June 25, 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.

Interview: Raina Telgemeier on ‘Drama’

When Raina Telgemeier’s Drama was published, five years ago, it was an immediate hit, just like its predecessor, Smile. At the time it was a rarity, though, because it was set in a middle school and included gay characters. Five years later, LGBTQ characters have become common enough in graphic novels for children that I […]

Interview: Kevin McCloskey on Making Science Comics for Kids

In the course of researching my article on science comics for SLJ, I interviewed Kevin McCloskey, the author of We Dig Worms!, The Real Poop on Pigeons!, and Something’s Fishy, all published by TOON Books as part of their “Giggle and Learn” series. Here’s the full interview; you can check out previews from each of […]

Interview: Kevin McCloskey on Making Science Comics for Kids

In the course of researching my article on science comics for SLJ, I interviewed Kevin McCloskey, the author of We Dig Worms!, The Real Poop on Pigeons!, and Something’s Fishy, all published by TOON Books as part of their “Giggle and Learn” series. Here’s the full interview; you can check out previews from each of […]

Interview: Dana Simpson, Creator of ‘Phoebe and Her Unicorn’

I interviewed Dana Simpson, the creator of the Phoebe and Her Unicorn graphic novels, when I was writing the article “Just Another Day in an LGBTQ Comic” for SLJ. As often happens, it was a great interview and I could only use a few sentences in the story, so I’m running it in full today. […]

Teaching With Science Comics

The latest generation of science-oriented graphic novels entertain as much as they educate.

This article was published in School Library Journal's June 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Exclusive Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go!’ #22

We have a musical interlude for you today with an exclusive preview of Teen Titans Go! #22: Something “Smells like Teen Titans Spirit” when Raven judges a musical competition and Punk Rocket’s band threatens to shake the city to pieces! Then our heroes grow “Bored of the Dance” when Starfire’s plans for a Titans Prom […]

Library of Congress Celebrates the World of Comics

If you’re going to be in Washington, DC, over the next few days, check out the cool comics exhibit at the Library of Congress! The events include a live interview with Wonder Woman herself, Lynda Carter, which will be live-streamed—tickets are already sold out. Here’s a press release with all the details! (Image from DC […]

Links: Wings of Fire to Become a Graphic Novel

Here’s some big news from Scholastic: Best-selling middle-grade author Tui Sutherland will be adapting her Wings of Fire series into graphic novels, with help from Secret Coders artist Mike Holmes. Sutherland is a graphic novel fan herself—and she enjoys reading them with her children—so when Scholastic asked if she would like to adapt her dragon […]

Exclusive Preview: ”Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #82

Scooby and the gang hit the road in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #82, in order to investigate a stange being that’s terrorizing a truck stop: For truckers on a midnight run, an all-night truck stop is a sight for sore eyes…unless it’s haunted by the Truck Stop Terror! With truckers running for their lives, and […]

Preview: ‘Surfside Girls’

Kim Dwinell’s Surfside Girls has a timeless quality. With its likable characters, sunny colors, and supernatural mystery, it’s a perfect summer read. I got an early look at it a few weeks ago and was instantly smitten—it’s a mystery with ghosts and history mixed up into it, the sort of book I loved as a […]

Exclusive: First Second Announces ‘The Last Pick’ by Jason Walz

We’ve got big news today: We’re delighted to bear the tidings of a new graphic novel from First Second: The Last Pick, by Eisner-nominated creator Jason Walz. And we have a couple of preview pages to whet your appetite. Here are the details: The Last Pick By Jason Walz Published by First Second in Fall […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Archie 75th Anniversary Digest’ #10

We’re kicking off the week with a look at Archie 75th Anniversary Digest #10, which collects a number of fairy-tale based Archie stories from over the years. The digest goes on sale on Wednesday. Enjoy!

Interview: Dan Parent on Kevin Keller

This is one of a series of interviews I did while researching the article “Just Another Day in an LGBTQ Comic,” which appeared in the May 2017 issue of SLJ. When I started thinking about LGBTQ characters in children’s comics, Kevin Keller immediately sprang to mind, because when Kevin made his debut, in 2010, he […]

Preview: ‘Looney Tunes’ #237

Here’s another preview for your Sunday evening: It’s nostalgia time with Looney Tunes #237, featuring a takeoff on Buck Rogers. Here’s the executive summary: Duck Dodgers has always been the 24-1/2 century’s greatest hero—until today! His faithful partner, Eager Young Space Cadet, was just promoted to the rank of Commander, placing Dodgers in unfamiliar territory. […]

Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo Team-Up’ #26

I’m not sure what prompted the DC folks to resurrect the 1970s cartoon character Hong Kong Phooey for Scooby-Doo Team-Up #26, but they did. If you’re curious to see what that would look like, here’s a preview; the comic is out in stores on May 24.

Exclusive Preview: ‘Betty & Veronica’ Summer Annual #253

The lead story of Betty & Veronica Summer Annual #253, out this week, focuses on the supporting character Brigitte, with a new lead story in the classic Archie style by Dan Parent. There are also some older stories that are great for leisure reading. Check out our exclusive preview—and enjoy!

Exclusive Preview: ‘Betty & Veronica’ Summer Annual #253

The lead story of Betty & Veronica Summer Annual #253, out this week, focuses on the supporting character Brigitte, with a new lead story in the classic Archie style by Dan Parent. There are also some older stories that are great for leisure reading. Check out our exclusive preview—and enjoy!

Just Another Day in an LGBTQ Comic

In these comics and graphic novels for tweens, LGBTQ characters are no big deal. Any romance stays in the background—and is G-rated.

This article was published in School Library Journal's May 2017 issue. Subscribe today and save up to 35% off the regular subscription rate.

Exclusive Preview: Archie 75th Anniversary Digest #9

The Archie folks have been celebrating their 75th anniversary with a series of digests featuring retro stories. Archie 75th Anniversary Digest #9, which comes out on May 10, brings back the “Love Showdown” story from 1994 that dangled the possibility that the Betty-Veronica-Archie lover triangle could be resolved once and for all. This one’s a […]

An Introduction to Graphic Novels for Children

On May 5, I made a presentation for Mass Library Systems about graphic novels for children. This page, which will be updated as more links come in, is designed to serve as a resource for librarians and others who are interested in the field. I’m starting with a list of the recommended books, with links […]