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May 29, 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 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.

First Dwayne McDuffie Award Shortlist Announced

I’m honored to have been a judge for the inaugural year of this new award! Here’s the full press release. The first annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Kids’ Comics will be announced at this year’s Kids Read Comics festival. Named for the highly respected comic book and animation writer and co-founder of Milestone Media who […]

Roundtable: Eisner Nominations Discussion

This year’s list of nominations for the Eisner award in the children’s and YA categories was a lot different from our list of the top ten graphic novels of 2014. We decided to throw the discussion open to the GC4K bloggers to get a sense of why this particular slate was chosen—and list our favorites […]

Links: ‘Over the Garden Wall’ Becomes a Comic

The Cartoon Network series Over the Garden Wall is being adapted into a comic, to be published by BOOM! Studios in its KaBoom imprint; Hero Complex has a preview of the art and an interview with creator Pat McHale. Abrams unveils its fall lineup of children’s graphic novels, which includes Night of the FrankenFrogs, a […]

Book Trailer Premiere: Dragons Beware!

Book Trailer Premiere: Dragons Beware!

Rafael Rosado and Jorge Aguirre’s Giants Beware was a huge hit a few years ago (here’s Mike’s review), and now they’re back with a sequel, Dragons Beware, which debuted this week. Cory Doctorow sings its praises, and shows off the first few pages, at BoingBoing, and here at GC4K, we have a really cute trailer […]

Special Preview: Svetlana Chmakova’s ‘Awkward’

Special Preview: Svetlana Chmakova’s ‘Awkward’

We’re big Svetlana Chmakova fans here, going back to her Tokyopop days (Dramacon) and even earlier. After Dramacon, she moved to Yen Press, where she did Nightschool and then an adaptation of James Patterson’s Witch and Wizard. Now she’s back with something new: Awkward, a middle-school comedy that looks like it’s pitched at somewhat younger […]

Links: Magical Girls, Little Robot, and Dragons Beware

Links: Magical Girls, Little Robot, and Dragons Beware

Jillian Tamaki, who collaborated with her cousin Mariko on Skim and This One Summer, talks about her solo book SuperMutant Magic Academy, which will be out soon. Rafael Rosado, the artist and co-creator of Giants Beware and its upcoming sequel Dragons Beware, talks about his evolution as an artist and how his work as an […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #10

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #10

Today is Free Comic Book Day! Check that link to find a participating comic shop near you, then stop in and get a free comic. Many stores have special events and sales today, and it’s a great opportunity to renew your old comic shop habit or start a new one. To get you in the […]

Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Olympians: Apollo

Exclusive Cover Reveal: The Olympians: Apollo

Here it is: Our exclusive first look at the cover of George O’Connor’s Apollo, which will be the eighth book in his Olympians series. Here’s the description of the series: In OLYMPIANS, O’Connor draws from primary documents to reconstruct and retell classic Greek myths. But these stories aren’t sedate, scholarly works. They’re action-packed, fast-paced, high-drama […]

Humble Bundle Launches Kids’ Comics Bundle for Children’s Book Week

Humble Bundle Launches Kids’ Comics Bundle for Children’s Book Week

The latest Humble Bundle is a very appropriate one: Just in time for Children’s Book Week, they have launched the Humble Kids Comics Bundle Supporting Children’s Book Week, which includes some great comics from a variety of different publishers. If you’re new to Humble Bundle, it’s a way to buy digital books, games, and comics […]

Folding Your Own: A Minicomics Primer for Librarians

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What are minicomics? “Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson sheds some light on the independently created format, shares tips on how librarians can acquire minicomics for the collection, and suggests ways they can encourage creativity in teens.

DC Launches ‘Super Hero Girls’ Line

DC Launches ‘Super Hero Girls’ Line

Back in January, an 11-year-old girl named Rowan wrote a letter to DC, asking for more comics and toys featuring female superheroes, pointing out that “Marvel Comics made a movie about a talking tree and raccoon awesome, but you haven’t made a movie with Wonder Woman.” At the time, DC responded on Twitter, saying “Thanks […]

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: The Eternity War #5

Exclusive Preview: He-Man: The Eternity War #5

He-Man and She-Ra in He-Man: The Eternity War #5 as the battle continues: Skeletor has returned! After his dramatic appearance last issue, the question remains: Will he fight alongside He-Man and She-Ra…or against them? This comic is rated 12+ on comiXology. It will be out in comic shops on April 29, but you can enjoy […]

El Deafo, Hello Kitty Make Eisner Shortlist

This year’s nominees for the Eisner Awards, the most prestigious awards in comics, were announced yesterday. The Eisners have three categories for children’s comics and graphic novels, and a number of kid-friendly and YA titles were also nominated in other categories. Here are the three kids’ categories: Best Publication for Early Readers (up to age […]

Roundtable: Why all the Drama about ‘Drama’?

Roundtable: Why all the Drama about ‘Drama’?

Earlier this week, the American Library Association released its list of the most frequently challenged books in America. Last year’s list included Bone and Captain Underpants (which is sort of an honorary comic). This year’s list had three graphic novels: Saga, Persepolis, and Raina Telgemeier’s Drama. Saga has explicit sexuality, and Persepolis has come under […]

Links: Meet the Beetle; Raina Telegemeier on Drama

Links: Meet the Beetle; Raina Telegemeier on Drama

Jay Hosler introduces Professor Owen, from his new graphic novel Last of the Sandwalkers. Three of the most challenged library books last year were graphic novels: Saga, Persepolis, and Raina Telgemeier’s Drama. Michael Cavna talks to Telgemeier about what’s going on there (Drama is cited for “explicit sex,” although there is none, presumably because there […]

Exclusive Preview: Teen Titans Go! #9

Exclusive Preview: Teen Titans Go! #9

Here’s a look at Teen Titans Go! #9, which is due out in comic shops on April 15. And here’s the executive summary: It’s Titan vs. Titan in a no-holds-barred, winner-take-all…staring contest! In the end, it’s Robin vs. Raven with the fate of the world hanging in the balance. Which will turn the tide: Robin’s […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #56

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #56

The Mystery, Inc. gang visit a haunted hotel in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #56, which is out next week. Here’s the scoop: The gang in the Mystery Machine decides to stay at Hotel Hush to find out if it’s really haunted by the ghost of its old caretaker, Mrs. Clangor. But as they try to […]

Links: More Phoebe, the Return of Planetes, and a James Kochalka Crossover

Links: More Phoebe, the Return of Planetes, and a James Kochalka Crossover

There’s a new comic on the funny pages, and Good Comics for Kids readers already know about it: Phoebe and Her Unicorn started as a webcomic, and Esther reviewed the print collection here. Creator Dana Simpson tells the Deseret News that the comic started out with just the girl, and the unicorn was supposed to […]

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #224

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #224

It’s Saturday morning! Time for Bugs Bunny and the gang! Here’s a sneak peek at Looney Tunes #224, which will be out in comic shops next Wednesday. What’s it about? Glad you asked! Catching a train is one thing, but it’s another thing entirely when a new subway line plows a tunnel straight through Bugs’ […]

Links: Reading Gotham Academy

Links: Reading Gotham Academy

Ardo Omer hosts a fascinating roundtable in which a group of YA book bloggers, some of whom are comics fans and some of whom are new to comics, read and discuss Gotham Academy, DC’s teen series set in the world of Batman. Travis Jonker interviews writer Mariko Tamaki and artist Jillian Tamaki, the creators of […]