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November 24, 2014

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Exclusive Preview: Teen Titans Earth One, vol. 1

Exclusive Preview: Teen Titans Earth One, vol. 1

We have something special for you today: An exclusive first look at vol. 1 of Teen Titans Earth One, a new original graphic novel by Jeff Lemire and Terry Dodson. From the website: “In this new, original graphic novel, the young heroes of the Teen Titans never felt like normal kids…but they had no idea [...]

Links: Jillian Tamaki, Luke Pearson Win Major Awards

Links: Jillian Tamaki, Luke Pearson Win Major Awards

The British Comic Awards were announced over the weekend, and the winner in the children’s category was Luke Pearson’s Hilda and the Black Hound. Another winner: Jillian Tamaki has received the Canadian Governor General’s Award for Children’s Illustration for This One Summer, which was written by her cousin, Mariko Tamaki. John Patrick Green is all [...]

Preview: Lumberjanes #8

Preview: Lumberjanes #8

It’s been a while since we have featured any Lumberjanes on this site, so here’s a look at Lumberjanes #8, due out this week in comic shops, which wraps up the first story arc. Here’s the 411: This crazy war between Apollo and Artemis finally reaches its peak and it’s up to the Lumberjanes to [...]

Interview: Raul The Third on ‘Lowriders in Space’

Interview: Raul The Third on ‘Lowriders in Space’

One of the most delightful comics to come out this year is Lowriders in Space, by Cathy Camper and Raul Gonzalez (whose nom de plume is Raul the Third). It’s an action-packed tale of a trio of friends who fix up a lowrider and then detail it by flying through space and picking up cool [...]

Preview: ‘Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave’

Preview: ‘Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave’

Just in time for the holidays, here’s a new, stand-alone book of Mouse Guard stories. Mouse Guard: Baldwin the Brave collects six short stories, four that originally appeared on Free Comic Book Day and two that are brand new, in a slim, hardcover volume. As creator David Petersen explains in the introduction, the stories are [...]

Interview: Kel McDonald on ‘Misfits of Avalon’

Interview: Kel McDonald on ‘Misfits of Avalon’

Kel McDonald may be the youngest veteran creator in the business. She started her webcomic Sorcery 101 while she was in high school, and she’s about to wrap it up and collect it into an omnibus edition that she’s funding on Kickstarter. She has also Kickstarted several other books, including two Cautionary Fables and Fairy [...]

Writing Comics: John Green on ‘Hippopotamister’

Writing Comics: John Green on ‘Hippopotamister’

Today we have a special treat for you: A process essay by comics writer John Patrick Green. John is the artist for Teen Boat, which is a GC4K favorite, and he is now working on a new book, Hippopotamister, which will be published by First Second in spring 2016. Hippopotamister is the story of a [...]

Links: Manga on the Rebound, but What About Superheroes?

Links: Manga on the Rebound, but What About Superheroes?

I wrote an article for SLJTeen on the resurgence of manga, with notes on trends and some recommendations for classic and new series for teens. Janelle Asselin writes about the lack of good superhero comics for children. Gene Luen Yang has a good response, pointing to his daughter’s love of Raina Telgemeier’s Sisters as evidence [...]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #51

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #51

Saturday morning cartoons may have vanished from TV, but here at Good Comics for Kids we still like to kick off the weekend with a good comic—and what better one than that former Saturday morning classic, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Here’s a sneak peek at Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? #51, which will be available in [...]

Links: From Disney Classics to Lowriders in Space

Links: From Disney Classics to Lowriders in Space

Over at Publishers Weekly, I talked to the folks at Fulcrum Publishing about their nonfiction graphic novel line, which includes the anthologies Trickster, Wild Ocean, and Colonial Comics, and to one of their authors, Joel Christian Gill, creator of Strange Fruit and Tales of the Talented Tenth. At New York Comic Con, I had the [...]

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #7

Exclusive Preview: Scooby-Doo Team-Up #7

We’ve got something special for you today: An exclusive preview of Scooby-Doo Team-Up #7, which is a Scooby-Doo/Flintstones crossover. Here’s the 411: When a test of Dr. Albrick Einstone’s time machine goes awry, Scooby and the gang find themselves the unexpected guests of everyone’s favorite modern Stone Age family, the Flintstones! And they’ve arrived just [...]

Manga Makes a Comeback

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Could the latest boost in manga sales be partly due to the latest blockbuster, Attack on Titan? Good Comics for Kids blogger Brigid Alverson brings us up to speed on what’s happening in the world of manga and anime.

Video: Christopher Hart Draws a Funny Vampire

Video: Christopher Hart Draws a Funny Vampire

Just in time for Halloween, Christopher Hart has a new how-to book that explains the niceties of zombie eyes, four-eyed aliens, and vampire angst. While Hart has made a name for himself doing how-to-draw-manga, Monstrously Funny Cartoons is a return to his gag-comic roots, and he’s very at home here. (Full disclosure: I edited Hart’s [...]

Preview: Costume Quest

Preview: Costume Quest

Costume Quest is a new, Halloween-themed graphic novel from Oni Press that’s apparently based on a video game, although you don’t have to be familiar with the game to enjoy the book—I can testify to this personally. Here’s the blurb: Hot on the heels of the freshly announced video game Costume Quest 2, Oni Press [...]

Links: New York Comic Con… and Beyond!

Links: New York Comic Con… and Beyond!

I had a busy time last week at New York Comic Con, which has now become the biggest comic convention in the U.S., with 151,000 attendees. I did a quick roundup of the kids’ comics news for Publishers Weekly, shared my picks for the five coolest things at NYCC (with some added commentary on the [...]

Preview: Mishka and the Sea Devil

Preview: Mishka and the Sea Devil

Mishka and the Sea Devil is a new release from the small publisher Action Lab (known around these parts as the publisher of Princeless) that came out during New York Comic Con last week. I can’t find a catalog page on the site for it, but here’s the info from their marketing e-mail: Eleven days [...]

The Five Coolest Things at New York Comic Con 2014

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The best stuff at New York Comic Con included Wonder Woman, manga, science, and more. Plus: an official anti-harassment statement gave women attendees and cosplayers reason to cheer.

Preview: Uncle Grandpa #1

Preview: Uncle Grandpa #1

This week, BOOM! Studios adds another Cartoon Network comic to its kaBOOM line with the release of Uncle Grandpa #1. It’s a goofy collection of short strips and gags by an assortment of creators, with a strong Mad Magazine vibe. Check out our preview to see for yourself; the comic is out in comic shops [...]

Preview: The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow

Preview: The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow

Jim Henson and his collaborator, Jerry Juhl, wrote the script for The Musical Monsters of Turkey Hollow as a television special, but it was never produced; instead, 46 years later, the folks at Archaia have turned it into a graphic novel, with the adaptation and art by none other than Roger Langridge, the artist for [...]

Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go!’ #6

Preview: ‘Teen Titans Go!’ #6

We’re big fans of Teen Titans Go! (the exclamation point is part of the title, but it also expresses our enthusiasm) so we’re looking forward to issue #6 coming out next Wednesday. Here’s what’s happening: What happens when the girls have a slumber party and don’t invite any of the boys? What about when Cyborg [...]