January 20, 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 Preview: ‘Time Shifters’ Free Comic Book Day Comic

Today we have an exclusive preview of the Scholastic Graphix comic for Free Comic Book Day: Time Shifters. The creator is Chris Grine, and the FCBD comic is a preview of the full-lengh Time Shifters graphic novel, which will be out on May 30. Here’s the catalog info: When Luke investigates an eerie blue glow […]

Nonfiction Graphic Novels: Give These to Fans of “March”

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These recent and upcoming graphic novels bring history and current events to life by telling important stories through the eyes of real people.

Interview: Shea Fontana and Agnes Garbowska Go Time-Traveling with ‘DC Superhero Girls’

We know Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn from comics and movies, but what were they like as teenagers? That’s the basis for DC’s Super Hero Girls line of graphic novels, chapter books, animated shorts, games, and toys. In the world of Super Hero Girls, the female DC characters are all students at […]

Interview: Shea Fontana and Agnes Garbowska Go Time-Traveling with ‘DC Superhero Girls’

We know Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, and Harley Quinn from comics and movies, but what were they like as teenagers? That’s the basis for DC’s Super Hero Girls line of graphic novels, chapter books, animated shorts, games, and toys. In the world of Super Hero Girls, the female DC characters are all students at […]

Preview: ‘Archie’s Funhouse Comics Annual’ #24

Let’s finish out the long weekend with a laugh! The lead story to Archie’s Funhouse Comics Annual #24, written by Dan Parent, relies on a classic gag setup: The little white lie that gets out of control. The digest also features some classic stories from years past. It’s available in comic shops this Wednesday. Enjoy!

What to Read After You’ve Read ‘March’

Rep. John Lewis’s graphic memoir March is the book of the day—literally, on Martin Luther King day, but also figuratively, as president-elect Donald Trump’s disparaging Tweet about Lewis brought new attention to the book; reportedly, sales skyrocketed. I’ve said it before: March is an important book. But if you’re a Good Comics for Kids reader, […]

Review: ‘King Baby,’ by Kate Beaton

King Baby By Kate Beaton Scholastic, Grades Pre-K to 5 Kate Beaton, best known for her side-splittingly snarky comics about moments in history or literature, branches off in a new direction with her children’s book King Baby. The drawing is simpler, she uses color, and its humor is gentler and more straightforward. This is appropriate […]

Links: Notes and Quotes

March artist Nate Powell talks at length about his childhood comics habits, his career as a graphic novelist, and his experiences as the creator of March, including the intensive research that he and the authors did once they realized that the books were being used in history classes as well as English courses: That quest […]

Exclusive: BOOM! to Publish ABC Book by Martin Cendreda

We’ve got an exciting scoop for you this morning: BOOM! Studios is going to publish a new alphabet book, An Apple and an Adventure, by animator Martin Cendreda. He may not be a household name, but if you are an animation fan, you’ve probably seen his work: He has been a color stylist for Fairly […]

Review: Four ‘Far Out Fairy Tales’

Hansel & Gretel & Zombies, by Benjamin Harper and Fern Cano Goldilocks and the Three Vampires, by Laurie S. Sutton and C.S. Jennings Jak and the Magic Nano-Beans, by Carl Bowen and Omar Lozano Sleeping Beauty, Magic Master, by Stephanie True Peters and Alex Lopez Capstone, Grades 3 up The notion that any story is […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #77

Scooby and the gang head for a relaxing day at the beach, but ghost pirates get them started on their next investigation. And then Fred and Daphne brave the sharks to go surfing. It’s all happening in Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #77, out in comic shops next Wednesday—but we’ll get you started right here, with […]

Exclusive Preview: Archie 75th Anniversary Digest #5

Betty and Veronica take the spotlight in Archie 75th Anniversary Digest #5, which goes on sale January 4. Check out our preview with samples from stories from the early Archie (with the buck teeth) to the present day. Enjoy!

Links: Supergirl Gets New Origin Story

Mariko Tamaki (This One Summer, Super Mutant Magic Academy) and Joelle Jones (House of Night, Lady Killer) give Supergirl a new origin story in their four-issue miniseries Supergirl: Being Super, and they discuss the story and show off some preview pages at CBR. Also at CBR, I wrote a piece about Rep. John Lewis’s graphic […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #21

The Mystery, Inc., gang has their hands full already with a Christmas ghost mystery in this week’s Scooby-Doo Team-Up #21—and then Harley Quinn decides to join them as well. Here’s the executive summary: It’s hard enough for Scooby and the gang to crack the mystery of a Dickensian Yuletide ghost…but it’s harder with “help” from […]

Exclusive Preview: World of Archie Double Digest #65

The Riverdale gang kicks off the weekend with some winter chores: In Dan Parent’s new lead story for World of Archie Double Digest #65, Jughead’s plan to remove the ice from the Lodge mansion’s front steps backfires spectacularly. The digest goes on sale in comic shops on December 28. Enjoy!

Here’s the Lineup for Free Comic Book Day 2017

As 2016 winds down, the folks behind Free Comic Book Day have announced next year’s lineup, which will include everything from Barbie to Bad Machinery. Free Comic Book Day will be Saturday, May 6, 2017, and on that day, comic shops will offer a selection of specially produced comics for free as a way to […]

Quick Reviews: Bro-Bots, Big Nate, and More!

The holidays are right around the corner, so here’s a handful of quick takes on some kids’ graphic novels that would make great gifts—or excellent additions to any library. Brief Histories of Everyday Objects, by Andy Warner Picador, $20 Ages 10 Up This is my favorite book right now, and when my nieces and nephew […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go’ #19

Let’s kick off this pre-holiday Monday with an exclusive preview of Teen Titans Go #19. Here’s the scoop: The prank war to end all prank wars has erupted in Titans Tower, but for some reason, Beast Boy seems to be out-pranking everyone—he even dodged Cyborg’s barrage of stankballs. It’s like he knows what pranks are […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go’ #19

Let’s kick off this pre-holiday Monday with an exclusive preview of Teen Titans Go #19. Here’s the scoop: The prank war to end all prank wars has erupted in Titans Tower, but for some reason, Beast Boy seems to be out-pranking everyone—he even dodged Cyborg’s barrage of stankballs. It’s like he knows what pranks are […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Jughead and Archie Winter Annual’ #24

It’s snowing in Riverdale, and the gang are enjoying the season in Jughead and Archie Winter Annual #24. In the new lead story, written and penciled by Dan Parent, Archie and Jughead take Jughead’s little sister Jellybean sledding, and in two classic stories, we see Archie mess up skating (even when he’s not on the […]