we get the lowdown on Amisha […]

Humble Bundle’s ‘My Little Pony’ Deal Includes Print Book

Humble Bundle is including a print book in their My Little Pony bundle! Humble Bundle is a great way to buy a lot of DRM-free digital comics for a little bit of money. They offer book (and game) bundles that typically last two weeks, on a pay-what-you-want model that has a couple of tiers. You […]

Links: Jeff Smith Announces New ‘Bone’ Graphic Novel

Jeff Smith announced yesterday that a new Bone story, Bone: Coda, will be released in July: 25 years after the first black & white issue of the self-published comic book BONE appeared on comic shop shelves, and over a decade since the concluding chapter comes a new (and completely superfluous!) adventure featuring the Bone cousins! […]

Shortlist for Second Annual Dwayne McDuffie Award Announced

The organization Kids Read Comics has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Dwayne McDuffie Awards. The awards honor comics writer Dwayne McDuffie, founder of Milestone Media (one of the first black-owned comics publishers), writer for Marvel and DC, and creator of the character Static. The award recognizes comics for readers up to age 13 and […]

Preview: ‘Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash’

Here’s a special treat for today’s preview: An advance look at Archie 1000 Page Comics 75th Anniversary Bash. This is one of Archie’s giant-size paperbacks that offers a lot of comics and extras—this one has a special gallery of vintage Archie covers, and we have a few of them in the preview below. The book […]

‘Awkward,’ ‘March,’ ‘Anna Banana’ Get Eisner Nominations

The nominations for the Eisner Award, the most prestigious award in comics, were announced today. The nominees were selected by a panel of six judges, and the final awards will be voted on by professionals in the comics field. Here’s the list for the kids’ and YA categories: Best Publication for Early Readers (up to […]

Links: A Fresh Retro Take on Mickey Mouse

IDW Publishing is already bringing over Italian comics featuring the classic Walt Disney characters; at Emerald City Comic Con, they announced they are going to be translating French Disney comics as well, from the publisher Glénat. They’re kicking it off with Mickey’s Craziest Adventures, by Lewis Trondheim and Nicolas Keramidas, which purports to be a […]

Preview: ‘World of Archie Comics Double Digest’ #58

World of Archie Comics Double Digest #58, which will be out on April 20 in comic shops, has a lead story in the traditional style but with a plot you wouldn’t see in an old-school Archie comic: When Betty and Veronica learn that Archie and his father have gone fishing and left poor Mary Andrews […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go!’ #15

Saturday morning comics time! Here’s an exclusive look at Teen Titans Go! #15, which will be out next Wednesday in fine comic shops everywhere. This one is about… the pants of fear: Raven and Cyborg create a pair of spooky-looking leggings from a pattern in one of Raven’s arcane books. But Robin’s in for quite […]