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September 3, 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.

Preview: ‘Over the Garden Wall’ #1

Over the Garden Wall, a sort of a twisted fairy tale story about two half-brothers trying to find their way home, started out as an animated miniseries on Cartoon Network, and BOOM! Studios published a one-shot comic in their all-ages KaBOOM line. Now they are back with a four-issue series, and the first issue came […]

First Second Announces Science Comics, ‘The Prince and the Dressmaker’

We had two interesting announcements from First Second Books in the past few days. First of all, Jen Wang’s The Prince and the Dressmaker was announced on the Diversity in YA Tumblr: The Prince and the Dressmaker is about a young 19th Century prince named Sebastian who secretly loves to wear dresses. He hires an […]

Links: Talking TOON, Diversity, and ‘Fantasy Sports’

BOOM! Studios already has an Amazing World of Gumball serial comic, but they announced yesterday that they are going to publish an original graphic novel based on the Cartoon Network series as well. “All three kids go to a Renaissance Faire,” Brennan says. “But Gumball gets into some trouble with a stage magician and gets […]

Interview: Brenden Fletcher on ‘Gotham Academy’

Gotham Academy is a Bat-book with a difference: It’s a supernatural mystery series with an ensemble cast, set in a boarding school that just happens to be in Gotham City. The story is self-contained, although there are some characters who will be familiar to longtime Batman fans. The first volume of the series collects the […]

Preview: Gotham Academy #9

Gotham Academy is a comic unlike anything else DC is putting out right now: Closer in spirit to Harry Potter than The Dark Knight, it’s a supernatural boarding school story set in the Batman universe. Batman himself is a peripheral character, and in fact the lead character, Olive Silverlock, loathes him, for reasons that aren’t […]

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #226

And now, for your summer viewing pleasure, here’s an exclusive preview of Looney Tunes #226, out in comic shops this Wednesday: Introducing ACME Road Blox! Build anything! Build everything! CATCH ROADRUNNERS! Will Wile E. Coyote outsmart the Road Runner this time, with his new Road Blox kit? Find out here! BEEP BEEP! Enjoy!

Roundtable: The New Archie

Archie Comics’ flagship title, Archie, made it all the way up to issue #666 before the publisher pulled the plug on the classic house style and rebooted the comic with a new look and a slightly more realistic tone. We all checked out Archie #1, written by Mark Waid (Daredevil) and illustrated by Fiona Staples […]

Links: Comic-Con Roundup and More

Another year’s Comic-Con International has come and gone, and it was a great year for children’s and YA comics. There was a ton of programming, including special programs for librarians at the San Diego Public Library, and a number of kids/YA creators won Eisner Awards in general categories. Here’s my roundup of all the news […]

15 New Manga Series to Freshen Up Teen Collections

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“Good Comics 4 Kids” blogger Brigid Alverson offers a look at 15 new manga series for teens that libraries will want to add to their collections.

Preview: New Comic from Oni Press: ‘The Mighty Zodiac’

Here’s our preview of The Mighty Zodiac, written by J. Torres (Teen Titans Go, Bigfoot Boy) and illustrated by Corin Howell (Batmite, Transformers: Windblade). When six stars fall out of the sky and fall to earth, Master Long sends a message to his students, all members of the Zodiac Clan, to collect the stars and […]

Raina Telgemeier Announces Her Next Book

Raina Telgemeier, author of Smile, Drama, and Sisters, announced the title of her next book to a room filled with young fans yesterday at Comic-Con International in San Diego. The book, which will be fiction, will be called Ghost, and it will be out in fall 2016. Here’s Raina’s quick description: Eleven-year-old Catrina and her […]

Preview: New Comic from Oni Press: ‘Over the Surface’

Here’s our second preview of Oni Press’s new graphic novels, which were announced at Comic-Con in San Diego on Thursday. Over the Surface, by Natalie Nourigat: Ava Lefevre longs to be a pilot, but the Solveran Army doesn’t allow women into its ranks. But the country is at war with a neighboring country, Isolestra, and […]

Oni Press Announces New Comics by J. Torres, Natalie Nourigat

Oni Press, the publisher of The Crogan Adventures and Terrible Lizard, announced three new children’s comics at its panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego today. Good Comics for Kids got the scoop, and we will be running previews of all three over the next three days, so stay tuned! The three new titles are […]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #59

Let’s kick off the long holiday weekend with some summer fun from Scooby and the gang. Here’s an exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #59, and here’s the scoop: What do you do when you’re on an island with a terrible monster that has hissing snakes for hair and one look at her could […]

Links: Library Roundup, Power Rangers Return

BOOM! Studios has acquired the license for Power Rangers comics; they plan to set the comics in the first year of the original TV show. BOOM! also announced its first original graphic novel based on the Cartoon Network show Steven Universe. Steven joins Connie at school in this full-length adventure story. The creative team includes […]

Kids’ Comics Award Winners Announced

Back in May, we announced the nominees for the Kids Comics Revolution Awards, in which children were invited to vote for their favorite graphic novels. The results are in! Since all the books are worth a look, we’ll give you the full list of nominees, with the winner in bold. Favorite Comic Book Hero: El […]

Care Bears Comics Premiere at ALA

There’s a huge comics scene at this year’s American Library Association annual meeting in San Francisco, and here’s one kids’ comic that will be premiering at the show: Roar Comics’ new Care Bears comic, written by Georgia Ball, a veteran of both My Little Pony and Scooby Doo, with art by Melanie Gillman, creator of […]

Links: New Writer for Lumberjanes

Noelle Stevenson has left the creative team of Lumberjanes, and Kat Leyh (Supercakes) is taking her place as of issue #18. Stevenson is also the creator of Nimona and is writing Runaways for Marvel. Art Baltazar and Franco Aureliani, the creative team behind Tiny Titans and Itty Bitty Hellboy, are expanding their Aw Yeah Comics […]

Preview: Invader Zim #1

The news broke in February that Oni Press would be publishing an Invader Zim comic, with a creative team that includes Invader Zim creator Jhonen Vasquez and several veterans of the animated cartoon, which ran from 2001 to 2006 on Nickelodeon. The comic will be rated 13+, and the first issue will be out in […]

Links: The Return of Miles Morales

Marvel is bringing Miles Morales back as Spider-Man in the main continuity of the series; previously, Morales wore the Spidey-suit in the alternate universe of Ultimate Comics Spider-Man. Brian Bendis, who created the original Miles, is back as the writer of this series. At the Barnes & Noble blog, I rounded up some Attack on […]