June 29, 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.

Graphic Biographies for Older YA Readers

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Woodie Guthrie, Henry Thoreau, Albert Einstein, and others star in these biographies in graphic novel format.

Exclusive Preview: ‘Betty & Veronica Friends Comics Annual ‘ #249

Cheryl Blossom takes center stage in the lead story of Betty & Veronica Friends Comics Annual #249, and we have an exclusive first look. When Cheryl gets a pet monkey, Veronica goes ape! The digest will be out in comic shops on Wednesday, but in th…

Links: ‘Blue Monday’ Returns; ‘Awkward’ Wins Award

Image Comics has announced it will publish a new, color edition of the first volume of Chynna Clugston Flores’s classic graphic novel Blue Monday. Jordie Bellaire is the colorist for the book, which will be out in July. “I grew up reading Blue Monday in my teenage years, and it is the foundation for exposing […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘B&V Friends Comics Double Digest’ #248

Ethel takes center stage—as a comedienne—in the lead story of B&V Friends Comics Double Digest #248, written by Alex Simmons and drawn by Bill Galvan. We don’t actually see her in this exclusive preview, but we do see all her friends talking about boosting her confidence—and we know all those good intentions are going to […]

Exclusive Preview: Looney Tunes #231

We’re kicking off the weekend a little early today with an exclusive first look at Looney Tunes #231, which will be out in comic shops on June 22. This story goes all meta on us: It’s Daffy Duck versus a comic book artist as Daffy gets erased and painted into the most unusual places and […]

Interview: Ben Hatke on ‘Nobody Likes a Goblin’

Ben Hatke is a versatile creator: In addition to the three-part Zita the Spacegirl graphic novel series, and the Eisner-nominated Little Robot, his repertoire also includes picture books. His latest book, Nobody Likes a Goblin, published by First Second, is a picture book with a comics sensibility—the words and pictures work together to tell the […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Betty & Veronica Summer Annual’ #244

Here’s another Saturday morning preview to brighten your weekend! Magic is in the air when Betty and Veronica find a genie on the beach in the lead story, written and penciled by Archie veteran Dan Parent, in Betty & Veronica Summer Annual #244. We have some pages of classic stories for you as well. The […]

Interview: Steven T. Seagle and Jason Adam Katzenstein on ‘Camp Midnight’

What’s worse than being sent off to summer camp against your will? Being sent to a summer camp full of monsters! That’s what happens to Skye, the heroine of Steven T. Seagle and Jason Adam Katzenstein’s Camp Midnight, which came out in April from Image Comics’ Man of Action imprint. Seagle is the co-creator of […]

Exclusive Preview: ‘Archie Comics Double Digest’ #269

Archie and Jughead set up a dog-washing business in the all-new lead story to Archie Comics Double Digest #269, and as always, chaos and hilarity result. Enjoy our exclusive preview of this new story and a classic; the digest will be out in comic shops…

Exclusive Preview: ‘Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?’ #70

Today’s exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #70 takes Scooby and the gang back to high school: Sure, most high school mascots are kind of goofy. But when a monstrous version of a mascot goes on a rampage, the only way to solve the mystery is for the Mystery Inc. gang to go undercover—by […]

Exclusive Preview: Jughead and Archie Comics Digest #21

Archie veterans Alex Simmons and Dan Parent are the creators of the lead story in Jughead and Archie Comics Digest #21, which is due out in comic shops this Wednesday. As always, the digest features a new story in the traditional style along with an assortment of classics. In this issue, Alex and Dan have […]

Exclusive Preview: Teen Titans Go #16

Let’s kick off the long weekend—and the beginning of summer!—with an exclusive preview of Teen Titans Go #16, which will be available in fine comic shops everywhere on June 1. Here’s the executive summary: After a stunning bank heist, the Amazing Mumbo Jumbo uses his magic to scramble the superpowers of the Teen Titans! What […]

Preview: ‘Archie Giant Comics Blast’

Here’s a sneak peek at Archie Giant Comics Blast, a 480-page collection of stories from Archie Comics’ 75-year history. It will be out in comic shops tomorrow, May 25, but you can start reading right here. Enjoy!

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 […]